My dogs really make me smile. It’s one of the reasons I love coming back home. My Chocolate Labrador, Bella, gets up to all kinds of mischief when we go walking. She’s not like my Golden Retriever Joe Fox who is happy to just sit in the sea and never wants to leave! I cherish every moment I’m with them.
Over the weekend I judged a freeze flash mob at my hometown’s beautiful seaside entertainment complex, the Boardwalk. It was a flash mob as part of the Salvation Army’s anti-trafficking campaign to stop human trafficking.
1. The Rose. Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. The red rose was also adopted as a symbol of the blood of the Christian martyrs. See it’s symbolism HERE.
2. Perfume. The definition of perfume is “A pleasing, agreeable scent or odor”, made up of the word “fuming” – To fill or permeate with fragrance; impart a pleasant odor to. This is symbolic as memories are like a pleasing fragrance to a troubled mind.
Here are some behind-the-scenes pics:
So I’ve just done another shoot with my favourite photographer Sarah Keogh. She is so professional with such a great eye and is very good at what she does!! I had a lot of fun with her on this shoot and also with Nina Thompson at Kinky Curly Straight Hair Design who did my make-up and hair. Together we shot a stunning editorial with a story about a passionate love. Our protagonist is an old hollywood theatre doyenne and as the story begins, she finds herself in a majestic opera house preparing for her performance in a few hours. She is decked in pearls, lace, fur and diamonds. I liked the symbology of the props we used:
1. Pearls. Pearls symbolize Purity, Spiritual Transformation, Charity, Honesty, Wisdom and Integrity, all the best within us.
2. Gold. As well as being associated with power, strength and wealth, Gold is associated with the wisdom of aging and fruition. The fiftieth wedding anniversary is golden. Our precious latter years are sometimes considered “golden years”. The height of a civilization is referred to as a “golden age”. In the same way, our protagonist feels a connection to gold as she she feels she has grown up beyond her years. Her life has catapulted her into the limelight very quickly and she is experiencing her golden years at a young age. Through this she has attained great power, wealth, strength and influence. However, she has had to sacrifice her youth and naivety. She’s learnt hard life lessons that have pushed her spiritually, emotionally and psychologically beyond the age of her peers. As a result she feels alone in the world, with the red velvet settees her only companions.
3. The Mirror. Reflecting surfaces as well as the natural reflective surface of the water plays an important role in the religious concepts of many people. It is believed that somebody who gazes at his own reflection will lose his soul in the process. Therefore Narcissus, who was in love with his own reflection, was doomed. This was because his soul was ‘captured’. In many customs, in order to bar the dead from staying on earth, people veiled the mirrors in the death chamber (especially true in the Victorian era). This was to ensure that the soul of the departed would not get trapped behind the glass and be prevented from passing to ‘the other side’.
4. The Star. For centuries, the symbol of the star has been used to reference divinity, intuition, the feminine, hope and guidance. Stars offer the unique ability to guide us through the night. They can also refer to one’s need to discover their own inner light. Stars exists above us as well as within us. They encourage us to reach beyond our own egos and trust in something much greater than ourselves. The woman in our story has a star around her neck, representing she has found her inner light and values her intuition to guide her in times of darkness.
Here is a great recipe from one of my favourite websites, BBC Good Food. I made “Fruitburst Muffins” which are low-fat muffins with cinnamon, honey, cranberries and blueberries.
- 225g plain flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 large eggs
- 50g butter, melted
- 175ml fat free milk
- 100ml clear honey
- 140g fresh blueberries
- 85g fresh cranberries
- 140g seedless raisins
- 140g dried apricots, chopped
- 1 tsp grated orange zest
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
Preheat the oven to 200C and lightly butter a 12-hole muffin tin. Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. In another bowl, lightly beat the eggs, then stir in the melted butter, milk & honey. Add to flour with the remaining ingredients. Combine quickly without overworking. Spoon mixture into the muffin tin. Bake for 20-25 minutes until well-risen and pale golden on top.
I am very pleased with my successful muffins. One of them came out with what I call a ‘snout’! I have no idea why the mixture does this, it looks hilarious. I couldn’t resist snapping it off for a snack 🙂
Even though I now live in the U.S, I was born in South Africa. I try visit as often as possible. We are surrounded by so much beauty there everyday! I thank God for the wild + exotic marvels he provides for us in that part of the world.
I don’t think tourists realise just how beautiful it is there. I don’t think they understand the similarities there with where they’re from. When they book their trips to South Africa, I’ve heard they expect to find mudhuts all over the place with animals walking through dirty streets in a 3rd world pocket of nothingness. That’s simply not true. Of course they’ll always be poverty wherever you go, but the picture they have in their head is completely innacurate. I remember back to when I lived in New York. People didn’t think South Africa was developed at all. I hope to change that misconception!
When they land, tourists are always surprised to find that we have a very normal lifestyle there with bars and nightclubs just like them. We have attractions, schools, universities, businesses, buildings, highways and entertainment just like them. We have a well-developed and working infrastructure. I’ve been all over the world and our international airports are the best I’ve seen.
They gasp at our beauty. They enjoy our top-class hotels, our polished service and our commercial culture – just like they have. They see our world-class education facilities, our safe amenities, our well-spoken citizens, our clean streets, our modern households, our friendly attitudes, our quirky sub-cultures and our huge fashion scene.
They recognize our healthy lifestyle in amidst stunning settings. They love the open space, the land, the people, the views. They marvel at the Cape Winelands, the game reserves, the nature, the beaches, the rolling hills and the mountains. They toast to our sunsets and drink wine under our starry skies. They visit heritage sites of our world leaders like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu.
Our greatest assets are our minds. We as a people are very forward-thinking and cosmopolitan. What I love about us is that we’re also down-to-earth and mindful of those less fortunate.
Our wildlife is part of our beauty.
In South Africa, you can get up close and personal with our animals. It’s unlike anywhere else in the world. Around where I grew up on the east coast of the country is a lion park. It’s called “Seaview Predator Park”. If you’re planning a trip to South Africa, this is definitely a place you want to go.
Even though all the animals are in cages, trust me, they are well-looked after. They are tame and sociable with tourists. Check out Seaview’s Facebook Page here and scoot over to Pinterest to see my Africa board.
Each and every time I watch the video my business filmed of them, my passion for my homeland grows stronger. Cape Town and Johannesburg have made their names famous internationally, but don’t underestimate the lesser-known places off-the-beaten path such as Port Elizabeth (5 hours from where Nelson Mandela was born!).
All in all, our time is coming.
Photos: Dane Doubell
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Okay readers, let’s weave a little magic into your week. My guest writer for this week is Carole Law.
Ever since I met her, Carole has mesmerized me. Her fiery charm, passion for the world of crystals and her confidence to speak her mind wherever she goes, has captured people’s attention. Like a crystal itself, she exudes a certain ‘pull’ that has so many gravitating toward her. She writes today about a topic she knows only too well, having been involved with crystals for over thirty years. She has made a range of healing Animal Essences from Gem Crystals as well as a range of Human Essences. The inception of her Original Healing Remedies is the result of many years of research and work with crystals. The main focus of this work is in the healing field and aimed at assisting both animals and humans in distress or in need of specific treatments which are holistic and non-invasive. These Healing Remedies are of great benefit to animals as well as humans as they work energetically at a cellular level and are easy to administer . Her love of crystals lends itself well to this article, and I know that every girl will be able to take something away from it. I now hand over to the cheeky Mrs Claw to enlighten, entertain and educate us!! Enjoy x x x x
Three Crystals Every Girl Should Have In Her Handbag
s much as I would have loved to make this message today one which would be great fun and make you laugh, the subject at hand is very important and the way in which the crystals were chosen, was not by chance or what I would think they should be but by divination and here lies the key girls…….. There is always much to learn from the messages we are given directly by the universe and it is always advisable to take note!! The first crystal is Labradorite and its keyword is magic!!!
This amazing crystal, apart from its many many attributes, creates a force field around your aura which protects and strengthens your energies and prevents others from ”tapping in” to your personal space and draining you of all your energy. (Now, girls we all know people who do this to us if we allow it don’t we???)
Labradorite has been found in some meteorites. According to an Eskimo legend, the Northern Lights were once imprisoned in the rocks along the coast of Labrador. It is told that a wandering Eskimo warrior found them and was able to free most of the lights with a mighty blow of his spear. Some of the lights were still trapped within the stone, and thus we have today the beautiful mineral known as labradorite.
♥ Quick relief from anxiety, hopelessness and depression, replacing them with enthusiasm, self-confidence and inspiration
♥ Dispel negativity
♥ Enhancing clarity of thought and improving one’s ability to cooperate with others in harmony
♥ Enhanced intuition
Amazonite is the next crystal you should always keep in your handbag……. This is about personal truth!
It activates our expressive capabilities and encourages us to speak our truth! It is not always easy for us to do this but speech is a powerful tool to use when creating your reality and this is one of the lessons we are here to learn in this lifetime. Your ability to speak your personal truth is a mark of a spiritual warrior! So with the support of your Amazonite you will be able to go out there and do this!!
♥ Inspires truth
♥ Psychic vision
The last stone in this trilogy is Sunstone!
If life has lost its sweetness, Sunstone will restore it and help you to nurture yourself. Clearing all the chakras, and bringing in light and energy, this stone allows the real self to shine through happily. Keep Sunstone with you at all times if you have difficulty in saying ”No” and continually make sacrifices for others. Removing co-dependency, it facilitates self-empowerment, independence and vitality. If procrastination is holding you back, Sunstone will overcome it. Emotionally it acts as an anti depressant and lifts dark moods and we all want that don’t we?? So get yourself off to the nearest Spa and treat yourself to something which you enjoy the most and makes you happy…….
The information given in this blog is supplied by Judy Hall and Naisha Ahsian and passed on to you with much love and light. Should you have any queries whatsoever regarding Crystals and Crystal Healing, please don’t hesitate to contact me. And if you live in P.E., here is a recommendation of where to get your crystals: Red Feather and Afrigems (in Bloomingdales) Afrigems have Amazonite about 3cm in diametre for R18. They also have Sunstones. Red Feather have Amazonite about 1cm in size for R3 – good quality. They also have labradorite from R15-R85 – also good quality. All are tumbled. And a friendly reminder to always ”clear” your new stones. Most can be soaked in sea salt or under running water, put in the sun to re energize and then programmed with your intentions for the stone.Carole Law Liquid Crystal Original Healing Remedies firstname.lastname@example.org www.liquidcrystal.biz 0845471866
Meet Simone. She is a very creative writer and lives in my hometown, Port Elizabeth.Hi guys! I’m Simone. I graduated with my Bachelor’s degree in Law and Economics in 2012 and spent the remainder of the year gaining some invaluable international experience in London. I returned to South Africa this year to start my accounting degree and accounting articles. I love sport and music – I play squash and I love the piano. When I have free time, you’ll find me laughing with my friends or curled up with a good book!
Oh yes boys and girls, it’s that time of the year again… when shopping centres are bedecked in pink and red……..when florists and Hallmark make millions……. and when public displays of affection on Facebook reach a nauseating peak. For those of you who don’t know, Saint Valentine was the swag little dude who risked his life to secretly marry couples in love at a time when marriage had been outlawed. Over the years, this has morphed the 14th February into the day that is loved and feared by many. Valentine’s Day! Before I go any further, I’m going to tell you a little secret: I’m a hopeless romantic. But here’s the next secret: so is everyone else. It’s not human to dislike a little attention, so are you ready for my conclusion? Everyone loves Valentine’s Day. Oh, I’ve heard the cynics too, moaning about how miserable they are to be single on the 14th, or how commercial it is – but just watch them blush and smile when they receive an anonymous ‘please be my Valentine’. And that’s kind of what I want to encourage you all to do this year. Send a Valentine’s Day card to someone you like. And I know that there’s someone you like – there always is. A hand written card. Preferably anonymous. What’s the point, you’re wondering? There is only one. To make them feel special. To make their week. One small act, which will have ripple effects for that person. So you’re not really sending a card – you’re sending confidence, excitement, happiness, thrilling hours of guessing and blushing and giggling. And that’s a gift worth giving. May you all be someone’s Valentine, and have a happy Valentine’s Day!