Friday, 31 May 2013

Herfs/Autumn 2013

I have not taken a walk on the farm just to take photos of the farm itself for ages! I somehow decided that there was nothing I haven't zoomed in on or captured with my Canon. I COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG. Nature never get's old! I got out of bed to photograph the sunrise yesterday - What a blessing; and I have taken a couple of late afternoon walks to produce these photos. Thus, I am proud to say that these photographs have not been Photoshopped - Natural beauty at its best. 


Wat n pratige meisie - of wat se ek? Mooi mooi mooi! xxx

Birthday Celebrations!

Officially eighteen! 

I have been a very bad blogger - I know - but this month my data usage hit the roof and left me with no option other than to stop uploading photos. 
Oh and I passed my learners on Wednesday (second time lucky?) :D 
I have so much to write about! New poetry inspiration, the future, my video and and and... But it will have to wait until after this weekend! I have places to go and people to see :) 

au revoir


Friday, 10 May 2013

Another Poem

I avoided writing a love poem
In fear of reaching for words that fail to explain
Even worse you’ll think it’s yours to claim
You do not understand the battle at hand

You drive into town
Ready to take what you don’t own
I have loved this land
 You high-handed fool!
I have cared for it with my own hand and tool
My ancestors built these walls –
A foundation that could outstand a wars

I have kept this ground fertile
Untouched dew lay before you
Natural beauty that overwhelms
So you take cheap words
To try and fill the blanks you don’t comprehend
I’m sorry to offend
It’s not a feeling of disdain
It’s just that it’s not yours to claim

One day a warrior
Will enter through these walls
On his arrival I will drop my guard
Against him I will not rival
I have been waiting, praying, earnestly seeking
For eyes that tell a tale
Of innocence kept
Amidst Babylon’s Goddess
Trying to lure him with her deceiving caress
A woman with many faces
Crying tears of wasted lust
Expensive fragrances in the air now lost

He found a place where he could rest
He could admire the swallows
Carefully building they nest
Away from the candy coated gallows

Where he could admire the night sky
Away from people looking to change their stars –  
People reeking from corruption and bribery
All this to reach top of the rank
Hate to break it to you
Your money’s not safe in the bank

He fled Sodom
Set on searching for his destined bride
Left the world behind –
A worthy fight
For a lady wearing white

Feel free to claim – for it already bears your name
It was written in the stars
Set in stone
By Him seated on the throne
To be executed by mere man
By flesh and blood two constellations unite –
To create a new life.
A new universe.
Forever his and hers.

 By Berna van Zyl

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

My Mood Board

My mom and I redid my room about a week ago. The whole concept behind it was to bring two worlds together. A place where Africa meets Classic vintage. A perfect example of this is Vermeer’s Girl with the Pearl Earring that is placed next to Zesu who portrays a African image - so similar to Vermeer’s painting and yet two worlds apart. This is exactly what I feel my role in life is – to bring the two worlds together.

What’s more is I didn’t buy a thing. The table that currently stands in my room was my dad’s workshop table. It was covered in grease. We SCRUBBED it.

The manikin (as shown in the picture) had a makeover. A little paint can do wonders.

The Poster above my bed is so ugly that it is beautiful. I’ve always seen these ‘little-kids-kissing’ pictures as common. It used to be my German Aunt’s. My mom kept it all these years for the plank on which it was glued. But when I came across this one in the attic I realised its potential. And it creates one image with the “always kiss me goodnight” which was already in the room.

The Industrial light which hangs at my mirror was my dad’s. Just like the table it was covered in grease! Thank you Handy Andy!

And the wooden box next to my bed was also sourced from the garage!

This is my piece of paradise. This is where my creativity and inspiration takes form. This is the mood board in which I live!

Monday, 6 May 2013

Adanna's Jewellery

Hello Sailor! This is Adanna's jewellery! It is made from recycled leather, hardware pieces and my moms fabric. All handmade by me. I would like to start selling some of it soon - but I'm all out of supplies! As soon as I get more leather I will be in business! EXCITING TIMES! 
And then folks, I'd like to send a shout-out to my beautiful sister (from another mother), Zesuliwe, who is the face of Adanna Handmade Jewellery! You go girl! 

Sunset on the koppie