…and totally ready to take on 2013!

I hope the festive season was a fantastic one for all of you! I’ve been back at work for just over two weeks now, but the summer holiday has pretty much vanished from my memory, and the endless site meetings and tenders are back in full swing. I would be lying if I told you guys I wasn’t counting down the days till the next public holiday – the 21st of March, to be exact *wink, wink*.

But I do have one exciting bit of news for this year…and that’s a relocation. Not far, mind you. But I’ll be even closer to the ocean. Basically, what you see above, is what I’ll be waking up to every morning. Eek! Hellooooo Schoenmakerskop, I think I love you already!



A little glimpse into my life lately, via my instagram account…xImage

1, 2 + 3: The boy’s holiday ‘shack’ at a secret beach along our coast, Bushy.  

4: Barnacles, a lovely seafood restaurant at Seaview. We go there…(too) often!

5: Mmmm…making our own beer :) will keep you updated on whether it’s actually drinkable or not – hehe.

6: The boy’s latest addition to his little herd of Nguni – 9 in total now. Bless.

+ 8: A local game farm, Kragga Kamma – they’ve been closed over the last few weeks, due to our recent floods, but definitely worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.


After this post, I went digging through my old photographs – and found these – yay!!! This is my oldest friend, Superior Guest. He’s too old to take to the beach lately, his poor old hips struggle a bit in the sand. But these are such super happy memories xx



So, Spring is finally here…hooray! I know, I know, it’s not the actual beginning of Spring, but it’s good enough for me. And do you know what that means? Endless hours spent outdoors, in pretty florals and sun hats, having picnics on the farm, days on the beach and plenty of time swimming, swimming and yes, more swimming – yay!

I’m very fortunate in that I live a mere five minutes from one of the most beautiful beaches in the area. It’s part of a nature conservancy, and therefore, is devoid of any meddlesome vendors, loud noisy beach bars, or massive crowds. It’s so peaceful, and pure, and I have such fond memories of days spent,as a teenagers, riding our horses down to the tidal pools, and spending hours swimming with them in the ocean. Such happy times.

Unfortunately back then, none of us had cameras, and often I think it would be so precious to have some of those memories caught on film. Anyway. Times have since changed, and I try to capture these special moments as often as possible.

One such moment (or series of moments) was at the end of last year – December 2011 to January 2012 – where the boy and I spent a month in Thailand. All I can say is, “Wow”, what a incredible experience! And yes, we somehow managed t take about 3000 photographs! Don’t worry, I’m not going to share all of them with you. Just  some of my favourites…underwater! Success! We spent so many hours in the water over there – swimming, snorkeling (amazing), and on numerous boat trips around the islands. We decided instead of buying an expensive underwater camera, and taking the risk of it getting damaged en route, we would rather buy a few underwater disposables. These were so much fun, and surprisingly, produced some pretty decent quality images. I have a slight obsession with film photography at the moment, so that grainy, dreamy effect was just what I was hoping we’d achieve. So if you’re ever wondering about whether or not to take a chance on one of those fellas…do it! They are definitely worth a shot!



A couple of weeks ago, the boy and I took a few days off for a mid-winter break. I decided to treat him to a weekend in the forested heights of Hogsback – a magical place where, as a child,  I spent many a weekend with my family. It’s about a three-hour drive from home, nestled on the slopes of the Amatole mountains in amongst beautiful big trees, and even a couple of waterfalls.

He had never been there before, and I was sincerely hoping we would be lucky enough to come across a snowflake or two (being the middle of winter and all). Well. No such luck…sigh. Instead we arrived to a sweltering 29º C, followed by two days of torrential downpour. But it was actually such a perfect weekend – plenty of exploring and sightseeing on the Friday, with the rest of our days spent eating, drinking, and keeping warm in our cosy little bungalow, in front of a roaring fire. Bliss.


These are just a few snaps of how we spent our time – before being rained out.
1: our accommodation at Bubuhle
2, 3, 4+5: the labyrinth ans some amazing views at The Edge
6+7: Ecology Shrine
8: St. Patrick-on-the-hill Church
9: we took a walk through the forest (in the rain, I might add) to see the Madonna-and-child waterfall…such beauty.