Weekend Musings: On the Way to Betty’s Bay

March 4, 2019

I’ve had an inner battle with myself and my blog over the past year. Do people even bother to read blog posts nowadays, or do most of you simply stick to instagram? If so, what’s the point? After my inner debate I’ve decided to keep the blog running purely as a journal for myself to look back on one day. I’m not the greatest writer, but I do love documenting and curating the pleasures of life, be it fashion, travel, food or just general life hacks and daily inspiration, having a space to share these things and a community of online ‘friends’ has been such an exciting journey and I thank you all for being a part of it.

One of the things I think I’d like to start sharing more of on this platform is a more ‘unfiltered’ version of my life. By unfiltered I mean what I truly get up whether it happens to be blog worthy or stylish or not I feel like sharing a little more of that side of myself. The side of un-ironed shirts, flat hair, makeup-less faces, more friends, more family and just more of life itself. I’ve started shooting a lot more on my film camera which has been a great way for me to stay connected to the present – there’s no scrolling through images making sure I’ve perfected the pose – just one click and a week or so’s wait till I get the film back. It’s kind of exhilarating!

On that note, here is a roll of film I shot this last weekend…

We spent a rather hangover Saturday morning at the Lourensford Hanepoot Harvest in Somerwest-West scouring  the vines for hanepoot grapes. Every year around harvest time Lourensford opens up their vineyards to the public for 2 days where you can pick as many table grapes for R25 a kg. This year the farm experienced bumper participation that far exceeded that of previous years and supple was limited, however we still managed to walk away with 4kg’s of juicy sweet hanepoot grapes.

After our harvest session we headed over to the Lourensford Winery for a wine tasting. Lourensford offers 5 kinds of wine tastings: Flagship Chrysalis tastinga premium tasting, a standard tasting, a wine and chocolate pairing – and the latest addition to the family – a blind wine tasting challenge.

We opted for the premium tasting which includes any 4 wines of the Limited Release range or MCC. Seeing as the sun was out I opted for a choice of lighter, fresher wines:
– MCC Brut 2012
– Chardonnay 2016
– The Chrysalis white blend 2015
– SMV 2016

We walked out with a box of bubbles, a bottle of their honey liqueur, and another wine farm ticked off my list.

After our tasting we road tripped to Betty’s Bay for a night’s escape by the sea. The poor town of Betty’s Bay and surrounds was recently attacked by wild fires that left something like 48 homes burned to the ground. I felt like I was starring in an apocalyptic film alongside Denzel Washington at times, beautiful yet eerie.

We rented a quaint home right on the seaside. Cosy and unpretentious, the perfect little weekend escape. (I’ve linked the airbnb page for you should you be interested.) We spent the afternoon drinking Corona’s on the rocks while soaking up the sun and as dusk began to occur we made geroosterde broodjies (Afrikaans for toasted sandwiches) on the braai (BBQ).

On Sunday, after returning from Betty’s Bay, we attending the Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts Series to watch the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra preform at the beautiful botanical gardens amongst the trees and looming mountain range. We packed an epic (if I do say so myself) picnic basket and spent the evening listening to Mozart and Beethoven.

As the sun began to set and the weekend came to an end I thought to myself how incredibly blessed I am to be constantly surrounded by such positive energy forces. Cheesy I know, but it’s the truth. I have a life that I live to the fullest and I’m proud of it.

Road Trippin’

March 8, 2014

I just got back from the most incredible road trip last night. My boyfriend and I decided to hit the Garden Route with a few friends a couple of weeks ago. If any of you are planning a road trip in South Africa and feel like a bit of adventure the Garden Route is a definite must try. There’s just SO much to do!

For those of you that don’t know what the Garden Route is or you not from South Africa it’s a stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa. The Route is sandwiched between the aforementioned mountains and the Indian Ocean. Sounds amazing right!?

Every road trip needs a playlist, in our case we had two. One for chilling and of course some road trip cheese. I found this beautiful playlist about two years ago created by Miss Moss called “Six Months In A Leaky Boat” and absolutely fell in love with it, perfect for our Garden Route Road trip. Songs include Cat Stevens “But I Might Die Tonight” and Pink Floyd’s “Fearless”. You can listen to the playlist here. Our second road trip playlist was pure cheese featuring the likes of Dolly Parton and Vanessa Carlton. You can listen to that playlist here.

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Road Trip Essentials: 

1.) Snacks! Every road trip needs some yummy snacks. My ultimate favourite? Zoo Biscuits! If you trying to be more healthy try biltong, fruit or date balls.
2.) Camera. Be it your iPhone, a point and snap such as the cannon G12 or this adorable Fuji Instax polaroid camera, a camera on a road trip is an absolute must must must have!
3.) A road trip playlist or some road trip CD’s such as Pink Floyd or Arcade Fire.
4.)  iPad. I’m addicted to Sims at the moment so an iPad is a definite must for me.
5.) A good book. At the moment I am reading ‘Brain on Fire’. It’s brilliant! Google it.
6.) Water. Make sure you drink enough water when travelling. It keeps you hydrated and if you the driver it helps to keep you fresh and awake.
7.) Comfy leggings. These ones are great, they from Mr.Price and they only cost R70.
8.) Warm jumper. Love this one from Kenzo!
9.) Comfy sneakers. These Flintstones one’s from Nike are super cute and fun.
10.) Wet wipes and tissues for the sticky fingers or unpredictable spills.

Road trip PDF

What are some of your road trip essentials?

xxx EJ

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