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When I woke up ………

April  2016

When I woke up the other morning, I heard church music. Real church music. At 6 o’ clock in the morning. People singing hymns and things. What is going on I thought to myself, have I died in the night and gone to heaven? But it was real my friends. I figured it out later, there is this tennis club about a block away from our house and I think they were having an early morning church service in the hall. I checked with Dennis and he confirmed that I’m not going crazy as he heard it too. Anyhow, while I was just lying warm and cozy in my bed, my thoughts just drifting about, I started to think about life. Don’t worry, I am not going to get all deep and serious here, but I was just thinking about how short life is and how quickly it is just zipping past. I am very fortunate as, touch wood, I don’t have too much to worry about in my life. The one thing I do worry about is that I am going to run out of time and there is still so much to do, so many things to see, so many places to be! Someone said to me the other day “don’t worry too much about old age, it does not last long”. They thought it was a joke but I did not think it is funny at all!

Ever since we got back from our trip to the Cape, we have been hearing sad news about family, friends and acquaintances being very sick and even passing on. Not to get you all depressed, but just about the only thing that is certain in life is that we are all getting older. Yes, even you younger ones. Just wait and see! The clock is ticking for all of us. That is why we have to live our lives to the full. In the here and now. Not for yesterday and not for tomorrow, but for today. Time waits for nobody!

I hope this is me in about 10 years’ time

 

I have often said that now that I am in my sixties, I am the happiest that I have ever been in my life. I think the reason that we get happier the older we get is that we now could not care less what other people think of us. The only thing that really matters is what we think and feel about ourselves. And here is a good tip: Surround yourself only with people who make you feel good about yourself. People who accept you for who you are, and who you feel comfortable with. People who are happy for you when something good happens in your life. One of the big ironies of life is that we learn these things only when we get older. That sucks! But rather late than never. So the moral of the story is, enjoy every day, these are the best times of your life!

Enough about the serious things! But before I move on to other things, friends, just a quick lecture from Aunty Cecilia: Do your health checks, people!!! When last have you had your mammogram, pap smear, prostate, blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol done? Do it! Don’t wait! Early detection of any health problem is the key to recovery. End of lecture!

I have not done much ceramics lately, as I have been too busy making jewellery and travelling. So recently I got into spring cleaning mode, throwing out some ceramic making stuff and clay that I was positive I would never use again. So it is Murphy’s Law all over again, that just a few weeks later Lesley has started to show an interest in doing ceramic sculpture. And she is soooo good! She is a born teacher and after she graduated has been teaching Physical Science to Gr 10, 11 and Gr 12 at Greenside High for the past 4 years. The school was desperate for a science teacher for the higher grades, and at the tender age of 22 she was thrown into the deep end to sink or swim and boy, did she swim! But recently she has gotten fed up with all the nonsense and mismanagement that is going on in all our government schools, and decided to start her own tutoring business. So she resigned, and set up a lovely classroom in her home, and now after just a few months, she is getting new students all the time and virtually equaling her previous salary, and working only a fraction of the hours she did before. She does not have the stress and abuse that she had to put up with before, and is loving every moment of her new career. It also means she now has the time to pursue her artistic and creative side, and just look what she has done in the last few months:

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Humpback Whale with City

Cupcakes made by Lesley

I have been neglecting my jewellery making recently, life is just so hectic! We are already in preparation mode for our next trip, which happens in only two weeks’ time. We will be away in really remote and dangerous areas for nearly a month, so we have to do serious planning to make sure our vehicles are in tip top condition, and that we have enough food to eat. But I did get to make a couple of pieces that I have not shown yet. I was asked to make some rustic and contemporary pendants to be worn on a long chain, and this is what I made:

Sterling Silver Circles with Copper

Sterling Silver with Labradorite

Sterling Silver with Quartz beads and Copper

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Sterling Silver with Picture Jasper

I also wanted to show you what I did with the ammonites I received from India.  They are fossils of ribbed spiral-form shells that lived in the seas millions of years ago.  (Wikipedia is so wonderful!)

My ammonites from India

I wanted to make my two girls each a pendant (or amulet, as we call it) using the ammonites. (From Wikipedia: An amulet is an object whose most important characteristic is the power ascribed to it to protect its owner from danger or harm. ) The amulets had to be rustic, mystical, organic and from middle earth, as we all love fantasy novels, and Lord of the Rings is a big favourite with us (except for Dennis, who fidgeted throughout the whole of the Fellowship of the Ring, so we never took him along again). So after doing a bit of research on the internet (as I will unashamedly admit) I made the following:

Belinda’s amulet

Lesley’s amulet

They absolutely love their amulets and wear them so often, I will soon have to make something else they can wear on long chains. I just have to find the time!

As I said before we will be going on our latest safari soon, so my friends do not get worried if you don’t hear from me for a while.  It will be worth the wait though, I will no doubt have lots of stories to tell when I get back!  I promise, however, to look out for the lions and elephants and hyenas ………..  Don’t worry kids, I do not plan to depart this life soon, too much still to do etc. etc.
So, auf wiedersehen for now …….

So I’m back………

Blog: March 17, 2016

….. From my roadtrip, that is!

So we are back home after a wonderful 3 week roadtrip to the Cape.  Since we got home it has been raining constantly, and our piles of dirty laundry from our holiday will have to wait for sunshine till next week, according to the weather forecast.  We have also been catching up on news from the political front, which is just mindboggling!  What is going on????  What is “Guptagate”?  When travelling around like we do, we do have our iPads and smartphones and we are within range of the internet from time to time, but somehow we go into a different frame of mind where the only thing that is important is the here and now, and, of course, our families at home.  If they are okay, everything is okay.  So we are always surprised by everything that has happened when we emerge from our little bubble with no worries about the world.  Everyone here in South Africa will know what I am talking about.  Friends from overseas, if you are interested, just google politics in South Africa.

Our trip of about 4000 km was really wonderful and very interesting.

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Our first stop was at Orania, a place that we have always wanted to see.  Orania was started about 15 years ago by a man called Carl Boshoff, as a stronghold for Afrikaans and Afrikaners. It seems that no people of colour are allowed to work or live there.  Somehow this state of affairs is accepted by our Government, which is weird in itself to say the least. Even Nelson Mandela, Julius Malema and Jacob Zuma has paid Orania a visit.

They even have a Koeksister monument!

 We were expecting a big fenced-off area with gates and armed guards where we had to sign in, but nothing could be further from the truth.  The little town is built on both sides of a national road.  It is green and peaceful and very interesting.  There are actually people strolling around on the streets, no fences, front doors open.  There are small “arty” houses and big modern houses.  It also has a world class hotel  set on the banks of the Orange River, with rolling lawns and huge weeping willows.  Just beautiful.  The cleaning staff are all white with their mops and buckets, and look very friendly and quite happy!  We had coffee and koek at a coffeeshop, and was only disappointed that they had no Melktert as we had heard it was excellent.  We all agreed that we could easily live in a place like that, with no crime, no fences etc. but we could not live  in a place where no people of colour are allowed.  We are a rainbow nation for heaven’s sake! We go to great lengths to raise our kids to be non-racist. So don’t worry, friends, we will not be moving there.

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The telescopes on the Astronomical site at Sutherland

So on we went to Sutherland, a small town in the middle of nowhere, probably the coldest place in South Africa with the cleanest air.  It is the site where all the telescopes of the South African Astronomical Society are located.  One of the 5 biggest telescopes in the world, SALT, is located here.  We had booked a tour of this facility beforehand (you can only do it if you have a booking) and it was absolutely amazing.  It was a bit like being on some planet somewhere in outer space.  Millions and millions of dollars are spent on these telescopes and the running thereof, and when someone in our party asked what they are hoping to find out there, the simple answer was “Life”.  That evening we attended a showing of the stars by our host, Jurg, who has 5 huge telescopes and spends every evening of his life looking at stars.   We camped out in his camping grounds, overlooking a farm with grazing horses, ducks and geese in a pond and green fields.  Just bliss!

At this point I want to tell you about our camping set-up.  We have always loved going to the “bundu” away from the cities and crowds, to places where we could experience nature in its purest form, where we could be free to stay for another day or move on to the next place.  We do not enjoy staying in crowded places, or in hotels or B&B’s.  I would certainly not say no to staying in an exclusive lodge, especially a bush lodge, but the prices are so exorbitant, only the very rich can afford it.  So we needed to set ourselves up with a camping system that would give us shelter and all the facilities, something that would be easy to put up and take down so we could leave again at dawn the next day.  We  travel huge distances to get to our destinations, and we often stay at places for one night only.  We also travel on very rough tracks sometimes, so we cannot tow a trailer or off-road caravan and have to have a 4×4 vehicle.  We did not want to do the normal tent thing as Dennis and I have to pitch it and take it down again the next morning, and when there are lion and elephant and hyenas around, it is just not safe.  We also wanted something more user friendly than a rooftop tent, which is difficult to get into and out of, and you cannot stand up in those to get dressed.  So, about 8 years ago, we found the perfect solution for us, a contraption designed by an engineer in Pretoria, called an Aha.  Yes, ridiculous name. Apparently, when people see it for the first time, they say Ahaaaaaa!

 

Camping in our Aha on the shores of  Lake Kariba

The first part of opening our Aha really takes only 45 seconds (just like the ad says) but then it takes another 10 minutes to open the front and back flaps, fold down the beds etc, and voila!  Our little home away from home.  It looks a bit like some spacecraft on Mars, but it works for us.  We have a built-in kitchen, 2 fridges, 2 batteries, solar power, and a porta-potty for when the lions are circling around.  We have fold out canopies for shelter when it rains or we need shade, and we can basically make camp anywhere we want or are allowed to.   We normally use the provided ablution blocks but if they are too gross or we are bush camping, we are set up to do our own thing, we even have our own portable shower!

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What do you call a plethora of Aha’s?

Yes, ladies, I know this is not  everyone’s cup of tea. Most women especially would absolutely hate this! But we love it!  We keep reminding our husbands how lucky they are to have wives who actually like this type of thing.  But this has made it possible for us to visit countries like Malawi, Zambia, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.  Not even to mention all the beautiful places in Southern Africa like Swaziland and Lesotho and, of course, all our beautiful national parks.  Not only has our Aha given us the opportunity to travel far and wide, it has also become a bit of a hobby for Dennis and myself and all other owners of Aha’s. We are constantly making changes and improvements to it to make things more comfortable and practical while we travel.  It is also a very good bonding thing for one’s marriage (or not, it could also be the cause of a divorce) as you have to be a team. It is a serious business, people, it is survival out there!  Dennis and I are members of the local Aha club.  We get together about once every 2 months for a weekend, and it is great fun.

Aha Club Weekend

When travelling to foreign places, it is not advisable to go on your own, as it can be real dangerous! We normally travel with my brother and sister-in-law, Philip and Rene, who have the same set-up as us.  We get along very well, which is important for a successful trip.

So, back to our recent trip.  After Sutherland, we spent 4 days with our family on their olive and grape farm in Paarl.  It is always such a treat.  They are wonderful people and make us feel very welcome.  We get to sleep in proper beds, sit at proper tables to eat, and when we left our cars were filled with grapes, olive oil and, believe it or not, pumpkins.  Paul grows pumpkins on any unutilized space, and has mountains of butternuts and royal blue (?) pumpkins lying about that we were invited to help ourselves to. So for the next 2 weeks we cooked them, roasted them and braaied them,  delicious!

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Butternuts everywhere!

Now this blog is getting very long, so we will move a little faster!  At Wilderness our friends Deon and Susan joined us for a day, and it was lovely catching up with them again. Susan (or Sue Chef, as she is known) makes the most beautiful rusks, jams and relishes in Calitzdorp, and we added quite a few of her products to our collection.

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Keurbooms Lagoon at high tide

 We  stopped over at De Hoop Nature Reserve, and then at Keurbooms Lagoon for 3 days, right on the edge of the water.  We would watch the tides go out and come back in to batter the sandbank 2 meters away from us. There were beautiful sunsets and small boats and we just chilled.  It rained a bit at times, but we put up all our canopies, and we were snug and mostly dry. .  Then we moved on to Stormsriver Mouth, where we had an excellent camping spot inside a little grove of trees, so we were completely private and overlooking the waves crashing onto the rocks just below us.  We felt so privileged to have this beautiful view all to ourselves (or so it felt).

From here we travelled through Baviaanskloof, a route that was high on Dennis and myself’s bucket list.  It is about 200 km (I’m just guessing here) of rough roads through mountains, valleys, lush forests with Spanish moss hanging from the trees, and open savannahs and fynbos with the most beautiful proteas.

Lots of rivers and streams in Baviaanskloof

I would love to go back but Dennis says he has been there and done that now.  It was very tough 4×4 driving at times, narrow little tracks up steep mountain passes, and if a vehicle came from the front, it was a problem to find a place where they could pass.

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Many narrow mountain passes

 We even saw two elusive  Cape buffalo, different kinds of antelope, and I was convinced I saw two rhino at one time, but thought it was impossible, only to be told later that there is in fact  rhino there. We stayed at 2 beautiful campsites, Doornkraal and Uitspan.  I can really recommend them as the facilities were excellent and the views spectacular.

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Mountain Zebra National Park

On then to the Mountain Zebra Park near Cradock.  What a beautiful area.  It had rained recently and the mountains and rolling hills were green and lush. There were eland, black wildebeest, blesbuck, rooi hartbees,  sable antelope, kudu and springbok everywhere. The Mountain Zebras that are plentiful here was saved from the verge of extinction when they were introduced here.  They are different to the plains zebras found everywhere else in SA, their stripes seemed to be more pronounced, their ears are bigger and they are smaller. (I googled it)

Mountain Zebra with foal

We even came across 4 lions, one male had clearly been in a fight with the other male, who was busy mating every 10 minutes with the female that had caused the problem.  It was such a treat to be able to spend about half hour with them with no other vehicles in sight.

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The poor defeated male lion

On our way home we slept over at the Amanzi Resort near Brandfort, a beautiful last evening to our wonderful trip.  But let us not kid ourselves, we travelled through many areas where the drought has ravaged the earth  and the crops have died on the fields. Many small towns are in a terrible state and have virtually disappeared. The people are very poor and it is difficult  to tell how they still survive there. The forecasts say that there will be no relief from the drought for a long time, so one shudders to think how this will end.  It is very hard to see, but it is the harsh reality of life in the rural areas here in South Africa.

So it seems this blog has evolved into more of a travelogue than about my jewellery, but I decided to let it take me where it wants to go, so I hope you enjoy my travels as much as I do.  Next time I will tell you about the parcel of ammonites I received from India and what I did with them, my new tools that arrived from Cape Town, and my new stones I bought on this trip.  And then, in May, another long trip to Botswana and Namibia!!

On a very happy note, my friends,  I just have to share with you the pride Dennis and I feel towards our son, Philip, who recently achieved his PhD in Electronic Engineering at the University of Johannesburg  at the tender age of 31!  I will henceforth please be known as Mother of Doctor Phil!  I have always said that he got my brains, that is why I have got none!

So long till next time, and be kind to one another ……….  and if you enjoyed this blog, please don’t forget to subscribe at the top so that you can receive my  blogs every month……….

So I live in this beautiful but crazy country …….

Crazy “ha ha” but also crazy sad.  Especially lately.  We all love our country but during the last few months our loyalty is being tested all the time! But don’t worry people from South Africa, I’m not going to talk about that.  We get it in bucket loads full every day.  That is really all people talk about, so today we will focus on some of the things that make it so wonderful to live in this country.

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 Like sunny skies

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Braaivleis

 (For my overseas friends, that is a barbeque)  Although we don’t know how long we can still afford the vleis…  And then, my personal favourite:

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The Bush

Let me explain:  I was sitting in my car in the parking lot of Unisa (University of South Africa) waiting for my daughter Lesley to find out why she has received no confirmation of her registration for the final two modules for her teacher’s certificate that she needs to be a registered teacher.  She has in fact been teaching science to Gr 12’s for the past 4 years, and getting this certificate was supposed to be just a formality.   We thought she would just run into the offices at the university, give them hell for their bad administration, and run out again, tops 30 minutes.  So we took no survival supplies like food or water.

But two and a half hours later, still waiting.  Instead of being irate, I was in fact having a good time listening to the radio, dozing a little and letting my thoughts run free.  Then a song on the radio reminded me of London.  I thought how nice it would be to go there again, but with lots of money to spend.  We could eat in wonderful restaurants, stay in beautiful hotels and buy stuff.  Then I thought, nah, been there done that.  Who would I like to go with in any case?  Some fabulous sexy man? (Remember, people, I am dreaming here!) No, too much hard work.  With my husband? (yes, I do have a husband and I shall call him D in future).  No, too boring! (sorry D, but it is true).  We love travelling together, but I like the cathedral thing and D likes the pub thing.    So, where else would I like to go if I had lots of money.  Paris? Hong Kong? New York?  No, again, been there, done that.  Not another big city, so where is my favourite place in the world?  Mmmmm.  Oh I know, it is a no-brainer really!  The Bush!

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Sunset on Chobe River, Botswana (photo taken by myself)

We South Africans know the Bush. It is within an easy day’s drive from most places. You just need to know where to go.  We have a great many places that we  call The Bush. We are surrounded by National Parks that is home to the Big 5.  What is the Big 5 you ask? It is Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. So what about Cheetah and Hippo? They are  there too.  I have not even mentioned the private game parks and lodges, they are magnificent but only for overseas visitors with their strong currencies, us South Africans cannot afford to go there.   We like go to places where we can bushcamp off the grid, where there are no fences between yourself and the wild animals, where you sometimes see no other people for 2 or 3 days. Where you commune with nature in its most natural form.  Yes, these places do exist,  we go there two or three times every year.  Like I said, you just have to know where to go.  Surely one of the world’s best kept secrets.

But to get back to my jewellerymaking!  I have to make a confession.  Even to D!  It is about the stones.  In Southern Africa we have a lot of very beautiful semi-precious stones, like the Botswana Agate with its swirling patterns in shades of black, brown and white.

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Botswana Agate

Here life is all about survival.  There is not a lot of money for luxuries like jewellery,  and most of our semi-precious stone is exported in huge chunks to other countries where it can be cut and polished.  So I have to buy the stones that I need for my jewellery from overseas countries.  The problem is that our postal service is virtually non-existent.  To have something couriered costs an arm and a leg and is just not viable.  But, (and here is my confession) I have discovered eBay, and become just a little bit of an addict!  Just a small one!  But I can stop any time I want!

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 I surf the eBay semi-precious stone sites for hours, sitting up in bed with my laptop on my knees while D is sleeping peacefully next to me unaware of his wife’s obsession.  I inspect the stones carefully using the zoom function and then make my decision to bid or not to bid.  I have become an expert on stones, people, even if I have so say so myself!  I only choose stones that are sent by free shipping, and I calculate a 50% failure-to-arrive cost into the price.  I have also become an expert on the bidding process.  It is no good to bid days or even hours before the bidding closes.  There are bad people all over the world sitting by their computers just ready to pounce.  It has happened that while I am watching the clock tick off the last few seconds before the bidding closes, and suddenly a notice would appear saying YOU HAVE BEEN OUTBID, TRY AGAIN!  With no time left to bid again.  Oh, the outrage!  Before I could stop myself I shouted “you *#@&>**, you stole my stone!!!  Next to me D would move uneasily in his sleep.  I would spend the whole day wondering where on this earth this despicable person lives!  How dare they!  So I have learnt to wait till just a minute or so before a bid closes to place my bid and outbid someone else.  It is okay, I am sure they have a better postal service than us!

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Sometimes a bid closes in the early hours of the morning, then I set the alarm on my cellphone to wake me with a soft ping, and I will creep into the bathroom and close the door so I can do my bidding without waking D.  Once my bid is accepted, I would say YES, YES, YES, and then the waiting begins.  It normally takes about three to five months for a stone to arrive.  Sometimes I get a big surprise and receive it within a month, but I have waited as long as eight months for stones to get to me.  They arrive in our country within two weeks of purchase, but then they sit and wait at our postal customs department.  I sort of visualize a huge mountain of parcels somewhere in the land of post, and every day elves go and gather up an armful of parcels and say, today we are going to send these out.  So I am sure there must be a whole plethora of parcels (including mine) in the middle of the mountain that never sees the light of day.  (What do you call a bunch of parcels?)

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Anyway, I am not completely irresponsible, I keep a careful record of my orders and I have actually received 90% of my parcels.  Not too bad, I think.  I am now on first name basis with the ladies at the postal counter at my local post office.  They really try their best. Seriously.  And so I have acquired a nice little collection of semi-precious stones.  It is always exciting to see what the stones actually look like in reality.  Sometimes they are beautiful and exactly as they looked like on the photo at eBay, and sometimes they are a bit of a disappointment.  D is always saying to me “you are not buying any more stones, are you?  You have now really got a lot”  Bless his heart.  But as you all know when you make jewellery, you can never have too many stones.  You have to look at them, touch them and admire them, and find just the right one for the piece you want to make. You also always need something to look forward to, so it is best to have a few outstanding parcels in the pipeline.

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So we are off on our travels again, although this time not to the bush, but to the Western Cape.  We will be visiting Sutherland and have booked guided tours to see SALT, the largest telescope in Southern Africa and  to look at the stars and other foreign objects. Then we are going to visit the family in Paarl on their grape and olive farm, do a zipline in the mountains of Grabouw (I reserve the right to make up my mind about doing that once I see it, I think it is very high).  Lastly we are going to explore along the southern coastline  and inland of the Western Cape for another week or two.  So don’t get worried if you don’t hear from me for a while!  I will tell you all about it when I get back!

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My first post ever ………

So here I go, writing my first post.  I have been talking about doing this forever, and now that my blog and my website is ready, I am having lots of doubts.  Why am I actually doing this?  There is still time to quit!  But after all the time and effort my personal website developer (my son really) has spent on setting  this site up for me, I have to give it a go.

While making my jewellery I always have these conversations going round and round in my head, and I always think, if I had a blog I could tell everyone about this or that,  how I make this piece of jewellery, or about the new stones I received in the post today, or, or, or….  So that is why I have decided to start this blog, so that I can empty my head of all the conversations going on in there.  I am not going crazy, I think, just a little pre-occupied!

I have promised myself that I’m going to try and keep this blog spontaneous, and to  write whatever comes to mind.   I am not going to worry about grammar and spelling, as I have never been good at that anyway.  It is also no good for me to put spellcheck on, as I sometimes use some Afrikaans words in my writing, and spellcheck hates that!  My first language is Afrikaans, so, people, please keep in mind that I am writing in my second tongue! (Just to explain, overseas people, Afrikaans is one of our 11 national languages in our rainbow country)(Or is it 13?)

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I am worried that you might already be bored by my ramblings, so I have included a photo at this stage.  This is the view from my “studio”.  Just a pity about the burglar bars, but that is quite usual here in South Africa. My workspace (or BENCH as we call it in jewellery lingo) is not usually this tidy,  but I cleared it especially for this photo.  My studio is really just my ceramics studio, (which is really just a spare bedroom in our house) with a board covering my pottery wheel, and lots of nails hammered into the walls to hang things on.  This was going to be used for just a one week project, but here I am, nearly 2 years later, still going strong. I am very hesitant to turn it into a proper studio, just in case it becomes too serious and people (like my husband) start to expect things from me.

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If you want to be a real jeweller, people, you can never have too many hammers!

When I was in my early twenties, I attended a course in jewellerymaking at the Yeoville Recreation Centre.  Those were the days when a lot of us still had flats in Hillbrow, Bellevue and Yeoville and recreations centres were still thriving.  After about two years of making jewellery for only myself, I got bored with it and moved on to ceramics (again).  In those days we did not have any internet, and I only had a few dusty old handbooks on “Jewellerymaking for the Beginner”  so there was no visual stimulation or inspiration of one’s creative senses as there is today.  Also, I did not have daughters who love my jewellery!

I had become very involved in ceramics, and in 2014 I was making a sculptural apple out of black clay for the National Exhibition and needed a sterling silver stalk to hold up the leaves of this apple.  I thought I would have to commission a jeweller to do this for me, when, suddenly, I remembered the old box of jewellerymaking tools stuck away in the garage for over 40 years.  When I opened it, I not only found the tools, but also sterling silver wire and plate.  I later weighed and valued the silver at over R10 000!  It was like winning the Lotto!  And it had been lying in our garage for over 40 years!

However, I could not remember much of what I had learnt all those years ago, and joined a class nearby to learn the basics again. But it was like riding a bicycle, as soon as I lit my first oxyacetyline torch, it all came rushing back!  Long story short, I made the apple stalk plus a bunch of other jewellery, and I have not stopped since.

 

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Basalt Clay Apple with Sterling Silver Stalk

Just because you asked so nicely, here are my two other entries for the 2014 Nationals

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Mr Raptor

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Dancing Egrets

No, I did not win any awards at the Nationals, but then, there is no accounting for taste, is there?

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Till next time ……….

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