Monday, September 29, 2008
it takes something of a masterpiece for me to make mention of a specific album on my blog, therefore you should understand just how great "dance hall at louse point" is. long time collaborators pj harvey and john parish produce this "side project" at the height of her career and leaves the marketing up to him, which doesn't go very well. therefore we have this beautiful album, gathering dust on the shelves. i love the fact that harvey sings like a lark for a change, showing off the clarity of her voice and her vocal range, whilst she concentrates on delivering something tight and lyrically great. it's the album i've been waiting a long time to find.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
my dad took me to philadelphia on friday so i could write about it for an article and i captured some rural scenes. what a sweet little place! he knows it well because he's been stabling his horse there for about a year. upon reflection i have to wonder what goes through my mind - i didn't take a pic of the only coffee shop........
Saturday, September 27, 2008
what's not to love about the neighbourgoods market? based at 'the old biscuit mill' in woodstock, this market has become the portobello of cape town, being a busy hub of organic offerings including meats, cheese, beverages, chocolates, cakes and desserts. artists and crafters who fit into the same vibe, also display their wares and from next week the market will be expanding even further, showcasing designers as well as organic and handmade children's products. my music producer dash guitarist and i snacked, chatted and tingled our way through the market. i returned with my prize possessions - skinny la minx down filled magical deer and bison handmade cushions. her beautiful market space was filled with her unique, quality creations which i will be filling everyones stockings with, this christmas! i documented the market as the subject for my next article, so watch this space and have a peek at some of the scenes i captured.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
heather moore is the creative force behind 'skinnylamix.' a surface designer, fabric designer, soft furnishings producer, illustrator, writer and photographer amongst many other talents, she is daily inspiration to me, having followed her blog since i found her goods on the what if the world website, about a year ago. heather is a fellow capetonian and perhaps due to her proximity and therefore accessibility, she is a reminder to me, that you can do what you love for a living and as another blogger mentioned recently, if you love what you do, it energises you. i first fell for heather's cushions, with the deer patterns, and i've been in a state of admiration ever since! visit her etsy shop here.
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
these are some of my finds today, a chance to finally get down to those junk shops because today was a holiday! some beautiful ceramics and a leaf shaped wooden snack tray and some beautiful kitchenalia such as these sunny egg cups and flower shaped coasters! you're not going to believe me.......but the ceramics were R5-00 each....yes......believe it, because it's true.
my latest article written on the wilder side of langebaan. herewith, an excerpt......
This is where the sleeping beauty of Langebaan lies - in the rustic fishermans cottages, shabby-chic and weathered porch furniture and bokkoms drying on ropes from the rafters on the stoep. This is where neighbours invite you in for a sherry after a day spent fishing, where photo moments wait for you to chase them down like seagulls and where the silence is only disturbed by the lilt of the lagoon waters lapping at the shore.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
my kid is just the best one ever and people tend to fall in love with him wherever i go. it makes me wonder how much trouble i'm going to have with him in his teenage years. he's a 'lovable leo' and was born on the day of 'tangible presence.' i can just picture it. girls stalking the house....kind of like i did when i was a teenager...o yuk....ok, admissions aside, the point is that i would love to give him the world and i'd like to do it one piece at a time. here are some beautiful things, sourced from various blogs and websites. having a 6 year old boy, i'm less inclined towards pretty and twee things and it's difficult to find rip roaring downright alternative piratey ahoy matey type things for boys, but i'm trying! its even more difficult to find threads for cool gals, but i've located one or two....
Monday, September 22, 2008
yay! my first article as a freelance journalist is complete! hereunder an excerpt....
With the faded opulence of its grand old manor houses lining the seafront, retro children’s playgrounds and vintage soft drink advertisements that have been bleached by the sun, Muizenberg wears its past on its sleeve and seems akin to stumbling upon a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party! One can easily imagine the sight of sun worshippers flocking to the beach in the past, tumbling out of their Beetles and Morris Minors enthusiastically, filled to the brim with giggles and soda bubbles, looking forward to family time spent together bathing on the beach. But the shadow cast by the developing city that caused an exodus of investors, home-makers and tourists, causing years of erosion in the seaside town, is slowly being illuminated by an influx of renewed passion for the area.
The curious thing about this town is that nothing is as it seems. Looking from the beachfront, you’ll be able to spot ‘The Majestic Café,' the old pharmacy and other die hards with their faded signage and aged facades. But if you had to set off on foot, you might just fall into a rabbit hole!
......A craft store across the way was filled with handmade objects, clothing, wool and eco conscious Christmas decorations. Another organic grocer with a small restaurant enclave stood next to it, with a selection of goods that burst with organic energy. I felt as though I’d found the pot of gold underneath Muizenberg’s rainbow, reminding me of what a resident had meant when they told me that Muizenberg simply refuses to conform to developers visions of its upliftment.There, hidden in the corners of this decadent relic of a former lifestyle, is where the artists have made their presence known, where the restauranteurs have contributed to an emerging café culture and where the spirit of Muizenberg flutters, like a rare butterfly.