24.1.12

Oh the majestic land of Ethiopia: Part 2

See Part 1 of a glance into our trip to Ethiopia here, and enjoy some more photos below...

















See some more photo's here from Curtis's blog.

23.1.12

Oh the majestic land of Ethiopia: Part 1

Warning: this a photo-heavy post and may take time to load, but its worth it!

This post has taken far too long to put together but its flippin hard to cover nearly a month of travel in one post and not overburden your computer with long loading times etcetera etcetera! So I have chosen some of my favourite photos from the trip, ones that made the best attempt of capturing some beautiful moments in time.

From crazy Addis Ababa, the island monasteries on Lake Tana, the Blue Nile Falls, the Castles of Gondar, the stelae fields and underground tombs of Axum, rock hewn churches of Lalibela, and trekking in the Bale Mountains, jerky bus rides, breezy tuk-tuks and long walks - Ethiopia is without a doubt a place that has to be visited, it is like nothing you would expect and so rewarding in its unknown history and unique culture!

Ok I'm done sounding like a travel magazine, here is a bit of Ethiopia in 2011, as seen through the eyes of Curtis and myself:

















P.S. Curtis has done a sterling job of doing more in depth posts with much better descriptions (him being the one with a gift for words in the relationship) over here.

20.1.12

Picnic

Yes, the perfectly simple way to share a meal, be outside, enjoy reading or sleeping or playing a game...
However this "Picnic" is the name given to the humble starting of a small creative duo - that being my sister, Abi, and myself.

From my side, Picnic takes the form of 'handmade handpainted ceramic jewelry'.

This is something I started doing over a year ago, just for fun, to create pieces that I could wear to spice up my own, and rather small, everyday jewelry collection. But after much encouragement I have been putting more energy into it and at the end of last year even went public and set up a tiny stand at a small local market...

The results were far better than I expected: people actually bought my jewelry!!

This year I plan to put that much more energy into this venture... so keep your eyes open.




A new year awaits



After a fantastic end of November and most of December in Ethiopia, Christmas in quiet and secluded Joburg and the first half of January in the Eastern Cape - I am in a pretty good place at the moment to say the least! and there is still almost a month of holiday left before university starts up again - in which I will spend some time in Cape Town, time catching up with friends who were overseas for 2011 and time getting my bearings for another year at Wits.

I am predicting (with all fingers and toes crossed) a good year to come!