Hi, my name is Reggie, and I live at the almost-southernmost tip of the African continent.
One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2014 is to take a photograph every day this year, in order to learn how to use my camera more effectively, and to challenge myself photographically in different ways. By the end of this year, I want to have a nice portfolio of images that will remind me of the things I did during the year.
I also look forward to connecting with fellow-photies in my neighbourhood, my city and around the world via this blog. So, please subscribe!
I already have a writing-and-photography blog, called Grains of Sand, which can be found here; frustratingly, the time constraints of daily living have prevented me from updating it as often as I would like, particularly last year. Crafting longer blog-posts simply takes more time and energy than I have right now. So, to take the pressure off myself, I decided to create a new photos-only blog for 2014.
I have called it ‘Finding Frohsinn’ in memory of a visit to the magical rose garden at Chart Farm in Wynberg on 30 December 2011. That day, I found a rose that combined my favourite colours, all subtly flowing into each other: “the colour is an interesting play of apricot-pink with orange-red on the edges of the petals & salmon flowing towards the centre of the blooms” (website). It also had the most exquisite sweet fragrance.
And, much to my delight, it even had the perfect name: “Frohsinn“! This German word means ‘cheerfulness’ or ‘joy’ in English, and it expressed exactly how I felt when I first saw this rose.
I thought it would be a fitting name for this blog.
Oh good. I was so interested to know what “Finding Frohsinn” might mean. I am glad you shared it here. (Thought it might be the name of your town or subdivision or something. This is much cooler!)
I just love that name too, Kathy. It gives such a nice goal for the year too!
This is my saved book such a terrific soul of joy you present everday.
😀 Thank you, Bobz. Smiles across the miles to you.
Warm Greetings from a wonderful village not too far from the Southernmost Tip of the African Continent,
Hello Herman – Welcome! I see that you are lucky enough to live in beautiful Stanford. And I see on your blog that your photographs are *magnificent*!
On my other blog, I wrote about a weekend we spent in Stanford and surroundings in 2011 (http://namibsands.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/a-relaxing-birthday-weekend-in-stanford-of-the-overstrand/) and a recent retreat at peaceful Bodhi Khaya in the hills outside Standford (http://namibsands.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/are-you-dreaming-or-are-you-awake/). Your part of the world is really lovely.
Times are changing and so has Stanford in the past 3 yrs (we moved here in July 2011 from Robertson where we ‘survived’ our first 11 yrs in SA 😉 )
Change for the good, not so good and the better!
The common denominator there seems to be ‘change’. 😀 Your ‘quaint little village’ from many years ago is no longer quite so little, but parts of it at least appear to be quaint still, based on your photos. I liked the village atmosphere then… is that still the case?
The sphere is great but there is an enormous fluctuation in coming and going of people and businesses. Greedy short-term thinking landlords charge extreme high rents, etc. etc.
I so love that photo