Weekly Photo Challenge: Red around the world.

When I saw at Aletta’s blog that the weekly photo challenge is RED, I was inspired immediately. Red can never be wrong.

Red energises me. Red gives me hope. Red puts ‘a spring in my step’ (I used google translate for this one and I am not sure if it is correct. Red makes me want to dance. Red lightens the tread.

They say that you must not make red the colour of your bedroom. Well, I can say that since I have red curtains and a red duvet cover, I sleep much better at night.

Red just do it for me. Red is a warm colour, a friendly colour, a welcoming colour. An ‘outgoing’ colour. A rich colour.

What about a big, Lindt chocolate, covered in Red, to chase away the cold at the Jungfraujoch in Switzerland? Can you believe how many ‘doors of hearts’ my red bag opened in my life? So many time it is the reason for the beginning of a new conversation. 

The Moulin Rouge in Paris.

A street café in Amsterdam.

Toortsie cooking for the TV Programme, Pasella, SABC2, in South Africa. Why, would you think, wears Toortsie red on such a day? For courage and good luck! 

Nice food from Toortsie’s Banting Bash!

A last fun picture of Toortsie in red in South Africa.

And if you still wonder which colour is best? Ask me! If you still don’t know it?  I LOVE red!


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Pink Toortsie


The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square.


Not any piano!

#inthepink, inspired by nowathome.

Photo challenge:

The theme for squares this month is ‘In the Pink‘ and the one rule as always is that your main photograph must be square.

Pink piano? No! Blue! But see the lots of pink sparkling wine bottles underneath and on top and the pinkish picture frames and floor. It looks like lots of blue and pink fun, if I might say.

This piano is in a very nice restaurant in Hermanus.

And by the way, if you try some of the notes, it sounds perfect. Not a dummy piano this one!


Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #9: Action

Disclaimer: I am no ‘lens-artist’ at all. I take pictures with my cellphone, and the reason I do that is to capture memories. I also am not a regular participant of the photo challenge, but when I saw Abrie’s post, I decided to take part, for the fun of it. This week’s challenge is the brain child of PA Moed.

This week’s challenge is all about action.  Capture nature, people, objects, or animals on the move.  Capture action in the sky or on land, on the playing field or on a busy street.  It’s totally up to you.

The two pictures above were taken by Lize Venter Photography when we were capturing the pictures for my Banting recipe book, Toortsie’s Banting Bash.

Picture above: Same photographer, Lize Venter Photography. Grandmother having fun with her grandchildren. ❤

For many people this is as ‘static’ picture, but, no, it is not! While the cows are being quite static, big action is taking place behind them, because they are being milked.

Trying to be Mozart at the Music House in Vienna.

Loader lifting the Toortsie and her hubby to enjoy the view from the top.

Drumline practicing.

Having fun in the snow. Kleine Scheidegg, Switzerland.

I do hope that you enjoyed my photos. Thank you for visiting.


Astonished? Or in Awe?

Although astonished is the word that I am going to use today, as a result of the daily prompt, I think the best word to use in this case, is ‘in awe’.

I am a Transformation Prayer Ministry (TPM) Facilitator. I am quite new and don’t see clients every day or every week, but I see some clients on a regular basis. Every time when a client is due for his/her appointment, I am a bit nervous. Then I have questions in my mind, like, would I be capable of doing it? Every time I go to the Lord and He calms my heart and assure me that it will be all right.

With every client I see, I am astonished, in awe about what God does in the lives of those people. It is amazing to see how God brings healing to a person, and what is really wonderful, is that God brings the healing differently for every person. He knows us so well and He knows which way would be best to bring truth to each of us.

Every time, after a TPM session, I want to rejoice, because I could have the privilege to see the real transformation that happens in the heart of that person.

God shows the person that felt neglected for her whole life, that she has purpose. The man who had anger in his heart towards a person, became free after many years of carrying the heavy load of unforgiveness and walked away with so much energy, not having to carry this load any more. The lady that always felt the odd one out in her family, learned from God that she is loved so much. The Toortsie that felt for 50 years that she was not good enough, learned that she is good enough, that God wants her the way she is.

Each time God has a new surprise. Each time I am astonished. In awe, because our God is an Awesome God. He really is!

I want to encourage you to take your pain, the pain that you carry for all your life, the pain that you hide, the pain that drags you down, have the courage and make work of it. Confront it. Look it in the eye. Yes, it really is painful, but the relief is so much better.

Best wishes


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