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    World, meet Jasper

    We’d been toying with the idea of getting a dog for some time, Guillaume and I. Maybe it started with the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Border Collie we met during our first weekend away together in Tulbagh almost three years ago. For those two days, he was a constant companion – chilling on the stoep while we braaied and even joining us for a hike up the mountain in search of an elusive waterfall. We dubbed him Wouter for some reason and soon ‘Wouter’ became a central figure in our future dreams. Our far-in-the-future dreams, that is. Because, let’s be honest – first, a long distance relationship and now, living several…

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    Snaps: Vergenoegd runner duck parade

    If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll know that I have a real weakness for animals. Especially cute ones. Just dip into the Gypsified archives and you will find plenty of evidence – phantom cat syndrome, alpaca cuddling with Marli, Monday menagerie, sleepy owls, lonely whales and, of course, a Sandokan overload. So, when Vergenoegd Wine Estate’s daily duck parade started making headline news sometime earlier this year, it wasn’t very long before I developed a serious obsession.

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    How to know if you’re suffering from phantom cat syndrome

    I have a cat. His name is Sandokan. He’s a big, fat tabby that weighs in at around 8kg with a temper to match his size. Everyone’s scared of him, including me. Despite his unexpected swipes and frequent hand mauls, I really do love him. And miss him a lot… because, you see, he doesn’t live with me. I got him in 2009 when he was just a tiny kitten with big ears, big eyes and a tiny belly and I was in the last phase of writing my thesis. For about six months we lived in bliss, him frequently launching his mini feline body across the room and skidding…

  • Cute white alpaca at the Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop & Weaving Studio
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    An adventure of unparalleled cuteness? Alpaca my bags!

    It was just before 8am on Heritage Day morning and Marli and I were rushing along Agter Paarl road in an effort to get her to a trail run – that would be starting in about t-10 minutes at Spice Route – on time. I was still a little groggy and bleary-eyed and not yet able to fully appreciate the picturesque scenery unfolding (at top speed, I might add) around me: spring-green vineyards with hazy purple mountains towering above them, white ducks kicking up concentric waves in otherwise glassy dams, little houses sending tentative columns of smoke up into the blue – preempting the braai fires that would later be…

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    Monday menagerie: Flamingos

    Let me just start by admitting that I have, rather sadly, never paid flamingos much attention. I knew about them, of course (I mean, who doesn’t?!): large birds, pink plumage, crooked beaks, like wading around algae-filled lakes, and sometimes the ocean. Pretty ridiculous all in all. Just not ridiculous enough to drag my attention away from elephants and owls. *Sigh* Maybe it was the trashy trailer park connection that put me off. (But probably not). Or maybe, like with particularly flashy people, I just didn’t really know how to handle their over-the-top gregariousness, so avoided them instead. Whatever the case may be regarding my former indifference, the fact is I’ve…

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    Bizarre Friday video

    This is probably the most bizarre, yet cute video I have EVER seen. And I think you might agree. It involves a sloth, a cat and a lot of long-clawed stroking. Weird. But cute. But weird. But… Thanks Imar for passing it on. Want MOAR sloths? Check out this Monday Menagerie post I did a while ago. Oh, and just to end the post off on an equally cute and bizarre note, here’s a gif of a cat in a shark suit chasing a duckling while riding a Roomba.

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    Monday Menagerie: Pallas’ Cat

    So you think you’re having an identity crisis, do you? Well, today I’d like to introduce you to a creature that is certainly far more confused than you have ever been. Ladies and gentlemen, meet Pallas’ Cat… or the Manul. While undeniably adorable with all that soft-looking fluffiness and the huge eyes, these little guys are pretty damn weird-looking. Photo: Wikipedia I mean, let’s just take a moment to study the above photograph. Firstly, I’d like you to place your hand over the lower half of its face. What do you see? A monkey, right? Or maybe a teddy bear on a caffeine buzz. Now, place your hand over the…

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    Stuff no-one told me

    Just some good advice and sweet illustrations from the awesome Stuff No-One Told Me blog. Happy Wednesday, friends 🙂 (Actually I was lucky enough to have parents and other wise people telling me all of these things at some point.)

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    Cool internet finds

    Friends, today I experienced one of the most ass-kicking internet days of my entire life. It’s true. There was just so much goodness finding its way onto my screen, as though I had been manifesting “lols,” “awws” and “awesomes” for months on end, a-la followers of/believers in The Secret, only to have it all culminate in one spectacular day! It’s been so overwhelming, I just had to share the cream of the already very creamy crop with you. Rock ‘n Roll bride Rockabilly brides with red shoes and tattoos, grungy grooms, pink hair, leopard print, skulls and all sorts of wayward wedding paraphernalia feature on this bouncy blog. And while…

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    Menagerie: Snow Monkeys

    I know Menagerie is supposed to happen strictly on Mondays, but I came across an animal so crazy and cute that I couldn’t resist doing a post today. Sure it will serve as a good mid-week boost, no? (Came across it on my friend’s Facebook cover pic of all places!) So, introducing to you the Snow Monkey also known as the Japanese macaque or the Nihonzaru. They live at latitudes of 41° to 31° north of the equator, making them the northernmost primates in the world – with the exception of humans of course and can often be seen chilling in hot springs, carrying snowballs and having snowball fights. Despite obviously…