Imagine this…

It’s a hot sticky night in December. Tomorrow is a public holiday.  Beautiful people are milling around in the small space. I’m hanging at the bar listening to some unknown DJ trying to amp-up the crowd for the big act of the night. Goldfish. There is a cool breeze flowing through the open glass doors that lead to the white sand of the beach. The moon is shedding its light on the ocean; it’s streaming into the club with the breeze. The DJ’s set is over and the beautiful people start making their way to the small stage. I make the conscious decision to hang around the open glass doors so that breeze can cool me down when the music takes control of my feet. Anticipation is etched on the faces of the beautiful people. It’s time. The crowd is roaring. I take the last sip from my ice-cold minty Mojito and place my glass on the nearest table. My hands need to be free for this. The first beats of Fort Knox start to sound, the laser lights start flashing and the crowd goes crazy. Soon sweating is trickling down bodies and hands are waving in the air. I’m standing at the back; my body softly swaying to the beat and melody, my hands are making patterns in the flashing laser lights that are shooting past me. The crowd of beautiful people are intertwining and becoming one as the beat picks up. The volume of the crowd is increasing and I’m being pushed out of the doors onto the soft powdery sand. I don’t care, I can still hear them and the atmosphere is what makes this experience worthwhile. Besides, there’s nothing better than dancing in the moonlight on a white sandy beach.

 

On a hot December evening a girl can dream right?

 

December 16, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Holiday. 1 comment.

Beach bum or Karoo flower?

Since I’ve been so inactive on my blog the last couple of weeks I will make up for it by showing picture collages of the places I have visited in that time. I have been excited about this post for approximately a month now. I made the collages and worked on Photoshop and just generally had a fun time!

Anyway, these awesome places are at total opposite ends in terms of the type of milieu they are situated in. One being on the coast by the beach (Franskraal) and the other inland in the Karoo (Beaufort West and Matjiesfontein).

I can never decide if I would rather live close to the sea or in the Karoo… What would you prefer? Maybe I would take living in the Karoo and having a holiday house by the beach? 🙂 I like that idea.

Please don’t judge me too harshly on my collage attempts. This is the first time I’ve tried this and it’s also the first time that I’ve tried my hand at Photoshop. Looking at these collages now I would definitely put plain borders around the different pictures because they seem to blend too much.

Some randoms from our Franskraal birthday weekend

On the sides we have the game “Pig-Out” and in the middle my “tattoo”. Very fake of course, but it looked very pretty especially against my pale foot and I found myself wishing it was real.

Franskraal's magic

Top left we have a random house right on the sand by the lagoon, on its right we have a long shot of those houses, then a really cool sign that was hanging in someone’s window, next to it is the house we lived in. I love that house and it’s not even mine. In this picture it looks kind of spooky, but it’s not. It’s lovely… and massive! It’s for sale now and it was probably the last time we will ever stay in it. That makes me sad. Then we have a shot of the street and then the water slide at the caravan park in Franskraal.

Franskraal in four pieces

So, over here we have two pictures I took from inside the house to show the viewer exactly how close we are to the beach. I quite love the bottom one. It looks very old-skewl. Then we have two pics from the beach. The top is a heart made of flowers that we randomly found on the beach. Pretty cute hey! I think it was for wedding pictures, because a little while before we went down to the beach a wedding following came from that direction. And then we also found this freaky looking shell creature. Apparently it stinks when you pick it up. I didn’t try to find out.

Let's go to the beach

Some random pictures I took at the beach. My personal favourite being the fisherman. I love fishing by the way. I found the lady walking with her orange outfit and matching Chinese umbrella unusual. It’s not like you see this everyday.

On our way to Beaufort West

I took these pictures while on our way to Beaufort West. We saw some trains going past and these pretty little purple, pink and orange flowers everywhere. It was very pretty, especially because it is usually quite dry.

Driving in the Karoo

Found that cross next to the road, not marked. We see a lot of those when we drive to Beaufort, sometimes they have pictures and names and sometimes it’s just two pieces of wood nailed together. However, it doesn’t matter what it looks like, it’s still a symbol of someone’s loved one who died on that road in that exact spot. Then of course there are many old train stations that are relic and abandoned.

Photos taken in Beaufort West

These photographs were taken in town at the local photography spot. It’s really pretty.

Some random photos from Beaufort West

These are some sheep we saw along the road, then an old fort that is (obviously) now abandoned and then the railway tracks. They basically run all the way along the road.

Matjiesfontein's calling

These photos were taken on our way back to Cape Town from Beaufort West in a little place called Matjiesfontein. The whole town consists of a very old hotel called the Lord Milner. I am not going to go into the history of the place, but if you are really interested you can just google it 🙂 And it’s beautiful! We have decided that we will definitely be sleeping over there sometime. We have also heard rumours that it is haunted. Double yay!

In and around the Lord Milner Hotel

Photographs taken at Matjiesfontein. There is also a museum. And I want a chandelier like that in my house one day. It will blow my visitor’s minds.

Odds and ends in Matjiesfontein

Some antiques we saw inside the hotel and one of the buildings next to it. There are quite a few of these old paintings. Mind you, there are actually quite few old things in the hotel. It is truly lovely.

Well, I hope you had as much fun as I had making this blog post 🙂 let me know whether you are a beach bum or a Karoo flower.

November 2, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Holiday. 6 comments.

An eventful weekend part 2

Now, for the second part of my weekend journey. We left for Franskraal at 19:00, but due to unfortunate events we only arrived there at exactly 24:00. Wondering why a maximum two and a half hour trip took us five hours? Firstly, the battery of the car I was driving in died due to the radio and inside light being on while we waited for the rest of the bunch to arrive. It wasn’t serious though and just needed a little push to start. Secondly, one of my friends had to be picked up in Stellenbosch and in the dark the driver (and person giving directions) got a bit confused. Thirdly, on our way there the one car got a flat tyre. The friend who’s car it is did not have a jack (ladies, please put the following in your car for emergencies: a jack, a spare tyre, a flashlight, a spanner, a cloth), but luckily the other car did. Unfortunately, the jack did not lift the car high enough for the tyre to be able to be put on the disc, so someone had to literally LIFT the car. Thankfully, we had a very strong male to help us (just a little bit earlier he had still joked and showed us he could lift the car up a little, then he actually had to lift it really high). Oh before I forget, some strong girls helped with the lifting too.

Yes, this was not our night. But it gets worse! When we arrived we opened the windows for fresh air to come in, we packed everything out, we switched on the lights, everyone got a tour and then we ate and started playing Pig-Out. This is a drinking game. And so we started the celebrations of two close friends’ birthdays! I am not going to go into the details as I don’t want to embarrass anyone on the internet. Bed time was at about 5:00.

At 7:00, we were awoken by a male voice asking who would like to go and watch the rugby. There were no volunteers. I think everyone got up at about 9:00 and then one friend realized that his wallet and phone was missing. This was worrying as it was in the house the whole time right next his massive camera bag, about 4 handbags, another camera and a whole bunch of other stuff standing in the living room. So, he tracked it on the computer and we went on a treasure-hunt looking for the goods in a “scary” part of Gansbaai (it’s an informal settlement in Gansbaai, how scary can it be? The worst thing that ever happens there is abalone poaching) and decided to call the cops. Two friends and I decided to stay in the car, but the others went on a hunt in a field where they cornered some guys that apparently were only smoking dope. We suspect that when they saw the cops and started running the phone was hidden somewhere in that field, but not somewhere to be located quickly. Maybe it was underneath something or buried? It was all very exciting to listen to as they had to chase them and corner them while one of my friends was wearing flip-flops and the other stokies slippers (he was also carrying the laptop). Can you imagine what a funny picture that would make?

The rest of the weekend went smoothly though with lots of delicious food, a walk on the beach, nice weather on Saturday, some more Pig-Out, hilarious conversations, some guys having to wear make-up due to a dare and a coin flip, fake tattoos being given to everyone and some much-needed sleeping-in for me on Sunday. All-in-all it was a great weekend-away with a bunch of special friends!

I just need to add that I love my friends and I value them a lot. I can come across as being a bit cold at times and a bit emotionless, so I am stating it on the internet for everyone to see 🙂 without them there are lots of special memories that would not exist today.

And to end… in my pants! 😉 you had to be there to appreciate it.

P.s. I will put the pics up soon…

September 22, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Holiday. Leave a comment.

An eventful weekend part 1

So, I had quite an eventful weekend! From eating great food at a primary school to getting a flat tyre on our way to Franskraal to going into a sketchy area tracking a stolen phone to great adventures while playing Pig-Out.

It will be too much information and photographic evidence for me to be able to fit it into one entry, so you can expect numerous entries from me during the week.

To start, on Friday directly after work I went through to the school where my mom is a teacher. They were having a food festival where each grade gets a different country and they then need to sell food from that country. 

It was such a lovely idea and the way it was organized was brilliant. And the food I had was delicious! I filled myself to the brim. The various countries and their food varieties were Japan (spring rolls), New Zealand (Pavlova), Scotland (Great Scott! – make your own gingerbread man), France (pancakes, Quiche, chocolate mousse), U.S.A. (hamburgers, cheese grillers, doughnuts), Italy (pizza, spaghetti), England (tea, pastries, cake), South Africa (boerewors/sausage rolls, vetkoek, potjiekos, koeksisters) and there was a Halaal stall too (samoosas, rooties, breyani).

My personal favourites were South Africa, Japan, Italy, England, France and the Halaal stall. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of how awesome and creative it was.

U.S.A.

Italy flying their flag

South Africa

Boerewors for everyone

French dessert

Cute french outfits

Purrrr-fect

A frenchy expertly rolling my pancake

England's decorated tables

Vetkoek only in South Africa

Scotland's creativity

Make yourself a Scottish gingerbread man

Proudly South African potjiekos

Making the potjie

Yes, I had food from most of these places. I stuffed myself. And I took some take-aways for the road to Franskraal. So, this was the first fun part of my weekend. Stay tuned for the rest to follow later in the week 🙂 it’s going to be exciting!

September 20, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Holiday. 1 comment.

And this one time… I stayed in a hotel!

Happy Spring day! So, in honour of all things pretty and girly I am posting some pictures of a very chic hotel I had the privilege to stay in. The Colosseum in Century City! It’s a 4 star hotel and it has the coolest wallpaper ever!  I love it! Thanks to the good friend who invited me 🙂

 Please note: I am not a professional photographer and don’t aspire to be one; thus these photos do not look as trendy as I would wish. Enjoy!

Comfy bed

 And yes, the bed was comfy. Soft pillows you sink into and a fluffy duvet.

Soft pillows

Pretty light

The whole suite had modern lighting.

Beautiful wallpaper

This wallpaper blew my mind! I want it!

Mini kitchen

And there was light!

Creative print

Check it out here: http://www.proteahotels.com/protea-hotel-colosseum.html

September 1, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , . Holiday. 2 comments.

Enjoy the scenery

I think I am a hard worker who deserves to have some time off when the occasion presents itself. And it presented itself last weekend. I took Monday off and turned it into a long weekend (with Tuesday being a public holiday) and it was absolutely worth it 🙂

Friday started with some delicious sushi and a few fun games of foosball with five of my close friends.

On Saturday, my love and I took the road to Ceres to visit his sister and her husband and their cute little girl on the farm. We had a good drive there with snow decorating the mountain tops and baboons sitting along the road. When we arrived there we were first greeted by their two dogs, Jesse the cocker spaniel and Boo a.k.a. Kahlua who is a pure mix breed (see their pics below), and then the family.

Jesse the cocker spaniel

Kahlua the pure mix breed

We had a great time there, with my love’s sister making yummy food every day. Our hosts spoiled us rotten and they are easy to talk to. For someone like me who has serious communication issues that is a major PLUS.

On Sunday we went for a walk in the veld and a drive on the bakkie. I felt like such a plaasmeisie with my hair blowing in the wind while standing on the back of the bakkie. Here are some photos of the picturesque scenery.

Snow on the mountain

Pretty tree

Their own park

Eden on the farm

As you can see, it is beautiful. Sadly, our trip had to end and we took the drive home. But Monday was another big day, because I got to see The Used live! And to my surprise, also P.H.Fat, Lark and Fokofpolisiekar. Man, I was so happy 🙂 Lark was amazing! Inge Beckmann’s voice is so strong and full of life. Plus she wore this black cape thing that looked really cool! If I had to wear it people might mistake me for an extreme weirdo, but it suited her style and way of being.

As usual Fokofpolisiekar got the crowd going, they just know how to amp people up for a show. The show ended with The Used who blew my mind. It was amazing hearing those songs that I have listened to since high school being played live. Songs that I related to when I was younger that are filled with so many memories. Now I have made new memories with those same songs.

Thanks to everyone who made my long weekend super special 🙂

August 11, 2011. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Holiday. Leave a comment.