Since it’s a nice, relaxing Sunday…  I thought I’d just post a few random photos of our week (I think my brain is too chilled to bother with long-winded post writing)…

Last week… I did a fair amount of writing… with lots of illustrations and scribbles slotted in between… and lots of stewing and brooding on my many projects and ideas and what should take priority over what…

As usual… there was coffee involved…

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Last weekend… we enjoyed a lovely family Saturday.  We spent the morning at 44 Stanley (collection of arty, eclectic shops and coffee places with GOOD live music and GOOD food)…

Waiting for our food (Joah looks like he's licking the menu)...

Waiting for our food (Joah looks like he’s licking the menu)…

After lunch… we went to watch the Johannesburg Youth Ballet perform Hansel & Gretel.  Morgan was totally enamoured and has now decided that she “wants to go back to ballet”… and to “get serious” about practicing  (the last time we had her at ballet lessons, she complained about “the sweating” and “the stretching” which she said she didn’t like at all… now, she has changed her tune!).

After the ballet… we took a walk in the cemetery.  

We like to do this occasionally.  Gives us a great perspective on life… and death… and the importance of living deliberately (and not wasting this one, precious life!).

Later in the week… Joah found a green koki and decided to turn himself into the Incredible Hulk:

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And then… somewhere in the middle of the week (maybe Thursday?)… I ended up at Pink Room Studios recording a harmonica piece for Faan se Trein (the movie that Nick has spent the past couple of months editing… and doing all kinds of technical post-production work on).  The guy composing the film score just happens (ha! ha!) – to be ANOTHER Greek Nick… (although… one DOES find a lot of Greeks are called Nick!).  Nick #2… has done a fantastic job composing beautiful, moving music for the film (today, I listened to it all put together and I got a bit teary).

Anyhoo…

So there’s a small part in the film that calls for a harmonica / mouth organ (which I can play – but in a VERY rusty fashion!).  So… that’s how I ended up at Nick’s studio… blowing rustily into a harmonica on Thursday night.  Thankfully, Nick #2 has loads of patience… and recorded many tracks of my little offerings while my Nick played outside with the kids.

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Nick Sakellarides working hard in his studio...

Nick Sakellarides working hard in his studio…

My Studio-Selfie :-)

My Studio-Selfie 🙂

Later in the evening, Morgan cosied up to Nick’s wife, Brenda (who also happens to be the mother of… insert Morgan’s admiring gasp of awe here… “The Swan”).   Remember the Hansel & Gretel ballet?  Well – The Swan had a starring role… and danced very beautifully in a white, flowing outfit… that had Morgan all starry eyed.  When she heard we were going to “The Swan’s House”… she got very excited.

Unfortunately, The Swan wasn’t there on Thursday evening… but Morgan befriended Brenda nonetheless… and managed to score herself 2 ballet leotards, 2 pairs of ballet tights, a flowy-pink skirt… and a ballet jersey.  She has been prancing around the house for the past week (wearing said outfits)… and, every day, she props up the i-Pad and does “ballet lessons” while copying little ballerinas on youtube.

If this enthusiasm shows no sign of waning (and so far, it hasn’t), I shall have to see how we can slot some ballet training in-between the travels…

Anyhoo (again)…

This weekend, we enjoyed a “Granny Day” with my mom (who usually is very busy on weekends with her work at Fisherman’s Village) – so this Saturday was a rare treat.

We decided to go on a mini road-trip to Hartebeespoort Dam & surrounds.  We had breakfast at Home of the Chicken pie… then roamed around the Chameleon Market… followed by coffee at Tant Malie se Winkel (English translations:  Aunt Malie’s Store)…

Coffee at Tant Malie's...

Coffee at Tant Malie’s…

Mom at Tant Malie's... (perusing a map of the area)...

Mom at Tant Malie’s… (perusing a map of the area)…

Giant, fresh loaf of bread that we bought from Tant Malie's... (baked in one of those old, iron, wood-burning ovens)...

Giant, fresh loaf of bread that we bought from Tant Malie’s… (baked in one of those old, iron, wood-burning ovens)…

After  Tant Malie’s… we drove over the Dam Wall… through the tunnel… and stopped at the Rock Shop – which has a wonderful, awe-inspiring collection of semi-precious stones and other goodies… at VERY good prices.

Both the kids filled up a little bucket at the Scratch Patch...

Both the kids filled up a little bucket at the Scratch Patch…

Joah digging for the perfect chunk of Zambia Quartz... (R5 per chunk)...

Joah digging for the perfect chunk of Zambia Quartz… (R5 per chunk)…

More Zambia Quartz...

More Zambia Quartz…

After the Rock Shop, we drove to Pretville… which is actually a movie set where the film of the same name was shot.  The whole place was made up to look like a colourful town from the 50’s… and apart from admiring the hard work of the set & production designers, you can stop for a slushie, coffee, hot dog or milkshake from the 50’s Diner.

Colourful doughnuts in the Pretville Diner...

Colourful doughnuts in the Pretville Diner…

Enjoyed by Joah...

Enjoyed by Joah…

More Pretville...

More Pretville…

The kids playing hop-scotch (small section of the set behind them)...

The kids playing hop-scotch (small section of the set behind them)…

Pretville Car Wash...

Pretville Car Wash…

The whole Pretville thing got me thinking about filmmaking and screenplays again… and I talked the ear off my poor mother, telling her all about my various film ideas…

After Pretville… we drove down the road to a place called Jasmyn – which is a huge and very impressive farmer’s market & restaurant… with a HUGE thatched roof… and a HUGE windmill… and beautiful manicured gardens with little streams and bridges and picnic spots.  I never knew this place existed!  We’ll definitely come back (next time, with Nick)…

Morgan made a beeline for the mud and the stream...

Morgan made a beeline for the mud and the stream…

Relaxing on a rock at Jasmyn after a lovely Granny-Day...

Relaxing on a rock at Jasmyn after a lovely Granny-Day…

So…. that was our week.

How was yours?

🙂