13 Sep 2008

Do you see what I see?

Hill Top Farm

Please click HERE to see my entry about Beatrix Potter and Hill Top Farm in Hawkshead.

World Women's Chess Championships in Nalchik

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Follow the results of round 6, the final between Alexandra Kosteniuk and Hou Yifan in Nalchik.
Please click HERE to see more pictures about Alexandra Kosteniuk, the Chess Queen, and to play through her games in round 5 of the World Women's Chess Championships in Nalchik.

Please click HERE to see beautiful pics of Alexandra on my WP blog.

Sweet Places

Please click HERE to see my pictures about the Lake District and to read more about Hadrian's Wall and Whitehave. If you like Sweet People's music, you can even listen to Barcarolle.

3 Sep 2008

I am an African

Image: DK-images..Langebaan, Cape Town, South Africa

If you are looking for Afrikaans Poems...click HERE to read poems by our own South African poets!Enjoy. The link will open in a new window.


Ek is van Afrika
Ek is van Afrika
Nie omdat ek daar gebore is
Maar omdat my hart met Afrika klop
Ek is van Afrika
Nie omdat my gelaat donker is
Maar omdat Afrika my gedagtes omgrens
Ek is van Afrika
Nie omdat ek van haar leef
Maar omdat my siel tuis is - in Afrika

Please click HERE to read the rest of the Afrikaans version of the poem..."I am an African" on my WP blog. Wayne Visser has asked me to translate his poem and you will find his English poem on this link too and a link to his site where you can enjoy more wonderful poetry written by him. If you go to his site, make sure you read the poem..."Prayer for Africa" too. Also, read Wayne's message which I've posted here too...

Wayne has sent me this message via email, please react if you're interested by sending him an email with one of your poems in either English or Afrikaans...about Africa...
"Hello again I thought I'd let you (and your lekker vriende) know that I've launched a "Poets of Africa" blog - http://poetsofafrica.blogspot.com/
Afrikaanse digters welkom! Just email me on wayne@waynevisser.com and I will give permission for you to post. Kwa heri Wayne”

1 Sep 2008

I wandered lonely as a cloud

“I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud”

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed—and gazed—but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

Please click on THIS LINK from my WP blog to read more about William Wordsworth and to see more pictures which I took when visiting the house where he was born in Cockermouth, the western part of the Lake District in England. If you understand Afrikaans, you can also read my Afrikaans version/interpretation of his poem and I call my poem..."The Dance of the Daffodils". You can also read about his sister, Dorothy, and her journal.