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Weekly Photo Challenge: Early Bird

Early bird~ {A person who gets up very early in the morning}

I must confess, I am not a morning person. As of late, I have had to get used to waking up at 05h00am.

I agree that daybreak is the most beautiful time of the day. With the dawning of the first light, the promise of a new day breaks.

Job 38:41 (God’s confronts Job)

“Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
And caused the dawn to know its place,”

Phillie early morning


One of my favourite pictures taken early one morning as I just worked through the night completing my final assignment while studying.  It was taken in Philadelphia, Western Cape.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Good Morning

Good morning {A conventional expression of greeting or farewell}




What a way to start a morning! Sunrise on the patio of one of the homes we stayed at a few years ago.  Incidentally this village, called Philadelphia (on the Cape West Coast), was featured on a TV program this week.  Nostalgia all around!

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Naturena, Joburg

Naturena, Joburg

Philadelphia, Western Cape

Klipheuwel, Western Cape

Naturena, Joburg

Melkbosstrand, Western Cape

Rockhaven, Porterville

Rockhaven, Porterville

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Making memories

We love travelling and I am like a magpie.  I collect things and finds wherever we go.

I especially like collecting natural items like driftwood, stones, shells, etc.  So if not careful, I can quickly find myself with boxes full of “stuff”.

A few years ago I thought of a way to display my finds that would appeal to my taste in décor.  So I came up with this idea to make a memory stick.

Collect all your finds and drill holes in the wood, shells etc.  You will need a long, interesting stick to be the main feature.  Grab some twine and start stringing the tokens in the order you like.  I unfortunately don’t have the equipment to make holes in the stones.  I just wrapped them double with the twine and used clear glue to secure it.  Be sure to space the tokens evenly.

Sticks & stones

When you’re done it should look something like this:

  1. This piece of driftwood I picked up in 2005 in the mountains in Greyton,Western Cape.
  2. These shells I collected while on holiday with my parents in Sedgefield in 2005.
  3. Driftwood from the beach in Arniston in 2006.
  4. These are burned guava’s I picked up in the Kruger National Park in 2006.  A guava tree caught fire and the gauva’s went stone-hard.
  5. These are precious stones I used when I still had my jewellery business.

The rest of the items are just random stuff I had around the house.

Below is the finished product.  These pictures were taken in our bedroom when we stayed in Philadelphia in 2007.

Finished product

I still have the memory stick but it is waiting for a place in our new home.  I cannot wait to paint the living room and hang it on the wall!

Waiting for a new home

You can also extend it and use it as a room divider.  I made one for a good friend of mine, Liana, and she uses hers as a ‘curtain’ in her bathroom.

Go on, make some memories!

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