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I have been largely absent from this space in 2016… perhaps I’ll try and be a more regular blogger in 2017… only time will tell. I have been slightly more active on Instagram these past few months and I’d love it if you’d come and say hi over there.
In the meantime here’s a pic of my furry best buddy Gira doing his regal, festive thang! Wishing you all a peaceful conclusion to this (ofttimes frightening) year & all good things in 2017.
~~~~ down to the water’s edge ~~~~
buffels bay, cape point, june 2016
We’ve been having a late-summer mini-heatwave here in Haarlem… so I’m cooling-off by revisiting some pics from a winter’s walk on my favourite beach. Buffels Bay, at the southern edge of Africa, is a very special place and I always try to make a pilgrimage to it when I’m ‘in the neighbourhood’. It’s also always a rich source of colour and pattern inspiration. These photos were taken on a moody, wild winter’s day (a great kind of day for a beach visit, imho!) in early June this year, but you can also see the bay – in all its brilliant blue glory – on a bright spring day here > …
graceful gull & cuttlefish bone
gelatinous, calcified(?), luminous
rugged rock pools | vibrant, variegated colonies
scanning the horizon
more than one way to get where you’re going…
life on mars
looking north towards the paulsberg, die boer and judas peaks
looking south-southeast towards cape point, situated on the southerly edge of africa and sometime meeting place of the atlantic and indian oceans *
* Africa’s southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, ±150 kilometres east-southeast of Cape Point. The Indian and Atlantic oceans meet at the point where the warm Agulhas current meets the cold Benguela current – a point that apparently fluctuates between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point
Here we are, already in the third week of another new year! I hope it has been treating you well so far… and that in 2016 we can all be kinder to each other.
On 31 December 2015 the sun was bright and the sky was blue (a good omen for the new year ahead?), so we decided to take advantage of this winter clemency, laced-up comfy boots, and bade farewell to the old year with another visually rewarding city wander through the streets of Rotterdam… where lively street art, dynamic architecture and evocative tall-masted boats abound, and on this gloriously bright last day of the year all in vivid technicolour.
apparently rotterdam’s quirky ‘cube houses‘ are intended to represent trees, with all the houses clustered together making up a wood, but to me they seem to be inspired by that simplest (but undeniably classic) of Dutch bar snacks… the kaasblokje
lasers from on high
(probably wise to keep that window closed!)
(details from the garden wall mosaic community project)
no cat can resist the mighty allure of… STRING
go green… ride a bike
1991 mural by little-known dutch ceramics & textile artist harry boom (1945-1995)… so much more interesting than damien hirst’s tedious spot paintings!
beautiful beryl bay… a perfect spot to curl up with a good book and a cuppa!
and when, in the middle of the afternoon, the sun begins to set and the winter chill really kicks in, one must seek appropriate fuel!
… and blue.
Winter (sun)light captured on a December afternoon’s wandering in Den Bosch (birthplace of the late, great Hieronymus Bosch).
wishing you peaceful days
It has been icy cold
Inside we are mesmerised