Events | Titanic Artifact Exhibition

Events | Titanic Artifact Exhibition

The gala opening of the Titanic Artifact Exhibition was held on the 26th November at the Watershed, V and A Waterfront. Geraldo van Rooyen (aka hubby), attended the event on behalf of the blog. The Artifact Exhibition finished its Joburg run just over two weeks ago and is now in Cape Town to give Capetonians a glimpse of the legendary vessel and its passengers. The exhibition displays original artifacts recovered from the wreckage; such as cutlery, crockery and personal items of the passengers. What’s particularly interesting are the stories of the South Africans who were on board the vessel. The expo gives you a peak into the lives of the passengers on your boarding pass, which doubles as your access ticket. So you can read a little bio, see if they were sailing first, second or third class and more importantly, if they survived that fateful night in 1912. Ours was of a Miss Berthe Mayne who sailed first class and survived to tell the tale! Room recreations allow you to relive the majestic Titanic a hundred years later. There are also plenty of photo ops for all you selfie addicts. I’m sure we all remember the famous scene of Jack and Rose believing they can fly – well now you can too! While you’re at it, be sure to test how long you can last by placing your hand on the reconstructed iceberg to get a real feel of the freezing temperatures of that night. The exhibition is a must see for vintage and history lovers alike. The Titantic Artifact Exhibition runs until the 6 March 2016 and...
Lifestyle | Cafe Ruby

Lifestyle | Cafe Ruby

Hubby and I had always driven pass the ribbon-lined tree entrance of Cafe Ruby on Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville and whenever we did we’d always proclaim ‘ooo we really do have to pop into this place someday’. A few days ago I promptly told him that we were going to ‘pop in’ there, no more passing by! Cafe Ruby is situated on the picturesque Klein Roosboom farm. From the road it doesn’t look like much but boy are you in for a surprise once you take that turn-off! Of course Tuesday was one of the hottest days of the year – with temperatures peaking at 38 degrees – in Cape Town so when we arrived just after 10am it was already hot but we weren’t going to miss out on relaxing in and admiring their beautiful garden. So an outside table it was. We immediately ordered a bottle of sparkling water but I simply couldn’t do without my morning coffee. I didn’t want to go for the usual bacon and eggs breakfast so I opted for some french toast with maple syrup, bacon and cream cheese. While hubby (in true South African male style) went for the Boere breakfast which is your typical full-on traditional bacon, eggs, tomato, mushrooms and of course served with boerewors and farm bread. The food was served piping hot and fresh and we happily devoured it. Our ever helpful and friendly waitress asked us where we were from and we both exclaimed; ‘right around the corner’! Because we simply couldn’t believe how we kept on passing this little gem. She said though, that most...
Travel | Leliefontein, Northern Cape

Travel | Leliefontein, Northern Cape

When hubby told me about a 33km walk/hike that he would like to participate in, I was sceptical to say the least. I mean thirty-three kilometres definitely isn’t for the fainthearted. On the upside though, the walk was going to take place in the Northern Cape, a good 500kms away from our home-sweet-home and I’m always up for a road trip. So we packed the moms (whom I absolutely love for always being up for an adventure) with us in the car and off we went. The Barnabas Shaw Methodist Heritage trail walk was a 33km walk from Bethelsklip, Kharkams to Leliefontein, Northern Cape. It was held on the 26th September to commemorate the heritage of the Methodist Church in South Africa. Bethelsklip, Kharkams was where the first Methodist church was established by Barnabas Shaw (who was also asked by the Nama chief to preach the word of God to the people of the area) and Leliefontein was how far he had to travel to bring the gospel to the next little town’s residents. We arrived at our quaint, fuss free little guest house, Tredeyo’s Hope, at about 23:45. Dead. Tired. So it was just a quick bite to eat and off to bed, only to arise again after a mere four hours of sleep to tackle the walk. The area of Leliefontein was undergoing water shedding last weekend due to water shortages so we were without running water the entire weekend. But luckily we had a massive outside storage tank filled with rain water to make use of so we weren’t walking around with any funny smells! Fresh...
Travel | West Coast National Park

Travel | West Coast National Park

As with most things in our rushed and busy lives these days, a road trip was way overdue. So when happened to be that hubby and I were off together on a weekend (very rare) we took advantage of the South African National Parks free week which ran from the 14-19 September and headed to the West Coast National Park in Langebaan. The main reason we obviously went was to witness the park’s flower season beauty which happens every year August and September. When we arrived, we headed straight for the Postberg section of the park which only opens for flower season every year. But the photo opportunities along the way were the real treat! West Coast National Park is home to quite a few animal species so if you don’t drive slowly (which is mandatory anyway) and don’t look around, you might miss them. But I definitely think the tortoises steal the show with their cute little ‘back-houses’. After ooo’ing and aah’ing over the flowers we stopped over at the picnic/braai area alongside and the sea and took a stroll on the beach. I cannot describe the unspoiled beauty of this park in words, pictures don’t even do it justice, you simply have to experience it for yourself. After frolicking a bit more in the park’s numerous photo ops we reluctantly headed home. We had only been to West Coast National Park once before and even then we couldn’t explore every corner of it. It is massive in size and abundant in beauty. Just to give you an idea, we covered nearly 70kms on one side of the...
Lifestyle | Mangwanani African Spa

Lifestyle | Mangwanani African Spa

Hubby and I have been in need of professional massages for a while now. In today’s rushed, stressful life it’s so easy to feel rundown and it takes a heavy toll on ones body. So when I saw @miss2beesy Taryn Bester’s tweet about a fabulous spring special at Mangwanani African Spa, I jumped at the chance to make a booking. The Spring Rejuvenation package for two includes a 60 minute North African head, neck and shoulder massage with pressure point therapy, a 30 minute Royal African foot or hand massage with warm rose petal water and a sugar scrub as well as a complimentary body butter. The special was only available at Mangwanani Boutique Spas, so we headed to the V and A Waterfront last week Wednesday to make use of this amazing offer. Traffic into Cape Town was crazy as usual so we arrived in a hurried frenzy, all the while hoping that we weren’t late for our appointments. But welcoming cappuccinos and colourful macarons were all we needed to put our minds at ease. After enjoying our refreshments, we changed into our gowns and slippers and met the therapists in the foyer – where the massages are also done. Mangwanani is not your typical spa, hence the ‘african spa’ addition to the name. Our massages were done in a communal area but I was definitely not self-conscious as it still felt private. However, if like me, you’re used to the traditional lie-down massage experience then this way might take some getting used to. Though I must mention, the therapists work such magic with their hands that in...
Versatile Blogger Award

Versatile Blogger Award

I’ve been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the beautiful Kendel of the All That’s Glamorous blog. Thank you lovely! This post is also way overdue so I do believe both a thank you and apology are in order *wide-eyed blushing face*. The Versatile Blogger Award is essentially a tag done by the blogging community to honour blogs they like or welcome new bloggers to the blogosphere. By now you’re probably sick of hearing my opinion on blogging awards and tags so let’s just leave it at the fact that I support the Versatile Blogger Award wholeheartedly. There are a lot of differentiations regarding the rules of the award but I’ve decide to follow Kendel’s version. 1) Thank and acknowledge the person who nominated you 2) State 7 facts about yourself 3) Nominate other bloggers 4) Notify the bloggers that you’ve nominated them Seven facts about me: 1) I’ve got a tattoo of my star sign (Capricorn) on my right forearm 2) I’m a mom of a Boerboel baby girl whom I call Pookie the Bear 3) I’m obsessed with vintage and boho style fashion that’s why you’ll see very few trend fashion pieces on my blog 4) I’ve known my husband for twelve years – dated for three years and married for two years 5) I’m in love with the countryside and nature – hence the obsession with road trips! 6) I’m a straight-talker and hate pretence but I also believe in treating everyone equally and with respect 7) I have a major weakness for cupcakes – especially pretty ones! Blogs I Nominate: Inspire You Frankly Charlie...

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