We are home and ready for 2013
and looking forward to what the year holds for us
It is going to be a good one!
I can feel it in my bones
We spent our summer break in Vermont
at the beach house,
where friends pop in and out
some stay over night, or a few days,
others take the boardwalk home..
Friends from up country that visited us here for the first time, remarked that our home was not "typical" beach house style
which surprised me..
what is typical beach house style?
old weathered painting~market find
not much has changed since we moved here in 2000
13 years ago..
I still tuck a little olive branch on arrival behind the Oath of Hippocrates Plaque
found years ago in Skiathos~Greece
actually, it was the first purchase for our beach house.
the olive trees, that is another story...
I still collect old chrystals
and hang them from the iron chandelier
For us personally,
we like to bring the colors and textures we see and feel outside here on this beautiful stretch of the coast, into our home ..
unplanned, yet in a way expected.
old hand colored engravings in white washed frames
the table cannot be moved,
not a inch..it is cast on site
from cement and sea sand..
always adding old hemp and linen of course..
in fact, of the few items added continuously,
stones, shells, etched pieces of glass
driftwood and pebbles for paths
are allso the faded linen covered books
collected at Hermanus Village weekend markets
gift from me to our books..
new etBLANC bookends, slip cast from the originals
found at Amboise ~ Place du Marche.
also et BLANC: French ladies plaque in Baroque frame
for the curves of the frame
remind me of a breaking wave
shells and driftwood ..
as for the necessary..
simple, open and practical arrangements
to make it comfortable
for all who visit to help themselves
and to be at home here
linen and cotton throws for sudden cool sea breezes
easy and uncomplicated
to focus on what matters when we are here,
nature, time to relax, to listen, to hear...
to do nothing important, yet most fulfilling
making it VERY important indeed
shell project: collecting shells on daily walks to string and add to the outside shower...
collected from here:
BREKFIS BAAI ~ VERMONT
with kelp waving back and forth in the sea
visiting our friends
just over an hour's drive further south
to the most southern point of Africa
happy colors of the trawlers lying in the harbour at Struisbaai next to l'Agulhas
so random moving side to side with the tide
This image appears different every day..
since it depends on the time they arrive back from sea,
how the light falls on the blue sea and the changes in the sky
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I adore how the fishermen choose
the bright colors for their boats..
I can just imagine the contemplation when standing there at the local hardware store..
choosing what will become recognised
by family from ashore..
waiting for the catch of the day
time to pause...
Dd and our friends, each with their own thoughts,
below them the very tip of Africa
where two oceans meet
The Indian and the Atlantic Oceans
time at the beach house allow for
impromptu meals with friends...
sharing the catch of the day at a harbour cafe
and the best of all, even after years,
the excitement on arrival ,
the smell of kelp and taste of salty sea air,
the cry of the seagulls,
the cool breezes from the sea,
the colors, oh the colors
will always make us go back again, and again ...
Boardwalk to Brekfis Baai
to the natural hues we see here
so many different shades
sea colors of blue and washed,
lime stone and caramel
foamy white and pale,
misty, grey, green,moody,
even charcoal and loud
unpredictable in it's sameness..
I guess blue and white are the "typical" beach house colors...true
then we have never had the typical beach house..
for us it is in all it's hues taken from what we bring in as we collect from the source...bit by bit
inevitable that colors echo what is outside
the gifts bestowed on us from visiting friends
fit in perfectly with the hues here
LUNA porcelain t light holders
this is our beach house...
always the same, hues may brighten or lighten
but most importantly
we leave here, refreshed, loved and lucky - oh so lucky in a GOOD way
"Luck or chance is fortune (whether bad or good) which occurs beyond one's control, without regard to one's will,intention or desired result. In the prescriptive sense, luck is a supernatural and deterministic
concept that there are forces (e.g. gods or spirits) which prescribe
that certain events occur very much the way laws of physics will
prescribe that certain events occur."
must be the physics of the Ocean with all it's mystical force and spirit in it's depths that calms us as we open ourselves to it's offerings, smells and movement.
Never the same, yet always majestically present .
therefore we are influenced
by it's complete palette of hues...
wishing you all a truly blessed
and lucky( in a good way)