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These are only random photos, taken in 2008 – we were in the vicinity of Mockerkin, Hadrian’s Wall, Cockermouth, – this is also William Wordsworth and Beatrix Potter-country. Those who are regular readers, you def saw my B Potter entry – of a few years ago. We also visited Whitehaven – a coastal town with an interesting history – linking to America – see whitehaven.org.uk for some really interesting reading. I took these photos with my old olympus, so quality not great at all.

Ek maak verskoning vir die Olympus foto’s, was glad nie ‘n goeie kopie toe ek die kamera gekoop het nie, ek dink hy lê nou al ‘n paar jaar iewers op ‘n ashoop. Meeste van hierdie foto’s het ek nog nie voorheen geblog nie, ek wil nie regtig veel sê nie, want daar is nie baie om te sê as jy net na ‘n ou deur, murasie, posbus of iets dergeliks kyk nie. Ek hoop dit maak sin. Hadrian se murasie-foto’s sal ek eendag plaas, die weer was eintlik so sleg daardie paar dae, dat ek meer museum-foto’s van die besoek aan sy muur het, as regtig die muur self.

We stayed near Loweswater – one of the lakes in the Lake District.

 

Wonder who is behind this door? Story writing idea!

Hadrian’s Wall – Princess Anne 1999 – Hadrian’s Wall is where Carlisle is – see the map in this entry.

I like to photograph post boxes as well, don’t ask me why, I don’t know, it’s one of those things that attracts me. I have many photos of post boxes. I like gravestones, old doors, stone walls, – anything old with ‘character’. 

Gravestones can be quite interesting, look at the beautiful detail on this one. [click on the images for a large view]

On this gravestone there are a few family members’ names.

 

Note on doors: NO PARKING – some people never read such messages.

Another – narrow road – and wobbly too – if you ask me. Most of the time on roads like this one, people are allowed to park – ANY direction! – as long as there is only a single yellow line. Well, don’t ask how many times I had to manoeuvre myself around parked cars – on both sides of the road. In the UK there is not a rule that says you need to park – with your car –  facing the direction you’re driving. You can park the opposite way too. It’s just crazy.

Who lives here? Moomins? or… maybe the fairies!

 

All sorts of ‘tools’ found in this ‘building’ – someone is definitely using them – at some point.

Have you noticed what’s in the window?

Whitehaven

Whitehaven – click on the image to read!

Whitehaven – looks like a painting 

A fine seat… for tired legs – beautiful animal carvings

Mockerkin/Cockermouth – somewhere – wonder who is behind this door and what he’s doing there?

Here is the Beatrix Potter-entry  if you have missed it.

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Sunny Sunday Shoo

shoo (sh)
interj.
Used to frighten away animals or birds.
tr.v. shooed, shoo·ing, shoos
To drive or frighten away by or as if by crying “shoo.”

This dictionary explanation is from: The Free Dictionary.com-site. When the kids in class are getting too noisy, I sometimes would say: ‘shoo, ….noise-level…’ and they think it’s very funny and will start getting the giggles. In the movie, ‘Out of Africa‘, Meryl Streep uses the word too, actually twice and the second time was to ‘shoo’ animals away – buffalo – I think.

I took these pictures a week ago, and in Fireworks discovered a little ‘something’ I’ve never used before and thought to play around with it a little bit – frames!  It’s sort of hidden in a menu where you would not usually look for  it, especially when you want to adjust pictures. There’s never really time to get to know the software, like I really want to, and was quite surprised when I discovered it. These are only a few ‘tests’, ;0, so nothing to get excited about, though I do like the second picture. If you haven’t seen ‘Out of Africa’, you can watch some clips on youtube, although not the real movie as such, but it will give you a taster of what it’s like – a movie based on a true story. Oh, these pictures were taken in Cornwall – the second one on the road back. You can click on the pictures for a larger view. PS: I don’t have Photoshop – My Photoshop [Elements] is neither compatible to Windows Vista, nor to Windows 7 – so money down the drain, though I’ve tried to find a fix for Vista – without success. 

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I was tagged by Boendoe to show my handwriting and the same time I need to tag 5 other bloggers to do the same, but I’ve tagged 8. Also, it was time for a new camera and I spoilt myself with this Sony,  but must add that I haven’t had the time to try it out as yet. I only took a few pics to test it. These images were taken from the garden and I zoomed in till I couldn’t anymore. The camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A200. Oh, of course the names on the list are the students in my tutor group for the new academic year which starts in September in the UK, but new Y7’s, Y12’s and Y13’s will only be joining us in September. Students on this list are a mixed from Y8- age 12 till Y11- age 16. I might have about 7-9 more students.

I’m going to tag the following bloggers to show their handwriting:

the7new7ramanujan*
Norrbu*
Boerinballingskap
Ray*
Kop
mnrmuller
Skoor
Juffer

*English-blogs

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I was in Hounslow this morning. I was glad I went early as it’s another boiling, hot day today. I ventured quickly through the shops as I knew the sun will start baking down on me and then it’s no pleasure to wander around looking for a bargain or two. All the shops have their specials and it’s quite a good time – now with the credit crunch – to shop as you will even find items marked down 50-70%. This road is only a pedestrian zone, but buses do travel through here for shoppers, which is nice and convenient. I usaully park in Treaty Centre – see the last image – as it’s quite central and you can access all these shops within a few minutes walk from the centre. We normally buy at Tesco’s groceries – and sometimes you find some clothing you like too – Tesco is not in Hounslow, it’s in Osterley, where we live. Osterley is about 5 min drive from this shopping centre and also, Osterley is a small area, part of Isleworth! –very confusing, I know!haha ..Hounslow is also the borough we live in.

On one image you will see Holland and Barret – that’s where we buy our vitamin-supply and all sorts of dry fruits and bars, always fresh. This area is quite leafy and there are a couple of benches where shoppers can relax and have their daily meetings with their friends. (some on their mobiles!) Normally this place is as busy as an ant’s nest! You don’t want to go here on a Saturday, it can get too busy – for someone like me not having too much patience with people not really knowing what they actually want to buy. I also go to this centre when I need to top-up my perfume…at the bottom image, you can see Beauty Base. Debenhams sells a variety of stuff including kitchenware. Come rain!

Die Treaty sentrum is ons naaste inkopie-sentrum, maar ook nie baie ver nie, is Ealing Broadway wat ook baie lekker is om inkopies te doen, alhoewel ons min daar uitkom. Tesco het gewoonlik als wat jy wil hê, selfs klere, maar jy kry mos nie altyd alles wat jy wil hê by een plek nie, daarom sal ons af en toe London toe gaan of Richmond toe gaan. Richmond is om en by 20 min (met verkeer) van ons af en net so heerlik om inkopies te doen, hulle het ‘n groot verskeidenheid van winkels. Twickenham is ook om die draai by ons, maar ek was nog net vir ‘n ete in ‘n Chinese Restaurant daar, nog nie regtig na die winkels gaan kyk nie. As jy ‘n heerlike omgewing soek om te bly, dan is Osterley regtig die plek om te bly. Dit is ‘n vinnige 3-5 min se stap vanaf Osterley stasie – wat op die Piccadilly lyn is – die lyn wat ook Heathrow toe gaan. Van hier af na sentraal London, ry jy per trein so 3/4 uur, dis nou met al die stoppe tussen-in en as daar geen oponthoud op die treine is nie. Gewoonlik is die diens goed op die Piccadilly lyn, maar druktyd kan dit nogal erg raak en kom vertragings tog voor, maar darem nie daagliks nie. Gelukkig hoef ek nie meer op die “Underground” te reis nie, ek dink ek het genoeg gehad van die vier jaar wat ek dit in-en-uit gedoen het. Mens raak bietjie moeg vir dit, maar dit bly ‘n gerief. Jy’t geen spanning van verkeer en verkeersopeenhopings en ompaaie wat jy moet neem as jy op ‘n besige snelweg is waar daar ongelukke was en afritte gesluit moet word. Dit kan nogal ‘n nagmerrie wees. Ons het nou byna vyf jaar hier in Osterley gebly en verhuis na Amersham oor ‘n maand. Google die naam en sien hoe mooi daardie omgewing ook is. As jy planne het om in London te kom bly, moet jy baie mooi seker maak in watter area jy wil bly, want daar is areas waar jy liewer nie wil bly nie, dalk nie eers ook daar naby wil wees nie. Een so ‘n area is Peckham. Met die skoolhouery in London-laerskole – aflos wat hulle hier Supply noem, het ek baie areas leer ken en so die skole ook. Jy wil baie beslis nie jou kinders in daardie skole ook hê nie, nie eers vir ‘n uur nie.

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Geniet/Enjoy Laurika Rauch met ‘n gedeelte van Lisa se klavier/Lisa’s piano. Draaikewers is a poem from “Joernaal vir Jorik”…”The Journal of Jorik” which is really one of my many favourite-Opperman poems. “Man met flits” (“man with a torch”) is one which we discussed/studied at  School.
 

We have wonderful friends in South Africa and they visited us a couple of months ago…about Feb/March. They don’t go  on holiday very often due to business, but when they do go, they go to all the awesome places in South Africa and sometimes Botswana. This is one of their pictures. They were on holiday in SA and straight from there they went to Finland and then London, so all their wonderful pictures were still on their cameras when they visited us and they downloaded a few on my pc…and I’ve thought to share this beautiful pic with you. It’s actually much larger, this is only about half of the image. I also have it now on my desktop as a wallpaper image. I think you have to agree with me that this is really a fantastic shot! And I’ve said many times and I want to say it again, South Africa is the best place for your sunset pics! You want to disagree? I’ve got a fantastic poem here too..if you can’t read it, it’s Afrikaans…enjoy the picture! The poem’s title in English is “Whirligig beetles” – see the image at the bottom and you can read here more about this beetle. The link will open in a new window. The poem is not about the beetle itself, but about time that is running out in this relationship… like the beetle’s movement…in circles. If you’re Afrikaans, you may want to read my “reply” to “Draaikewers” on my “Gedigte-My Poems” page..I’ve done it for the fun and I quite like it…I used the other half of this lovely sunset Pic…so if you want to enjoy the pic only, feel welcome…

D J Opperman…painted by Philip Terblanche.
See more paintings and sculptures of
South African writers here. The link will open in a new window.

Diederik Johannes Opperman, (1914 – 1985) was one of the best-known Afrikaans poets.

He was born on 29 September 1914 in Dundee in Natal, where he grew up. He went to school in the towns of Estcourt and Vryheid, and afterwards received an M.A. degree from the University of Natal. He taught at schools in Pietermaritzburg and Johannesburg, and later on became editor of “Die Huisgenoot”. In 1949 he became a lecturer at the University of Cape Town. During this period he completed one of his most important publications – “Digters van Dertig” (Poets of the thirties) – in 1953.

From 1960 to 1975 he was a professor of Afrikaans at Stellenbosch University, where he also served on the editorial board of the publication “Standpunte” (“points of view”). He died in 1985 in Stellenbosch.

He won the coveted Hertzog prize for poetry in 1947 for his collection “Heilige beeste” (“Holy cattle”). He also wrote “Negester oor Ninevé” (“Nine star over Niniveh”), “Joernaal van Jorik” (“The Journal of Jorik”), “Engel uit die klip” (“Angel from the stone”), “Blom en baaierd” (“Flower and Chaos” or perhaps “Flower and rubble”), “Dolosse” (“Knucklebones”), “Kuns-mis” (“Artificial manure”), “Edms. Bpk” (“Pty. Ltd”) en “Komas uit ‘n bamboesstok” (“Comas from a bamboo pole”).

His three verse plays, “Periandros van Korinthe” (“Periandros of Corinth”), “Vergelegen” (a place name, lit. “faraway”) and “Voëlvry” (“Outlaw”; lit. “bird-free”) appeared in 1954, 1956 and 1968.

His collected essays on literature were published as “Wiggelstok” (“Wiggle-stick”), “Naaldekoker” (“Dragonfly”) and “Verspreide opstelle” (“Spread-out essays” – the direct opposite of “Collected essays” in Afrikaans).

He won four Hertzog prizes (in 1947, 1956, 1969 and 1980), four Hofmeyer prizes (in 1954, 1956, 1966 and 1980), two CNA Prizes (in 1964 and 1980), a prize from the “Drie-Eeue Stigting” (“Three Centuries Foundation”) in 1956, the Louis Luyt-prize in 1980 and the Gustav Preller prize for literary criticism in 1985.

The South African composer Cromwell Everson wrote music for some of Operman’s poems e.g. “Kontraste” and “Nagstorm oor die see”.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D._J._Opperman

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Man met flits

In die klein wit kol
van my wete stol

bruin en skerp ’n klip
soos ’n bok wat skrik,

staan, vinnig weghol
uit die klein wit kol.

Aan ’n takkie hang
twee ogies wat bang

uit die klein wit skyn
van my flits verdwyn.

Oor waters wat glip
soek ek klip na klip

maar ’n duister land
bedreig my alkant.

D. J. Opperman

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Image: – whirligig beetle…bugguide.net

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This song is one of my favourites, sung by Laurika Rauch, also one of my favourite South African artists. Laurika is a legend in South Africa and many South Africans love her for her music…and I’m definitely one of them. If you click on the page-link that says…”don’t miss this song”, you can listen to her singing another song together with Valiant Swart…and I’ve translated that song for you to understand the song that’s about a sun catcher… This song is about her as a young girl, where she says she used to believe in Santa ….she saw Santa walking through the corn fields one day and her brother asked if Santa was from Clocolan….then one day  she saw Santa’s suit…and she realised that he wasn’t real…all her dreams were scattered… she also sings about girls having dreams about their future partners and she wrote a letter to Santa …describing him her dream partner…


WOW! This image is from THIS SITE where you can see more fantastic breathtaking images! This is the road to Clocolan…the small town Laurika mentions in her song…in her song her little brother asks her if Santa was from Clocolan…
 

EK HET IN MY KINDERJARE VAS GEGLO IN KERSFEESVADER
IN WERKLIKHEID RY HY MOS MET ‘N SLEE
MAAR HIER STAP HY DEUR DIE MIELIES, MET ‘N STREEPSAK
EN ‘N KIERIE
EN MY BOETIE VRA, “BOER HY BY CLOCOLAN?”
KOOR:
WAAR IS JOU RENDIER EN SILWER SPORE?
WAAR IS ONS DROME VAN GISTERAAND?
VLIEG OOR DIE BOME MET MY DROME
KYK HOE GLINSTER DIE MAAN

DIE WINDE VAN DIE WINTER HET MY KINDERHART ONTNUGTER
EK EN BOETIE KRY ‘N ROOI JAS IN DIE LAAI
JONK VAN JARE, OUD VAN DAE, HUIL EK HARTSEER
IN MY KAMER
WANT DIE FANTASIE HET SOOS ‘N DROOM VERDWYN

KOOR

IN ‘N BRIEF VAN LATER JARE, SKRYF EK “LIEWE KERSFEESVADER
ELKE MEISIE HET ‘N SPESIALE WENS
VIR ‘N MAN SO SOET SOOS SUIKER, MET ‘N MOTOR SONDER DUIKE
EN SOEN HY JOU DINK JY DIS NET ‘N DROOM”

KOOR

EK STAP TOE OP ‘N AAND LAAT, MET ‘N KÊREL UIT DIE VRYSTAAT
AL BESTUUR HY ‘N OU BAKKIE, SÊ EK “KERSFEESVADER, DANKIE!”
WANT AL SY SOENE IS SOOS SUIKER, EN IN SY HANDE ‘N DIAMANT
VLIEG OOR DIE BOME MET MY DROME
KYK HOE GLINSTER DIE MAAN

HIER’S ONS KINDERS OM DIE BOOMPIE, HULLE WAG NOU VIR DIE OOMPIE
MY DOGTERTJIE IS NET ‘N BIETJIE BANG
MAAR HY STAP SOMMER UIT DIE BRANDERS, JA DIE TYE HET VERANDER
MY SEUNTJIE VRA, “WOON HY IN JEFFRIESBAAI?”

KOOR
Read what Wipneus says in her post about “dreams” HERE , but it’s an entry in Afrikaans. The link will open in a new window.

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On THIS LINK you can read about dreams….The link will open in a new window.

From the book “Dreams”…by Olive Schreiner…

 And God laughed at me; and I wondered why he laughed.

God said, “Come, and I will show you Heaven.”

And partly I awoke. It was still and dark; the sound of the carriages had
died in the street; the woman who laughed was gone; and the policeman’s
tread was heard no more. In the dark it seemed as if a great hand lay upon
my heart, and crushed it. I tried to breathe and tossed from side to side;
and then again I fell asleep, and dreamed.

God took me to the edge of that world. It ended. I looked down. The
gulf, it seemed to me, was fathomless, and then I saw two bridges crossing
it that both sloped upwards.

I said to God, “Is there no other way by which men cross it?”

God said, “One; it rises far from here and slopes straight upwards.

I asked God what the bridges’ names were.

God said, “What matter for the names? Call them the Good, the True, the
Beautiful, if you will–you will yet not understand them.”

Please click HERE to read the entire book …”Dreams” online written by a South African writer…Olive Schreiner….the link will open in a new window….and on THIS LINK  you can read more about her…the link will open in a new window.

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other works of Olive include:


The Story of an African Farm as Ralph Iron, 1883
Dreams, 1890
Dream Life and Real Life, 1893
The Political Situation (with S C Cronwright-Schreiner), 1896
Trooper Peter Halket of Mashonaland, 1897
An English South African’s View of the Situation, 1899
Women and Labour, 1911
Stories, Dreams and Allegories, 1923
From Man To Man, 1926
Undine, 1928

 

Olive Schreiner rose to international fame as the first major South African writer of fiction, as an eloquent advocate of feminism, socialism, pacifism and free thought, as a trenchant critic of British imperialism and racism. Perhaps best known for her novel ‘The Story of an African Farm’, Schreiner wrote political and social treatises as well as allegories and short stories.

She was born into a poor family of a Boer father and English mother, the ninth of 12 children. She lived a life of incredible hardship: her father was a missionary of implacable religious zeal and her mother aggressively attempted to maintain a European sensibility as the family nomadically wandered from mission to mission throughout the Transvaal. Schreiner was self-educated; her early influences included the philosophers Herbert Spencer and John Stuart Mill, and the naturalist Charles Darwin.”..read on the link I’ve given about her…more…

On THIS LINK you can visit the site of the movie based on her book…”The Story of an African farm”…
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by Gustavus Hindman Miller.
Fireside; 1st Fireside Ed edition, 1985 | 592 pages | PDF | 1.4MB 
Click on the link to download the dictionary of dreams…the link will open in a new window.
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What do you believe about dreams….read this interesting article if you want to dream like an Egyptian! I’ve got a Dutch dream book…more like a dictionary, but quite old…unfortunately packed away in SA…would love to have it so I could blog it..it was always interesting to read what they say if you dream about something, what it means… it has happened to me twice that I dream about people and funerals..then it was when there was really going to be a funeral in the family! The first time it happened was when I was a student…and a couple of days later, my beloved grandma died! After the second time, I really believe that there is some meaning we can attach to dreams!

 

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DREAMING LIKE AN EGYPTIAN

by Robert Moss

The ancient Egyptians understood that in dreams, our eyes are opened. Their word for dream, rswt, is etymologically connected to the root meaning “to be awake”. It was written with a symbol representing an open eye.

The Egyptians believed that the gods speak to us in dreams. As the Bible story of Joseph and Pharaoh reminds us, they paid close attention to dream messages about the possible future. They practiced dream incubation for guidance and healing at temples and sacred sites. They understood that by recalling and working with dreams, we develop the art of memory, tapping into knowledge that belonged to us before we entered this life journey, and awakening to our connection with other life experiences.

The Egyptians also developed an advanced practice of conscious dream travel.

Trained dreamers operated as seers, remote viewers and telepaths, advising on affairs of state and military strategy and providing a mental communications network between far-flung temples and administrative centers.

They practiced shapeshifting, crossing time and space in the dreambodies of birds and animals.

Through conscious dream travel, ancient Egypt’s “frequent flyers” explored the roads of the afterlife and the multidimensional universe. It was understood that true initiation and transformation takes place in a deeper reality accessible through the dream journey beyond the body.
Please click on
THIS LINK to read the entire article. The link will open in a new window.

 DO BABIES DREAM?

Babies dream, says Dr. Charles P. Pollak, director of the Center for Sleep Medicine at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell hospital in the New York Times.

In what seems like a rather gutless attempt to explain why he thinks babies dream, Dr. Pollack says, babies sleep because babies experience REM sleep (I have experienced REM sleep, too, any time you put in one of their last five albums). Because infants have REM sleep, Dr. Pollack says, “It is a well-based inference that babies are dreaming in REM sleep.”
Click HERE to read about babies’ dreams…The link will open in a new window.

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Voila!! Test with blogdesk! Due to the picture-uploading-problem with WordPress, which is still not sorted, one of my friendly blogger-friends…suggested I use blogdesk and this is my first post with blogdesk! Thank you, Chris…from “kop-op-n-blok”…see the blogroll for his blog… he’s always willing to help me with anything “technical”…these pictures were taken yesterday! Beautiful snow! It snowed a bit more later the morning and the snow was a bit thicker than what you see on these pictures.
Enjoy this video! Dogs and Polar Bears play together!

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