Tag Archives: friends

A Wedding in the Cape

Beginning February we returned to the Cape for our friends’ wedding!!! It was a gorgeous event!!! I managed to capture a few memorable moments which I will share with you today!!! 😀

In the air… Loving the view – we landed in showers – Scary!!!

The evening before the wedding was to take place, they had organised a get together for all the friends and family!!! 🙂

Sunset view panorama!!!

My bf and a friend silhouetted against the sunset!!!

A rainbow appeared after a few days of showers… It was gorgeous!!!

Wedding day… a few minutes to ourselves before He-who-thinks-he’s-boss had to leave on best man duties!!! 😦

Our traditional shadow portrait!!! (we could only spare three minutes on the beach…)

Wedding Venue!!!

Some of our friends heading down to where the ceremony was to take place!!!

One of the (My) best men!!! 😉

Blurry Musicians!!!

Ceremony location!!!

The ‘to-be-wed’ couple!!!

Wedded Bliss!!!

Heading back to the reception area!!!

Having a good time!!!

Thank you for taking the time for reading this looooooooooooooong overdue post!!! 🙂 It was a gorgeous (cold) weekend… All the best for these newly weds!!! 😀 **

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A visit to Yellowsands…

Almost three years ago we went to South Africa’s South Coast for a small holiday!!! It was a great places to relax and unwind… & with a few friends these memories are here to stay… 😀

Last night I was looking for a few photos to edit, & I stumbled across this holiday’s… Needless to say, there was a few photos that I think is not all bad… & after a little processing I decided to show you a few of these photos!!! 🙂

As always, let me know what you think… All these photos were taken with my samsung digital compact (way back..)… Yellowsands is situated about 20 minutes from East London (South Africa)… A lovely little hide-away!!! 🙂

A visit to Yellowsands… Recommended!!! 😉 **

Drive-in Theatre Style…

I don’t know how many of you guys still have a good ol’ classic drive-in theatre?? 🙂 When our friends from the Netherlands were here for a visit a few weeks back, we thought that it would be fun to go & watch a movie at the drive-in theatre (you know… in stead of watching a movie at home…)!!! We were super surprised that they have never done this… They thought that it only happens in the movies… (or only in america!!!!) 😉

So, what was a regular idea for us, turned into something very unfamiliar (but enjoyable) to them!!! It was a great evening!!! 🙂

Our Netherland friends: Johan & Marieke !!!

If you haven’t visited the drive-in recently…. You have no idea what you’re missing out on!!! 😀 **

The last of our Cape Holiday – Part.10

This will be the last post of my Holiday Series… 😦 I am again going to share only a few photos… We had a great time with friends, some awesome travels, unforgettable memories, some bad experiences & great days… I am looking forward to the next time that we will be able to have another holiday…!!! 😀 I hope you enjoy these last few photos!!! 🙂

On a special lookout bench... overlooking the ocean!!!

HDR sunset - taken from a stand that we are going to own someday... 😉

There are three stands up there…. huge stands… (way above what we can afford)… But these views stole our heart…. we want to build our house here someday!!! I could end my day with this view & silence!!! 🙂

New Year 2012 - HDR sunset

Big BIG big jelly fish... My foot for scale!!! 🙂

January 1st views... So peaceful!!!

& I’ll end this holiday series with this photo… For a wonderful holiday… For getting back home in one piece… For great friends… even better memories… & what would hopefully be an unforgettable 2012!!! 😀

Heading into 2012... What lies ahead??

The history behind my blogging… (Thanks Mommy)

A loooooooooooong time ago… (even before facebook – say whaaaaaat?? 😀 )… a loooooooong time ago, my mom had a blog!!! She loved it… She is a stunning writer with MANY interests & passions!!! 🙂

Over the years I became curious as to what exactly blogging entails… 🙂 As my passion & curiosity for photography grew, I wanted a place to show people my photos & get some insight… grow my hobby… better my photos… learn new techniques etc etc… & if it wasn’t for my mom… I probably would not have thought of blogging!!! 🙂 I must admit that blogging has surpassed all my expectations… I am a blog addict!!! (So, thanks mom!!! 😀 )

In the meantime, my mom stopped blogging & went on with the things that kept her busy & away from what she loved doing… 🙂

But….. (yes, there IS a but… 😉 )…. SHE’s BACK!!!! 😀

I am sooooooo excited about this!!! My mom decided that now is the time to take up blogging again!!!! & she did her first posts today!!! 😀

If you want (& I really think you should)… You can follow this link to my Mommy’s Blog (opens in new window)!!!! Oh, by the way… her name is Zelmare!!!

She’s still getting everything figured out… you know – the in’s & out’s of WP… but her first posts are up!!! & everything is set for a great new blog to follow!!! 😀

This post is thus dedicated to my lovely, fabulous, gorgeously stunning Mommy!!!

(All photos taken from facebook!!!)

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO HER BLOG!!!! 😀 **

Keep well people!!! Tomorrow is happy-dance Friday!!! Whoooohooo!!! I’m in my happy place for sure!!!! 🙂 **

Relaxing in Glentana – Part.9

Over the next couple of days we didn’t really do anything significant… But we sure did have a good time relaxing with friends… Enjoying the beach… Just generally hanging out!!! 🙂 So, today I’ll only share a few photos taken over those few days!!! 😀

Ultimate relaxation...

Panorama - our cafe hangout...

Panorama - The most beautiful sunset EVER...

Awaiting my arrival at home...

Happy times...

A great view of our beach...

Through the polarised lens...

Our past time (even on the beach)... Sudoku...

From my point of view...

Panorama - A great day on the beach...

Hope you enjoyed these few photos!!! 🙂 **

Depart: Stellenbosch; Arrive: Glentana – Part.8

We spent a beautiful day on the beach….. 😀 It was super windy (which I dislike), but the heat was soooooo intense, I think we would have suffered without that muscled breeze!!!

Enjoying our lazy day on the beach…
Doing our “flexi-toes” !!! 🙂

Without realizing it, we spent a good 4 hours of doing sudoku, reading our books & lazing under our umbrellas!!! It was pure bliss!!! 🙂 This was our last day in Stellenbosch… & it was a beautiful one!!! 😀

The next morning we set out to meet up with our friends in Glentana… we were super excited to spend the next couple of days of doing nothing, spending hours on the beach & having a good time!!!

On route, we decided to stop at Lourensford Wine Farm for a breakfast (to early to do the “wine-thing” 😉 )… It is one of my favourite wineries ever…. it is wonderfully beautiful!!!!

It did not disappoint…. & He-who-thinks-he’s-boss felt a pang of regret that we did not visit here sooner…. (I told him so 😉 )… but nevertheless, we had a great breakfast on a stunning farm!!!! 😀

Lourensford Tasting Room Entrance
Our breakfast spot…

From here we set out on our 5 hour drive to Glentana… 🙂 I forgot to add that we scorched ourselves on the beach the day before…. so bad that we had to put towels over our legs to protect it from the sun…. It was Ouchie!!!! 😀

Our “towel protection”…

 We arrived in Glentana… super stoked…. a few hours later…. We had a great day catching up with our friends… Enjoying the feeling of complete relaxation!!!!

My beautiful rose from HWTHB!!! 🙂

The next day was Christmas day…. & true to our beautiful South Africa, the day was sunny, warm & inviting!!!! We spent the entire morning (and most of the afternoon) playing games on the beach, reading, sleeping & just generally being…. 🙂

Setting up our Gazebo…
After beach mode…

Also true to Christmas day in South Africa…. later in the afternoon it started raining… Oh my, how I love this gorgeous day!!! 😀

The guys preparing Christmas dinner in the rain… 🙂
The girls setting up the table & preparing other dishes…

 We had a fantastic dinner…. great friends… awesome conversation…. yummy yummy food!!!! Interesting fact for the evening… we did not leave the dinner table until well after 24h00… we played card games, drank wine & had a great time!!!! 😀

Great wines…
Playing card games until the wee hours of the night…

What an unforgettable evening/day… it was spent with truly fantastic people!!! Can’t wait to do it again!!! 😀 **

Road-Tripping to the Cape – Part.1

Hi everyone!!! I’m back!!!! 😀 Been chillin’ at home for the last couple of days before starting work again on Monday (which I am not at ALL looking forward to… L )!!! First of all: hope you all had a great Christmas & New Year… all the best for 2012 J – – – I made some resolutions (for like the first time EVER!!!), so it should be a busy year!!! – – – Watch this space…

Let me start off with my holiday stories… 😀 Our plans changed constantly, but in the end I think we had a super enjoyable & a very relaxing time!!! We drove almost 4800 kilometres – – – C R A Z Y – – – 😀 !!!

Our first day of road-tripping down to the Cape included about 450 km’s from Pretoria to Bloemfontein. There we had a good catching-up with our friends & an early evening for the next day’s travelling!!!

Still fresh & full of energy on Day 1 !!!

On our second day of road-tripping, we again stopped at various small little towns. These include Phillipolis & Trompsburg. Our first stop was Trompsburg, there we enjoyed breakfast in a very quaint little shop/bakery. I have to explain this first: there are no tarred roads, no traffic lights, old old old houses & only the bare necessary shops. That we could even get breakfast there is a wonder!!! 😉 They only had 4 items on the menu:

  1. Coffee
  2. Tea
  3. Fruit juice
  4. Pie (with/without salad)

Not quite the breakfast I had in mind, but it had to do!!! – – – Beggars can’t be choosers 😉 – – – We had quite a lovely chat with the owner (who definitely does NOT like people from Gauteng province, he claims they are always in a hurry – which us quite true!!!) 😉 Oh well!!! 😀 He had an interesting shop, full of old rulers & equipment, random dolls… & it was very VERY pink!!! 😀

Old ruler, still in 'inch' units - In SA we use the metric system, so rulers like these don't come along often these days!!!

Our 'breakfast' pie & coffee!!!

How cool are these teapoons made from old 1c coins?? Just loved it!!!

I told you... VERY pink!!!

Garage doors in Trompsburg!!!

& then we were on the road again… whizzing to the next town!!! 🙂

Our next stop was Phillipolis, where also only the main road was tarred with no traffic lights. There was a beautiful church & small little antique shops & art galleries. This is also the place where Emily Hobhouse was buried – What a legend!!! 😀 If you don’t know who Emily Hobhouse  was, follow this wikipedia link or this biography link for her very interesting background & story!!! In short, she was a British woman, living in South Africa in the time of the Anglo-Boer War who fought for humanity & took care of the ill & wounded in war times…

The Beautiful church!!!

Entertainers for passers-by!!!

Street in Phillipolis!!!

Old Gas Station!!!

He-who-thinks-he's-boss in front of their trading centre!!!

Emily Hobhouse Headstone!!!

We spent quite a bit of time in this little town… but were soon off again… on day two we arrived at the beautiful, gigantic Cape Mountains…

The first glimpses of some majestic mountains!!!

Here I conclude this first part of our journey to the Cape… Stay tuned for more!!!! 😀 **

Tune in for my Liebster Awards!!!

First of all – – – super many thanks to The Island Traveller & Lawnmower Vision Quest for awarding me with the Liebster Award!! I am so blessed that there are (in fact) people who read my blog & actually enjoy it (could you believe?) 😀 … It certainly makes me superly happy to know this!!! I love the posts of both these blogs & would definitely be disappointed if you do not visit their blogs… Lets honour this award for what it is & what the purpose of it is!!! Please click on the links to their blogs (opens in new window)!!!

What’s A Liebster Award?

A Liebster Blog Award is given to talented bloggers who have less than 200 followers. “Liebster” is a German word that means “Dearest” or “Beloved”. It also means ”Favourite”. So, in a way the award not only recognizes these bloggers as amazingly gifted in their own right but also as your very own personal favourites.

The Rules Of The Liebster Award:
1) Thank the fellow blogger who awarded it to you.
2) Link back to the said blogger who shared the award.
3) Post the award on your blog.
4) Pick 5 other blogs you want to recognise.
5) Visit the 5 bloggers and let them know that they receive the award.

I wanted to give the award to 10 bloggers… but decided to change my approach slightly!!! I have quite a few followers, but decided to give these awards to the people who actually take the time to read my post!!! (&no, its not about boosting my ego or something similar…)!!! I have found over the last couple of months that there are a lot of people who don’t actually read posts – they just go on ‘liking’ them…. now granted, I too ‘like’ a lot of posts, but I do actually read them & drop a comment every now & then (you know, to let them know that I’m enjoying their posts or really like something that they posted 🙂 )!!! This is why I’ve decided to award the following bloggers (in no particular order) with the Liebster Award:

1. 2 Rivers Photos – Posting regular (stunning) photographs!!!

2. Paris at my Doorstep – Becca (or Rebecca) takes me on a journey as she Journals about her expat adventures!!!

3. Shez Blogs – Shez is a writer, illustrator, photographer… & friend!!! She writes about her daily projects & activities, & sometimes just photo or two!!!

4. Photos from the Loonybin – Cindy is inspired photographer, very new to the blogging world, who wants to learn &broaden her skills!!!

5. Filipe Miguel Photography –  Hobby photographer from Portugal, almost always first to leave me a kind comment on my posts!! My blog would be lonely without him!!!

6. John Stirling Photography – Landscape/Travel photographer with great photographs & always a kind word to spare!!!

These are all great blogs & I have found a friend in all of them!!! Take the time to go and discover these amazing blogs… I guarantee that you will like them a lot!!!

This concludes my post for tonight (as promised… yay!!!)… Thank you so much for checking in… I hope you had a fabulous day!!! 😀 **

Christmas with Friends!!!

We started off our weekend with a Christmas dinner with our friends. Lately we haven’t been getting together as much as friends should :(, but nevertheless, we were able to all get together for a very enjoyable evening!!! (with a secret santa event for after dinner – yummy yummy truffles!!!)

My friend bought these HUGE (understatement) crackers for us to “pop”!!! 😀 Inside were all types of games to keep us busy – – – but only for a little while!!! It was super fun catching up with everyone!!! 🙂 After a whole week of hard work… it was even harder staying awake for this very rare get-together!!! Despite having a hard week behind us… we ended up leaving there well after midnight!!!

A few snaps of the evening…

The huge cracker!!!

A fun mini puzzle!!!

Christmas moment!!!

'Twas a serious moment!!!

Secret Santa rounds!!!

Candid moment!!!

I can not remember what this was about...

There are also a few admin situations that I would like to make you aware of…

  1. As you have probably taken note of – – – I’ve rearranged the layout of my blog quite a bit!!! So, if you are looking for recent posts, archives etc., these are at the bottom of my blog…
  2. I have also added a blogrol to my blog – – – It is only a few (of the many) of my favourite blogs, I will be expanding it as I have more time!!! 🙂 But for now – – – please have a look at these blogs – – – you might find that you also want to follow these blogs more regularly!!! 😀
  3. I have to award some Versatile blogger awards, as well as Liebster awards… I have NO idea which of the blogs that I am following has less than 200 followers (which is a criteria for the Liebster award), so if you would like me to take your blog into consideration for this award, please just drop me a comment with the amount of followers that you have (or just state that you comply)!!! You will be helping me out a lot!!! 🙂

So, keep in touch for links to fabulous blogs & some more random posts from me!!! 😀 Drop me a comment for your thoughts, hello’s & most importantly amount of followers (if less than 200)… 😀 **