Monday, 28 May 2012

Monday musings

So I’ve decided to start a weekly post (on Monday - duh) called “Monday Musings”. Mostly coz it rhymes yes… I wanted to do Random Musings but let’s be honest, it just doesn’t sound as cool.

Musing is defined as being absorbed in thought; meditative.
So from now on, every Monday, you will see a photo/quote that will – hopefully – make you pause for a moment and meditate on its meaning and maybe, just maybe, you will carry it with you the rest of the week and it will make your Mondays a little less blue :)

C.S. Lewis

{Image by Vol 25}

b&w chanique

Saturday, 19 May 2012

INSANE giveaway!!

The lovely Andee over at Crave Photography is having a CRAZY cool competition … Check out the poster from her blogpage14

WHAT??!! Are you kidding me?? Not only will you not have to pay for tickets, accommodation, meals OR transportation, but you get 2 days of one-on-one mentoring AS WELL AS (that’s right folks – as if this wasn’t enough, there’s more…) your choice of a 50mm Canon or Nikon lens!

You’re probably thinking this is too good to be true … but if you like what you’re hearing, hop on over to this blog post to enter. Hurry coz the competition ends on the 25th of May!!
Good luck!

b&w chanique

Thursday, 17 May 2012

1st Wedding Anniversary

I cannot believe that on the 9th of April we already celebrated our 1st wedding anniversary! Time sure flies when you’re having fun huh? :)
I told Wihan early on that I'd like to be surprised for our anniversary and I would like to go away seeing as (and I’m a little embarrassed to admit this) we haven’t gone away just the two of us since our honeymoon!!
So anyway, there was a lot of sneaky emails and days when I wasn’t allowed in the study so that Wihan could make arrangements. On the Friday that we left I still had no idea where we were headed. I had speculations (being of a curious nature and quite a good detective – if I might say so myself) but I resisted snooping. Usually when I do that I find out and spoil my own surprise!
We stopped in Lydenburg for brunch and at around 3pm (about 7 hours after we’d left home that morning) we finally came close to our destination and I had to close my eyes and block my ears (so that I wouldn’t hear what the guard at the gate said)

After a few kilometres on a very bumpy dirt road I could finally open my eyes, and saw that we had arrived at Pezulu Tree House Lodge!
Never mind the fact that I was already super excited about spending a whole weekend away - just the 2 of us – now I find out we’ll be spending it in a freaken tree house!! I was beyond thrilled!
We checked in at reception and one of the staff members took us to our house. I was like a child, bouncing up and down saying “there’s a TREE in our house!” and asking questions about how often they need to trim the branches. (Yep I think the guy probably thought I was a bit of freak but I was so excited that I really didn’t care)

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This was our bedroom. Please note the bed is on wheels so that you can open the patio doors (as seen below) and push the bed out and sleep outside!

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After settling in we went for a little walk to see what the rest of the lodge looked like and hopefully get a few peeks into the other houses (we were quite early so most of the houses were empty)

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{ Above : Hello spider! }

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{ AKA the bar }

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SONY DSC { Marula house : This is definitely the house with the best sunset view }

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SONY DSC{ The “waterhole” with our house in the background }

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Supper is served in the boma at 8pm and OH MY GOODNESS is the food incredible! We ate till we couldn’t ate no more! :)

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On Saturday morning I woke up to a rustling in the bushes behind our house. Hoping to see the big animal(s) that were making the sounds, I woke hubby up and we went outside into the cold and proceeded to see … Nothing. Oh, did I mention the sun wasn’t up yet? :)
(Note to self: Next time when camping – take a flash light!)
So after a few seconds of staring into the dark, Wihan crawled back into bed but I stayed up waiting for the sun…

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SONY DSC { Oh yes, I almost didn’t mention – we stayed in the Dream house }

SONY DSC { How sneaky is this mantis? I didn’t see it the first time I took a photo of the flower }

On Sunday morning we left quite early, sad to leave but excited about the day that lay ahead as we had decided to take the long way home and do the Panorama Route. Mpumalanga is one of my favourite provinces simply because it’s beautiful!

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It was definitely an incredible weekend (I dare say it was better than our honeymoon…) and I would recommend Pezulu to anyone! The service is great, the food is amazing, and the venue is perfect for a completely relaxing weekend!

Speaking of weekends … Hope you have a great one coming up.
See you soon!

b&w chanique

Friday, 11 May 2012

Jesus Culture

On the 3rd of March we got up early and drove through to Jo’burg for the long awaited Jesus Culture conference! If you don’t know who Jesus Culture is you should DEFINITELY go check them out! Kim Walker-Smith is one of the most passionate artists I’ve ever heard and her joy of the Lord definitely comes through in the music.

Besides having hours of worship, the day was also filled with sessions in which we covered different topics such as evangelism, as well as prayer sessions where thousands of people were healed. Testimonies from people doing street ministry doing the day were incredible and the evening session was packed with more than 6 000 people!
This day was also a very important day for me personally coz God really started dealing with my fear of stepping out and reaching for my Dream. (To read more on that see this post)
Here are some of my favourite photos from the day:

Jesus Culture | Rhema Church { Our good friend, Graham, and my sis-in-law, Natasha }

Jesus Culture | Rhema Church { Me & Tash }

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Jesus Culture | Rhema Church { FAVE! }

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Hope all my readers have an incredible weekend!

b&w chanique

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Coldplay

Back in October of 2011 we went to Coca Cola Dome and saw Coldplay LIVE! We had bought the tickets in Feb already and we just couldn’t wait!
Wihan is a HUGE fan of Coldplay (let’s just say that when X&Y came out it was ALL we listened to for weeks) and we really couldn’t wait to see them. The night/show was INCREDIBLE!
Here are some of the photos from the night.

Coldplay, Coca-Cola Dome

Coldplay, Coca-Cola Dome { So much waiting… }

Coldplay, Coca-Cola Dome { My gorgeous sister }

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Coldplay, Coca-Cola Dome { At one stage during the night these HUGE balloon balls came out of nowhere and it was just crazy fun throwing them around }

Coldplay, Coca-Cola Dome { ♥ }

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Coldplay, Coca-Cola Dome { I just love this shot with the girls tattoo in the front }

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Coldplay, Coca-Cola Dome { The signature Mylo Xyloto piano }

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Coldplay, Coca-Cola Dome { 62 000 people leaving the stadium }