Happy Freedom Day, my beloved country.

On 27 April 2014 we celebrated 20 years of freedom in South Africa and although I was home in my little town, I nevertheless made use of the opportunity (and the gorgeous, sunny day!) to go out and get some snaps in remembrance and gratitude of those who came before me. May we never take our freedom for granted.

Alrighty, now onto the fun stuff…

I didn’t have to travel far to get the following great snaps at a little wine boutique and restaurant in Ashton called Platform 62. Its gorgeous and offers an array of delish foods, dried fruits, wines and a variety of homemade jams and rusks from all over the area.

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The view from outside Platform 62.

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Another outside snap. How beautiful are the Langeberg mountains at the back? #lovit!

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Another angle with more of the mountains.

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Another outside pic. I simply couldn’t get enough of this gorgeous day.

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The cars were lining up very quickly.

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Local is lekka at Platform 62…

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A variety of homemade goodies to offer. #yum

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Big bottles of wine from Zandvliet on display.

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A lovely outside relaxing area at the back.

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Enough wine till Kingdom come…

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I loved this little message on the wall.

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Some homemade rusks from Ouma Annie.

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I loved this clock that was on sale.

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The old locomotive is a landmark in Ashton and situated right next to Platform 62. Of course I couldn’t miss the opportunity to get a snap of this beautiful beast.

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Next I drove through the Cogmanskloof mountains on route to Montagu and I simply couldn’t help myself. I had to stop to get a few pics of the lovely Cogmanskloof mountains. Isn’t it just breathtakingly beautiful?

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Love, love, looove this pic! At the very top, if you look very closely you’ll see the Old English Fort which is where the British soldiers hid during war time. It has little holes all around that was just big enough to fit through their guns as they were shooting at their enemies at the bottom.

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More mountain magic. How beautiful!

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This is the final pic, sadly. I was on my way back home and I simply had to take a picture of the gorgeous blue sky. And it worked beautifully! Wowie! Absolutely stunning!

I am so very fortunate to see these views at any given moment. So, so gorgeous.

Till next time…

Meriza xx

Easter in the Langeberg…

For Easter weekend this year, my family came from Paarl, Joburg and as far away as Nigeria to enjoy the loooong weekend with me in the Langeberg valley. The weather blessed us with the most gorgeous sunny days ever! Wowie, what an awesome weekend it was!

We simply couldn’t get enough of the sunshine and spent most of our time outdoors. I managed to get quite a few cool snaps inbetween all the fun. Here are some of the best ones…

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This was at Van Loveren Wine Farm just outside Ashton.

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This one was taken on the beautiful boat trip on the Breederiver at Viljoensdrift Wine Estate, also outside Ashton.

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Combination picture of Bourbon Street, a cosy little restaurant in Robertson (left) and the kitchen at Van Loveren Wine Estate.

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The very beautiful views of Viljoensdrift Wine Estate.

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Yummy foods at Van Loveren’s Bistro, Christina’s Restaurant.

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This must be one of my favourite places on earth; Mo & Rose at Soekershof. The beauty of this place is really understated… Not to mention the great food and wonderful staff. I lovit!

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Another angle of the boat at Viljoensdrift Wine Estate.

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I love this combination picture of Christina’s restaurant at Van Loveren Wine Estate.

 

 

In the beginning, there was light…

I finally had the courage of my convictions…I’m starting a blog! I realise that to be successful professionally (and perhaps personally too), I absolutely have to invest in blogging as a means to reach and communicate with others. What does the greatest creative and artistic works matter when you have no one to share it with, right? So, please allow me to introduce my new communication platform to you…*drums rolling*. I present to you; Photonista : The Blog.

“You love writing! Blogging should be easy for you,” my sister says.

Yes, true but there are two teeny, tiny problems. 1) To quote Thomas Mann; “A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people.” I cannot agree more. I write and rewrite more than a dyslexic perfectionist. It’s irritating and time-consuming and it drives me up the walls, and yet it is one of the greatest loves of my life! And 2) I’m an absolute, crazy private person who hates even posting a picture of myself on Facebook. Mind you, my Facebook friends are kept at an absolute minimum as I am more likely to reject than accept an invitation. No, I’m not that bad…I’m worse!

So I’ve been back and forthing about this blogging thing and finally decided to give it a go. Please know that I will most likely not blog about myself (my life’s not that interesting anyway). But I do hope that you’ll tag along for the journey as I grow (or at least try to grow) professionally.

Here’s to my blogging journey of discovery…