Last bit of Cape Town, friends, and some beach party

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This really is a mishmash of photos if I’ve ever seen one, but I wanted to blog some of the pics from my weekend that didn’t fit into my other posts – I mean how could I not include some sunset, some panning, a cute puppy on the beach and my beautiful best friend?

Also, thought this would be a good opportunity to post about a Cape Town based band – Beach Party – who my friend introduced me to. They have a really cool music video all shot on lomokino cameras for their song Water, and they will be playing in Joburg and Pretoria at the end of the month – see here for details.

For the cool music video click here.

The Cape in black and white

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Last night I planned to come home, make soup and edit photos. Instead I ended up making soup and ironing. So this evening I excitedly lay down on my bed, turned on my PC (which only gets used to backup my iPad and to edit in Lightroom) only to realise I forgot my mouse in Durban a few weeks ago. Editing without a mouse really sucks…so I was a little lazy with these, but I love the way they look on the iPad screen and in the 16×9 crop. The couple on the pier is my favourite – he is actually blind. It is a stunning photo in color too because both her coat and the light are red.

Last batch of CT photos coming tomorrow – and it’s back on the plane tomorrow night to Durban for work.

Left my soul there, down by the sea

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Got to spend the weekend by the sea, visiting Cape Town. Reminded me of one of my favourite songs by Morcheeba, sums up my time perfectly:

Flocking to the sea
Crowds of people wait for me
Sea gulls scavenge
Steal ice cream
Worries vanish
Within my dream

I left my soul there,
Down by the sea
I lost control here
Living free

Fishing boats sail past the shore
No singing may-day any more
The sun is shining
The Water’s clear
Just you and I walk along the pier

I left my soul there,
Down by the sea
I lost control here
Living free

A cool breeze flows but mind the wasp
Some get stung it’s worth the cost
I’d love to stay
The city calls me home
More hassles fuss and lies on the phone

Obsessed with vintage

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On Saturday I decided I needed to take a break from the usual bird necklace that I wear around my neck, and while I was trying to decide what to put on, the vintage silver locket I bought a few years ago caught my eye. It was really dirty from hanging on my wall for a few months so I used a trick my mom taught me of cleaning silver with toothpaste and an old toothbrush – worked like a charm.

It is undoubtedly one of my favorite pieces of jewelry because it carries a history. Very sadly I don’t know any of it – I just picked it up at a small vintage store in Melvill. Other than the beauty and attention to detail the reason why I love vintage jewelry so much is because there are no family heirlooms in my family, no pretty shiny trinkets that have been passed down from generation to generation.

But having said that, I was lucky enough to receive a ring and a pendant (the little silver teapot) from my grandmother a few years back – the ring was bought for her by my dad when he visited Russia as a young man. They are completely worthless in monetary value, but they are incredibly important to me because one day I will be able to pass them down to my daughters or granddaughters, together with the other pieces I own.

These are photos of some of the vintage pieces that I have picked up over the years. The rectangular ring with the pinkish stone is the one from my gran. The oval ring with the purple stone I bought at a vintage store in Japan in 2007 – I love it because it reminds me of a fabrage egg. The flower brooch I bought in Cape Town at the market in Longmarket street.