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.