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Guilty creature comforts

via Daily Prompt: Creature

 

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I’m supposed to be gluten-free but I baked these chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese frosting yesterday for friends and I couldn’t help myself!

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Brief silence

via Photo Challenge: Silence

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Sunset over the Atlantic Ocean

I took this picture in one of the very few moments of silence I had to myself during the past December holiday. I had left my family on a quest to watch the sun set from the road; but I found myself taking the 2-minute walk to the beach to sit alone and attempt to relax in silence. It was brief but it was worth it.

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Always and forever enamoured

via Daily Prompt: Enamored 

https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/enamored/

Happy anniversary!

3 years ago today I declared to my husband, before God and before witnesses, that I’d always and forever be enamoured of him. I’ve enjoyed every bit of our journey together thus far and I’m looking forward to many many more years of love, joy and peace. Happy anniversary sthandwa sami.

 

Our journey in pics

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The day we said ‘I Do’ Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
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Aug 2014
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One of our many games events with friends in our backyard in Zimbabwe Dec 2014
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Road trip to Tzaneen, South Africa! Dec 2015
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Canopy touring in Magoebaskloof, South Africa Dec 2015
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Friends 🙂 Dec 2015
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On a houseboat on Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe May 2016
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Another games night! 2016
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Hiking in Mutare, Zimbabwe April 2016
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My happy place – Holiday in Vumba Dec 2014
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Our first home in Milton Park, Zimbabwe
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Our first home in Windhoek, Namibia
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Our first road trip to the coast in Namibia
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And here we are now 😉
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Solitude

Source: Solitary https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/solitary/

No one tells you that travelling and/or relocating, whilst exciting, will expose you to a loneliness that you haven’t known before.

Solitary explorations. Solitary experiences. Solitude.

At first you will try to fill in the gaps with anything. With everything.

But hush..learn and understand that exploration of some parts of  the world, and of your soul, are best done in solitude.

Learn to enjoy moments of solitude. Stop scrolling through your phone to while up time. Stop doing chores and running errands. Stop being busy with everything and nothing at the same time.

But simply be. Simply be in solitude.

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Sun and seasons

via Daily Prompt: Sunny

It’s winter this side of the globe; my first winter in Namibia. We’re halfway through it and I’m yet to wake up to a cold cloudy day. Don’t get me wrong, it does get nippy, especially early morning and in the evening. But there’s just so.much.sun. for a winter season. And I’m loving it.

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During the last rainy season
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During winter now

 

Over the past weeks I’ve enjoyed watching the transformation of the backyard of where we stay. Just this morning I was marveling at the dramatic effect that the change of season has had on the trees. It was only a few months ago that I could barely see the neighbour’s yard because of the green leaves surrounding me. Now the yard has remnants of autumn colours in one corner and a number of ‘naked’ trees in the other. It’s really beautiful. It’s most beautiful early morning when the sun is rising over the hill behind us or in the evening when the sun sets.

 

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Observing nature usually draws out the philosophical in me. As I’ve watched the transformation of the backyard I’ve also reflected on life’s seasons. Similar to nature, there are times that have been set for specific seasons in my life whether I like it or not. All seasons are beautiful in their own way, and you’re guaranteed that the Sun is constant throughout all of them. So I must learn to embrace them when they come and enjoy them as much as possible. In addition, it would go well with me to not only enjoy the present sunny winter, but to also prepare for the hot, dry summer that’s coming.

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
    consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
    no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
    and gathers its food at harvest.

Prov 6: 6-8

 

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The coastline of South-West Africa

via Photo Challenge: Wanderlust

I can’t believe that my last trip was in December 2016, a whole 4 months ago! But I am excited that I’ll be returning to the coast in just a few days. My husband and I have planned a 4-day get away at the small coastal town of Namibia called Swakopmund. I simply can.not.wait.

Besides the fact that the Atlantic Ocean and the Namib desert are right at the edge of the town, Swakop (as it’s affectionately known in Namibia) is a lovely, quaint little town full of history. What I love the most about it is that it exudes relaxation and invites you to simply rest and enjoy the surroundings. And I intend to do just that. Below are a few pics that I took the last time we were there:

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Fry

via Daily Prompt: Fry

The past couple of days I’ve been learning to let go and let God. Instead of frying my mind, as one would fry a computer hard drive, I’m learning to let go.

Frying, though somewhat painful, often feels like a much easier option. I tend to process and re-process what I think should have or could have been.  I mull over a lot of what-if’s. I doubt my present capabilities. I do all this until I’m exhausted, until my mind is too full of random stuff, until I’m fried. Then sometimes I do it all over again the following day.

And as with cooking, frying myself isn’t particularly healthy. There’s a place for viewing life in retrospect; but I must learn to let go of what’s past, appreciate the present and embrace the future. I must let go and let God.