Wednesday, March 31, 2010


It's only the end March and I'm tired, really tired. I've been dreaming of escaping somewhere not too far but not too close to home either. How about lake Malawi? I only discovered Neville Trickett's blog and Flickr sets at the end of last year. Here are some of his photographs of Mumbo Island. A part of Lake Malawi National Park, Mumbo island has never been populated, and is still in it’s natural state covered in ancient fig and baobab trees. It looks like paradise right?

I hope you don't mind me sharing these photos Neville Trickett. Your blog is a huge inspiration to me.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

secret johannesburg (part 3)

I've been driving past this house in Houghton for a couple of years now and wondering who owns it, what will happen to it, what's the history behind it. At first I thought it was going to be renovated and that was exciting because most old homes get demolished for giant new monstrosities to be built. Then any kind of activity just stopped and the house is now overgrown with plants and it's windows and doors have been barricaded. There is a beautiful crest above the front entrance with the word 'Athol' which I presume is a family name. If anyone stumbles upon this and has any more information about this house on Houghton Drive, please let me know. Or if you want to buy it for me that would be fine too.

i know how to cook

It's good to have clever friends who choose the most clever birthday gifts. Lev and Solveig are friends like that. They gave me this incredibly beautiful cook book called 'I know how to cook' by Ginette Mathiot, known as the bible of French cooking. First published in 1932 and containing more then 1400 recipes (with 50 pages of sauces!), it's been a best seller ever since. And look at the illustrations... they were done by Blexbolex and they make me so so happy. My favourite are the cat and mouse of course.

Thanks friends, dinner is in order. Now all I need to do is repeat my mantra "I know how to cook, I know how to cook..."

Sunday, March 28, 2010

weekend things

It was my 30th birthday this weekend. I spent Friday night crying into my pillow... yes this is true. But I got over it as soon as someone mentioned cake. My genius mother made my favourite one with fancy meringue writing on top. Our house was full of nice people on Saturday night and we spent earth hour under candle light. Look! I have a huge new custom made mirror now and no excuse to leave the house looking like kak any more. Thank you Terence! Also! Someone must be listening to my whining because I got a REAL grown up camera. Eeeeeeek! Thank you parents, you are the best. Let's be BFFs G11. Sunday was all about the Art Fair. So much to see, my feet were sore after two hours of walking around. I need to become rich now so I can be like Charles Saachi and have my own Guggenheim. That would be lovely, thanks.

Friday, March 26, 2010

lovely locks

My hair will be this long one day. Yes it will.

Happy weekend from me and lovely Zooey Deschanel.

joburg art fair

It's that time of the year again. And for those who still need convincing here are some of the things you will be able to see:

23 participating galleries, over 400 artists and 40 designers from South Africa and the rest of Africa, best art and visual culture publications from book-dealers such as Boekehuis, Biblioteq and Clarke’s, special projects such as a collaboration between artist Laurence Lemaoana (work pictured) and fabric house St Leger Viney, talks, screenings and tons of inspiration everywhere you look. I might not be able to afford any of the art on sale but I can't wait to go this weekend.

Sandton Convention Centre, 26-28 March. Open from 10-7 on Friday and Saturday and from 10-4 on Sunday.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

bunting everywhere

I've been seeing decorative bunting everywhere lately. It's so simple and pretty and great for a party or a kids room. Here are some of my favouries:

Wooden bunting from Etsy seller Bliss in a teacup . It could almost be Oh Dear in the first photo (and I love her tattoos!). Sweet mini bunting from mamutopia on Flickr. Scalloped bunting from Sparkle Power, paper bunting from Paperklip Design , Christmasy bunting from Hello Handmade all on Etsy. And the photograph that made me want to post all this: mini bunting above a bathroom sink from a sneak peek of EmersonMade on Design Sponge. So lovely.