Francine In Retirement
Seeing Life Through Photography


I want to show my support and appreciation for this community of bloggers by listing, over a period of time, some special blogs I read.

Every Thursday, I will publish a list of blogs that I enjoy.  They have been a great source of encouragement, inspiration and information. This is not an award, but a “SHOUT OUT” to them.  I hope you will check out these wonderful blogs.  I am sure you will be blessed by them.

If you don’t see your blog listed, the time will come when it will be.

They decided to name the blog “Wind Against Current” because they are both fascinated by the effect of opposing forces. When you’re paddling, having the wind and current in opposition often creates what kayakers euphemistically call “interesting” conditions. In particular, if you’re paddling with the current and against the wind (one of Johna’s favorite scenarios)  you may experience surprisingly large waves.

So they decided to create a space in which they could explore, with friends, the many ways in which opposing forces shape our world.  View their blog and be swept away in their adventures.  


Once upon a time, there was a wistful young woman who, like any other girls, wanted to be rescued from the “castle of loneliness” by a daring handsome prince… and so she waited like forever in her own Cinderella world… the four corners of the bedroom being her own cozy fireplace where she’d spend the wee hours of the night dreaming of the day her prince would come. Finally, he came… a prince from another kingdom, or should I say from another country not faraway, whose culture and lifestyle are entirely different from hers. From being the dreamy young woman that she was, she has become the queen of the household and a novice in a foreign land.

This is the tale of an ordinary Filipina named Chris and an ordinary Korean called Khan who met a couple of years ago, became friends, fell in love, parted ways, were brought back together by fate, got married (Thrice!), and are now living the day-to-day adventures of being a Filipina wife to a Korean husband and being a Korean husband to a Filipina wife.

Umesh Sharma. Loves traveling. He wishes to see every beautiful part of the earth. His dream land is Antarctica and he wishes to visit it one day in his life. He loves nature and wilderness. Till now he has traveled more than 30 states in US and 5 countries in Europe. He loves going on Road Trips and as of now he have traveled more than twenty thousands miles in the US. His favorite place in the US is Alaska and if he gets a chance he will take on a road trip to Dalton Highway in Alaska.

He is learning a little bit of photography and he would love to get feedback and suggestions on his photos from fellow bloggers.

A photographer by passion and a Banker by profession. Regionally from U A E ( Dubai ) right now, and by origin is from India. Started clicking pictures out of an intuition, and the reason for that is still wondering me. Would like to click realistic and candid images without any manipulations, as i strongly believe photography is a process of recording the moment for the future, and as a photographer you are committed to present the pictures without any scrambling.

I am Coreen , a wife, mother, care taker and a Photographer. I live in Kraaifontein, Cape Town with my husband of 17 years and my two boys age 10 and 12.

She did not have any formal photography education. Our Heavenly Father gave her a talent and she thanks Him every day for giving her the opportunity to make other people happy. She knew that her talent alone will not help her go forward so she started  reading up allot on photography. With each shoot she goes and refresh her memory and she also looks for ideas in magazines, other photographers websites. But the most important tip that she has to give any upcoming self-made photographer is practice, practice and practice.

She loves and enjoy her work and she puts her heart and soul into each photo.  When she does a photo shoot she tries to capture the different personalities of the members of the family. Her aim is for you to enjoy your photo shoot.

Her aim with this blog is to show off some of her work and tell you about the photo sessions.  She would also like to leave some tips for those of you that have not yet have the opportunity to go for a photo shoot.

It is a space for a photo a day usually linked to Project 365. Originally, She uses a Posterous account but sadly they have now gone so she have moved to this wonderful blog.

She has an iPhone and iPad which have enabled her to ‘play’ at being a photographer. Sometimes the apps run away with her but she is having fun and she hopes you will enjoy your time here.

If you can, leave her a comment on her efforts. It always helps to know what your audience thinks.

She is South-African born and bred, but has always had a “bee in her bonnet” for travelling and seeing the world.  She loves exploring and travelling around the world and have decided that it is time that she shares her travel stories and pictures so that you can see why she loves it so much. She has been travelling and working her way around the world for the last 10 years and had some amazing experiences along the way.  When you live in a country you get to experience it from a different view than that of the ordinary tourist, she thinks it’s the people and crazy everyday things happening that keep it interesting.  Her camera usually accompanies her everywhere she goes so she will definitely be posting photos along with her travel stories.  I will start with her adventures and experiences in Russia as she currently lives in Moscow and will slowly work through the highlights of the last ten years abroad.  


The Internet brought together: a Danish organ player (Lars) and a Belgian language teacher (Ingrid). They share the same passions: good food, (contemporary) art, classical music, movies, books, photography and … traveling.

There blog is about: those places that are hardly mentioned in the guidebooks. Or not at all. They do go to popular destinations sometimes, but then again they try to go to where the crowds don’t go. But they have to admit that the Eiffel Tower is pretty awesome as well!

It’s their goal to show you that beauty can be everywhere. They like being on the road, taking it easy, discovering new destinations, admiring landscapes, visiting museums and tasting the local cuisine. Almost every day, they post about their trips and excursions, travel preparations, their UNESCO project and hotel reviews. Join them on their car trips to off the beaten track destinations!

Before Lars and Ingrid met, they traveled outside Europe as well. These destinations will be featured here regularly as well.

J. E. Lattimer is an artist, writer, and photographer who has experimented with film and other art forms.  After living in the Vail, CO area for many years he is currently in the American mid-west.  He is dividing time between four blogs right now [Linked below] and has many large upcoming creative projects.

Many of the paintings and photos posted on his blogs are for sale [Originals / prints], please contact the artist or leave contact information if interested.

Everyone who visits this blog will be inspired and encouraged by the wonderful photos and stores told here.  He has been awarded many blog awards under different categories.  He is a faithful follower and friend.  Every time I see his duck face on my blog it brings a pleasant smile.

“The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine.

She picked part of the quote for her web blog title since she enjoys both traveling and books. Initially, she wanted to use blog to keep her travel journal and to share photos with her friends and colleagues. When she ran into a couple of blogs, she began blogging and reading posts regularly. It has been a wonderful learning and sharing experience.



Purple flower

“Courage: the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
― Maya Angelou

“The things you do for yourself are gone when you are gone, but the things you do for others remain as your legacy.”
― Kalu Ndukwe Kalu

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
― Jane Goodall

“Hold fast to dreams,
For if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird,
That cannot fly.”
― Langston Hughes



15 Responses to “SALUTE TO BLOGGERS VII”

  1. Thanks for mentioning us!

  2. beautiful honour as usual.. 😉

  3. Thanks so much for this lovely salute, Francine! I’ll check out the other blogs you recommend—those that I don’t already follow 🙂

  4. Blessings to you, Francine 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for mentioning my work here [Along with all of the other extremely talented & interesting people!] Keep up the great work over there & enjoy the day! 🙂

  6. More fun and discovery!

  7. Thank you so much for the mention, it is such a lovely surprise!! Will also be checking out all the other blogs that you mentioned here!!

  8. Thank you for introducing me to some interesting looking blogs Francine. I am sure to enjoy them.

  9. There are some fantastic blogs out there, Francine. I’ll bookmark this to check these out later. Keep up the good work. 🙂

  10. I’m totally flattered and honored, Francine! To be on you Salute list means a lot to me. Thank you for making such a great effort to give recognitions.

  11. Thank you so much for your appreciation!! Thank you!!!

  12. Wonderful! and I love the Angelou quote!

  13. Thank you, Francine, for including me to the list of blog/gers you salute. It is an honor to accept such appreciation from an inspiring writer like you. God bless you. More power to your blog. =)

  14. Thanks for referring us to these wonderful blogs….happy weekend to you.

  15. Thank you so much for this Francine. I feel very honoured to be included in such a roll call.

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