Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Blinknuwe begin.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Die ewige see.

"Wide sea,
that one continuous murmur
breeds along the pebbled shore
 of memory!"
John Keats

"Those who live by the sea
 can hardly form a single thought of which the sea
 would not be part."

                                                                    Hermann Broch

"To me, the sea is like a person
like a child that I've known a long time.
I never feel alone when I'm out there."

--Gertrude Ederle

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gratitude, a gift to yourself, others and above all else, God...

From my favourite blogger, Ann Voskamp...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Kersfees koue tone, warm harte

aaa, ek is terug! Ek dink blogger gaan dit vir my doen. Geseende Kersfees en 'n Voorspoedige Nuwe jaar vir die van julle wat nog oor is, soos Nikita en Sandra, dankie vir die inloer, jammer vir die stilte. Die besige elke dag se lewe het opgevang met my... Hier, net 'n paar wasige, sneeu foto's van ons Kersfees kuier by die skoonmense in Yank land. Dit was heerlik, ek bly maar 'n jas, serp, handskoene, hoed, kaggel, rooiwyn, liggies mens...

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Blogger what have you done to me??

Oh my word, I was away for two months and now everything has changed??
My photos are HUGE when I upload it here, not nice, not nice at all...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Summer arrived on our island, it is always warm here, but now it is very, very hot.
I wish I could flee, like the "snowbirds" (rich Americans, that migrate between the States and the island, depending on the season)
The island is beautiful though, most of the flamboyants are in bloom and it is so green from all the rain of the past few weeks.

I'm in holiday mood,
a laziness has entered my bones,
remembering the lazy dazy Summer holidays of my small town-farm life,
South African, childhood.
Shorts, homemade gingerbeer, cookies, the smell of a braai
a favourite cousin.
why is it that you can find anybody on facebook
the one person that you have been seeking for,
for years...

Friday, June 11, 2010

South Africa, I see you...

click to see the most amazing pictures of the preparations for the Soccer worldcup in South Africa!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Creativity boot camp: Day 1: Ivory


my medium of choice, for this bootcamp- photography or maybe I'll mix it up, I'm the boss here, I can do what I like. ;)



Friday, May 28, 2010

roadtrip as seen through a dirty windshield






how far can you go on an island?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

helen keller

a life of silence
turned into what?
with capitol letters!

thank the Lord
Anne Sullivan

Tuesday, February 23, 2010


how was I born into this life that I have?
why are there so many others who are born
into war, abuse, poverty, suffering?
questions going through my mind after watching this film
my heart felt like it was ripped from my body
watch it
if you can stand
having your heart ripped to pieces
also having it built up again
by the wonderful children of Africa
with many dreams
like the one to become
"a musician who travels the world"
and many more


children of


you are in my heart

my thoughts

and my prayers


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

more vintage love

I think I told you last week

of my thrifty love

and how happy it makes me,

the ache in my tummy

from expectation,

the palpatations

on finding something worthwhile,



I dragged the Yankee husband off to the thrifty store last Saturday


little did I know

that my lovely husband

who travels light through the world,

who has not much use for material objects

who is free like a bird,

until he met me,

I have to say!


is the King of thrifters!

who would have guessed that!

I have never seen him

in thrifty heaven before

and I never knew!


well, to make a long story short

I dragged him off to look at an old Singer sewing machine

seeing that he is quite the expert on sewing machines,

having worked at a parachute factory

years ago

don't you love it when a man has talents that you can use?


so, he was quite shocked when he saw the condition of the machine

she was rather dirty and all


he hooked her up to his power cord

plugged her into the wall


it didn't take him long before he had a sparkle in his eye,

a sly smile on his lips

and to whisper to me: "she purrrrrs like a kitten"


no matter how dirty she was

or the few spots of peeling paint on her poor little body

she is a gem

a gem I'm telling you


so look and behold her beauty

she reminds me of a banana split with ice cream

eaten at a roadhouse in the 1950's




don't you just love that little green sewing lady?
I do

we ordered a manual on line

and Flo

just needs to be cleaned and re oiled

and the Yankee husband is confident that she will work like a dream

yes, ladies did I tell you that her name is Flo

and that I love her already?

we think that she is from the 60's

an era that I love


I also found a few more lovely objects,

like vintage glasses

and linen, like always

the photo at the top is of a pillowcase

that I got for free,

because it was stained,

who cares??


and my thrifty King of a Yankee husband

found treasures of his own

but that will have to wait for another



I'm again linking to lovely Colorado lady's

ooh, I can't wait to see all the other finds


has become

quite thrifty yummie

in the island shack




Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Valentyn en woorde wat lewe gee 15

dis nooit te laat vir liefde nie
liefde is

ek en die Yank het nie vir mekaar kaartjies
of geskenke gegee vir Valentynsdag nie
dit voel so onnodig
om een dag spesiaal te maak
toe sit ek so en dink in die kerk
elke dag met hom
is Valentynsdag
die volgende oomblik toe leun hy oor na my toe en fluister in my oor:
"Every day with you is Valentine's day..."

vir nog woorde wat lewe gee van my man.
ek hoop almal se Valentynsdag
en elke ander dag
was en is gevul met

Thursday, February 11, 2010

vintage love

I'm totally into this thing
this thing of visiting and buying stuff
from the thrifty store
so from now on
Thursdays will probably be in English
with a linky link thingy to Colorado lady's blog
I've always loved dumpster diving
and carrying off
other people's junk,
to my husband's dismay, heehee
I lived in England for 5 years
and am totally regretful
that I didn't do it more often there
my heart aches when thinking about all the thrifty finds
that I might have missed out on there
well, it is never to late
and I've learned that America is thrifty heaven!
we only have 2 thrift stores here on the island
with lots of junk
but now and again
you can find a gem there
so with any further ado
my finds from the last weeks

one of my first finds, here
a little wooden box
with little areas for everything
and what not
I wasn't so sure about it
it reminded me of the dusty backrooms of old museums
with cobwebs and spiders
but I took it home anyway
and painted it cream,
filled it with some of my finds from the natural world,
hung it on the wall
and am loving it!
yesterday, I found this!
an embroidered clock!
it was dusty and dull
but I've learned not to take anything
at the thrifty store at face value
I brought it home
cleaned it up
and it looks absolutely lovely on our kitchen wall
I love handmade, crafty things
so much work went into this
I think it is an absolute gem


and it is in one of my all time favourite colours

olive green

so very vintagy!

check out the detail


embroidered love!
now all I need is to get a batery for it
and check if it still works
but I don't care about that
I love the look of it
ahhh, I love this
I will have to try and share every Thursday
thanks Colorado lady
lots of other lovely links on her blog!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

leef opsetlik

soos ek alreeds tevore gese het
is my woord vir die jaar
'n ander woord trek aan my hartsnare
vir 'n paar weke alreeds
opsetlik of dan 'intentional'

dit is hoe ek wil leef
elke dag
elke uur
elke minuut
elke sekonde
wil ek

laat tel
ek wil he dit moet betekenis he
dit is 'n uitdaging vir my
want ek kan die tyd so laat verby gaan
sonder om daarna op te let
deur dit om te wens
deur dit te mors

Pronunciation: \in-ˈtench-nəl, -ˈten(t)-shə-nəl\
Function: adjective
Date: circa 1677
1 : done by intention or design : intended
2 a : of or relating to epistemological intention b : having external reference




Pronunciation: \sim-ˈpli-sə-tē, -ˈplis-tē\
Function: noun
Date: 14th century
1 : the state of being simple, uncomplicated, or uncompounded
2 a : lack of subtlety or penetration : innocence, naiveté b : folly, silliness
3 : freedom from pretense or guile : candor
4 a : directness of expression : clarity b : restraint in ornamentation : austerity
a. Lack of sophistication or subtlety; naiveté.
b. Lack of good sense or intelligence; foolishness.
a. Clarity of expression.
b. Austerity in embellishment.

my twee woorde

vir hierdie

jaar van 2010
*botaniese afdruk, wat ek nie meer kan onthou van waar nie

Monday, February 8, 2010

koekies en my mojo

mmmm, hoe sit mens die geur van koekies wat bak
op jou blog?
enige raad?
ja, ek is deesdae goed aan die bak en brou
hierdie is my skuimpies, of dan 'meringue'
van die ander aand

my eerste skuimpies ooit
ek is chuffed met myself!
nou sit ek hier met die geur
van koekies wat bak in die oond
'n hemelse geur
wat ek wil bottel
en uithaal
elke keer wanneer ek my mojo verloor het
resep van
Ann gee vir mens voedsel vir jou siel ook
kyk bietjie rond daar by haar


ek dink dit is die rotskoekies
wat ek leer bak het in St 6
sal moet proe
wanneer dit klaar is


ek kan nie wag nie

Sunday, February 7, 2010

kiekies, nooit geneem nie

'n piepklein voeltjie wat op my hand rus, nadat sy teen die glasdeur vasgevlieg het en ek wat staan en wonder wat en hoe ek haar gaan voer om haar groot te kry, totdat sy met 'n paar vlerk klappies opvlieg uit my hand en in 'n palmboom gaan rus en ek luister na my hart wat klop doef, doef, doef...
gaan lees
van nog
kiekies, nooit geneem nie
en waar die idee vandaan kom

Friday, February 5, 2010

vrydag, pffff

by die Bybelstudie
het ek so gesit en luister
na die ander vrouens
se stories oor hulle mans
en net weereens besef
dat al kom alles tot stilstand in my lewe
en al val alles uitmekaar
dat my man
die een konstante
is in my lewe
elke dag
elke uur
elke minuut
elke sekonde

Thursday, February 4, 2010


my mojo is weg
o wag
is dit sy
daar langs die opwasbak?

nee, dis net chuckie
die snaaksie
deur vriende aan my man gegee
ek't haar in 'n kas gekry
na ons troue
daar langs die opwasbak
laat sy my wel lag
al kan sy dan nie my mojo
terug gee nie
ai, dit voel asof alles, alles in my lewe verkeerd is
dit is nou alles behalwe my huwelik
as dit nie was vir die Yank nie
het ek seker in 'n bondel bly le elke dag

ek sien dit gaan ook nie al dag goed met ander nie
se dit soveel beter as ek,
maar ek verstaan presies
ja, ek doen
woorde om aan vas te hou
as alles faal
is daar altyd Winnie the Pooh
in hierdie maand van harte