the journey of a budding author


Weekly Photo Challenge: Shine

These photos were taken worlds apart. The dragonfly alighted on our  boat while we were ambling down a quiet river in France. Fortunately I had my camera at the ready for other wonders, but this elegant creature stopped just long enough for me to get a photo. It was his colour that caught my eye but, just for a moment he sat on the rail and shone!

The other photo was taken on a cattle farm  in the north of South Africa. It was last winter and we were on holiday there. The winter veld is a dismal brown as there is no rain for months on end and the winds were bitter. We had found a sunny sheltered spot where we could cuddle up to our mugs of tea. The turquoise flash of this lovely lizard engaged my attention and I was glad  was able to get a photo because the click of the camera chased him back into a crack in the plaster. It wasn’t until I saw the two pictures together I realised that they were almost a matched pair with their brilliant colour and jewel-like shine.




Weekly Photo Challenge : H2O

The photos were taken in the Nelspruit Botanical Gardens in the province of Mpumalanga South Africa. They demonstrate the might and power of H2O but also the quiet, shady backwaters it offers for peaceful contemplation.


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Every Hidden Thing


France 1942. a Jewish boy Aristide Meyer, sees his father arrested and sent to Auschwitz, betrayed by double agent Jacques Marteau. Twenty-two years after the war, Aristide returns to Paris, determined to find Marteau. He relinquishes his search when he hears that Marteau is rumoured to have died in an ambush in 1944. His investigation is re-ignited when Ari recognises Marteau, now known as Victor Dubois, a senior member of the Government. Now he needs to prove that a respected member of society was a Nazi agent. As he delves into Dubois’ past, his activities attract unwanted attention and Ari begins to realise what really is at stake.
Ari meets Michel Gaillard, now a lawyer, whom he first met in 1941. Michel also has every reason to want to prove Dubois’ guilt.
Libby Wentworth, Ari’s English assistant finds herself embroiled in the intrigue surrounding Dubois. Can she help Ari in his quest, or does she get so deeply entangled that her life is in danger?
More deaths – and the hunt is on to arrest Dubois, to avenge the lives he destroyed and prevent him from vanishing with the loot stolen from Jews during the war.
Can they find him before it is too late . . . ?


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Weekly photo Challenge: Opposites


The contract between the glorious orange of the aloe flower ( Botanical name Kniphofia) and the black wooden fence strikes a perfect contrast.  DSC08933

Engagement pics at Parys etc 023Opposites attract they say! Large brown great Dane perfectly happy to be the sofa for a tiny fox terrier.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

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Rushing Home before the storm.

Rushing Home before the storm.

Some years ago, we were on holiday in the Eastern Cape of South Africa and we had spent a long day out driving. As Evening fell, we realised we had a storm behind us and we were on a dirt road so it was important to get under shelter. My husband could not stop of course and we were tired and hungry and rushing to get back. I took this photo through the windscreen traveling at 120 kms an hour. The effect was rather like an Impressionist painting!

This photo was posted in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: State of Mind

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering

A gathering of seagulls waiting for their ship to come in! A gathering of seagulls waiting for their ship to come in![/caption]

Seagulls and a gathering a fishing boats in the background

Seagulls and a gathering a fishing boats in the background

These photos were taken at Struisbaai (Ostrich Bay in English) in the southern Cape. South Africa.

The post is in response to the Weekly Photo Challenge: Gathering