I have completed my bankie challenge (sit on 50 bankies before you turn 50) and managed to sit on 61 bankies! I am happy to share the pictures with you – each one telling its own story.
Without planning it that way, I sat on my first bankie on my 49th birthday with my bankie friend Liesl. A special way to kick off the bankie year.
For my husband’s birthday in July we have spent time in Stellenbosch and visited the Lion Park near Klapmuts. Not even the storm could prevent a bankie moment….and thankfully we found a huge sun umbrella to keep us dry.
One of the highlights on my “turning 50 to do list” was the visit to the house in Paarl where I spent the first 4 years of my life. The bonus was to find a bankie in the beautiful back garden which runs into the Paarl Mountain reserve.
A school friend, Jeff Rossouw, decided to celebrate his 50th birthday in Greyton. The Sauve theme allowed for an opportunity to dress up and sit on a beautiful bankie. I could also add 2 more special bankies to this trip.
On 10 October 2016, hubby and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary – indeed another highlight on my journey to turning 50. We took some time out and spent it in the beautiful Knysna.
My dear bankie friend, Liesl, decided to spoil me with a bankie tour and introduced me to all her favourite bankies. This was a very special outing and I loved every moment of it!
I visited the Strooidak Church in Paarl in which I was baptised. Sitting on this particular bankie overlooking so many graves stirred something in my heart.
My visual journalling friend, also a Liezl (with a z 🙂 ) took me on a journalling trip to Gordonsbay. We took over a few tables in a restaurant and had lots of journalling fun.
Bankie number 50 happened at a very special place without it being planned that way. I grew up with holidays in Still Bay and this picture is taken with the Still Bay harbour in the background – exactly where many precious childhood memories were created!
‘Tannie’ Doreen and her son, Danie – special friends I grew up with.
My favourite holiday place, Jongensfontein. What a privilege it was to have dear friend Anneke visiting and have a bankie moment with her.
This is a bankie in Blouberg and definitely my favourite. The bankie I escape to when I need quite time, time to think or write or pray or just ‘be’.
And then bankie number 60 happened! Another special location with special people!
I ended the bankie journey on my birthday and will include those pictures in a separate post.
Looking at all these pictures I realise just how special this bankie journey was – so special that I plan to continue it. I started to look at my environment differently: notice what is in front, behind and on the sides of me (as it was necessary to choose the best angle for the bankie pictures). As this journey continues, I will appreciate every opportunity to sit on special bankies and share bankie moments with special people. Bankies are adding tremendous value to my life! Thank you for teaching me the bankie lesson, Liesl!