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.
people have been asking whether i was going to do gift guides this year, and to be honest we are having a really small Christmas this side – our families on either side are getting so big that shopping for everyone becomes a really expensive affair. so mostly, we just try to keep things small and simple. yet i am still receiving harried texts and emails from loved ones asking – what do YOU want for christmas? it’s a tough question because i don’t really want anyone to buy me anything. give me a bag of christmas cookies and i’m good to go.
one of the great perks about posting things i love is that it often connects me to the very makers that i blog about. one such example is Lina Rennell – the amazingly creative woman behind online shop Beklina whose own line i shared earlier this year. one thing lead to another, and now i am hosting an awesome giveaway with her…
happy new year! we are still on holiday at the seaside where my family has been spending summers for the past decade. soon we will be road tripping up to the Transkei to spend time with Anton’s family, and we will revisit the spot where we got engaged exactly a year ago. 2013 was such an amazing year for us, so many milestones were met and so many great experiences were thrown our way. we can only hope for a fraction of the same goodness for 2014, so here’s to that! here are some pics of our holiday so far. hope you are having an equally great start to the year.
guys, i’m bushed. i don’t know what it is about the easter holiday – but every time it swings around i am always just so ready for it. i guess it’s also the fact that come next month we’ll be a third a way through the year. what! it also marks the official changing of the seasons around here, it’s been hot hot hot since… forever. i can’t remember the last time it was cold. and easter weekend almost always brings in a cold front that finally breaks summer.
this is where i’ll be.
this post is bittersweet because on the one hand i am on holiday (yes!!) but on the other hand it means i will be taking a break from the blog for a couple of weeks. we are road tripping up to the wild coast – a pretty unspoiled part of the country that i am really, really eager to explore over Christmas and new years. usually i keep the blog running during the holiday break, but we will have little to no internet access (actually we’ll hardly have cellphone reception, which is pretty nice) – so i decided that for once i’m going to take an actual break. i’m sure that everyone can relate at this time of the year, you just want to get away from it all right?
we took a much needed break this weekend and were lucky enough to spend a day with family at the amazing Amathunzi Nature Reserve (less than two hours outside Cape Town – man i love this country). if you follow me on instagram you might have seen my pics of our sunset visit from some zebras – including 2 babies – a herd of eland and an adorably lonely bontebok. consequently i’ve been catching up on work today, but check in tomorrow… a new music mix is on the horizon.
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