3 more sleeps

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3 more sleeps

3 more sleeps till my little bro is in Cape Town. 3 more sleeps! I can’t wait to see him. He’s here for the Jazz Festival but I convinced him to stay longer. Yay!!!!!!

I cannot wait to misbehave in Cape Town. He always brings out the ‘best’ in me. He he he he. This pic was taken while I was at home. We had gone to dinner with the parents & took this in the car. I don’t know why my mouth is open. I wasn’t even talking. SMH

March Book (Brother Enemy)

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March Book (Brother Enemy)

I buy my nieces and nephews books often. I’m a boring aunt who doesn’t buy toys but I give good books. Imagine my surprise when I got home and my nephew said he brought me a book. It was a library book that he enjoyed and wanted to share with me. I was so proud. So effing proud of my boy.

The book is set during the 2nd world war. Andreas, who has lived in Germany all his life, finds out that his father is half Jewish. This changes everything for a young person who once wanted to join Hitler Youth. While Andreas has to leave the country, for safety reasons, his ‘perfect’ half brother stays in Germany.

I enjoyed reading this book. So proud of my little man.

Jan Book 2 (Serial Killers)

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Jan Book 2 (Serial Killers)

Last year I read a similar book called ‘Born to be Killers’. I got both books at a book sale and it doesn’t say who the author is. The writing is not amazing, in fact I spotted many typos and bad grammar.

Besides that. it was fascinating to read about serial killers. It doesn’t just cover ‘modern’ serial killers. It covers (old) kings and queens that were serial killers too. If you’re interested in this sort of thing, you’ll like this book.

Valentines Day or something like that…

I have never celebrated Valentines Day. Not even when I was younger. It was interesting to watch other people get caught up in the spirit of love or whatevs. I once received flowers and a teddy bear when I was at university, but that is another story for another day.

As you know I’ve been tweeting over at CurateZAR‘s account this week. Every week a different South African tweets from that account and shares some of their experiences. It is a lovely way to see how different & similar some of our experiences are. I’ve even followed some other Rotation Curation accounts. I feel like my whole world just got bigger. One of the people following @CurateZAR is Sonia Cabano and she told me about a kitchen party she was hosting on Valentines Day at the V&A Waterfront Food Market. Food is my first love, so I took my beloved Marcee with me and we went to go and celebrate our love for food :)

The party was upstairs and I had to drag myself away from all the other food places. I need to go back to the market soon.
The party was upstairs and I had to drag myself away from all the other food places. I need to go back to the market soon.
We received a complimentary mojito to get things started. Mine was a little too sweet.
We received a complimentary mojito to get things started. Mine was a little too sweet.
They had me at Free WiFi :)
They had me at Free WiFi :)
The cooking started. Marcee was making wedges and I was making meatballs
The cooking started. Marcee was making wedges and I was making meatballs
How cool is this 'compostable' cup. Marcee was drinking G&T
How cool is this ‘compostable’ cup. Marcee was drinking G&T
Sat next to an 8yr old boy (he was there with his dad) who was reading this book. He read a few pages to me as we ate.
Sat next to an 8yr old boy (he was there with his dad) who was reading this book. He read a few pages to me as we ate.
We all got to make our own pizza. I had peppers, mushrooms, olives, rocket & basil pesto on mine. YUM!
We all got to make our own pizza. I had peppers, mushrooms, olives, rocket & basil pesto on mine. YUM!
I wore these earrings. Marcee bought them for me. Pink is becoming one of my favourite colours.
I wore these earrings. Marcee bought them for me. Pink is becoming one of my favourite colours.

Hope you had a great valentines day. Food & I really enjoyed our day together ;)

Jan Book 1 (The Sound & The Fury)

Jan Book 1 (The Sound & The Fury)

This book was both beautiful and challenging. I cannot explain how completely focused I was while reading it. William Faulkner is a genius and now I want to read another one of his books. He just has a such a way with words.

I was supposed to read this book while I was on holiday in December but I haven’t taken a holiday as yet (don’t ask). It was a lovely way to start a year of reading :)

May Book 3 (Dance With a Poor Man’s Daughter)

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How in the… I just realised that I read THREE books in May. I don’t remember reading 3 books, but I remember the books. Anyway… I am sharing the books that I read last year. Pulled this from my old blog:

I realise that I said I wouldn’t be reading another book this month because I had quite a bit of writing and album stuff to take care of. So I’m gonna sort of hang my head in shame for a few seconds. *pause*

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The third book for this month is by Pamela Jooste (Dance With a Poor Man;s Daughter). This was another one of those books that my friend Amanda was kind enough to lend me. The book is set in Cape Town during the beginning of coloured people’s forced removals (from ‘The Valley’ to the Cape Flats). It is told told from the perspective of eleven year old Lilly who lives with her grandmother and aunt Stella. The story itself is one that I enjoyed a lot, but there was something about the book that felt a little ‘superficial’. I guess not every author is a Toni Morrison or a Zakes Mda and I certainly cannot hold that against Pamela Jooste. There was a moment when I did entertain that the book could feel a little ‘superficial’ because it is written by a white woman from the perspective of a young coloured girl. I wont spoil the book for you because those are all my own things.

I really did enjoy the story even if I did find it a little ‘holey’ sometimes. Like I always say; read the book and it might be something you enjoy.

May Book (Gem Squash Tokoloshe)

Last year I decided to read one book a month and I did a post about it on my old blog. I’m sharing some of those post. Pulled this directly from my old bog.

It took me forever to finish the March book, but it feels like I flew through this months book (Gem Squash Tokoloshe). I had never heard of the author or the book, as mentioned before. Half of the book is set in the 80s (South Africa) and it is told by a seven year old girl named Faith. She lives on a farm with her parents and is oblivious to how big or bad the world. All she knows is her family, their community and the ‘fairies’ that her mother often tells her about.

Faith’s world falls starts unraveling when her parents separate and it seems nothing goes right from that point on. I don’t want to ruin the book for you, so I can’t go into too much detail. The second part of the book is from the perspective of Faith in her 20s. Again I can’t say much but you begin to see the impact that the events of her childhood have had on her.

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I love the story because of how it was stuck between the ‘real’ world and a ‘mystical’ one. I enjoy those kind of things, which is why Beloved is one of my favourite books. Be warned you will come across the k-word a few times. If that doesn’t put you off, keep reading

Get The Album (Invincible Summer)

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So… Pre-orders close on the 31st of December. Have you pre-ordered your copy? It comes with a free (limited edition) t-shirt and the price includes shipping. AND you could win a private performance by me and my band (if you’re in South Africa).

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This past week I was in studio taking care of those things that caused the album delay. It was so lovely to hear all the songs. Sometimes when I create, I forget to step back and actually enjoy what I’ve done. This album has almost been 3 years in the making. We took a lot of breaks in between (mainly because the project is self financed). There were times when I was certain that we would never complete the album.

We spent many late hours in the studio this week. On Thursday I wore my sexy ‘blue’ shoes. They were disrespecting my feet in a major way, by the end of the night. I had been wearing them ALL day. No matter. They are still pretty. I just won’t wear them from 8am to midnight next time.

They are Errol Arendz. Saw them in a magazine and stalked them for 2 months :)
They are Errol Arendz. Saw them in a magazine and stalked them for 2 months :)

Thank you to all the people who have pre-ordered the album so far. If you haven’t yet…. Watchu waiting for? ;)

Enjoy the holidays and tell someone you love how you feel. I have already. Not with my family this Christmas (because of album stuff). But I am going to Christmas lunch with a close friend and her family. There is love everywhere.

Black Porcelain. Out!

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