August Favourites

How’s everyone? I feel like lately I’ve only really been writing about the more serious stuff. But in reality life has continued mostly as normal, with lots of fun things packed into my days too. So here’s what I’ve been up to lately:

Reading:

Deon Meyer’s latest called The Fever. Based in a futuristic South Africa, this is a gripping read which you can easily imagine as a block buster movie some day soon. Also, what’s disturbing about it is that the future it paints with packs of feral dogs, motorcycle gangs and the loss of most of civilisation are very very believable. I’m also reading Arundhati Roy’s latest book – the Ministry of Utmost Happiness, but I’m struggling to get into it. I will persist though as I’m a big fan of hers.

 

Owl at World of Birds

Enjoying:

I’ve really been feeling that I’m not exploring all the amazing things that Cape Town has to offer, so my aim is just to do one “touristy” thing a month with the family. On Women’s Day we hopped on the red bus and took the Mini Peninsula Tour, from Kirstenbosch to Hout Bay, through to Camps Bay, Sea Point, the Waterfront and then back again. And it was awesome! The kids just loved being on the bus itself, and the commentary was really fascinating. We also stopped at The World of Birds which was a total hit with the kids (I have such a clear memory of going as a child myself).

Gin boxDrinking:

Gin! I’ve spoken about my love of gin before and maybe the team at The Gin Box heard me (thank you so much for the gift!). The Gin Box is SA’s first craft gin club, choosing one of SA’s craft gins and sending it to your door every month, along with hand picked gourmet food items, recipes, tasting notes, a history and distiller’s information.

This month’s box contained a bottle of Musgrave 11 gin, Fitch and Leedes tonic, Ouhuis rooibos tea, glace ginger, vanilla toffees and delicious chocolates. You can also choose the bi-monthly or quarterly option, or send someone an ad-hoc gift. Prices for the box range from R650 – find out more at The Gin Box

Worried about

My eyes are really giving me trouble. I’ve had a pterygium in both eyes for a while, and they haven’t bothered me much. My dad has them, my mom had them, my sister had them, you get the picture. They’re a genetic thing and I go for regular checks to keep an eye on them (haha). But on my recent trip to Joburg my one eye got really really dry and I think I scratched it badly in my sleep. I woke up with blood vessels burst in the one eye and a tiny white growth thing that is really concerning me. I’ve booked the soonest appointment with an ophthalmologist but until then my one eye is red and I don’t want to be in any pictures or look anyone in the eye. I know this is a small thing but it’s made me all self conscious. Will keep you posted.

Eating

I haven’t made his yet but I’ve bookmarked it to make it very soon because the pictures of this Esquites, a Mexican corn salad, have got me salivating! Sam is the most amazing food blogger so it’s worth having a browse of her newly redesigned blog, Drizzle & Dip.

Wearing

Cinnamon ShoesWe’ve had a few disasters in the past when my husband has tried to buy me clothes. I’m quite… particular (aren’t we all?). But for my birthday he totally hit it out of the park, by organising a pair of these most beautiful custom made ankle boots through our friend Frances, from House of Cinnamon. I’ve worn them two days in a row when I was in Joburg (with the mild spring weather) and they are super comfy too.

Watching

Since I’ve got to Cape Town I’ve been wanting to go to The Labia Cinema (I know I’m childish but the name of that place haha). On Saturday night we got the chance and we watched My Cousin Rachel, based on the psychological thriller by Daphne Du Maurier. It stars Rachel Weisz and Sam Caflin and the scenery is exquisite, plus the storyline (which centres on the power of female sexuality) will keep you thinking about it, long after the credits have rolled. You can read more about it here.

It’s your last chance to enter my competition with the awesome The Lunchbox (comp closes today at 9am!) and win lunches for a month! Also, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about blogging, as you can tell. I’m not ready to stop blogging (yet) but I am going to change how regularly I do it. Instead of panicking about blogging very often (and making sure I do it three times a week), I’m rather going to wait until the mood strikes. So I’ll still be here, but you won’t necessarily get all the details, all the time, and I think that’s totally fine. For more regular updates I post a lot to Instagram, something that’s been described as “micro-blogging”, little slices of my life. You can follow me here.

Have wonderful weeks,

xxx

Belinda


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