Monday, July 28, 2008

more whales

More whales! This time an emerald green pincushion made by blueberrybandit.
Everyone is whale crazy in Hermanus at the moment and although I have lived here for 4 years it is still an amazing site to see them leaping out of the water. Maybe that's why everywhere I look I seem to see whales!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

The whales have arrived!

The whales have arrived! Whale watching! The wonder and majesty of the whales frolicking in the bay as close as 10 metres from shore, breaching, sailing, spyhopping and lobtailing, playing with their babies, and engaging in amorous behaviour has to be seen to be believed.Hermanus has become world famous for the Southern Right whales that frequent the shores of this village from beginning of June to end of November each year. It is a unique whale-watching destination because of the fact that it offers one of the best land and boat-based whale watching in the world. Meet Wilson Salukazana, the world's only whale crier, who patrols the streets blowing his kelp horn and alerting you to the whereabouts of the whales.

Walker Bay is the best land base for whale watching in the world.

Seeing a whale leap out of the water in this stunning bay is really a site to see!

Having got so excited about the arrival of the whales to Hermanus I was so pleased to see all the whales on Etsy

Beautiful cards from Kandi

A tray from bluebirdlane.

This is a print of a painting from

An original painting by orangewillow

Monday, July 21, 2008

More maps

You know I have a thing about maps and just look at these paper birds I found on etsy. Go to the cottonbirddesigns shop to see more.They are just gorgeous!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


Since I decided to make a 'map bag' I have seen maps everywhere!You can find this one in my shop. It all started when I went into a quaint secondhand book shop here in Hermanus and found an old atlas. I couldn't resist and bought it and then came up with the idea of a map on a bag. Now everywhere I look I seem to see maps. These are a few I have found on other blog sites.
These are the most stunning tiles from style files. I would love to have these in my bathroom so instead of reading my book in the bath, I could travel the world!
These map shirts are by elisabeth le court and I saw them on freshly found.They look great but I don't know about wearing them!

Friday, July 11, 2008


Yesterday we went to Ceres to see the snow. For South Africans living at the beach this was a real treat! We travelled about 250km to get to the mountain slopes, but could see snow on the mountain tops nearly all the way there. This was a stream formed from the melting snow.
A protea bush peaking out from the snow carpet.

The snow resting on the fir branches and the freezing stream. By this time it was already mid -day and the snow was starting to melt.

A frozen lake on our way up to the mountain slopes.
The snow capped Matrooseberg.
Tyre tracks making patterns in the snow.
All in all we had a wonderful day!

Monday, July 7, 2008


Some photos taken by Jesse at the opening of the Nest Exhibition.

Paintings by Alta Stegmann

Pen and ink drawings by Jesse