Monthly Archives: April 2011


Wanderlust, Resumed

It is with some excitement that I release this new incarnation of my blog. I have been meaning to pay some attention to my blog for some time, and have finally been able to do so. It now resides at its very own domain,, […]


Vivo Barefoot

I bought my first pair of Vivo Barefoot shoes almost 2 years ago, and having recently acquired a third pair (the beautiful and striking emerald green pair in the photo), I am extremely happy with them Espousing a philosophy of “minimalist footwear”, the basic premise […]


The Clan of the Cave Bear

I have known about The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel for as long as I can remember, and it has always intrigued me. Having finally read it, I can say it was well worth the wait. A prehistoric epic set in […]

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Helderberg Aflame

There is a very particular tone that light takes when there is a fire. It takes on a deep orange, almost greasy look, and lends the world an eery, almost surreal quality. We were having breakfast when we noticed it, and knew immediately there was […]


I Wonder

Marion Bantjes is easily my favourite designer, and it was with considerable excitement that I received her book, I Wonder. A collection of essays on a number of diverse topics, the book is interesting, thought-provoking and inspiring to read. More than this, however, it is […]

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I hiked the Arangieskop trail, near Robertson, a few weeks back. As the first overnight hike I’ve done in a while, and in particular the first since I decided to join my family on the Camino de Santiago later this year, it was for me […]



We had a working weekend away last month, and during a few of the workshop sessions I kept my mind focussed by doodling. Here is the end product – done with no plan, and largely drawing whatever random image popped into my head, I am […]


I’m Off Then

Hape Kerkeling’s journal of his travels along the Camino de Santiago, I’m Off Then, was the first (and thusfar only) direct account I’ve read of the pilgrimage. A German comedian who takes life rather lightly, doesn’t enjoy excessive physical activity and is far from a […]


El Camino de Santiago

My family have decided to walk a portion of the Camino de Santiago, also known as the Way of St James, in September and October this year. One of Christianity’s three great pilgrimages (the others being to Rome and Jerusalem respectively), this route has been walked […]


Sagrada Família

I was given a postcard which could be cut out and constructed into a tiny model of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona. While I have not yet seen the cathedral myself, it is by all accounts an absolutely incredible building. Constructing the miniature was […]