Flower Moon .. Milk Moon .. Bright Moon .. Planting Moon … … …

The other evening .. to be precise on the 23rd .. I spotted the moon before it sank below the tree and roof tops.  It wasn’t large, but it had a golden/pink colour.

Full moon had been two days before, on 21st

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Each full moon has a name depending on where you are in the world.  I like the name for May’s full moon – Flower Moon, meaning “flowers are abundant everywhere during this time” ..  according to the American Farmers Almanac

Colonial American  :  Milk Moon

Cherokee  :  Planting Moon

Choctaw  :  Panther Moon

Celtic  :  Bright Moon

Medieval England  :  Hare Moon

Neo-Pagan  :  Grass Moon

Wiccan  :  Hare Moon

Algonquian  :  Flower Moon

English  :  Milk Moon

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Flowers for Friday

How sad.  I’ve nothing to blog about at the moment.  I could give an update on my ‘pesky piriformis’  resulting in stiffness and pain to my entire hip area and now I’m seeing another biokineticist who, with basic pilates muscle identification and strength, will ‘fix’ it !!!!!

Sooooo …. some flowers .. after a stroll around my autumn garden with camera in hand, while I set Connor the task of watering with a hand-held spray.  He missed parts and decided it wasn’t the best fun for a Friday afternoon:)

Iceberg ‘Brilliant’ …

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Hibiscus … a pretty new one in a pot

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Iceberg ‘Burgundy’ …

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Echeveria (rock rose) ..

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Hebe …

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Hypoestes (ribbon bush) …

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Plumbago ..

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Bougainvillea ..

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Seedlings to plant over the weekend …

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Drakensberg landscape

Today was an indoor .. tea and homemade scones topped with strawberry jam and fresh cream .. yummy beef stew supper .. cuddle under blankets .. kind-of day.  It has rained the entire day.   Very light rain to a good soaking rain off and on.  Wonderful for the garden as it hasn’t rained for weeks and weeks, but temps have dropped somewhat and this evening it’s dark and rather chilly!   Winter is around the corner, or possibly here already if this chilly weather continues

Looking through some past photographs I came across a few I took on our last day in the Drakensberg on our way home from our fabulous holiday at Umngazi River Bungalows, the Midlands and the Berg

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The majestic Amphitheatre in the distance is under cloud …


Tugela River, the source being the Mont-Aux-Sources plateau which extends several kilometers beyond the Amphitheatre escarpment from which the falls drop 948m (3110ft)



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I’ve caught up with my blogging of our recent short trips and a wedding …

Sooooo .. getting back into my garden, with camera in hand, I spotted heavy dew on the roses early one morning recently …

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‘Every dew-drop and rain-drop had a whole heaven within it. ‘
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Coffee date at Terbodore Coffee Roasters in the Midlands

On the morning of Sharon and Ronald’s wedding, hubby and I met Elaine and Bryan at Terbodore, a fabulous coffee roastery on a farm, close to Providence Country Weddings where Elaine and Bryan were married nearly three years ago


The coffee is absolutely delish !!!   I love the ‘doggie’ biscuits served with the coffees !

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The family dogs, two of which are enormous Great Danes are quite comfortable sleeping under tables, in doorways and under the trees.  We had an old large Lab at our feet .. who reminded us of our beloved Robbie …

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There is another Terbodore Roastery in Franschhoek, also run by a member of the family at Goederust Farm along the R45


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Walkabout in the Midlands

I had time for a walkabout on the morning of Sharon and Ronald’s wedding at Lords of the Manor before hubby and I met Elaine and Bryan for morning coffee at Terbodore in Nottingham Road, and again early the following morning before breakfast and heading home

We had a Garden Room with a magnificent view …


Ours was at the end on the right  ..


Short walk to the hotel …

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There are two magnificent +- 150 year old oak trees on the property.   Under this one is a Labyrinth …

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It will be lovely when it’s fully developed ..

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Roosters, hens and chicks wander around .. everywhere !

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Early Sunday morning I ventured through the ‘garden’ gate and walked down to the trout dam on the grounds of Saddle and Trout ..





A flypast of Blue Cranes …

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.. and ducks ..


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Looking back up the hill to the Garden Room of Lords of the Manor ..


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More Blue Cranes ..




Next post … morning coffee at Terbodore Roastery

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Sharon and Ronald’s wedding in the Midlands

Two weekends ago hubby and I were in the Midlands at the wedding of my niece, Sharon, to the love of her life, Ronald, held at a gorgeous boutique hotel, the Lords of the Manor.

It was a beautiful wedding with family and close friends, the setting was gorgeous and Sharon looked stunning!!!   Jeanette took the official photographs, some of which are on her blog

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Beautiful small chapel beyond the trees …

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What made their wedding extra special was that the ceremony was conducted by Gavin, Sharon’s uncle.  Sharon’s dad, Barry, and Gavin are brothers





A family memorial candle burned throughout the ceremony  …


My favourite Aunty Paddy (my mom’s sister) and Uncle Ken (Barry and Gavin’s mom and dad) ..


It’s a lovely intimate chapel with light streaming through small windows ..

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I was sitting at the door ..  a perfect spot to watch Sharon’s veil blow off with a gust of wind, sending bride and bridesmaids into fits of laughter !!


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Little Emily took her petal scattering very seriously :)  So sweet

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Father of the bride, Barry, walked arm in arm down the aisle with his two gorgeous daughters ..

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Sharon and her mom, Caryl …

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Cousins ..


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Very special father and daughter dance ..


Wishing Sharon and Ronald an amazing life together as husband and wife filled with love, laughter and togetherness xxx

Next post …. more pics from our weekend at Lords of the Manor in the Midlands

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