I thought I would start off the blogging year with a quick personal Instagram summary of the last few weeks.
I have been photographing some fresh flowers for a new Freshly Found project
Agapanthus is one of my favourite flowers - I love the the origin of the name, which means love [agape] flower [anthos], and its blue airy structure. I couldn't resist a quick snap of this 'Ag-in-bits'
Not surprisingly, I have wrapped a few gifts lately! 2 Housewarming plants were sent off with a tissue paper wrapping. I wrote the greetings around the edge of the paper square, and tied it with a rolled, frayed square of sari fabric. I made paper wallets and decorated them with line drawings. This was a creative way of giving the cash that my family like for Christmas. The rest of the gifts were wrapped in ink-dyed tissue paper. A really fun experience to make!
These holidays, my passion for excellent coffee intesified. My family gave me The Art and Craft of Coffee by Kevin Sinnott. A great visual digest of info on one of my favourite topics [and tastes]. My son organised some coffee cuppings for us. What a sensory journey that took us on - seeing, smelling, grinding, breathing, slurping, tasting and identifying tastes and aromas. I definitely plan to experience more of this in 2014.
What a privilege to see family - local and from Gauteng. I printed out a local google map of our area as a welcome. We enjoyed beach walks - at night after a delicious dinner at Ninth Avenue Bistro and in the heat of the day too, talking, chilling, playing games, learning to race a car on an iPad app and braaiing. I met the cutest little boy who has officially turned me into a great-aunt.
As I start the year, I have just finalised 2 events for 2014. On Sunday this week, I start The Brene Brown e-course on Gifts of Imperfection. I am really looking forward to that journey. The Grand White is coming to Durban in May - and we've booked to go with a group of friends.