by Naomi on September 2, 2010

in Inspiration

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Celebration ↔ Smiles

It’s nobody’s birthday or anything like that. Just an exquisite evening in a beautiful lodge on a gorgeous game farm. African style. That’s reason enough for a special occasion. This one comes with grateful thanks to Dave’s brother and his wife. ‘Cheers, Mike and Lisa!’ Chinking of glasses mingles with the music of vibrant voices. Smooth Cabernet caresses tongues, tinted with friendship and the mouth-watering aroma of roasting lamb. A humming log fire inspires reveries as it swallows time. Warmth swirls around relaxed bodies, casting a glow across familiar faces. Smiles adorn mouths, hinting at the Celebration happening inside. When all is said and done, does life really get any better than this?

Quotes to consider:

“Fly free and happy beyond birthdays and across forever, and we’ll meet now and then when we wish, in the midst of the one celebration that never can end.” – Richard Bach

“Tolerance and celebration of individual differences is the fire that fuels lasting love.” – Tom Hannah

“The thing about performance, even if it’s only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.” – Sydney Smith

“Think of the magic of that foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle, and the dance…is a celebration of that miracle.” – Martha Washington

“The Olympic Games are the quadrennial celebration of the springtime of humanity.” – Pierre de Coubertin

To help set the scene, here are two more pics of the lodge by day:

LODGE VIEW - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

LODGE VERANDAH - Welgevonden Game Reserve, Waterberg, South Africa

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy September 2, 2010 at 10:12 am

Always beautiful photos, Naomi.
And beautiful memories of the celebration.


Naomi September 2, 2010 at 3:49 pm

Thanks so much, Cindy 🙂 It’s a wonderful place to be.


nrhatch September 2, 2010 at 3:31 pm

gorgeous celebration!
enjoy the dance of life.


Naomi September 2, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Thank you, Nancy…and you too!


Tokeloshe September 2, 2010 at 6:02 pm

Beautiful photos!

I love the post, thanks for sharing.

Gesondheid 😉


Naomi September 5, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Thank you, Tokeloshe! Your visits are a delight 🙂


kateshrewsday September 2, 2010 at 10:28 pm

I’m speechless, and that doesn’t happen often. What a wonderful evening. Enjoy:-)


Naomi September 5, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Ah, thank you, Kate! It was too wonderful…your hubby would definitely have approved of the fire 🙂


souldipper September 2, 2010 at 11:34 pm

Great being able to travel with you.


Naomi September 5, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Thank you, Amy! Would be wonderful to do it in the flesh again 🙂


buttercup600 September 3, 2010 at 12:51 am

My heart ached when I saw this, such awesome pictures and memories fill my mind and soul. I will be coming to South Africa in October and can’t wait!! You are so talented and I love this place. Thanks for your visit and have a good time away my friend x


Naomi September 5, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Thank you, beautiful Buttercup! How wonderful that you’re coming here in October…know you’ll have a fantastic time! It’s always a pleasure to remind others of Africa 🙂 We had a fabulous trip to Australia quite a few years ago, including Sydney, Cairns and some diving on the Great Barrier Reef – spectacular! Truth is, there’s a great deal of beauty everywhere 🙂 Will be back to sample more of your gorgeous blog shortly, x


Jingle September 4, 2010 at 4:21 am

lovely tour,
beautiful celebration!


Naomi September 5, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Thank you, Jingle! Sincerely appreciate it 🙂


Tammy McLeod September 6, 2010 at 5:04 am

I love the first photo – the wine glasses juxtapose the wood of a tree (?) and all put at an angle. Thanks for sharing this. You’re very deserving of a photo award.


Naomi September 6, 2010 at 5:50 am

Thanks so much, Tammy, I shall pass on to Dave! Yes, it is the wood of a tree – a rustic bar fashioned from a tree trunk 🙂


RiikaInfinityy 마왕 September 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Wow I wish I can go there T_T~ beautiful scenery…:3 and places =P Somehow I don’t think they existed in Africa but they do! It open my eyes wider =P Thanks Naomi:D~


Naomi September 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm

So happy to oblige, Riika. Thank you for caring 🙂


Jamie Dedes September 11, 2010 at 7:32 am

Perfect post commemorating the evening. Lovely photos … Can hear those glasses clinking. Just fun! 🙂


Naomi September 11, 2010 at 11:18 am

Loads of fun, thank you!


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