December 14, 2011

Old Delhi, just a glimpse

Its the last two weeks of work and things have been stressful, they haven't been busy but I think because I'm a years worth of tired everything just seems more difficult.

Looking through my old photo's relaxes me, like floating away on a day dream. This one involved the day trip I did with a group of America's who were visiting to spoil and love on the kids in the school where I worked. They were loud and funny and friendly as most American's seem to be and I really enjoyed time with them.

We took the underground (which was so clean you could eat off the floor) from New Delhi into Old Delhi, where we were picked up by cycle rickshaws and taken on ride through old Delhi. What an amazing part of Delhi it is!

Anyway, after "spring cleaning" my blog and making it as simple as possible (somehow this makes it feel less cluttered) and browsing through old memories, dusting them off and posting them, I'm feeling a little less trapped by a few more days in the office.

December 2, 2011

22 and on to 23

Its my birthday tomorrow and this is the first year where I really don't want to get older. 22 has been awesome so I decided to do a little hit list of this year and all of my favorite events and memories.So this is me letting you into what I remember most about this year.. I'd say it even has a sound track.

Family, family and more family :) I have the greatest family, the Bouffe's, the Habib's, the Kings, the Rankins.. We just keep growing, new babies, little cousins. This was an awesome family year, my aunt and uncle came out from Portugal, my cousin Mix & (my friends and bridesmaid) Bee got married, my other cousins Bee and Ryan had Noah so family defiantly made for some of the best memories and highlights of this year.

Average family diiner- 360 photo does some wierd editing though.
My friends know how to celebrate!

Cousin Bee and Baby Noah (Cousin Bee 1 of 2 :)
 I have this amazing group of friends, they have created a series of incredible memories with me this year. Alot of which were simple braais or dinners and some of the best were birthdays.

Most of the middle of this year was scattered with many trips down to Durban, family trips, a week with our good friends Ed and Lynne, a weekend trip here and there. One that was such a highlight was a weekend with two of my best friends.

Quick stop over on the road home

There are the big things from this year: I qualified as a pastry chef, with my mom, starting Jujitsu, planning an exciting trip to Thailand with Mr King, and moving house. But I love all the little memories, the ones you don't remember till you stumble across the pictures- the random nights out, the dates with my husband, time at home on the couch, the odd breakfast or dinner with old friends or gyming with my sister.

So if anything this post has gotten me so excited for a new year, another year older. I crammed 22 with as much as I could!

This post has also successfully served as a full introduction to me, more than where I've been or the art I love. I've enjoyed the insight into lives that blogs provide, how people share and open themselves up and preserve their memories this way, I'm excited to do the same. Ready for 23, bring it on:)

Photos of Noah : Bianca Habib- go see her blog
Wedding photos: Kat Forsyth

November 30, 2011


So baking may not be art but it definitely requires creativity. I qualified as a pastry chef this year and I have had the privilege of doing a variety of interesting projects. My mom and I studied together so I'm lucky enough to do all these projects with her. These photos are of a cake and cupcakes we did recently for a wedding. Sorry about the poor quality they are taken from my phone.

Rory- sailing

So I've been wanting to do this little post on my brother for a while. Since he was in school he has wanted to go sailing, now I know to most that sounds like a strange dream but we grew up on books like Dove about young men of 16 sailing around the world and to add to that we have a family who loves the ocean and any sports or activities involving the ocean. We spent many days at the yacht Moll in Durban all imagining what it would be like to sail off in one of the yachts out into the open ocean.

Well this year my brother did exactly that, he went on his sailing coarse and then got a job delivering this yacht to Madagascar. He sailed from Cape Town and stopped in at the Durban yacht Moll and we really could climb on one of the yachts and he was living out the adventure we had all dreamed of.

You can read more about his experience training and sailing on his blog, and as soon as I have some of his photos of Madagascar I'll post them.. So I hope the adventure bug has bitten hard and left a mark.

November 27, 2011

Quietly Creating

So I know I've been extremely quiet over the last week, it hasn't been for a lack of art works I admire and want to share its really just been a case of spending time putting my own creativity to work.. Well combine with a few other things as well.

I really felt like I wanted to use this space to share some of my own creativity as well so I decided to hold back on posting till I can show you a little of what I've been up to, but keep coming back, posts coming soon:)

November 18, 2011

Imagination meets skills

I wish I could draw/create/edit like this, time to flex the imagination I guess:)

Happy Friday :)

November 16, 2011

Mussoorie- India

I spent two weeks with this amazing family that remind me so much of my own in their English country garden style home. Walking up and down the hills with Zoe and Annabelle, I wish I had caught more of how amazing Mussorrie is. From the base town it was an hour (if I remember correctly) drive in the taxi up the mountains to Mussorrie. Its misty and green and the Himalayan mountains seem to stretch on forever, we drank sweet chai, ate tons of mango's, ate chocolate crumpets, snuck out to ride on motorbikes at night and slept in late. Mussorrie is simply beyond explanation and one of the places I just have to go and see again.

Zo having tea on the train from Delhi

Driving up

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Ah I so wish I could have captured it better, though I don't have photos I will never forget it.

India- New Delhi

I've been trying to decide for a while how to summarize in a travelers terms the two and half months I spent in India, the truth is it changed my attitude to so many things and most importantly travel. Writing about India makes me feel like I'm writing about an intimate friend, telling all their secrets. My trip made me realise that every place I travel is someones home, the places you may describe as "not really my kind of place" is where someone walks everyday, where they make their memories. It gave me a knew respect for every city I visit, it pushed past my personal boundaries, made me get my hands dirty, made me hand over my heart yet made me realise that I was only a guest and I can never lay claim.

I spent two weeks in Mussorie in the Himalaya's, lived for most of my time in New Delhi, visited old Delhi and drove to Agra for a day. This post however is just a summary, or introduction, my first attempt at a further breakdown of my experiences there. I guess overall, my memories of India are a fuzzy haze of heat and humidity, alot of tea, a combination of smells both amazing and awful, children who took a little piece of me and changed it completely, a family who took me in and gave me a home, a church who were their own family, stray dogs, ankle deep rain, new sisters, food I can never seem to match, peace, freedom.

So these are just a few photos, I didn't take many, there just never seemed an appropriate time.

November 8, 2011

Art inspiring art- Degas

I remember seeing Degas ballet dancers as a teenager, and being a ballerina myself at the time his paintings always made me want to dance. He so perfectly captures the poise and elegance and the way ballet makes you feel light as a feather, like you're floating.

Manet- A bar at the Folies-Bergere here is a link with a full explanation of the painting, this is what I love about classical art; the full breakdown of the painting completely blows your mind, but more important than the full explanation is how the girls stare draws you in, makes you wonder what she is so deep in thought about, makes you star back.

November 7, 2011

Asia Trip

All I've been able to think about this weekend is Asia, I've only ever been to India (Will share some of that with you soon) but one taste of Asia and I was hooked. My husband and I have been doing the final bits of planning for our three week trip to Thailand and Hong Kong. We like to sink ourselves into the country, or city we are staying in to go below the tourist line and soak up what the country is really like. These are just a few photos and maps of where we are going :) Can't wait to share this adventure!




Thai New year- this is where we'll be for New Years

Hong Kong Island