Friday, April 1, 2011

a fairytale in our hood

she probably has her own story to tell, but i like to think she wont mind if we make up our own. she has that kind of aura dont you think, that inspires one to tell whatever story tickles the wind beneath your very own set ot wings... so wings do that to me, they make me see things through an - ok, so a-wanna-be-polaroid-application-kinda-lens, but isn't it beautiful? the little girl with wings and her companion dragonfly... come fly with me.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

introducing huck

lets not go there, shall we? i know its been almost a year and i have no excuses and lots to catch up on, but seriously, life is full of surprises, so lets just take it one post at a time and perhaps we can pretend i never dissapeared at all!

i want to refer you to my very first post i wrote; 'this is my pirate'. it all started on a very interesting day when my cousin had her first baby and i was talking about ships sailing and wanting to be my own captain for just a little longer... well, alas! my ship now sails for two! yes, i am pregnant - actually i am almost half way to full term and i'll be honest; i am so excited and my hubby is loving us so!

im happy to say that we are still in cape town (after quite some ado and for those of you that might be wondering, life in charge led us straight back to where we came from, and yes, its been great...) with summer in full swing and 20 weeks pregnant, i am back! i'd like you to meet the little boy inside my belly; tummy-time name: huck.

one more thing; i have decided to drop my alias sarah-jane and go with my real name. im karin, nice to meet you! xk

Friday, January 2, 2009

murphy and the eleventh hour

here follows a series of events that makes murphy look like an amateur:

it was the 31st of december 2008.

my friend that is studying medicine has had a bit of trouble with her placement for her zuma years (internship) and wasn't sure where she would be heading. there had been a lot of worrying and uncertainty, when she got a call the day before she was meant to relocate and attend orientation in kwa-zulu natal (though even this placement wasn't really secured yet), and was offered a spot right here in cape town... somewhere in her relief and excitement, she mentioned the 11th hour...

that morning we handed over the keys of our house to the landlord and then set off to my studio to pack up the last of my tools of the trade and left these keys for the next creative to take over my beloved studio!

i headed over to the municipality.

now that our bags are packed and we are ready to go... (how cute are these kids?) our bed, tv, fridge and washing machine all sold! ready and willing to bid this city farewell... as if handing over keys had finalised it all!

i was standing in a queue (you should know that it was the wrong queue) at the municipality just before early closing for the new year, wanting to cancel our electricity account and was chatting to this guy that was rushing to finalise paperwork for his car. it had to be completed that day or he would be fined(i should have realised then that i was in the wrong queue...); he joked that it was the eleventh hour and i said it sounded more like the twelfth...

i literally was there in my twelfth hour, for by the time i got to the right office, they were closed... i left without getting the job done (hmmm...)! this is when my husband called to tell me about this amazing job opportunity right here in cape town, really, it could be the perfect job... (this is crazy! when i figure out how my mind is coping with all this, ill write a new post dedicated to the miracle of the human brain). we are still waiting to hear of more details, so uncertainty still looms, but seriously, speaking of the eleventh hour!

murphy, are you taking notes?

ps: i apologise for my ramblings, honestly, but can you blame me!?? oh, and i hope its a happy new year... i really do! xk

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Saturday, December 27, 2008

right at the robot, then right again...

well that was lovely!

the move went very well, we packed through the night and was still awake by the time the truck came at 10am and very efficiently moved our life into one garage!

so, we sold quite a bit on gumtree and the new tenants very conveniently needed some kitchen whites and deck furniture...

our fish we sadly donated to the pet shop and the rest as they say is history!

life has once again taken the lead on pointing us in the next direction. don't you just love it when that happens? such a big help when it comes to making decisions! we should be heading for the UK by mid january and although we don't know exactly whereabouts just yet, we have our hearts set on the south coast, cornwall/devon or surrounds. not quite ready to leave the ocean behind...

so how, you may ask, did we manage a Christmas picnic in the sun if our life is in storage?

let me just say that as much as this is a time of uncertainty for us, it sure has worked out as though someone knows whats going on - i wish they would let me in on the secret! everything has worked out as though planned for months! my cousin is away for Christmas and new year and offered their home to us - hence the pretty Christmas tree and we had a picnic/braai at the pool - only thing missing: family!

but we cant have our bread buttered on both sides now can we!?

oh, and these pics are just snap shots with my nokia e51, not meant to impress! happy Christmas!

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im hoping its still friday somewhere in the world... bit late for photostory friday!

Friday, December 19, 2008

'tis the season

so with all the commotion going on, it has really has not felt much like christmas this year! with our life in boxes (meaning christmas decorations also) and still the uncertainty of our future looming, life seems to go on...

oh, dont feel sorry for me, its ok, really! its only my favourite time of the year!

i love the season, i do, but honestly, i think its just not the same without the cold and at least the possibility of snow, as beautiful as our country is, i still dream of a white christmas every year! so, ultimately, ill survive!

while our life is in limbo, life for the rest keeps on keeping on and as this is the season of giving, it seems it means the season to get hitched! i dont know about you folks in the rest of the world, but as our summers fall over the festive season here, i suppose it makes sense to get a bit of wedding fever around this time of the year. who wouldn't want to start out their new lives in the best of times, right?

i was honored to be the lay photographer at a friends wedding in the winelands of the cape, it was a beautiful day with beautiful people!

my amateur hand followed the 'real' photographer around and i had fun incorporating him in my shots, i wanted the shots to show i wasn't the official photographer! this way, the photo's were a little off beat and stress free!

i had fun and these are for lyn!

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Friday, December 12, 2008

as sure, as the mountain is.

it seems like everybody is taking strain at the moment. the world is in disarray and we all have to cope! in these uncertain times, we all want something to hold onto...
i'm not political at all, so i don't have anything profound to say, but i feel as though i should...

...still, i have my life to deal with and for now i am changing my mind everyday or even 3times a day and sometimes others change it for me...

so, no! we still don't know where we'll be heading! sometimes its exciting...

this is table mountain, our mountain!
us capetonians are very proud and very possessive of this beaut that makes the mother city what it is... some say the mountain has healing and calming energies, it would have to for us to cope with the vicious south easter we refer to as the 'cape doctor', that blows as if to keep up with the big bad wolf! least with the three little pigs we know how the story ends!

for now i have found something to hold onto.

this is cape town.

and this is table mountain.

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Saturday, December 6, 2008

which way to home?

so we find ourselves at a crossroad! while writing my last post i would never have imagined the events that would follow... due to circumstances beyond our control and life's little way of shaking things up a little, my husband and i have decided to leave the beautiful city we have called home for the past three years, thus far, we have two options of where to head and they couldn't be more worlds apart...
so on monday, we had a home, tuesday, our decision started to sink in, on wednesday i contacted our landlord and on thursday, our home was gone... (don't worry, we have a lease until the end of the month!) ...but change is good, right!?

as i see a road trip of some sorts in our very near future, with the possibility of actually leaving this beautiful country (but never for ever...), i thought it good to reminisce and go through some odd shots from past trips and adventures... some are shot with my husbands camera phone and others with my sisters digital, so these are not intended to be world class shots, but rather in aid of sorting through the 1001 fly-by thoughts my brain is so admirably shuffling through!

us humans are amazing creatures. how different we all are. all with the same basic instinct of survival. we may all deal with circumstance in our own unique ways, but somewhere, somehow, the answer always presents itself, it's up to us to recognize it.

through troubled waters and uphill hikes, eventually we find ourselves at the top of the mountain and the view makes it all worth while. in times like these, we grow, we realise just how strong we are and usually exactly, when we leave our little footprints on this world. really, isn't that what life is all about!?

... i swam this crossing once before, but how inviting that escape route sounds right now and where is park HQ when you really need them!?