if you’ve been lucky enough to visit the Wild Coast in South Africa you might have come upon some super chill cows having a great day at the beach. it is always a delight for me to see the cows when we travel to Kei each year for our summer holidays, they even gate-crashed our engagement!
hello! merry christmas! happy new year! just wanted to let you know that i am still here, and have not suddenly abandoned the blog without a word… we are currently on our summer holiday in Kei Mouth, a small town on the Wild Coast about 14 hours drive from Cape Town. once a year we get to truly break away from it all – no work, no internet, no television. besides Instagram because, well, i can’t help myself.
one of my favourite things about the holidays is that i read tons of books, something i only ever manage to do when there’s no internet to distract me (how sad is that?). i first blitzed through Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng – a wonderful, poignant story that starts out as a mystery but ends up being about so much more. then i read The Silkworm by ‘Robert Gailbraith’ which i really enjoyed (i am naturally a fan of the Cormoran Strike novels, because i do so love JK and HP), and Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty which was a quick, light holiday read and quite amusing in parts. i actually need a few more titles to read this week – any suggestions?
we have one more week of holiday before 2015 really kicks off. until then, we’re still in a holi-DAZE.
road tripping up to Kei
the landscape changes from the Cape’s dry summer brown to lush lush green as we near Kei…
Kei Mouth beach
the view from Anton’s family holiday house
flame lilies grow on the beach
yes we took the boat up! perfect for skiing on the Kei river.
i prefer sitting on the beach to skiing…
the view across the Kei River looking towards the old Transkei
New Year’s lantern
capturing a lighting storm. BOOM.
thought i’d share some photos of our current holiday at Kei, Anton’s family’s holiday home where we got engaged this time last year. Kei Mouth is a small town on the banks of the Kei River, which used to be the border of the old Transkei. this area of the Eastern Cape, known as the Wild Coast, is the traditional home of the Xhosa people. it is beautiful, rugged, wild and tropical. yesterday we took the ferry across the river, drove up the hills past herds of Nguni and 4×4’d our way to The Gates at the Qolora river. it reminded me, once again, how much there is to see on our own doorstep. i think a perfect new year’s / life resolution would be to explore more of South Africa.
all photos shot on iPhone, edited with VSCO / Afterlight. more on my Instagram.
The Gates at the Qolora River
Tropical Heat at the old-school Seagulls Resort
ferry ride across the Kei River
sunsets at Kei
mike tymbios is a talented photographer and in his own words a real film dork. these are his shots from a recent trip to the transkei. i’ve always wanted to go there & am ashamed of myself that i’ve never been – that feeling multiplied in quick succession with every photograph i saw on mike’s blog. an excellent reminder that our country is ridiculously rad.
also check out his flickr