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a random post

I like Rachel’s idea (10 Random Things) of going for a bit of randomness.  Here’s a selection of pics I’ve taken over the last few days. In no particular order. Of no particular significance. Or no more than anything else that I ever take a photo of, at least.

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A nice woman who was interested in our stand at the Annual Plant Fair today. I liked her hat and asked her if I could take a pic of it for when I want to experiment with making different styles.

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Going to the Milnerton Market.  Always a bargain to be found, or something you never knew you simply couldn’t live without until you laid eyes on it.

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A rather sweet ensemble, I thought.  She would have kept the sun off her face far more easily with a hat, but the parasol matches her top exactly so I guess she had to use it.

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Our favourite cafe, Puka, in Tamboerskloof; that’s Michael, the owner,  through the window, whipping up another dream smoothie.

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The very first thing I ever crocheted – a baby blanket for Alex, 20 years ago. I guess it served its purpose but, yikes, is it ever ugly! Don’t know what I could possibly have been thinking.

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The car in front of me the other morning, driving down Durban Road, Mowbray. The aFREAKa sticker made me laugh.

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Autumn’s coming, but it’s taking it’s bloody time! Grape vine leaves glow like jewels when the sun streams through. I took this from the veranda of the farm where we stayed for a couple of days last week in Simondium (in the winelands between Paarl and Franschhoek).  It was a lovely, peaceful break.

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Alex roasted a chicken for our supper. It was really good. We ate outside, by candlelight. She seems to prefer eating with her hands, like a monkey.

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Just one more farm pic, because this chap was really handsome.  He and his cousin were in this tree in the courtyard of the Main House, and he didn’t take his eyes off me for one single second… not one. I was very glad that I am bigger than a mouse.

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This man is a builder by trade but his hobby is doing things with pallets.  Slapping on two coats of paint and then smacking your pallet up on a wall is about the most casual type of upcycling intervention of all – and I hope you can see from the photo he’s stuck on the front how great it looks with a few little plant pots in it.  Like me, he likes looking for stuff – one of his favourite places is the rubbish dump off Rosmead Avenue!

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Have a wonderful week, everyone :-)

Where my angels live

I came across this pallet on the side of the road walking from my car to the office one morning, a few years ago.  It was just lying there like a challenge -now what are you going to do with me, a grubby, abandoned piece of wood? Could you turn me into something useful, and possibly even attractive, for your own home? I had no immediate answer for the pallet but lugged it upstairs into my office all the same, where for several days I endured the ridicule of my colleagues (What the hell is that? Why on earth did you pick it up? What are you going to do with it?)

I believe the concept is called upcycling: the pallet got scrubbed, lightly sanded and varnished, and put up on a wall in my lounge. My angels live on the top, and Pappy Bulu’s ceramic masks hang across the bottom. What could be more perfect?

To be continued…