• Featured,  Personal

    2020 Life Update

    It may only be February, but I must say, it feels like we’re at least 5 months into the new year and -decade already! Looking back over the past 50 days, I can quite confidently confirm that 2020 did not – I repeat – did not come tiptoeing in gently. There were those few peaceful post-New Year’s days with my family in Tergniet, but since then, it’s pretty much been a whirlwind of change and excitement. Here’s a little rundown:

  • Featured,  Personal

    The Curiosity Curse

    I’ve always envied people who have a clear-cut purpose in life. Those blessed souls who know their calling and always have; who wistfully recall the moment of childhood enlightenment – how, at three-years-old, they swooshed a flimsy paintbrush around the watercolour pallet and instantly *knew* they’d be an artist. Those who set about pursuing their life’s purpose by achieving one quantifiable goal after another, well dang, I envy them even more. I, on the other hand, have always been somewhat erratic in my pursuits.

  • Cute,  Featured,  Personal

    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…

  • Culture

    Quotes that caught my eye

    I’ve told you this before and I’ll probably tell you again: I’m a collector of words and sometimes I like to curate them too. Here are a few pleasing turns of phrase – some inspiring, some bittersweet and some downright delicious – that have popped up in my reading radar over the past few months.

  • Personal

    On turning 30 – a few jumbled thoughts

    DISCLAIMER: This post is a couple of months old. I found it in my drafts folder the other evening and was rather surprised by its substance.  I’m nine months into 30 now, the Paris attacks seem like an eon ago (with far too many similar horrors having followed in their wake), and Adri’s beautiful little Fia is motoring around their home on chubby hands and knees already (nothing like watching kids grow to make you realise just how brutal the passage of time is). But much of what I felt and anticipated here still rings true.  I obviously thought it was no good/too personal to publish at the time, but…

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    Cute,  Personal,  Travel

    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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    Photography,  Travel

    Snaps: Rod’s Trail, Betty’s Bay

    While the past week or so has been a rather stormy one down here in the Western Cape, I must say, we’ve really been blessed with some particularly pleasant winter weather. And nowhere is a bright winter’s day more beautiful than in Betty’s Bay. Anyone familiar with that side of the world will know that for 80% of the year it’s a high energy zone – all gale force winds and stormy seas. But when it decides to take a breather and… just… rel…ax, it’s seriously the most exquisite place in the world.

  • Personal

    10 Obsessions of a pre-teen girl circa the late ’90s

    Blink 182 recently released a new album and you know what came with it? A flood of nostalgia. Since hearing the first strains of California a few weeks ago, I’ve caught myself reminiscing ever so often – about my childhood, which has left me feeling intensely grateful for how uncomplicated it was (thank you mom and dad) and also about my teen years, which has left me feeling intensely embarrassed about how angsty I was most of the time. Dang, if only I knew how good life was back then! I guess retrospect is a good teacher. It has certainly reminded me that living lightly and being happy is so…

  • Personal,  Travel

    An itinerary for my brain on its 3am adventures

    3am – Depart from the land of Fitful Sleep for a short excursion into Wakefulness en route to the Republic of Deep Sleep. 3.20am – Train delayed due to howling winds outside? No problem! While away the time by exploring the popular after-hours district of Existential Dread. 3.30am – Enjoy a lengthy trip down the dark side of highly acclaimed Memory Lane with its spectacular display of neon billboards flashing all your worst, weakest, meanest and most embarrassing moments. 3.45am – Since the latter normally proves to be particularly gripping, we highly recommend taking the time to investigate the extensive exhibits on display in the Museum of Awkwardness. 4:15am –…