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 tasting, a 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.
Two weekends ago I decided to spontaneously spoil Justin with a romantic getaway at the Treehouse in Greyton. I’ve been dying to try the place for the past two years and it’s always fully booked with the closest weekend availability in six months time. I managed to get a booking a week before for a Monday night but obviously not everyone has the luxury of taking a Monday and Tuesday off. One of the many perks of working as a freelance.
The Treehouse was everything I expected and more. Cute, secluded, quaint and oh-so-Greyton. If the pics don’t encourage you to try the Treehouse out the price might. For R600 p.p/p.n I highly recommend the Treehouse to any couple looking for a romantic getaway.
Photos by myself and Justin