My Favourite Pictures and Memories from December

Hello everyone!

Here’s another post that’s part of the ESG: My favourite picture of the month December swap on Swap-Bot.

December was quite a busy month for me!

On 3rd December, I went to the CCHQ Reunion party with my best friend Juan. Here’s how we looked for the night.

The next week, I got a new piercing! It’s called a conch piercing – it’s the one with the grey diamanté.

I had a braai (barbecue for my international friends!) at my house on the 17th. I’ve been friends with Bree for many, many years and we realised that we have never taken a photo together! So of course we had to take one.

The next day, I was trying to pack for my holiday but Rits obviously wasn’t very happy. I went to Cape Town for 10 days with my parents.

While in Cape Town, I got to do an amazing shoot with a photographer whose work I have been admiring for years! Check out Silverwolf Photography.

My friend Kalyca and I went shopping on Long Street, and then she took me to The Royale Eatery, where I had the most incredible burger! It might actually be the best burger I’ve ever had.

I got to see Simi, who I haven’t seen in over a year! It was great to catch up!

I arranged to meet up with a bunch of friends who were also in Cape Town! We took this photo of all of us together.

The next day, we went to Boulders Beach to see the penguins!

My dad and I also went on a boat trip to see the seal island!

I took this beautiful photo of the sea turtle at Two Oceans Aquarium. It’s so beautiful and majestic.

My mother and I went to Polkadraai and picked strawberries! They were so sweet and delicious, but it was hard work and I don’t think I’d do it again.

On the way home from Polkadraai, we went to Butterfly World! My mother love it so much because she is obsessed with butterflies. There were so many different kinds of butterflies and many other interesting things to see.

And of course, no trip to Cape Town is complete without a photo of Table Mountain! I love this photo I took with the clouds hanging over the mountain.

 
I completely forgot to take photos on New Years Eve, but my boyfriend and I went to Wolmer Metal New Year’s Party and had lots of fun!
I hope you enjoyed hearing about my month!

 

J

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My Favourite Pictures and Memories from June

Hello everyone!

 

I know I am not posting very often lately. I have been dealing with some health issues – I will write about it soon.

This post is part of a swap on Swap-Bot called ESG: My favourite picture of the month June.

 

At the beginning of June, we decided to adopt another rat, who we called Dovahkiin (aka Dovah). It took a while for Merlin and Eddie to accept him, but now they love each other. I took this photo when they finally moved in together.

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I had a stall at a convention 24-26 June, and one of the other stalls was Lory Park Zoo, an animal sanctuary aimed at animal rehabilitation, breeding programs for endangered species and raising awareness of our wildlife. They brought this gorgeous tiny owl along called Star. He is 27 years old!

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The next one is from our holiday last week. We spent the week in Clarens and decided to drive through Lesotho to go to the mountains. My boyfriend had never seen snow before so it was very exciting for him!

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The last photo I’ll be sharing with you is another one from the Clarens trip. The day after the Lesotho roadtrip, the photographer I had arranged to shoot with arrived in Clarens and we did our first photoshoot. You may recognise the lovely lady on my left from my A Lovely Weekend In Clarens post. She was nice enough to let us stay at her house while we were there and of course we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to do a shoot together! I love my new friend very dearly ❤

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These were my favourite photos and memories from June! I hope you enjoyed them.

 

 

J

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A Lovely Weekend In Clarens

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I posted anything other than my show playlists.

This weekend I went to Clarens! My parents were competing in the Ashburton Investments National MTB Series #3 and I decided to go along to get away from the city for a while. Sadly I didn’t take many photos this weekend, but I’ll share what I have!

 

We stayed at Kiara Lodge in a beautiful unit with an even more beautiful view of the mountains. When we arrived on Friday the sun was just about to set.

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That evening we had dinner at the Kiara Lodge restaurant – The Trout & Mallard. I had the pork medallions in a maple and mushroom sauce with a baked potato with sour cream, creamed beans and pumpkin. The maple and mushroom sauce was to die for and perfectly complimented the pork. I’ll definitely try to make my own maple and mushroom sauce sometime!

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On Saturday I met this lovely lady! Well, actually we had met before sometime last year but I didn’t recognise her! She owns a cute little shop called Daydream, where she sells wigs and handmade jewellery and accessories. We spent some of the day together and the rest of the day I spent walking around and shopping with my mother.

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I didn’t get around to many shops that day, but I managed to get these coats for an absolute steal at The Jacket Shop! The photo isn’t very clear, but the large coat is a dark green with beautiful embroidered fastenings. The fluffy crop jacket and the leather vest are for cosplays (my boyfriend and I will be vikings at GeekFest). I love how the fluffy crop jacket looks on me though and definitely won’t be limiting it to cosplay.

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On Sunday we had to be up early to be at the race area by 7am. We had breakfast in the VIP tent and then I explored the rest of the town. Later my brother and I went to Clarens Brewery to try some of their beers. They give these taster trays for free! I really enjoyed the stout and the red ale, but decided to go with my favourite – the mixed berry cider.

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Later my brother left and my new friend joined me again! This time dressed more “normal” – she dresses up every single day! We had a few drinks before I had to leave. I wish I could have stayed longer because Clarens is such a lovely town, but at least I met some awesome people!

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J

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My Denmark Adventure! (Yes I know I am posting this so late)

Hi everyone!

 

I have actually been back in South Africa for two weeks now and wanted to write about my adventures sooner but I have been so busy. Here are some (but not all) of the things I got up to and saw on my holiday. They are in order of when they happened.

 

1. Tivoli

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Tivoli is one of the world’s oldest amusement parks. I spent the entire day there going on all the rides multiple times. It was so much fun! I missed decent rides – Gold Reef City is all we really have and it sucks. The Demon was by far my favourite ride! It’s a super fast rollercoaster (you can see the tracks in the photo) with lots of twists and turns. I wish we had fun rides like these in SA.

 

2. Dark Angels Exhibition in Rundetaarn

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I actually just went to the round tower because it is a tourist attraction and there ended up being a fashion exhibition inside! I absolutely loved this because the techniques used by Peachoo+Krejberg embody all that we have learned in Fashion Theory over the last few years. You can find out more about the Dark Angels exhibition here.

 

3. The Queen’s Tapestries at Christiansborg Palace

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There were so many things to do at Christiansborg. It took me almost a full day to see everything! This was my favourite part though. There is an entire room full of these tapestries that were a gift to the Queen in 1990. These tapestries were very bright and colourful, but most contained a very dark message. For example, look at this one. It’s quite gruesome – heads on spikes, birds attacking people. It seems quite unusual to give a queen something like this for her 50th birthday. Just in case you can’t see, here’s a close up:

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4. The Little Mermaid

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A trip to Copenhagen isn’t complete without visiting The Little Mermaid!

 

5. A quick trip to Sweden!

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We took the train to Helsingør and the ferry over to Helsingborg to spend a day in Sweden just because we can. It was great to see Sweden. Helsingborg is very beautiful.

 

6. Roskilde Viking Ship Museum

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Anyone who knows me will know how much I love anything to do with Vikings! This day was incredibly fun! Roskilde is a very lovely city and the Viking Ship Museum was amazing. There are many interactive features at the museum, like a blacksmith who shows you how he makes the nails and other items used to make viking boats, as well as an ongoing projects where they are building ships based on viking design. I also got to ride on and help row and steer one of these replica viking boats!

 

7. Trelleborg Viking Fortress

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Trelleborg was definitely one of my favourite things I experienced this holiday. The trip to Slaeglse was quite interesting, as Trelleborg is literally located in the middle of nowhere, but it was so worth it. The reconstructed longhouse was great to see, as well as walking through where the stronghold used to be. It was absolutely incredible to be able to walk where the vikings once walked. I sat in the centre of the stronghold taking in my surroundings for well over an hour, imagining how magnificent it would have been in its time. There is also a small reconstructed viking village, which looks like there would be all sorts of activities taking place on busy days, but because I went during the week and in school term time, it was quite abandoned. It was still interesting to go inside the houses and see how the vikings lived. Plus, I came across this rather amusing statue of Thor:

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8. Meeting Michael Denner

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Anyone who is into their old school heavy metal will know exactly who Mr. Denner is, but for those of you who don’t, he was the guitarist of Mercyful Fate, whose style was revolutionary for their time. These days Michael Denner owns a record store in Copenhagen called Beat Pop Records. It was such a great experience meeting him and he is such a lovely person. We talked for almost an hour and he told me about his recent music projects, favourite bands and the Danish metal scene.

 

9. Kronborg Castle

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This beautiful castle is famous for being the location where Shakespeare’s play Hamlet is set. The castle itself was quite empty, but I thoroughly enjoyed the Casemates – the passages underneath the castle where the soldiers could stay in times when they were under attack. Guided only by my phone flashlight in some areas, this was quite a spooky experience. Most of the tunnels are pitch black and the only sounds you hear are your own footsteps and the occasional drip of water. My favourite part, however, was seeing the statue of the mythical hero, Holger Danske, who is said to be asleep and will awaken to defend Denmark from enemies.

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10. Korpiklaani!

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One of the main reasons for my trip and one of the best nights of my life – seeing my favourite band live! This was an absolutely incredible experience as I never thought I would see Korpiklaani live, and after the show I got to meet the band and party with them until after 3am! I wish I could relive this night, what an experience.

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So these were the highlights of my Denmark trip! I hope you enjoyed reading about them. I had a blast and wish I didn’t have to leave. Denmark has definitely found a special place in my heart and maybe the next time I go I won’t have to leave again.

 

 

J

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