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    Snaps: Honeymoon Road Trip

    Following our wedding at the end of October last year, Guillaume and I hit the road for an epic 10-day honeymoon. He had done all the booking and planning. Keeping his cards close to his chest, I had NO IDEA where we would be heading. Even during the road trip, every next destination remained a surprise to me – either until I figured it out or we arrived. One thing is for sure, though, he did a stellar job of planning the most amazing getaway <3

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    OUR WEDDING: THE PHOTOS

    Five months and 20 days later than planned, on 24 October 2020, Guillaume and I finally got all dressed up to exchange vows and say ‘I do’ under an indigenous tree canopy in front of a (relatively) intimate gathering of loved ones. We were gifted a perfect spring-on-the-cusp-of-summer-day at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay, with a light breeze ruffling hems and hairdos as the sun kissed our cheeks, hands, necks and brows.

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    Love in the time of lockdown

    If all had gone as planned, we would have been on day five of a blissful honeymoon somewhere along the Garden Route (I think…). Instead, here we are on day 14 of a 21-day national lockdown, hunkered down in our homes, movement restricted to only the most necessary excursions. The government’s noble effort to help flatten the curve of Covid-19 infections in South Africa.

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    Snaps: Picnic in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve

    This past weekend, we celebrated my mom’s birthday with a family picnic in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. Following a little meander along the Palmiet River Trail, we settled on some rocks close to a rushing waterfall and enjoyed fresh Portuguese rolls, coffee, tea and home-baked goodies courtesy of Imar and Tamara. This spot also happens to be a designated swimming zone that I’d love to revisit on a sunnier, more summery day. After the picnic, Imar and I decided to head back to Betty’s Bay along the 6km Oudebosch trail, which connects the Kogelberg Nature Reserve with the Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens. After being damaged by the devastating fires…

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    Snaps: Springboks Trophy Tour

    It’s been a heady few weeks for us South Africans since the Springboks won the Rugby World Cup at the end of October. The team returned home last week and received a well-deserved heroes’ welcome at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, followed by more of the same in the various cities they’ve visited as part of their Trophy Tour. Today was Cape Town’s turn and, of course, I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. After an early wake-up to get some work done, I grabbed my camera, got on the MyCiti bus and headed into the streets just before 11am. I wended my way from Strand, through St.…

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    Snaps: Super Grainy 35mm Point and Shoot

    Last year, I discovered my old point and shoot film camera in a drawer. Believe it or not, I actually still used it to capture my first few months at university back in 2004! Anyway, since I had started dabbling in film photography, I decided to pop one of the expired Kodak Gold films I had recently acquired into the sturdy little body and decided to keep it in my handbag for spontaneous shots. Well, over the next few months, it became my constant companion and ended up accompanying me on work trips to Maputo and Mpumalanga, as well as random adventures all around Cape Town. Sadly, one fateful day,…

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    Snaps: Global Climate Strike – Cape Town

    For the past few days, my creativity has been at a bit of a low ebb. Since I’m quite comfortable with the idea that things move in cycles and we can’t always be at peak performance, it doesn’t alarm me too much. However, I don’t like wallowing in this state for too long. Something I enjoy doing to help myself snap out of it is leaving the confines of my flat and heading out into the city for a walkabout. Cape Town’s streets always have something interesting, thought-provoking, humorous and beautiful on offer to get those creative juices flowing again. Today, was an especially good day to seek out the…

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    Roadtripping: 5 Quirky & Cool Overberg Experiences

    Earlier this month, I had the privilege of taking a whirlwind trip around the Overberg as part of #OverbergFam2019 – a familiarisation trip supported by Wesgro and SATSA – to explore this special region in a little more depth. Veering off the beaten track (i.e. the N2) as far as possible, our itinerary took us from Elgin to Barrydale to Swellendam to Malgas and finally De Hoop. Along the way, we enjoyed an incredible array of experiences – from a chilly morning game drive at Sanbona Wildlife Reserve to an exquisite overnight stay at Schoone Oordt Country House and all manner of treats in between. While I’m no stranger to the Overberg,…

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    Snaps: A Quick Break in the West Coast National Park

    It’s slightly terrifying how fast this year is going, isn’t it? And also how it’s becoming increasingly difficult to connect and enjoy quality time with the people who matter most. Unless you actually pin down a date, time and venue for getting together, it’s definitely not going to happen spontaneously. (I’m sure the world was different at some point not too very long ago.) So, when my mom recently managed to round us all up for a quick two-night break at Duinepos Eco Cottages in the West Coast National Park, it felt like nothing short of a miracle!