Saturday, March 30, 2013

Life and Books

A couple days ago I asked my sister Emily what my next blog post should be about.  After I ignored some rather ridiculous ideas (like a post all about her cat eating), she suggested a book review. I thought that was perfect since I had just finished a fantastic book, The Hidden Hand.

I sat down full of confidence, and placed a piece of crisp white paper in front of me opened a word document.  Suddenly, I remembered that I don't enjoy writing and have severe writer's block. Plus, the book is so suspenseful that I didn't want to give anything away.  That said, I'll just just keep it short.

 This amusing and suspenseful book is about a girl called Capitola Black. She has a sharp mind that gets her into plenty of trouble, but also helps her get out of mischief more than once. It is definitely a page turner and has kept various members of my family up till the wee hours of the morning. 

Despite my lack of writing skill, I can take pictures and I have a marvelous time doing so. So here are various scenes from my life in the past week. 

Sometimes I feel like being a cat for a day, curled up in the sunshine with nowhere to go and nothing to do but sleep. And instead my desk (below) is rather full of things for me to do. 

Hot cross buns for Good Friday

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


To her fair works did Nature link
The human soul that through me ran;
And much it grieved my heart to think
What man has made of man.

Through primrose tufts, in that green bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And ’tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure:--
But the least motion which they made
It seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan,
To catch the breezy air;
And I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

Lines in Spring by Williams Wordsworth

Friday, March 15, 2013

Table Mountain

This post chronicles our final day in Cape Town. On this bright day wherein joy mixed with sorrow, we rode the cable car up Table Mountain to enjoy a picnic dinner and watch the sunset. After Cape of Good Hope I couldn't help but assume that it wouldn't hold a candle to CoGH . . . but once again Cape Town surprised me with its breathtaking beauty.

One of my favorite things about traveling is comparing the scenery with the view from home. Let me just say, our beach doesn't exactly look like this.

Yet another gorgeous place to spend time with my dad. I can't even begin to express how blessed I am to have this amazing dad in my life. 

It's amazing how something simple as a sun setting the Earth rotating around the sun, can make the most spectacular view imaginable.

photo credit: Christine

I will end my posts on this trip with a spectacular picture. This shot never ceases to amaze me.This is straight out of the camera, without the slightest bit of editing. It truly looks just like it did in real life. 

This earth is beautiful; yet corruption, sin and greed are around every corner. Still, God shows us His beautiful grace and mercy through the simplest things, like sunsets. They happen every single night and have for thousands of years. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


On our second day in Cape Town, we drove an hour inland to visit a winery that some friends had recommended.

"The small farm"

Once again, we enjoyed a beautiful 70 degree day with bright sunshine. 

I never have been one for wine. Whenever I've had wine in the past, I always had to eat or drink something directly after taking a sip of wine in order to wash the taste away. Well, then I tasted a white South African wine, and enjoyed it very much, somewhat to my surprise.

One thing I was craving throughout our entire stay in Nyankundee was cheesecake. Not that we had horrid food; on the contrary, the food 'twas lovely. But one always has that craving in the back of one's head whilst in Africa, and mine was cheesecake. Once I found myself in Cape Town, I indulged most heartily indeed in some mango cheesecake with passion fruit. It was scrumptious, just in case you were wondering.

I felt rather grown-up sipping wine at a winery. 

After lunch we wandered around the cute little town nearby and did some shopping and admired cute little churches surrounded by beautiful mountains

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cape Town day 1

After leaving Congo we flew down to Cape Town, South Africa for a couple of days of rest before jumping back into American life. I didn't quite know what to expect, but it wasn't long before I decided it was the most beautiful place I've ever visited.

On our first day we rented a car and drove down the coast. 

Each turn brought a new breathtaking sight. 

The water is so blue in these pictures.  It looks like they're too edited and saturated, but the water truly was that blue.

Downside for Cape Town beaches: smelly kelp.  +1 point for our beach at home.

We worked our way down the coast and enjoyed it so much we decided to continue all the way down to Cape of Good Hope. 

Cape of Good Hope is not the southern most point of Africa, but it's pretty close. It used to be a common stopping point for sailors before heading south or across the turbulent waters off the coast of South Africa. 

This is the view from the restaurant where we had lunch. What an eyesore... not!

I could have spent all day here.  Between the color of the water, and the fact that it was 75 and sunny with a lovely cool sea breeze, it was pretty much the ultimate lunch spot.. 

Somewhere behind us is Antarctica.

On our drive back up the coast we stopped at Boulder Beach, which happens to be home to dozens of these tiny little penguins

It was really hard to leave Congo, but it was hard to complain in a place like this....