So much for my patience and great internet skills. Pinterest is doing my head in and even Vida’s giving me funny looks at every irritated expletive.

To be honest, I’m not exactly frothing at the mouth in excitement at the thought of yet another social medium that promises to gobble up my precious bandwidth but it would appear that I need to be one of the millions of people who are pinning.

Pinterest, for those who don’t know, is a virtual pinboard. If you like something you pin it and someone somewhere will see it and go “Ooh, that’s nice” or “Eeeuw that’s gross”.

It’s excellent for retailers of pretty things, that’s obvious, but I’m not sure how it’s going to help me get people to come to South Africa, book my services as a tour guide and ask me to organise safaris and shark diving (note to self: create a ‘shark’ board and fill it, sorry, ‘populate’ it, with many photos of happy sharks, remember to place it in the list just under ‘beautiful beaches of the Western Cape).

The beauty of it, or not, is that you don’t have to use your own lousy out of focusĀ images , you can just swipe them off the internet, all you have to do is give credit.

So far I’ve managed to open an account and create several empty boards. I’m having difficulty uploading my own images but I did upload a pretty flower from Google, purely by accident.

Clearly my next step is to read the Help section.

In the meantime, here’s a photo of two of my favourite things. And I took it myself at Solms-Delta in Franschhoek when they invited me for a visit and wine pairing – very yummy, can’t wait to go back for more. I like food and wine pairing: you get small portions, like tapas, and I like that in food – lots of small varied nibbly stuff.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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