Monthly Archives: August 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea: Local Sea-neary

  (See sidebar for Translator, Music, Novels, Awards etc.) Oh, the effort I had to go to in order to take pictures of the sea for this Challenge!  Yesterday I ventured all the way onto the front patio as soon … Continue reading

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  Way back in history I ran a Caption Competition with this picture: Since then I have been promising to post the entries for judging and/or making excuses for the delays.    Are you sitting down?  In a secure spot from … Continue reading

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Of this and that with no rhyme, reason or pictures.

  Formatting a novel in preparation for an edit has kept me out of mischief  for the past couple of days and late into the nights.  In fact, I slept through the arrival of some 30 mongooses on the front … Continue reading

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Another grandkid brag

  (*wail* Lost server from afternoon right through until 01h40 – seriously behind!)   GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) results were received by high school pupils today.  Grandson (I only have one of those, as against three granddaughters) can … Continue reading

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Helping me to recover

I haven’t forgotten the caption competition. This is the last call for Flight OF FANCY 2B.  Passengers to Caption Competition please board immediately at Gate 1. Anybody not on the flight when it takes off will be left behind. I … Continue reading

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Carefree

  © Colonialist August 2013 (WordPress)  

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The SidevieW theme this week is such: We are to write on nothing much; Though ‘nothing’ is fine I do draw the line At trying on the ‘much’ to touch.  ‘What are you doing?’ ask a lad, ‘Oh, nothing!’ isn’t … Continue reading

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Really awfully proud.

My granddaughter the eldest Did ‘A Levels’ this year, That she would not do well – best! – We’d not the slightest fear.  Until she got ambitious, In taking courses on, And made us superstitious Too many would mean none.  … Continue reading

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DARX CIRCLE Novel Instalment – Chapter 5 (ii)

  (See sidebar for Translator, Music, Novels, Awards etc.)  Hugh and Tyrentia now began taking in more small doses of information.  It seemed they were standing at one end of a ring of flowers which must correspond to the one … Continue reading

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Warning: this post contains graphic scenes of destruction and violins.

  (See sidebar on right for translation widget, links to compositions and novels, and awards etc.) In 1996, while taking a lunchtime stroll in Durban City Centre to clear my head after a morning of work, I spotted a new … Continue reading

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