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African Sacred Ibis

I came across ibises,
sacred in their stance,
like wise old men,
some knew the dance…

Wading through
they bid me a good day,
I found them
quite genteel,
in a charming sort of way!


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I recently took a trip to Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth)
There had been a fire in the forest nearby, so the road was quite hazy.
We stopped at our usual place for coffee with a view of Storm’s River bridge….

we were delighted to have the company of birds and a cat drinking out of the stone bird bath..

With a friend I discovered an amazing Art Gallery in Gqeberha, where they use the barter system.
I could pin a note to a painting I loved requesting an exchange for something
of equal value, and the artist could decide if it was something they need…

“We are pure” by Sanelisiwe Singaphi

Our next stop was the main gallery where we found a treasure trove of different pieces…

I especially loved these photos entitled “Joy”

I also loved the old buildings in the area and the post box that has almost become a collector’s item…

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Celebrating Youth Day…

The sacrifice made by those students nearly half a century ago is why we need to keep remembering and why #blacklivesmatter is so important.

Because, just like in 1976, until ALL lives really do matter and are truly equal in value, opportunity, and expectation, Black Lives Matter is a necessary campaign and definitely worth protesting for.

The words of our once-banned national anthem¬† Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfika…

Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika
(God Bless Africa)
Maluphakanyisw’ uphondo lwayo,
(Raise high Her glory)
Yizwa imithandazo yethu,
(Hear our Prayers)
Nkosi sikelela, thina lusapho lwayo
(God bless us, we her children)

Morena boloka setjhaba sa heso,
(God protect our nation)
O fedise dintwa le matshwenyeho,
(End all wars and tribulations)
O se boloke, O se boloke setjhaba sa heso,
(Protect us, protect our nation)
Setjhaba sa South Afrika – South Afrika.
(Our nation South Africa – South Africa)