Disclaimer: not a food post. Bad photos / who cares?

It’s 5.23am and I am in a mood of rather absurd euphoria; I have an almost ridiculous sense of well-being. I’ve decided to embrace it, rather than question it, and have varnished my nails the colour of sunshine.

We had the most marvelous storm at sunset yesterday and, instead of my planned sundowner, I enjoyed watching it gather from my desk with a fabulous storm-downer; a glass of Hill & Dale Dry Rose Merlot. I have a feeling this wine is going to be my summer tipple of choice …

The WordPress photo theme of the week is ‘windows’ and my vistas are glaringly pleasant this morning. This one is from my scullery, looking out over the kitchen courtyard towards the swimming pool.

My husband likes Grolsch beer and I find the bottles far too pretty to throw away. I am thinking of using them as Christmas gifts, filled with salad dressing.
From my lounge, looking out into the front garden.

Did you know that Johannesburg is the biggest man-made forest in the world? Some of the trees in my garden were planted in 1947. I think I will go out there this afternoon and give them a tea party in honour of all of them.
Have a wonderful Saturday, friends, enjoy it. For today I am taking a quote I read on Pseu1’s latest post as my mantra:
“A window of opportunity won’t open itself”


80 Comments Add yours

  1. leigh says:

    Life: gotta love it 🙂 It’s a perfect day.

    1. theonlycin says:

      That it most certainly is 😀

  2. souldipper says:

    Love those Euphoric Episodes! I fell under one a couple of weeks ago – instead of going to the city to stay with friends at the grand and stately Empress Hotel, I stayed home. I had not slept a wink the previous night and I knew I’d want to crash about mid day. However, it turned out I could not stop being grateful for everything in and around my life. My sleep that night was full of colourful and sensual dreams.

    Question not, I decided. Here’s to Euphoria.

    1. theonlycin says:

      *raises glass* 🙂

  3. James says:


  4. nursemyra says:

    Your home is lovely Cindy, as are your happy fingernails

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you Myra 🙂

  5. Naomi says:

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Have a blissful day, Cindy & thanks for sharing that brilliant quote!

    1. theonlycin says:

      You’re welcome, Naomi, enjoy 🙂

  6. adeeyoyo says:

    I love that quote, and how true it is! I have also woken today feeling relaxed and so contented. Is it something in the water do you think? Now you’ve got my imagination running riot. Just imagine if governments doctored the water so that the people were so contented they could stay in power for ever. Ha! Well, some of them would do anything… wouldn’t they?

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are tickling my memory … I am sure there is a book about that …

  7. Leeswammes says:

    You were up early! I got up an hour ago, 8am, which is still pretty early for a Saturday, but during the week it’s 6.30 so 8am seems like a real treat.

    I love the pictures of your house and garden, especially the window of your scullery. The Grolsch bottles (I used to live 10km from where it was (originally) brewed) look like dust traps to me! I like the idea of filling them and giving them away.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I like the idea too, Judith, my husband thinks it’s daft …

  8. SidevieW says:

    joburgs trees are my friends, every one of them. I suspect I was a tree in some past life 😉

    enjoy them all

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will, and I will blow kisses to each and every on of them on your behalf 😉

  9. Tilly Bud says:

    What a lovely, happy post!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m a happy chappie today, Tilly 🙂

  10. Tandy says:

    I nearly painted my nails a matching blue! Have a super day and stay euphoric xxx

    1. theonlycin says:

      Actually, blue is next on my list … 😉 Enjoy your day too!

  11. Sally says:

    Felt a bit gloomy today – this cheered me up.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Well then, my work here is done *grin*

  12. Mal says:

    Love the rings, pal…and, what a great idea as Christmas gifts…lucky friends!! 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      There is a shoebox full of rings, pal, story for another day … 😉

  13. Pseu says:

    Thanks for the mention!
    Hope the happiness is sustained and that your silver lining doesn’t have a cloud. .

    (personally I’m wary of my own euphoria as they can be precursors to migraine)

    1. theonlycin says:

      No headache yet, Pseu … 🙂

  14. nrhatch says:

    Yay! Enjoy your euphoria. Thanks for sharing your views with us. 😉

    1. nrhatch says:

      I love your idea for recycling the Grolsch bottles ~ I haven’t had a Grolsch for ages, but I hated to discard the bottles.

      1. theonlycin says:

        Seems nobody likes to throw them away 🙂

    2. theonlycin says:

      Thanks for popping in, Nancy 🙂

  15. Hello Cindy… I’m just here to admire your nails:) I love looking through your windows as well.. it’s almost as if I’m standing right next to you in your scullery. Pretty bottles… what a great idea to give away salad dressing. I’m plotting my homemade Christmas gifts right now as well:)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh come along, Smidge, come stand here … 🙂

  16. suzicate says:

    I love all that sunshine…sometimes we just have to create it for ourselves.
    Love your idea of the Grolsch. My son is a bartender and thinks they’re way to cool to throw out, so he’s save a bunch of them and suggested giving them to my dad to put homemade wine in. I’m thinking they’re too small for that, but now thanks to you I’m going to come up with some cool ideas!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m also thinking homemade lemonade, SuziCate 🙂

  17. Ruth says:

    Ah, what beautiful vistas. I love windows in a house, and lots of them… I come across what I call a box house every now and then in my rambles, with windows like a miser’s eyes, and wonder – how can people live like that?

    1. theonlycin says:

      LOL Ruth “miser’s eyes’ … a perfect description 🙂

  18. Sounds like a perfect Saturday! Strangely the yellow nail polish looks rather good on you 🙂 Oh, how I love those trees. Their shade is such a pleasure to cycle in in summer; some of my best memories!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Lee, I am loving the trees so much that I am thinking my nails should be painted green next 😉

  19. You should start a bed and breakfast and we could all come for pajama party! Your house looks like a lovely place to stay.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Linda, but every man and his dog in South Africa have started B&Bs, they are very thick on the ground 🙂

  20. Long live euphoria. There is nothing quite like it 🙂 Beautiful sunshiney nails..

    1. theonlycin says:

      This euphoria is making me do madcap things, Kate, let’s see where we go with this 🙂

  21. slpmartin says:

    Wonderful views…I would think that tree that old would warrant a Merlot as a form of celebration. 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      You are full of good ideas, Charlie … CHEERS!

  22. dearrosie says:

    hey Cin,
    I didn’t know that Johannesburg is the biggest man-made forest in the world. When we were there earlier this year I noticed the forests of trees when I Iooked down from the Brixton hill B and B. It’s really lush and lovely.

    Love your nails, rings and your photos from your windows.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Brixton is such a cool place from which to experience Johannesburg 🙂

  23. Spectra says:

    Ah, lucky you! Celebrating with a dry rose Merlot…mmm. We are having a spectacular day over here on the east coast of the States, as well. Though for us, being autumn, it is cool, bright, and the trees are the stars with firey colors.

  24. bluebee says:

    Lovely vistas, indeed, Cin – have a marvelous Sunday taking in the fresh air supplied by those wonderful old trees

    1. theonlycin says:

      It really was a super day, bluebee 🙂

  25. The Hook says:

    Thanks for the peek! I’m a “Peeping Hook”!

  26. I love Pseu’s mantra, too! This was a terriic post from you, Cin! Glad you have such a lovely good feeling – hope it lasts! But since nothing lasts forever (even the bad feelings), you know that it will come again, when you aren’t expecting it and just when you need it! Glad you are taking advantage if it, and treating yourself right!

    BTW, the silhouette in photo #3 is exactly WHAT? A dress form? Your household robot? A strange neighbor? (And I am not talking about the glass of wine. Perhaps it is what appeared before your eyes after drinking too much of the delicious wine?)

    P.S. From another SA friend, I know that e-mail/internet service over there is not completely reliable. Did you get my e-mail a few days ago? No need to answer it – I’m just wanting to make sure it arrived! Didn’t want you to think I had failed to respond to yours! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I will post about my little sihouette ,,, as far as I know, I have replied to all your emails … will go and double check … my short-term memory is not what it should be at the moment …

  27. Also: Sunshine has other colors in it besides yellow! Now your nails look like you’ve contracted an awful case of jaundice! (Just kidding!) Enjoy that sun – and you might as well carry it around with you! But make sure when you it off that you do so at night. Then it will seem natural for the sun to go down. . .

    1. theonlycin says:

      Wise council, thanks Paula 🙂

  28. hotlyspiced says:

    I love Grolsch bottles too and also like to keep them. I think gifting them is a great idea.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Yep, my mind is having a party with ideas for the bottles 🙂

  29. Tokeloshe says:

    Thank you for sharing a wonderful day!

    1. theonlycin says:

      And thank you for visiting 🙂

  30. Lovely post! And can I just say, I love your rings too! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Celia, rings are one of my weaknesses 🙂

  31. A beautiful post, Cindy!!

  32. What a fantastic idea to recycle the bottles and fill them with salad dressing. I love it, your nails too. Fabio colour girl!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Cheffie 🙂

  33. MissChris says:

    Loved this post and love the pics!! Good Luck for today – hope you LOOOOOVE it!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thanks Chris, normally they’re closed on a Monday, I am just going in to get trained on the stck-control and booking system 🙂

  34. johnlmalone says:

    an enticing title, Cindy which drew me into the blog straight away; not that I needed much enticement with those gorgeous photos

    1. theonlycin says:

      Thank you, John 🙂

  35. Beautiful post and awesome idea for the salad dressing – I have 2 Grolsch bottles on hand for just that, oh and one for slips to root in.
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I am thinking of having one of the porcelain stoppers set into a ring 🙂

      1. Oh what an awesome idea! 🙂

  36. johnlmalone says:

    you are the ‘mstress’ of enticing titles 🙂 you have a devoted readership and it is well deserved; I mean I even read it even though a solid proportion of most of your blogs is to do with cooking, which disintersts me, the remainder has a high enough human interest level to keep me coming back

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh John, thank you, from whence it comes it’s high praise indeed 🙂

  37. Jamie Dedes says:

    Hope your Saturday was wonderful. Lovely pics, especially the last look out the window at the trees. Very nice.

    1. theonlycin says:

      My new job looks out on trees too, Jamie, I am so lucky 🙂

  38. What a joy of seeing your sunny nails and luxuriant garden on a dull, very dull day like today ! Thanks Cindy.

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m glad the photos cheered you, Isa 🙂

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