Tuesday, December 11, 2012

pre-holiday adventure


Holidays are almost here for me, so for a pre-holiday build up we went on a little adventure yesterday.

WINE TASTING.
I've realised that under the guidance of my mother and being able to call the Winelands my home I've grown to love wine. Three years ago I would've turned my nose up most wine but no longer. I now appreciate it and I'm learning more every day. 

We started off at Tokara, headed to Vrede en Lust detoured to Franschhoek for an attempted chocolate tasting but ended up walking along the street, after that we headed back to Glenn Carlou.

Highlights of the day for me were talking about wine the whole day, olives at Tokara, lint chocolate at Vrede en Lust, the scent of lavender just before Franschhoek and the view from Glenn Carlou. As well as the general laughter and happiness of the day.

branches from the "tree" at Tokara
Tokara's  many wines
View from Glenn Carlou



I need to start a piggy bank just for wine tasting days. 
.x.

Monday, November 26, 2012

calmness

Dear People Who Read My Blog

I apologise for the lack of content but life is amazingly busy at the moment and I'm enjoying it.

I'm taking way too few photos but collecting many memories. I'm making grown up big decisions yet spending Sundays on swings. Making food for my family and spending quality time with my cat. Meeting new people with interesting and funny life stories and finally getting to know some people that I've "known" for a while. Work is insane, but it is the silly season and being in the hospitality industry one learns to love this time of year.

so here is a random picture. 



and a link to a song that humbles me


enjoy the sunshine 
stay away from dark alleys 
and smile
.x.


Sunday, November 4, 2012

a short one


I've had a wonderful week, despite a lot going one in the "big bad world".

I danced my way into Friday night and ended up on a roof singing songs into the sky. Saturday was work then catching up with a friend who has been a friend for almost 8 years now.

And today has turned into a lovely relaxed Sunday.
So the song for today is one that is quickly becoming a "good faithful" song, whenever it plays I smile and sing along.


It's Simple, Child.

Hope you've all had a decent week and that the weekend is treating you well
play safe
.x.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Suburban War

This weekend was a fun filled one; a father son birthday party and two of my best friend's 21st, on the same evening 20km away from each other.
And I did it all, I think I deserve a self-five, if anything. 


The first 21st last night was my best friend from high school. For 5 years of our lives we were inseparable, our group was a group of 5 who laughed at anything and discovered Arcade Fire together. We disapproved of most school activities yet shouted the loudest at inter schools. We baffled our way through Maths, 1 of us attempted Science and another mastered her way through Art, we all loved Biology, 2 of us bonded during Consumer Studies, another combination of 2 essayed through History while the other 3 flew through Geography.  Now that I think about it the languages were our strong point, 2 of us took French for 2 years but our lack of interest caused us to fail, miserably, but we tried. 3 of the 5 are 1st language Afrikaans but only 1 was brave enough to take the subject, the other 4 slept or mxited our way through Afrikaans 2nd language. We were split into 3 different English classes; went through Shakespeare, Anne Frank, Lord of the Flies, that other book about the horses?, and Jane Austin. We struggled but we indirectly we loved it.  


The second 21st was someone who is currently my sister. I've got 2 older brothers and I've always wanted a sister, and now I have one, she is the joy in many people's lives and she has this amazing skill to bring light into any situation. She is a twin and her other half is currently studying up country so I've become the "step-in" sister. So much joy in one person, I am blessed. 

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A song that pops to mind is Arcade Fire - Suburban War 





Let's go for a drive

See the town tonight
There's nothing to do but I'll unwind when I'm with you



This town's so strange
They built it to change
And while we're sleeping all the streets, they rearrange



And my old friends, we were so different then
Before your war against the suburbs began
Before it began



And now the music divides
Us into tribes
You grew your hair so I grew mine
They said the past won't rest
Until we jump the fence and leave it behind



And my old friends, I can remember when
You cut your hair
We never saw you again
Now the cities we live in
Could be distant stars
And I search for you
In every passing car



The nights are warm
Yeah, the nights are warm
I've been living in the shadows of your song
Living in the shadows of your
Song



In the suburbs I, I learned to drive
People told me we would never survive
So grab your mother's keys we leave tonight



You started a war
That you can't win
They keep erasing all the streets we grew up in



Now the music divides
Us into tribes
You choose your side I'll choose my side



All my old friends, they don't know me now
Oh-oh
All my old friends, are staring through me now
Oh-oh
All my old friends, they don't know me now
All my old friends, they don't know me now



All my old friends, wait


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So let us reflect on the past but look forward to the future,
the future may be daunting but oh my golly gosh, it is exciting. 
.x.

Monday, October 22, 2012

song of the day

[Over the last few day this little blog hit 1500 views, its growing up slowly but surely, thank you!]
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I've written about this man before, I'm almost sure of it. 
I discovered his music about 2 years ago, he has re-entered my life thanks to iTunes shuffle. 
So here it is, Look Up by Bradley Hathaway



.
I built a house and lived alone inside the woods.

I stayed there as long as I could
Before I saw it was doing me no good. 
He said, "We're all living lives of quiet desperation".
I started to believe him until I looked up at the constellations.
The stars are burning bright,
So bright and bright and far apart.
Pull them together, though,
They created a work of art. 

Look up, look up, look up into the sky, love.
You see that moon shining so high up above us?
It rolls around on account of a bunch of scientific stuff.
I like to think it does just because He loves us.

I left the lonely woods and I moved into the city,
Traded those stately pines for concrete praries.
I didn't have to look up at the stars burning in the night sky;
I saw them burn in the people that were passing by,
Some that are bright and bright and burning happily along,
Others that sadly burned out long ago.

Look up, look up, look up into the sky, love.
You see that moon shining so high up above us?
It rolls around on account of a bunch of scientific stuff.
I like to think it does just because He loves us.

I loved a girl once, never acted like I did
Or told her that I did, because the ones before her
They didn't act very appreciative.
Have you seen her? Do you know her?
She looks so pretty with her hair pulled back.
Tell her that I would if I could
Take all that time I stole from her back,
Put it in a little pine box I made with my own bare hands,
Filled with apologies, love, kisses, second chances.

Look up, look up, look up into the sky, love.
You see that moon shining so high up above us?
It rolls around on account of a bunch of scientific stuff.
I like to think it does just because He loves us.
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Hope you all had a pleasant Monday
.x.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

snowy Saturday rambles

Hello dear people of the interwebs,

Firstly do yourself a favour and head over [here]
That is where you can download an album from Juke Royal. I only discovered them in the last week and I'm really enjoying their music.
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Watched an interesting movie last night with a group of friends called An Invisible Sign, it's about a young girl who's father falls ill and she takes it upon herself to make him "feel" better. Throughout the movie the colours really stood out for me. If you've watched Mozart and the Whale and enjoyed it then you should like this movie.

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I just found this http://thenicestplaceontheinter.net/
Go get a few hugs

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and my latest playlist.

Youth De Freitas                                              Al Bairre
The Suburbs                                                    Arcade Fire
Suburban War                                                  Arcade Fire
Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)          Arcade Fire
Real Talk                                                        Bloc Party
Kettling                                                           Bloc Party
Sunday In New                                                Bobby Darin
Gyp The Cat                                                   Bobby Darin
Look Up                                                         Bradley Hathaway
The Hazards of Love III (Revenge!)                 The Decemberists
Swim Until You Can't See Land                        Frightened Rabbit
Falling Slowly                                                  Glen Hansard (Once)
Generator first floo                                           Glen Hartmann
Sea And The Rhythm                                       Iron And Wine
Naked As We Came                                         Iron and Wine
The Age of Worry                                            John Mayer
Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967       John Mayer
Autumn                                                           Matthew Mole
It's Simple, Child.                                             Matthew Mole
You Dare Not Run From The Whale                  Matthew Mole
Infinite Land                                                     Matthew Mole
I Am A Rock                                                    Simon And Garfunkel

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Hope this weekend treats you all well
.x.




Sunday, October 7, 2012

old friend


So, it's a new month. 
A lot has already happened this month, I cannot even begin to explain, so I'll just share a song.

John Mayer entered my life when I was about 15, through his song '83.
Since then he often picks me up, makes me smile or is simply just the background music to my life. 

He released his 5th CD this year and I'm liking it, the song Age of Worry started playing while I was driving home from work the one afternoon this week and it struck me. Not sure yet what struck me, but it did. 

This is a live recording from last year January. 


Close your eyes and clone yourself
Build your heart an army
To defend your innocence
While you do everything wrong

Don't be scared to walk alone
Don't be scared to like it
There's no time that you must be home
So sleep where darkness falls

Alive in the age of worry
Smile in the age of worry
Go wild in the age of worry
And say, "Worry, why should I care?"

Know your fight is not with them
Yours is with your time here
Dream your dreams but don't pretend
Make friends with what you are

Give your heart then change your mind
You're allowed to do it
'Cause God knows it's been done to you
And somehow you got through it

Alive in the age of worry
Rage in the age of worry
Sing out in the age of worry
And say, "Worry, why should I care?"

Rage in the age of worry
Act your age in the age of worry
And say, "Worry, get out of here!"


If you're interested, go watch this [click here]
Its the same song, but a month or so before. 

Hope you all are having a lovely Sunday 
.x.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

something, somewhere, sometime.

A song to finish off the month of September. 

Sometimes I feel like an arrow

fighting something, somewhere long ago
Whether it moved or I missed or where I'm bound,
I don't yet know.
If you see me coming,
I'll probably pass you by
on my way to something, somewhere, sometime.

Sometimes I find myself reeling

twisting and rolling 
in a plastic sea. 
There's signs and signals
bidding for attention from me.

So turn on your sleigh

I will turn on mine
and we'll hum and glow
like something, somewhere, sometime.

And if I've wounded you, I'm sorry.

I had good intentions
If I've wounded you
I'm sorry
it happens all the time.

You remind me of a reason

had by someone so many years ago
some words through wise
build highways from coast to coast

but those words fell short

your roads have worn with time
on our way to something somewhere sometime

And if I've wounded you, I'm sorry

I had good intentions
If I wounded you
I'm sorry 
it happens all the time.

Sometimes I feel like an arrow,

fighting something, somewhere long ago

Thursday, September 27, 2012

a jolly evening it shall be.


I cannot wait to see these guys live
It will be a jolly evening when it does actually happen
but in the mean time. I'm loving their new music video, and listening to Youth De Freitas almost on repeat.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

buttered toast


happiness is made of, just the basics in life; family, friends, food.

With a weekend full of activities and adventures I learnt a few valuable lessons, those lessons you learn once in a while and hope you don’t forget but as sure as sunshine you do.
  • ·   Firstly, every female needs a good pair of black heels; don’t buy them for an occasion, but them for you.
  • ·   Secondly, no matter what, in any situation or moment, having to counteract an argument or reply to a simple statement, be a lady. Be graceful, honest and for the love of buttered toast, think before you speak.
  • ·   Next, although your siblings have known you for the longest time, since birth, they don’t always know you. Sometimes your siblings don’t know what’s best.
  • ·   You don’t need to be everyone’s cup of tea.

·         Simplicity is key, to most things in life.  

Friday, August 24, 2012

up a mountain and down again.

This morning my brother and I decided it is too much of an amazing day one simply cannot just let it go by so we decided to go for a walk up the mountain. Everyone, meet the Helderberg Mountain walking trails:
Normally one would stick to the blue, meet up with the red then possibly go pink before heading back down. We, for some unknown reason (my brother being 100times fitter than me and wanting an adventure) went blue, black, blue, red all the way across the front of the mountain then finally we met up with the red trail, reached the gouge at which point I surrendered to the mountain and begged that we head back down.

But in any case, it was a beautiful walk.













Also here is yet another song for you guys,
Autumn

Enjoy the weekend!



Monday, August 20, 2012

in state of groggyness

Woke up this morning feeling groggy, according to Urban Dictionary groggy means:

 "A sleepy, dull feeling, making you slow to move or think; evoking an image of being mentally water-logged"

Which is spot on. I'm blaming it on the indecisive weather that we've had over the last few days, but alas it's winter in the Cape there isn't much we can do. 

So in my state of groggyness I've been web crawling for a pick me up. 
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Matthew Mole, bless his kind soul, released yet another amazing song this morning. Available for download on his soundcloud. Go download before the 100 run up.

And then my iTunes threw some Black Keys at me which sent me on a YouTube search to find this gem. 


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I hope everyone is having a productive Monday
Play safe
.x.



Monday, August 13, 2012

local kids

When I drive around in my car I insert my falshdrive into the aux and have over 300songs of my choice. I realised the other day that I'd been skipping to the same songs and listening to them, all the time.

All of which are local bands.
Here are some links and videos so that you too can enjoy the music and joy of it all.

Matthew Mole
Firstly his soundcloud
and you can download some of his songs. Do so

Al Bairre
and a video of theirs

another video

Similar to Matthew Mole, also download some of his songs from his soundcloud



That be all for now
Have a great week everyone
.x.






Monday, August 6, 2012

so much live aewsomeness.

Klein Libertas and I have years of history.

I started going there about 5 years ago when my brother's 1st band Stronger Than made a lot of noise,I was proud member of the sibling gang who followed them around. 

Through the years Klien Lib brought along many Pretty Blue Guns, The Lottery Tickets, Barkley Blazer and This Quilt memories and introduced me to many new bands, friends and faces. 

Last week Wednesday night Sons of Settlers, Holiday Murray and Jeremy Loops graced us with their presences and killed us with their talent. Like wow. 

Here are a few photos I took with my blackberry.
Therefore the quality is not that amazing. 

Sons of Settlers








Holiday Murray











Jeremy Loops

 At this point I'd lost my spot in the front so for Jeremy Loops I saw the back of peoples heads.
Still sounded amazing!




An amazing evening.
A very BIG thank you to everyone involved in making it happen, you've got this youngone excited about local music again. 
.x. 

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

disposable | it's been a while.

Here are some photos from my recent disposable camera.
Its's quite obvious that I've lost my touch in photography but I'll get back into it.
enjoy.

cold toes
Driving back from George



walking

sunrise in Hermanus








I'll work on my photography skills. 
.x.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sunday.


I haven't put a playlist together for a while so here is some of  my winter music. 
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That's What's Up - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Antagonizer - Holiday Murray
Red Boots - Joshua Grierson
Keep Your Back Straight - Lua Union
Jacksonville - Sufjan Stevens
Hey Na Na - Katie Herzig
Underneath It All - No Doubt
Head in the Heavens - The Very Wicked
Mayla - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Child - Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Queen of California - John Mayer
Beat Your Drum - The Very Wicked
The A Team - Ed Sheeran
Kids On The Run - The Tallest Man On Earth
Copper Wire - Holiday Murray
Winter Baby (The Valley) - The Very Wicked
Buckle & Bend - Holiday Murray               
Cold Flame - Band Of Skulls
Henrietta - Yeasayer
Shadow Days - John Mayer
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Also, here are some of the music videos for a few songs. 

Antagonizer - Holiday Murray

I don't have Hum by Lua Union on the playlist but here is the video
 

Winter Baby (The Valley) - The Very Wicked

go check out Roundabout Films, the people responsible for the last two videos. 

Enjoy your Sunday and  have a good week.x.




Thursday, July 19, 2012

unseasonal

We're having unseasonally warm weather for this time of year
[ someone once wrote " Don't diss the weather, without it we wouldn't have much to talk about]


I'm getting back into the routine of life and work and such, but for some reason my shifts are really messed up this week. I'm only working 3 times this week and last week my brother rolled our car so I have no way of getting around anywhere on my off days. So during the lovely weather I'm stranded at home. 


Currently sitting on my back stoep in a summer dress listening to Switchfoot and drinking tea. 

I'm trying to remember when it was and I think it was 2005 or 06 when Switchfoot came to SA and played an acoustic show at Paul Roos, it was one of my 1st gigs and it was an international band that I really didn't know that well. They are possibly the reason why I love shadows and the stars so much. 


Shadow Proves the Sunshine
 Crooked souls trying to stay up straight
Dry eyes in the pouring rain
The shadow proves the sunshine
shadow proves the sunshine

Two scared little runaways
Hold fast to the break of day light were
The shadow proves the sunshine
The shadow proves the sunshine

Shine on me,
Let my shadows prove the sunshine


Stars
I've been thinking 'bout everyone, everyone you look so lonely

But when I look at the stars,
when I look at the stars,
when I look at the stars I see someone else

When I look at the stars,
the stars, I feel like myself



Well
This was just a post of random thoughts

Monday, June 18, 2012

new discoveries

Mondays are my off days so they've become me days.
Spent some part of today cleaning and the rest of it putting all my CDs onto my laptop.
And I have a new discovery, Dane Taylor Trio.
I'm trying to remember where I saw them live and got the EP, my best guess is a Thursday Bohemia show but I'm not too sure.
stole this from their facebook page : /

Anyways
The point is that it's some amazing South African music that I'm excited to hear more of.

also I found 3 rings that I'd lost which makes this a very jolly Monday. 

Have a grand week
.x.


[update: 30 minutes after originally posting this I found an old post of mine from when I saw them live: http://youngonelives.blogspot.com/2010/04/its-done.html ]