Creepy Spider at the Door!

Last night there was a howl of a cat fight and I recognised Truffles ‘voice’ amidst the screeching. Mike went out one door and I unlocked the front door and threw it open. I was about to barge out, but was stopped in my tracks by this creepy lady…

Golden orb spiderI got a big fright! My first instinct was to find out how to get rid of it! Shiver! I put the photo onto the Valley Trade and Swop Facebook page knowing that someone would know what kind of spider it is.

Sure enough, within seconds a number of people had come back with it being a golden orb spider, probably female. With a name at hand, I googled it and discovered they were right. It was a type of orb spider. I began to learn about this little lady. She likes to come out at night and will build her extensive web from a shrub to a wall and hang out close to fruit bushes where insects provide her nocturnal snack.

As soon as I had learned a little more, no longer was she a scary spider that nearly got obliterated – she was now a useful little 8-legged guard-spider helping me keep my strawberry and tomato plants insect free! Yay, little one, you may stay! With her guarding the door, I slept like a baby!

On waking this morning, I went to see if she has gone. One of the VTS peeps said she should be gone by dawn. Opening up at 5am, I was a little disappointed to find that she had indeed packed up her silky home and disappeared. I looked for a little and suddenly spotted her on the door mat….she scuttled towards me, had her photo taken…

This morning

…and then pitter pattered away and I haven’t seen her since! Perhaps she will be back tonight.

She did get me thinking. For many people, getting out the Doom, or taking off a hard-heeled shoe would have been an automatic response after meeting face to face with this little critter. I too was freaked out! But when I found out more about her, she became my friend and no longer a threat.

We are so quick to judge people as well. Yet when we hear their back-story and find out what makes them tick, we will soon find that we don’t want to shun them either. They are unique individuals who have stories to tell and help to give. We are just too quick to turn away, often in dismay and try and get rid of them as soon as possible.

Today, little lady spider taught me to not cast people away, but to pause for a moment and see beyond the horrible bits.

1 Peter 3:8

Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind.


Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)


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Today I’m Giving Away R192

This week is Child Protection Week. So often when these significant weeks come up, we may hear about them and the most I have done in the past is perhaps put a few coins into a tin that someone is holding at the side of the pavement.

In order for more to be done, I need to GIVE more. So today, I am going to give R192. I am hoping 999 others will do the same. Who am I giving it to?

May is child protection month

Living Hope.

This is Linsey’s story from the Living Hope Facebook Page:


“Linsey attends our afternoon clubs and is the eldest of 4 children. Her mom is an alcoholic, while her father passed away a few years ago. Linsey was the victim of most of the abuse in her family since she was the eldest. She had to look after her younger siblings, protect them when mom was under the influence, and at times look for something to eat for them. She became very aggressive and acted out in club. So we started doing home visits and the neighbours told us about their concerns. She would get beaten up, and would be locked up in the house. She was aged between 7 & 8 at the time and she was too scared to tell us, as she did not want her mom to get into trouble.

As much as she wanted to be out of the situation, she did not want her family to break up. Wee decided to support both the mother and children. We started to support the mom and tried to find out the reason behind the abuse. The mom said that she was unable to take care of her children and that she needed us to help. We helped her practically as far as we could in terms of stationery and a food parcel here and there. We supported her emotionally and one day she came to the decision that she would rather sign her kids off. She said it must be in the community as she would still like to see her children around at times. We had a long discussion about this and got the required social workers involved.

All three children were placed in the care of close friends of the family. Two of the kids were placed with one caring family. Linsey is with another lady who is also seeing to her needs. Linsey is happy because she is out of the cycle of abuse, and she is still able to see her mom and siblings as they all stay in the same community. She is doing very well at school and is currently in grade 3. We get feedback from the teachers as to her performance. She is still at our kids clubs and things are really looking up for her. There is a lot of positive change in her behaviour and she is a happier child than she ever used to be. She is growing a lot spiritually and is very inter-active in club. We do regular checks to see how she is doing and everything is going very well with her. We get a thank you from mom every now and again for the support that we gave and are still giving!”

Living Hope actively engages in the lives of the children they serve. In order to continue to bring hope, they need your support! Their lifeskills programmes run across various communities in Cape Town and cost  R192000 a month to run. This week they are looking for 1000 donations of R192.

I did!  Won’t you join in giving R192 to Living Hope today.

I give to Living Hope because I know where the money is going and that it is used wisely. Not only does it support the poor, but it also spreads the Gospel. Win-Win!

Visit their website to find out more or pledge here. (

Living Hope Child Protection campaign

Proverbs 19:17

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will repay him for his deed.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)


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The Comparison Trap

I’ve written about this before, in saying comparison is toxic.

Comparison robs us of our daily joy. It’s easy to compare – from very young, we compare toys with friends,  we compare looks with magazine pictures, we compare gifts and skills and exam results. We weigh ourselves up against anyone in our life and anything in our life.

Small house


We look at each others complexions, at the shape of our faces, the length of our hair, the number on the scale. We look at each others possessions and houses and we evaluate ourselves in relation to what others have, as to whether we are better than them. If we have more or look better or are considered to have increased skill, we may consider ourselves a little superior. If we fall short of the standard we ourselves have set against someone else, we may feel ENVY!  All of us have at some stage felt a little jealous.

Big houseNothing does more in luring us into the comparison trap than Facebook! We just need to log onto our accounts and we are instantly exposed to all our friends have. The very best of their photos are displayed in front of us – their lives  unfolding  – their best faces, their best family pictures – their best holidays – the best side of their homes. We scroll through their photos, all the time, sub-consciously, we are weighing them up against ourselves. We have fallen straight into the comparison trap.

I know what my life looks like. I know that negativity and some ugliness lurks in the dark corners of my home and some parts of my life. And I am not alone. The yucky stuff is in all of us – we just choose not to display it on Facebook. We put our best foot forward. It is for that reason that I don’t update my FB status with all that is good and happy and jolly. I don’t want to be false. I want to be transparent.

Everyone is the same. When you look at their lives on FB, please remind yourself that they face hardships, just like you do. No one is exempt. We all face difficult storms, tragedy, ill health and uncertainty. We struggle to understand it when bad things happen. We become miserable, have major relationship issues, argue, are discontent, climb financial mountains and do battle with lots of little daily frustrations. None, or very few, of those are scattered across FB. If some do choose to spew negativity across social media, they are quickly seen as horribly pessimistic and people don’t want to associate with them. They actually are more likely to be the honest ones. They are telling the truth of their lives and not harping on with a false negative life.

Facebook. The torrid home of comparison.

Think carefully before you compare your life to others. Forget about that.



The best filter through which to look at your life is via a Bible reflected lens.

Weigh up your life against words in the Bible, such as Micah 6:8

“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.”

Don’t compare yourself with what’s on this:

Compare your life, rather with what’s in this:

BibleIt’s a far better gauge as to what is right! Words from the Word will lead you down the right path!

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)


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Banting Chocolate Brownies

Chocolate Brownies are generally one of life’s delicious treats. When you are low carbing, traditional brownies have whimper out the back door with their high sugar, high carb tail between their legs.

This recipe came from  Nicoletta‘s website, made by Holly and tried out by me. So all of the following are my comments. Nicoletta is not a Banting website, but they are experimenting so are worth a visit.  Using honey will increase the carb count. I’m not wild about xylitol but it is good as a sugar substitute. These are not difficult to make and meet a choc brownie craving!


  • ¾ cup almond flour
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder- I use organic
  • 1/3  cup xylitol or honey -I used xylitol
  • ½ teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda – had none, so I used baking powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Handful of assorted nuts – only had almonds – I roughly chopped them
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup Butter, melted



  • Mix the dry ingredients
  • Then add all the wet ingredients and combine well

That wasn’t difficult now, was it? Ha! Here are a few pics to illustrate….

Dry ingredients…

Dry ingredientsWet ingredients…

Wet ingredientsMix…

Add wet to dry

Until well blended…it’s not going to be entirely smooth because of the nuts…

Well mixed

Pour into a greased small baking dish/pan…

Glass dish greased

Ready for the oven…

Choc brownies ready for the oven

Bake at 170°C for 15 minutes or until the brownie almost does not “jiggle”. Do not overcook, as the brownies will dry out quickly! Mine were still jiggling at 10 minutes, so I left them in for a few minutes longer and then at 12 or 13 minutes they were less jiggly, so I turned the oven off for another 5 minutes. You don’t want them raw either!  Moral of the story, is to keep an eye on them.

They don’t make a lot, so you may want to experiment with making double or making two batches. After all you go to the trouble of heating the oven etc. I cut them into 8 big brownies. I could have made it 12 medium or 16 ‘fingers’. They are rich and delicious so 8 big is quite extravagant!

Banting Chocolate brownies picture

Cocoa contains carb and almond flour does too, so while these are far better for you than traditional chocolate brownies, you’ll probably find each one has about 5g of carbs.  Do go to Nicoletta’s website, as she has a clever little idea of putting all the dry ingredients into a jar and giving it away as a gift. She has the ideal wording for the gift card.

You may also be interested in 3 Minute Banting Chocolate Cake in a Mug

All in all THUMBS UP!  Happy baking!

Isaiah 30:18

“The LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!.”

Love it!

Keep the smile going.

In His Grip

Helga xx :-)

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What If?

It’s easy to ask ‘What if’ for the all the stuff that may have happened in your life…what if my parents had chosen to come to Cape Town in 1960 and not Rhodesia; what if they had been happily married, would I have been What ifdifferent? What if we had bought a different house? What if I had studied journalism instead of nursing?

There are loads of moments in time when decisions are made that lead the course of our lives along a certain road. As you look back to that juncture, you may ask yourself, ‘what if?’ As often as there may be things that you would have changed if you had the benefit of hindsight, there are things that you have done right. The What Ifs take on a whole different glow. These are the risks that you have taken that have resulted in huge amounts of happiness.

I think of my marriage to Mike. What if I had listened to the critics who highlighted in bright neon colours the 13 year and 8 month age difference and suggested our relationship was doomed as a result? If I had listened and Mike and I had broken up, I would have lost out on the happiest
Mike and Imarriage possible. What if Mike had listened to critics and not gone to Bible Institute for 3 years and then ran the YMCA for 7 years? We may never have met. What if I had never taken a risk and left a convenient half day job in nursing, I may never had worked at CCFm? I would have missed out on so, so much.

There are many choices I have made, and risks that I have taken. Many of them, I have been compelled to do. I have been driven forward by what I believe to be God, Himself. I have walked His straight path for me, because I have trusted Him. I have repeated so many times, Proverbs 3:5-6

“Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In ALL your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”

And then I have stepped out of the boat and headed into uncertainty, unsure of what lies ahead. No illustration of this is more meaningful to me than when I started selling advertising for CCFm, in 1997. I had very little sales experience. I had no radio experience. I had no advertising experience. How amazing then that at the start of 1997, I became CCFm’s only sales rep! The station depended on me alone, to sell advertising. For three months leading up to me accepting my new job, I prayed & I prayed. I told the Lord how bad I was at selling. I reminded the Lord that I had serious rejection issues and that I could not face rejection. I pleaded with the Lord for guidance because, for the sake of the radio station, I could not fail.  The Lord took me into this crazy job for which I was wholly unqualified. And the Lord opened doors. Those were the days when one thirty second radio advert cost R30. (Now they are more than ten times that). I started knocking on doors and building relationships and companies started advertising. By God’s grace, I was successful. By God’s grace alone! Four years later in 2001, I passed the milestone of having sold R1million worth of advertising sales for CCFm. I could not tell people without getting teary-eyed. Even now, I get emotional. I had taken a risk for God. If I had been too scared to do it, I would have missed out on so many blessings!

The best thing you can do in your life is settle it before your Creator. Ask Him to take what He has given you and use it for His glory. When you give Him all, living with your hands wide open, He will take you where He wants you to go.


This morning, I heard Andy Stanley say “Maximum freedom is found under the canopy of God’s authority.”

Stay under that canopy, letting Him be your authority, always.

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

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Divorce Is Not An Option

I once wrote a book! I titled it “52 Ways to a Happier Marriage” with the thought that readers could spend a week reading each chapter and thinking about it. I wrote it, but I never looked to having it published. I am sure there were many flaws in it and in the end I decided that I’d written it for my own benefit, to remind myself of what God has done in and through my marriage. One of the chapters is one of the core values that I wrote about last week: Divorce is not an option.

Here’s that brief chapter:

If your marriage is to be long, divorce cannot be an option. Too often and too easy is the state of divorce today. People marry with an escape clause. You don’t have to look far to find the enormous impact divorce has on the confidence and self-esteem of an individual. In most cases, the rejection felt is overwhelming. The road to recovery following a divorce is often more painful than coping with the death of a spouse, mainly because the huge sense of failure and rejection is so dominant. To find total closure is more difficult because many times the ex is seen on a regular basis, particularly if there are children involved. There’s even more pain if the divorce is as a direct result of an extra marital affair.

Cracked marriage egg

I was interested to read the book “I want a divorce?” by divorce lawyer Simone E. Katenzberg. She outlines 7 emotional stages of divorce and goes onto say divorce or separation should never be a first option. The reason for this is because those seven stages are so painful. Here is a lawyer who specializes in divorce and yet she still says divorce should never be a first option. She has seen the enormous hurt and pain that divorce has caused. Just the seven emotional stages of divorce are enough to put anyone off. They are breakdown, shock, anger, pain, hatred, grief and finally acceptance. No one wants to purposefully put themselves through those emotions.

I didn’t think too much about divorce when I walked down the aisle. I was young, starry eyed and in love. As I continued along the path of marital bliss, it crossed my mind from time to time. Eventually, I realized that it was a choice to be made and if it had anything to do with me, the choice would be never to divorce my husband. But whenever I thought Mike and Ithose words, (I never spoke them out loud), I was immediately transported back to a young 6 year old standing in the kitchen hearing my mother talking to a friend. They were talking about a couple who, way back in around about 1970 were getting a divorce. It wasn’t really accepted in those days and my Mom said words, which I never forgot: “I will never get divorced,” she said. Well, it was just a few short years later that the harmony of my home was shattered and replaced with argument and unpleasantness that eventually resulted in a long-term separation followed eventually by divorce. “How could it happen?” I asked myself. People change, I understood, but as I have walked the road, the hills and valleys of the 28+ years of marriage, I came to acknowledge that each individual in the marriage has to be responsible for staying together.

You cannot control people. The only person in the marriage you can control is yourself.

It takes two to make up the partnership and you can only be responsible for your own actions. Your spouse has to be responsible for his/hers. If both work hard, consistently and permanently on the premise that they will never get divorced, it won’t happen. But they have to be in the boat together paddling the same way, facing the same direction. “Statistics indicate that divorce is more likely if you marry younger than 21; if your parents divorced, if you live together before marriage or if one or both of you is in a second marriage” (Katzenberg: 6). The excitement of an illicit relationship soon dims and after a year or two you’re still waking up to “same old, same old”. This is the real world and with it comes a degree of mundaneness no matter how happily married you have been or for how long.

For a better marriage the permanency of it must be depended upon. It all has to do with right thinking. If you want a happy marriage, put divorce out of your way of thoughts. If it is not an option for each of you, you will find yourself more focussed on making your marriage work.

5 Tips for Instilling “Divorce is not an option”

  • Talk about your commitment to each other on a regular basis.
  • When in conflict, NEVER EVER mention the word divorce as an option for a solution.
  • Remind one another that this is until death you do part.
  • Make a list of all the reasons you loved your partner at the start of your relationship and in rocky patches read the list and remind yourself of all his/her good points.
  • Store up in your own heart the commitment you have to your partner to never consider divorce as an option.

God speaks about divorce in Malachi 2:16

“For I hate divorce!” says the LORD, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.”

God knows the pain it brings. I know there are many legitimate reasons for a divorce, one of them being adultery, another, abuse. There are those who have weathered the storm of a straying spouse and pushed through the pain and journey to forgiveness and healing, to find it was worth it. With God all things are possible.

God bless you.

In His Grip,

Helga xx :)

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The Meaning Of Life Uncovered!

“What is the meaning of life?” There are 384 million results on Google! A lot of people are keen to know the answer to this question. Here’s mine:

In my mind, the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes is almost 12 chapters of debate and dialogue, contemplation and questioning, observation and agonising over a life not necessarily well lived. While Solomon had it all from the moment of birth to the moment of death, he discovered that all that he had did not give his life meaning. He had it all. CrownHe had a royal heritage, no lack of money or prestige. He lived his entire life in the extreme comfort of a palace with any number of servants. As an adult, he had hundreds of wives, many concubines and an unknown number of children. Through it all, he tried to find the significance of his life and at the end of it, when it is believed he penned the words of Ecclesiastes, he ticks off all his achievements and finds all of it ‘meaningless.’

Solomon did not follow God all his life. He strayed from God’s way. He was believed to be the wisest man on earth, yet he made some foolish choices and had to pay the consequences – finding little satisfaction in the decisions he made.

After writing a lengthy pessimistic diatribe, Solomon ends with 2 verses of what he really knew to be true.  I believe this is a synopsis of the meaning of life:

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments,for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgement, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

In short, what I believe the meaning of life to be is to fear (revere) God and live a Bible-based life.

That’s from the Old Testament.

In the New Testament, Jesus confirms this meaning of life with the following words:

Matthew 6:33

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

This belief system, which I try and embrace, strips away layers and layers of the skins we wear to get to the real core of why we exist. Regardless of what we own – the amount of money in the bank, the size of the houses in Gold brickswhich we live, the prestige of our positions in life, whether we are presidents or paupers – all of that, at the end of our lives, truth be told, will account for nothing.

It is an amazing thing that when our lives are over and we breath our last, the most important thing that we could ever have done during our fleeting time on earth is to revere God, seek Him first, follow His commandments.

Everything else takes place ‘under the sun.’ When we tap into our spiritual side and connect with our Creator, those activities take us to a realm outside of under the sun – to an eternal place where we will continue to thrive once our earthly life is over.

Our relationship with God is never-ending.

It’s not about here and now.

The best is yet to come.

Trust is a must. Put God first. Enjoy life.

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

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Finding the Low Carb/Banting Balance

I think you can be too extreme when it comes to the Banting/Low Carb lifestyle.

I’m not talking about diabetics, who have to be serious about what they eat. I’m not talking about the morbidly obese who need a serious change of lifestyle in order to prolong their life.

I’m talking about everyday people like me. I fall into the slightly above normal weight (I range between 70 &72kg).

Fat vss Fat. We have been raised on ‘bad fats’. I remember years ago making chicken curry and finding myself feeling guilty for putting coconut cream in it. Loaded with saturated fat (74g per cup), I was led to believe it was going to clog arteries and cause heart disease.  A tiny part of me wondered why a natural plant fat could be so bad. When you know better, you do better. Now we are beginning to know better.

Good fat vss bad fatIn all of these things, two things come to mind. One is to try and figure out the ‘Biblical view’ if there is one and the other is to find the balance. In Acts 11,  Peter has a vision of a tablecloth laden with (previously) forbidden food. (Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?) God tells him to “kill and eat.” Peter is horrified. He responds “Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.” God replies, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” (Acts 11:5-10).

And so it became more of a common practice for previously forbidden food such as pork to be eaten. As far as food for today is concerned,  it needs to be borne in mind that the industrial process of growing and getting to market involves more chemical enhancement of fruit and veggies. That results, I am told, in a fraction of the nutritional value than years gone buy. The hormone treatment of chickens and beef is known to have some negative consequences, so the drive for organic produce is on the up!

Finding the balance of the food we eat has to start with cutting sugar and carbs, while maintaining some enjoyment of life. This year, I have been particularly vigilant in cutting sugar, all refined carbohydrates and I’ve been eating unafraid!  The only thing that rocked my foundation was the fact that with this nicely high fat diet, my cholesterol rose to 8 and I’ve not felt very comfortable having it there, so have been cutting back on eggs (now only about 1 a day!) and have a little less cream…that’s a hard one! To compensate, because I’ve been Banting for so long, I’ve added some ‘orange list‘ fruit and – today I had half an apple. I had this for breakfast the other day…

Tuesday fruit

Berries have always been a favourite, but due to their acidity, I’ve recently cut back a bit on those too.

However you want to eat, just find the balance, eat the best quality you are able to, eat when you are hungry, stop when you are full. Don’t binge. Avoid refined food. The fresher the better. As Job said

Job 14:5

A person’s days are determined; you have decreed the number of his months and have set limits he cannot exceed.

Enjoy each day and don’t make food a big thing. Eat to live and don’t live to eat!

Keep the smile going.

God bless you!

In His Grip,

Helga xx :-)

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Marli van Breda Out & About

The South African You Magazine dated 21st May 2015 covered Marli van Breda first shopping and then heading for her school to watch her boyfriend play rugby.

She went with her boyfriends, mother, simply referred to as Christelle. The two of them were seen leaving a supermarket before heading to Somerset College for the annual rugby derby.

Marli in the You magazine


Marli looks well. Debbie Wybrow is Marli’s legal representative and also accompanied her to the rugby, telling You Magazine reporters (Joanie Bergh & Almari Wessels) that the rugby outing was part of the recovery process. Marli did not sit with the rest of the teenage  supporters. Rather a small group of white plastic chairs were set up for her and the adults who accompanied her. Some of the Somerset College teachers were also said to sit with her. While Marli didn’t cheer and clap at her teams success, at times, she did  look quite concerned about what was going on on the field…

Marli watching rugbyLouise Buikman is an advocate appointed to assist with deciding on Marli’s future. This cannot be an easy task. Bludgeoned in the same attack that killed her parents & oldest sibling on the night of the 26th/27th January 2015, exactly what will happen to Marli is the future is unknown. While she can remember some of what happened prior to the attack, and after, she cannot remember the attack itself and to that end has not been able to assist police with their investigation.

The other survivor of the attack was Henri, her 20 year old brother who had minor (reportedly, self-inflicted) injuries and who has had no contact with Marli since the murders.

Over the weekend I re- read a Daily Mail article published in March which detailed the inheritance Marli and Henri will receive. There were two paragraphs that jumped out at me. This was the first…Forensic evidence is enough


This was more than 2 months ago. If state prosecutors believe they have enough material to make an arrest, it implies they have someone in mind.

The other paragraph was also telling…SA law about inheritanceI’ve read between the lines, but won’t comment further on what I’ve read.

People across the world are watching and waiting for events related to this case to unfold.

How it will be resolved, right now, only God knows.

Jeremiah 17:10

“I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward each person according to their conduct, according to what their deeds deserve.”


God bless you.

In His Grip,



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Betty’s Bay Weekend 15th to 17th May 2015


This is the first time that load-shedding has interrupted my blog preparation. I have 23 minutes to get this posted AND make coffee before the power goes out! So here goes. We had a fabulous weekend away at Betty’s Bay. Just some of the pics…this is the early morning sea view looking towards Kleinmond…

Morning viewThe view from the deck towards Pringle Bay…

Bettys Bay beachOn the other side of the house we stayed in, there’s a lake…

Lake view With a spectacular mountain…

Mountain viewBeautiful blue skies overhead with a model aeroplane…

Model aircraft overheadWe had a wonderful rest. Home safe and sound – very chilled!

I started reading Isaiah.

Isaiah 1:18

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

God wants us clean. Only He can sort that out.  We just need to ask.

Off to make the coffee!

Keep the smile going!

God bless you!

Helga xx :-)

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