Saturday, 7 May 2011

friday flowers - and a long soliloquy...

I can't believe it's been three weeks since I managed to post -
I've been in South Africa and Botswana, where the interwebs is expensive and scarce! 

But while I haven't been able to get online very often, 
it doesn't mean I wasn't paying attention to a million things I wanted to share!

White roses, in the vase from Ravensberry days, and honey & lemon to soothe the worst chest infection,
lavender, agapanthus & roses for Shelley's baby shower,
water lily in the Okavango on a mkuru ride...
a scarily pretty succulent in Maun,
orchids thriving in Tun's new spa-like bathroom,
and Asling's engagement flowers from her new in-laws.

It was a busy time - 
Jozi, Botswana - Gabs & Maun, Cape Town, Franschhoek,
Umhlanga, Umdloti, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, 
and I was blown away again by how the landscape changes,
and how beautiful it is.

How did I get so lucky?

And this doesn't even include the variety that is Botswana!

L to R: Franschhoek, Western Province; Richmond, KZN, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng; Noordhoek, WP; Cape Town; Currie's Post, KZN.

Each day started and ended with spectacular light...
imagine if I had a great camera and knew what I was doing,
rather than a little one and no idea!

L to R: sunrise at Makgadikgadi pans, Botswana; sunset at Nthaba Moya, Curries Post - with Valkyrie, the Irish wolfhound, and friends; watching the ships from the Oysterbox hotel verandah, Umhlanga; sunrise on the road from Maun, Botswana; sunset from Oysterbox Umhlanga, sunset at Paddy & Nic's wedding at Franschhoek.

Each day bought new and exciting things - 
not the covetable consumer type,
but the type that just made me so grateful for the opportunity to travel back to SA so soon after I had been there the last time.

It was also a great time to think.
About what comes next for me.
And what I'm doing with this blog.
I've battled a little bit to find my voice on here,
compared to the old one, which was much more raw since it was a smaller audience.

I have felt like I might be exposing myself too much here,
and then not following through on some of the things that I have wanted to share and editorial franchises I've wanted to create.

But after eating mopani worms, I can probably do anything,
so I'm going to try to get braver.
And the bloggers I admire are open and honest about things going on in their lives and I respect that.

Blogging has taught me lots already -
and I haven't even begun to work on the 'business side' of it - gaining readers, building a community, creating a unique proposition - one day I'll get around to the tags too!

Mainly though, I've become much more mindful.
I'm always on the lookout for blooms to be Friday Flowers;
I choose more vege options in case I find something for Meatfree Mondays, and have started cooking more too - an art I'd forgotten that I enjoyed.
I read newspapers differently, more critically,
forming opinions on stories;
I stand in design shops and try to figure out what makes a room set successful - or not;
I take the time to pop in and out of interesting shops and pull over on busy roads to jump out and investigate further;
and I appreciate the designs on cappuccinos as works of 
temporary art...

It's time to put my head down again and start working full time - 
but this time off has been worth every penny, as I've rediscovered parts of me I'd forgotten,
learnt a few new things, figured some stuff out, got rid of my glabellar lines (whoop!),
and best of all, I've reconnected with many friends all over the world - and made some new ones.

I don't know how I'll find time to keep the blog posts coming daily, but it has been the best part of the last 9 months,
so good for me personally,
and so awesome to connect with all of you, all over the world,
so I'm not going to let it slip and I hope you'll continue to read, and comment or email.

Here's to the next chapter for Covet.Collect.Connect.
I am excited :)



Gillian said...

Glad to have you back, and I look forward to the next chapter of covet.collect.connect ... like it's author, it's bound to be quirky, thought-provoking and a phenomenal success x

Patsy said...

I couldn't agree with Gillian more!

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