Hello and welcome,
To another link love post where I share the things that have come into my life and brought some light, reflection or joy the past month. I thought I’d start of with a little bit about what I’ve been up to though and if you read this blog regularly you’ll know that I spent the last three weeks or so in South Africa and man! that was such a special experience for me. Not only did I get to set foot on a continent I’ve never connected with before but I met Rob’s extended family and got to see two rather different cities; Durban and Cape Town.
My most prominent realisation amongst all the nerves and awe was that I was meant to be born in a tropical climate, I do have a feeling that I’m not the only person thinking this when travelling though. And it’s always (or usually) easier being a guest than an inhabitant somewhere which I guess is my next realisation. As Rob and I discuss where to settle for an extended time I need to become comfortable with the fact that I’m a little scared of settling and taking on bigger responsibilities. I have also been thinking that really we create our own environments at large and with a positive attitude, a lot of love and flexibility any place can become a home.
This was a rather concise overview of thoughts going through my mind and where I’ve been and what I’ve seen but stay tuned for a post on my impressions of Cape Town and a little guide to my favourite places there coming up after I manage to get my Stockholm guide up here on the blog. Also enjoy the images accompanying my lists with lots of moments from my South African adventure.
Now let’s get sharing, clicking and enjoying what life has to offer!
I’VE DECIDED that I’ll always start with some music to set the tone for the post or maybe simply to share what’s been playing as I lived my life the past month. Having spent most of February in South Africa and getting really excited to go there prior to actually physically being there Rob and I played a compilation record called Next Stop Soweto and more specifically vol. 4 which has gathered a selection of ‘Zulu Rock, Afro-Disco and Mbaqanga’ between the years of 1975 and 1985. This is my absolute favourite song on that album; Khomo tsaka deile kae by Marumo and to me this is the ultimate soul music because despite the fact that I have no idea what the singer is sharing through his lyrics it really has a way of burrowing straight into my heart and spreading through my body making me dance with a slightly heavy heart. This really reflects my experience of South Africa as it really is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen and with so much heart making me just smile my brightest smiles and wanting dance down the street. However at the same time my own heart was heavy from seeing what apartheid caused the people of South Africa and the very clear remnants still affecting people and the country at large.
Murials in Woodstock and Lady Bonin’s Tea Parlour at the Woodstock Exchange.
THIS TIME I thought I’d start with the recipes that have been making me want to get in the kitchen again and cook up a storm. And I just want to say that I feel so grateful for all the bloggers and vloggers out there providing so much inspiration virtually for free. I cannot encourage you guys enough to really click around through these posts and get familiar with all these fantastic vegan food creators.
– Harissa Tofu Scramble by Dreamy Leaf
– Naco Style Pop Corn by the Green Life
– Mint Chocolate Power Bars by This Rawsome Vegan Life
– Celeric Puree Dish by Renne Kemps/Harvest
(this blog is not actually vegan but omit the honey from this dish and enjoy the gorgeous plating and photographs)
Flowers in Woodstock, Cape Town, and me getting ready for dinner with Rob’s family in our hotel The Concierge in Durban.
NOW LET’S look at something else but staying with the vegan train, as always with me. I’ve been doing some research on vegan/natural/organic cosmetics and beauty care and thought I’d share a few things on my current wish list in this field as well as two products that I’ve acquired this past month and am enjoying a lot. If you have experience with any of the products on my wish list I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comment field!
Let’s start with my currents:
– Jojoba Oil by SOIL (for face, body and make up remover)
– Pink Grapefruit Juice Natural Lip Balm by Crazy Rumors
And now to my wish list:
– Hot Mess Solid Perfume by Aromi
– Fruit Pigmented Mimosa Blush by 100% Pure
– Body, Hair and Face oils by Lani
A ‘fika’ at Honest Chocolate.
AND AGAIN I’d like to share some links to places I enjoyed visiting the last month and since most of them were in Cape Town I’ll let these links be specific to that city. Even if you’re not there physically you might want to check out these places for inspiration for your own home cooking or for seeing some beautiful places including the cosiest yoga studio I’ve visited.
If you have any links of your own to share with us please do so in the comments. x
Buddha Bowl at Sexy Food.