Monthly Archives: May 2015

Weekly Photo Challenge: En Route…

Escape! Get out of the city and the rush! The engine’s steady growl is the confirmation that you’re leaving the mad world of pretence behind and that you no longer have to put up with all those artificial smiles in the office.

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Now it’s only the open road, peace, tranquility.

aa1The tar stops and the gravel road beckons. Mountains ahead promise isolation.

aaThis is more like it! A splash of green suggests water nearby as the sun beats down.

aaAt last: freedom….

e4Now: change the default setting to: Recharge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken – a sad and common tale

There once lived a two friends in a poor suburb of a large city. The one was happy to continue his father’s business as a carpenter, but the other always wanted more; he swore he’d rise  rise above mediocrity.

b3He bought a flashy car with money he borrowed, and set out to establish himself as an important businessman in the city.

b2His business thrived, allowing him to approach the bank for another loan to buy a villa near the sea.

b1He’d often invite his carpenter-friend over, bragging continuously about the modern conveniences in his mansion. The carpenter was impressed with his friend’s wealth and often expressed his admiration for the success his old friend achieved.

b4“How can you afford such luxury?” The carpenter marvelled at the splendour of it all. His friend laughed and said anybody could live like a king: “Dream big, my friend. Impress people. You’ll see how easy it is if you talked to some moneylenders.”

IMG_3510But the carpenter didn’t do that. He loved working in his father’s old shop where he fashioned chairs and tables for the rich people’s houses.

b5One day, a strange thing happened: the bank demanded repayment of their loans. They used words like ‘inflation’, ‘credit squeeze’, ‘world-wide recession’ and ‘regrettable circumstances’.

b6The wheels of industry ground to a halt and the businessman went bankrupt. The bank sold everything he had, forcing him to live on the streets.

IMG_3122On a cold and rainy night, he breathed his last and was buried in a pauper’s grave.

Trip 2012 415The carpenter lived to a ripe old age, often remarking on the luxurious life of the rich and the famous. “But,” he’d then quickly add, “it just isn’t worth the sacrifice.”

Half-mens vs Willow

Being busy with a time-consuming biography, I reblog this old story to keep Boggel busy behind his counter…

Rolbos ©

The arid wasteland of the Kalahari contains many surprises. Fountains of clear water occur in the most unlikely places, although most of them are hidden below the sand. It requires a thorough knowledge of nature to know where to look for the life-saving little reservoir, which often will supply a mouthful of two before the water disappears at the bottom of the little well you dug. The area is home to the graceful oryx, the gentle tortoise and thousands of elegant springbuck. Here too, the spoor of last night’s lion will circle your campfire (when you discover a jackal made off with your biltong) in the morning.

Vetfaan knows all about these things, of course. He left his supplies safely locked up in his bakkie before turning in. Now, with the dawn edging out the night, he emerges from his tent to add a few sticks to the still-glowing embers…

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Nature’s Power

Many, many years ago, there once was a vast lake  – an inland sea – where man and animal lived happily. And Man was instructed: “Take care of the wall I made to keep the water in bay. Make sure the lake does not find the way to the sea”.

orangeNature provided a good life for all and her abundance was proclaimed upon the rocks.

water 5Man became lazy and did not notice the trickle of water that started draining the lake.

IMG_2451The trickle became a stream…and the water gushed down from the lake.

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it found it’s way through the desert, carving ravines and washing away rocks and trees, until only the barren landscape remained.

water 3And then it reached the sea, where Nature’s anger crashed into the rocks on the shore….

water 2The message: if we don’t look after her, Nature will take revenge. Taking care of her doesn’t require much effort – but if we neglect those small duties, the consequences will be disastrous. The way things are going, Nature will leave us destitute…

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