family

nom nom nom

just had to show you the way my sister-in-law wrapped all the homemade stollen & cookies that she gave everyone at christmas (cut-out reindeer tags!):

i ate those cookies all at once. AT ONCE. more cookies (note the vanillekipferl / almond crescents, my favourite):

and some more holiday pics, just cos i miss it:

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christmas!

ho-ho-ho-holy crap it’s christmas already!

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(that’s me, obviously happy with my christmas loot)

i hope you have a lovely day, whether you’re in the snow or the sun… my christmas is going to consist of opening gifts sometime late morning (or rather, watching as my young nieces and nephews tear open their presents, and then ask if they can open mine too).

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then setting the table & helping my mom make all the food – which will consist of a huge roast gammon (served cold in thin slices, with the most amazing mustard & condensed milk sauce – it sounds weird but it’s delicious!) –  and probably a leg of lamb, a beef fillet or coronation chicken with roast almonds (or all three, yep, probably all three.)

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PLUS various salads and other side dishes.

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this will be followed by dessert… maybe strawberries & ice cream, or crème caramel or even a trifle (or all three).

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and THEN coffee and homemade biscuits made by my german sister-in-laws.

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after that? a long nap, followed by a walk on the beach – and then leftovers. oh yes, christmas day is nice.

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tearing through presents in my awesome one-sie pyjamas, enjoying the christmas spirit.

happy holidays!

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root beer

one of the many reasons i love creative people is because they have the best & most original gift ideas. erin jang says,

My husband loves good root beer. For his birthday I bought a vintage soda crate and filled it with 24 different kinds of root beer and made a cheat sheet of each brew’s flavor based on some root-beer fanatics’ reviews that I found online.  The husband loved the gift and I made him promise to me that he would ration out the sodas over a very. long. period. of. time.

also be sure to visit erin’s blog to see her beautiful design & illustration work (her wedding invitations are covetable)

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bygone

oupa being shot at

i decided to start scanning in all our old family photographs, mostly for safety’s sake – but also to share some of the pretty radical images my parents have in their archives. you can see the complete (and growing) set here.

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bop & jive

beer!

the best thing about looking at old photos of your parents is realising that most everyone is the same when they’re young (beer! braai! party hats! dancing! fun!). [check out that speedo in the background]

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dad in the shade

stripes & aviators, looking cool.

hells yeah

short skirt

mom groovin'

re: the title, my dad STILL says “bop & jive”

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i want to go to there

holy moly, it’s only 18 odd days and then my SUMMER HOLIDAY starts. today i’m reflecting on summer holidays of old, 99.9% of the time spent by the sea (where else?). our family haunts were:

knysna:

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when i was very small, we went camping in knysna. i don’t remember much else apart from squishing around in the mud of the lagoon when it was low tide looking for crabs. the ever present silver kombi was there (that thing took us everywhere, all over south africa, for years and years – then it was stolen from outside my parent’s house and found weeks later in lesotho full of chicken feathers)

knysna

knysna

knysna

and more significantly…

kraalbaai, langebaan:

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we stayed on a wooden houseboat that was owned by the south african parksboard (i think it still is). my dad played a role in helping sanparks establish the west coast national park (and designed the houseboat) in the late eighties – evidently why we went there so often. it was the BEST!

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the houseboat when it was launched

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i distinctly remember the long drive there in the trusty kombi, and finally arriving in the public parking lot. it was ‘paved’ with hot white/grey gravel and those horrible 3 sided thorns that you had to watch out for as you made your way to the path that wound down to the jetty (there were also public long drop loos in the parking lot, they fascinated me – in a gross way). i can actually smell the sea and that beachy fynbos aroma just thinking about it…. also the constant low hum of cicadas in the heat.

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don’t forget the rubberduck, holiday necessity of note (and how you got to the houseboat)

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my dad & brothers would sail our yacht (teenybobber – heee) from gordon’s bay harbour and park it (park it? anchor it) next to the houseboat and we would stay there for what felt like…. months.

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in our swimming costumes all day

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jumping off every possible surface into the sea (including from the roof)

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giggling at people trying to windsurf (my dad in that picture)

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if not swimming, then colouring stuff in (also looking fashionable)

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chops & wors from the teeny tiny braai (wearing super white block out sunblock)

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drinking cooldrink (sometimes coke, if you were lucky) as the sun went down (no beer for me back then, my dad drank castle dumpies though). aaaah… it was truly flinging flanging magical! really the best holiday a kid could have (and all done without any TV’s or video games).

nowadays we hang out in betty’s bay, where we’ve had a holiday house for almost 10 years.

bench

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our dogs having a good time

it’s my seaside destination of choice because not a lot of people bother with betty’s (they usually scoot straight past to hermanus, which is so overcrowded you couldn’t pay me to go there) and it’s close enough that the drive is only around an hour, but far enough away that it really feels like holiday.

beach

not exactly the prettiest town, but certainly some of the prettiest beaches (usually it’s all clear skies in summer, but check that cloud out!)

coastal road

… and definitely one of the most beautiful coastal stretches in the world.

if you’re on holiday soon (or not), a happy summer to you! if you live up north and you’re in the grip of winter, well, dream of africa?

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the virgin suicides

Air popped up on my playlist this morning, which of course made me think of The Virgin Suicides. one of those movies that i love, but hardly ever watch. i think most girls my age can relate when i say this film had an impact on my teenage days (i was 16 when it came out). we were the same age as the lisbon chicks (but, hopefully, not as sheltered/melancholic/suicidal) and we all kind of had a thing for josh hartnett.

these are scans from the may 2000 issue of the face

the irresistible combination of the visuals and music of this film must have inspired thousands of girls to create flickr photo sets that are dreamy + ethereal and heavily photoshopped to look pastel + lovely. sophia coppola is their queen, as you can also pick up in the recent ad she did for miss dior cherie:

it’s all very pretty though, isn’t it?

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