I was up long before my alarm sounded. Tired body, tired soul, a worn down mental state of mind after a rough night of little sleep. A constant slumber of dreams and fears entwined.
Weekends are my time to reflect. To slow things down. To dream up future adventures. To blissfully feel safe, comforted by the material things that surround me and then head out for new explorations all across the Garden Route.
‘Love, belonging and connection are the universal sources of true well being’ - Unknown
The last day of the first week of teaching has come to soon. Sitting down to paint on the now fired beads was a welcome change to four days of manufacturing.
Day five of week one, was by far my favorite!
A day with all things new and a mountain of things to learn. Beads need firing, rope needs to be made, fired beads need cooling, rinsing, painting and stringing. A lot to get through in one day!
Day four of week one of teaching starts off with yet another mixture of clay, the last one for the week as tomorrow we’re firing beads and making rope.
‘If you so choose, even the unexpected setbacks can bring new and positive possibilities. If you so choose, you can find value and fulfillment in every circumstance’ - Ralph Marston
“No one has ever become poor by giving” -Anne Frank
‘If you educate a man, you educate an individual but when you educate a woman, you educate a nation” - African Proverb
Every production of an artist should be the expression of an adventure of his soul
- W. Somerset Maugham
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done” - Thomas Jefferson
There’s a quote that reads: ‘Follow your heart, but take your brain with you’ by Alfred Adler.
‘I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers - if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door’ - Marla Gibbs
Arriving at a place that feels like home is a rare occurrence.
So much can happen in so little time and it makes one realize that to achieve a lot, little is needed. Time is something we always think we have a lot of. But we don’t, so let us use it wisely, sparingly, purposefully and beautifully.
With only 10 days to go, time is running out, research and preparations are coming to a close and the confines of my comfort zone is pressing into me…soon I will have to let go.
I’ve (boldly, selfishly) decided that Mondays were never created to be spent in an office (in my case a studio). Instead it will become a day of exploring, a day for research, a day for getting to know my surroundings and no doubt, myself.
We recently traded the untamed, wondrous and wild west coast of Namaqualand for warmer waters and tranquil living on the east coast - from beach shack to forest cottage.
With a week of Garden Route road tripping behind us, it was time to head to the city and with a full weekend of downhill mountain biking, there were loads to look forward to.
Living at least 7 hours from Cape Town and 12 from the Garden Route, I can understand why few take the time and make the effort to take a trip up North…far North. So when the parentals arrived at our house on the beach, just in time for sunset, we were grateful for some company and sharing our way of life.
Sunday March 3rd, Western Province Downhill Series 2013 official race day. After a quiet day at Zevenwacht the day before, change was expected on race day as spectators filled the previously empty track with spectacular views of the vineyard. It was a good turnout!
We arrived at Zevenwacht at around 9 this morning, parked the car and walked the track. In general a good few jumps, road gaps, drops and tight turns. Reaching the top of the track looking back, in the distance the moon was still vaguely visible over a crisp view of Table Mountain.
A good day to ride…
In just a couple of hours we heading out to Zevenwacht Wine Estate for the second round of the Western Province Downhill Series 2013!
About a year or two ago I was commissioned by WolfAlley (a creative organization of diverse individuals expressing their talents and expertise through a multitude of different industries/art forms/sports/projects and products) to create their once off, one of a kind, Air Off championship signet ring. Check out the 2011 Air Off event below:
i feel inspired and excited by the sunshine, the sea and life in general!
herewith a visual celebration of life
January: mountains, February: mountains, March: mountains, April: mountains…and in between visiting all the mountains, we go home to the sea.
It’s Monday morning. Waking up to the rising sun over the mountains and the sound of swallows living in and around cliff faces, I’m sure isn’t your usual start to the week.
After about four days of blistering cold weather, wind and rain, the sun has at last come out to play and is shining blissfully on my face.