Die Laaitjie

Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss

a funny thing happened the other day. we wanted to get out of town for a last minute weekend getaway and i googled a few places – including Die Laaitjie in Robertson, and my own post from 2010 popped up. haha! luckily for us the main house was available, so finally 4 years after the fact i actually got to try out the place.

we have spent a lot of time in the valleys in and around Robertson (about 2 hours from Cape Town) on weekend aways, but i have to say that the location of Die Laaitjie is the most breathtaking of them all. the house is surrounded by a mountain range that actually made me say “bloody hell!” every time i witnessed the sunrise or sunset making its way across the valleys.

the pictures of the accommodation on the website are a bit misleading. the main house is nicely decorated, but it looks like it hasn’t been painted or touched up for a good few years. there is an air of a rambling farmhouse (Grey Gardens came up a few times) rather than the luxe accommodation which you might expect. something i personally have no problem with – but, if you’re the owners of Die Laaitjie and you’re reading this: a lick of paint won’t go unnoticed.

perhaps i should make a weekend getaway section on my Cape Town guide. look out for that!

Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss
Die Laaitjie // Miss Moss

Birthday Suits

© Lucy Hilmer photographs herself every year on her birthday since 1974  wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks.

Lucy Hilmer is a photographer, filmmaker and poet who has filmed and photographed, at regular intervals, the ever changing lives of herself, her family and friends and documented them in multiple long-term series. Birthday Suits, where she photographs herself every year on her birthday wearing nothing but her white Lollipop underpants, shoes, and socks, made me tear up a little. it is just extraordinary.

Walks

photo taken by my brother

i have been walking a lot in the mountains that surround my parents’ home in the past while. my family all live in stellenbosch and between them they have 4 dogs who need a lot of walking. two are hunting breeds, and so they need double the amount of exercise. since i don’t have dogs of my own and i don’t really get the chance to walk in the mountains in Cape Town… this is what i love doing when i visit.

Mini Break

Mini Break // Miss Moss

yesterday i raced to get all my work done and left Cape Town in the afternoon, grinning from ear to ear. i was on my way to Pringle Bay, a seaside town about an hour from the city where my friends and i have been spending holidays together since we were little kids.

Double Tap: World of Juju

Double Tap: World of Juju

when a professional photographer gets on Instagram, you know you’re in for a good time. today’s Double Tap features Juanel de la Forêt, a photographer from Cape Town currently working in Paris / London with her partner Jesse-Leigh Elford – you can see their portfolio here. she takes wonderful snaps in her day to day life between travelling and shoots. she also has killer manicures. check out their tumblr for easy online viewing or follow WorldofJuju on Instagram.

Erna and Hrefna

Erna and Hrefna

Erna and Hrefna are identical twins from Iceland who have been photographed every year by Japanese photographer Ariko Inaoka, beginning when they were nine years old in 2009. Ariko intends to visit them every year until they are sixteen years old.

Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho

Joel Tettamanti: Lesotho

we are going on a last-minute trip on Friday, driving from Durban to Cape Town over 3 days. our route will take us up into the Kwa-Zulu Natal Midlands, along the southern border of Lesotho, through the Eastern Cape, down to the Karoo and back home. more on the later! but considering we will be travelling through the mountain range that south africa shares with Lesotho, i thought this would be a great post to share.

Double Tap: Justina Blakeney

Justina Blakeney

i first discovered stylist & designer Justina Blakeney last year when she did this creative living room makeover (those colourful shelves have since become a signature of hers). i have been enjoying following her ever since, especially on Instagram which i find to be a good litmus test for how creative a person – is not only in their work life, but in their daily life too. Justina started experimenting with foliage portraits and her #facethefoliage series has since kinda exploded. they started off simply enough, but have progressed into elaborate portraits of real and imaginary characters and now regularly appear in her feed.

Andrew Jacona

Andrew Jacona

Andrew Jacona spent a month in India in 2012, just exploring and pursuing his passion: photography. he took these photos with a Contax 645 camera using Kodak Portra 400 film. they are SO BEAUTIFUL that they actually make me psychically ache to visit India. Andrew lives in Sydney with his wife Paveena and their two kids. you can see more beautiful photos of Andrew’s family, and his travels, at his Flickr and portfolio website.

Fawn DeViney

Fawn DeViney

you know those beautifully curated tumblrs that have thousands of photographs but you just never ever know where they are from, who took them or… well, any context at all? i discovered the work of photographer Fawn DeViney this way, after seeing one of her pictures and going down a rabbit hole of google image searching to find the real source (i swear tumblr is the bane of my internet existence sometimes!) and luckily I FOUND HER. and then went down another proverbial rabbit hole looking at her lovely photographs.