• Hiking & outdoors,  Proudly South African

    Support Local: South African Activewear

    This month heralds a full year of living that lockdown life here in South Africa. And for me, a year of spending an inordinate (yet blissfully comfy) amount of time in my stretchy pants. So much so that since my outdoor yoga classes started up again, I hardly have a decent pair of leggings to wear that wouldn’t give my students an unprofessional peek at my underwear! So, I guess it’s high time for a little activewear wardrobe update. In an effort to stick to my resolution to shop local as far as possible, my search has been focused on proudly South African options… of which, the good news is,…

  • Featured,  Photography,  Proudly South African

    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.…

  • Featured,  Personal,  Proudly South African

    On being South African

    With all the Bok-related patriotism in the air, it’s hard not to think about being South African. I’ve caught myself softly singing our national anthem a good few times since Saturday and, without fail, feel my eyes well up when reaching those last two lines. Earlier this year, I wanted out. I wanted to pack my bags and move somewhere safe. I wanted to escape the violence and the tension and the feeling of always looking over my shoulder. But what good would that do? In the name of safety, I’d lose so much. I’d lose living in a country where:

  • Culture,  Featured,  Personal,  Proudly South African

    Random Thought: Of Our National Anthem and the Ones Who Love It Most

    Every so often, when my schedule allows and deadlines aren’t coming at me as thick and fast as they normally do, I spend an hour or two volunteering at an urban farm close to my home in Cape Town. Sometimes, I help place tiny seeds in polystyrene planting trays and other times I clear weeds from the veggie beds. It’s nothing fancy and I love it precisely because of this. A couple of hours away from my laptop, feeling the sun on my shoulders and inhaling the scent of earth and soil.

  • Featured,  Photography,  Travel

    Snaps: #AccidentallyWesAnderson in Springbok

    A couple of months ago, a friend shared a post on their Instagram stories with the hashtag #AccidentallyWesAnderson and, immediately, I was intrigued. Clicking on it, I found myself scrolling through a host of whimsical images from all corners of the globe that, indeed, seemed to have been snapped on one of Wes Anderson’s gently magical movie sets. What made all of them so arresting, however, was the fact that they depicted real-life places that weren’t even *trying* to be anything but themselves.

  • Featured,  Hiking & outdoors,  Travel

    3 Otter Trail detours worth taking

    Taking time out to admire the natural beauty all around you while hiking a particularly tough trail can be pretty hard. When your backpack straps are cutting into your shoulders (still tender from the previous day’s abuse), your legs are burning and all wobbly, and you can’t quite seem to catch your breath, the last thing you want to do is veer off course in pursuit of an even rarer view. Most hiking trails, of course, discourage – nay, flat out forbid – you to leave the main trail for your own safety, as well as the conservation of the fauna and flora that would suffer underfoot. However, when setting…

  • Cute white alpaca at the Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop & Weaving Studio
    Cute,  Photography,  Travel

    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…