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Saturday 28 March 2015

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn {Book Review}

Gone Girl (no spoilers!) -Thriller
What a very twisted, brilliant book! It scares, and fascinates me a bit that there is someone that can conjure this kind of story in their minds, but WOW, I liked it.

Amy and Nick is a married couple living in North Carthage, Missouri. On the morning of their fifth anniversary Amy disappears and their house shows signs of a struggle. The first (and only) suspect is Nick. Nick appears to be very distant and unconcerned. The building pressure of the police is not helping and the media is ruining him. There is also the question of the silvery wrapped box left in Amy’s closet. What is inside?

The story alternates between two different voices (I love this writing style). The first part is written from Nick’s perspective, although you only get to know him very vaguely. This also contributes to the fact that as the story unfolds you are not sure if Nick is innocent or not. It kept me guessing the whole time. 

Amy on the other hand is a whole different character. You get to know her through her diary entries in the first part. In the second part (which is written through her perspective) you get to know her a little better and this is where it gets twisted. Although you know her a little bit better you still cannot help feeling sorry for her at some points. It is safe to say the reader has a love-hate relationship with Amy.

Half way through the book there is a big plot twist with a huge realization and the story takes a whole new direction. My mind was blown. I was shocked to say the least.

I just could not put the book down. It was just so delicious and twisted. It boggled my mind and I needed to know what is going on.

The Summary
For the plot of this book I give a solid 5/5.  If you love a good thriller/suspense novel go to your nearest book shop/online shop (whatever rocks your boat) and pick up a copy of Gone Girl.
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Saturday 21 March 2015

Kruger National Park Holiday Part #3

It is the last part of our photo's. Awwwweeee. It was a really exciting holiday and we were blessed in many ways. 

So for the last time, let's jump right in!

Ps. All these shots were taken with my 700DSLR Canon camera, most of it on the Aperture function. I used Photoshop Elements 6 for the panorama. These photos were not edited.
 This is the picnic spot, Afsaal, in the park. Here you can get out and move around (at own risk of course). They have a kiosk and a shop where you can order something to eat and drink. If you prefer to make your own food, you can hire a gas can and wok (they clean it afterwards). This is a great outing and about 32km from Berg en Dal.
 This is Skukuza Golf Club. It does not have fences, so you are bascially in the wild playing golf. The tip we got from one of the ladies was "just watch out at hole nr 3, the leopard(s) sometime spend some time in the trees"-no pressure
 I was ready to rock and roll should something happen. My shattered nerves!
 The local restaurant at Berg en Dal.
 Venison Bobotie -it was devine!
 Venison Pot Pie - it was divine!
 This was our 6 hour stay at Merry Pebbles in Sabie. The rain chased us away and it was a muddy mess. We will go back in the winter when it's not raining!
The last pictures was taken on Long Tom Pas. It is so beautiful!

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Saturday 14 March 2015

Kruger National Park Holiday Part #2

Hello again!
It is time for part #2 ! Except for really enjoying our holiday I really enjoyed taking these pictures. 

In these few pictures we have moved from Letaba to Satara and the last pictures is part of our last camp stop, Berg en Dal.

We saw lions, beautiful sunrises and sunsets, went on a morning drive, made breakfast at Timbavati picnic spot where you are allowed to wonder around (within the bounds off course), saw rhinos and a leopard!  

Let's jump right in.

Ps. All these shots were taken with my 700DSLR Canon camera, most of it on the Aperture function. I used Photoshop Elements 6 for the panorama. These photos were not edited.
We could not believe that on our way going into the S100 we missed this Leopard's kill in the tree right next to the road. We decided to turn around to see if maybe we will get lucky and see the leopard everyone is talking about. Here you have it. The leopard and his/her kill. 
This photo was taken through the car window. There was NO way I was going to lower the window for a better shot. I'm to much of a scaredy cat!

Next week is part #3! Stay tuned!

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Saturday 7 March 2015

Kruger National Park Holiday Part #1

Well, hello there!
Thank you for stopping by. I hope you have been mighty well. I am doing great. This is the first part of our holiday we were on in February. I have tried my utmost best to get the photo's down to 2 parts, but I just could not manage it. There is to much I want to share with you! So, there will be 3 parts! Yeah! 

We had a lovely holiday in The Kruger National Park. We saw a lot of animals and experienced a wild golf course (with no fencing), a few elephants wanted to step on us and an angry lion "approached" (actually he kind of charged at us) the truck we were in on a morning drive.

I would like to share some of the memories with you. So, let's jump right into it!

Ps. All these shots were taken with my 700DSLR Canon camera, most of them on the Aperture function. I used Photoshop Elements 6 for the panorama. These photos were not edited.  
    First day: Arriving at the Phalaborwa Gate.
These next 2 photo's tells a story. We were watching the buffaloes from a distance. They were quiet and relaxed drinking some water and the next moment they started running and we were left with... 
 this! 3 Lionesses chased them around a bit. We could not believe it. First time I saw something like this in the park and it was epic!
 The Elephant Centre in Letaba. Some of these tuskers were massive!
 I feel so mini..
 This is the view from the Mugg&Bean in Letaba. Quite nice and so quiet
This was taken at The Olifants River bridge on our way to Satara. One of the few places you are allowed to step out.
The Olifant's River
This is our little spot in Satara. 
We went on a morning drive and this is the sun rising. The colors is just so beautiful. I am in awe at the color pallet. God is GREAT!

Check out next week's blog for part #2! Lot's of photo's still to come. 

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