I remember, as far back as maybe third grade, I have collected pressed flowers.

Very recently I opened the two books I have always kept these flowers in and flipped through the whole collection and reflected on what started the collection in the first place.
I can’t think of any specific reason.

With no intention, not even an end goal to what I would use them for or even for their aesthetic value as pressed flowers, I selectively collected particular ones which seemed to strike me in that moment. In a way, they were compulsive, even as I say they were selected I feel as if the action is compulsory.

They hold no specific memories of places, times, or people. They are not particularly sentiment for the reasons of memory, but they are sentiment because I chose them and I kept them. Somehow, they mean something to me.

These reasons could be merely forgotten or they could have never existed in the first place. Here is where my research starts:

  • Time
  • Memory
  • Souvenir
  • Reflections of the temporary nature of fragile things in the wild, in nature, and how that creates preciousness.

My etsy is chocked full of stuff! And it’s all going to expire come May 13th.
Here are some of the things up for sale right now. After the 13th, they’ll all be taken down. I’d rather get them out of my inventory so here’s a special coupon!

From now until May 13th, all items in the store will be $5.00 off, which will help you save on the shipping costs ultimately as well.

The super secret coupon code? may2013

Come by and check out everything else in stock

Share with your friends who might be in need of a bowl or a mug perhaps.
Commissions for tableware are open as well!

Le Grand Bistro Americain Hosts a Wine Safari to Savor on September 21

Le Grand Bistro Americain Hosts a Wine Safari to Savor on September 21 @wosa #washington

South African Winemakers’ Dinner

Chef Shawn Martin’s dishes paired with the wines of Paul Cluver, Angela Jordaan, and Kathy Jordan

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Kirkland, Washington — On Sunday, September 21st, Le Grand Bistro Americain proprietor Ted Furst and Executive Chef Shawn Martin will be hosting a special 5-course dinner featuring 7 wines from South Africa, where wine has a history dating…

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Fondly referred to as “Dress Up Day”, Stage Two of the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance saw runners toe the line at Mount Rozier Estate in Somerset West on Saturday, 14 March 2015.  A 34km route, featuring a daunting 1100m ascent, had to be completed before the finish line could be crossed at the Paul Cluver Amphitheatre in Grabouw.  

Reigning 2014 men’s team champions AJ Calitz and Bernard Rukadza of Team KWAY proved that team experience would have the upper-hand on the day.   “Bernie was super strong,” said Calitz.  “Some people might say that we flew up the hill, but let me clarify that, you never fly up a hill.   It’s the ability to suffer more than the oke next to you that gets you to the top first.  Bernie and I work well together when we’re both hurting.  We run together a lot and have become good friends.  That is what matters.  We had an awesome day, but we are tired now.  Going into Stage Three there is a lot to play for.  We want the win”.  Team KWAY claimed victory in an impressive time of 02 hours 52 minutes 03 seconds.  Eric Ngubane and Thabang Madiba of Team Salomon Men came in second, while Edwin Sesipi and Johardt Van Heerden of Team 32gi Gauteng Men’s finished third.

In the mixed team’s race Yolande Maclean and Nic De Beer of Team CW-X Ultraspire were not letting go of the reins finishing first in a well-deserved time of 03 hours 12 minutes 14 seconds.  According to De Beer, Stage Two was a hard run.  “It was more technical, our legs were tired and we just had to hang in there.  We have approximately a 9 minute lead going into Stage Three.  It’s a good lead that we should be able to protect.  Yolande is a good road runner.  We’ll take it easy until the top of the hill and then we will fly”.  Kerry-Ann Marshall and Morne Van Greunen of Team Enduro Hub came in second, while Natia and Antoine Van Heerden of Team Twining finished third.

Team Salomon Blondies completed the 34km route in an incredible time of 03 hours 26 minutes 06 seconds.  Seen here (from left to right):  Meg Mackenzie and Landie Greyling in action on the day.  PHOTO CREDIT:  Volume Photography      

Competition was rife in the women’s race, but Meg Mackenzie and Landie Greyling of Team Salomon Blondies were not going down without a fight.  “After today I have so much more respect for Landie as a trail runner,” says Mackenzie.  “Even though she woke up with a sore throat, she completed the stage.  We actually learnt a lot as a team today, silent communication being one of the things.  It definitely brought us closer, with Landie barely being able to speak.  Our plan for Stage Three is for Landie to rest up, sleep.  Tomorrow we will take it easy and run our own race”.  Team Salomon Blondies completed the 34km route in an incredible time of 03 hours 26 minutes 06 seconds.  Nicolette Griffioen and Carla Van Huyssteen of Team ProNutro Timefreight came in second, while Inge Visser and Liesbeth Van Der Merwe of Team Ganbei finished third.


Teamwork forms an essential part of this leading stage race, with participants having to rely on each other’s experience, strength and expertise in order to complete the route.  The three routes have been planned in such a way that the participants will have the opportunity to tackle a different breath-taking scenic route each day, allowing them to enjoy the full beauty of the Overberg.

STAGE THREE:  Sunday, 15 March 2015

Start Time: 07:30

Start Venue: Houw Hoek Inn / Grabouw

Finish Venue: Houw Hoek Inn / Grabouw

Distance: 22km / 670m Ascent

Event organisers are keeping mum about a special surprise that they have planned for the Stage Three start!

All entrants received a spectacular goodie bag containing ProNutro Product, a ProNutro Visor, a New Balance Hoodie, Rehidrat Sport Sachets, Wintergreen product and a ButtaNutt Squeeze Pack.

An exciting new edition to the event, the Rehidrat Zone is a welcomed oasis for tired runners when they cross the finish line.

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For additional information on the ProNutro AfricanX Trailrun presented by New Balance visit, contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email  

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ProNutro AfricanX Stage 2 Route

@Pro_Nutro @RuntheAfricanX Stage 2 Route @NewBalance_SA @StillwaterTrail #runtheafricanX

ProNutro AfricanX Stage 2 Route

Dress-up day is here!!! Personally, I think this is just a clever idea from the organisers to divert your attention from the long tough climbs!

The stage is a point-to-point route and starts at Mount Rozier and finishes at Paul Cluver. You run from the Sir Lowry’s Pass village up and over the actual pass via the old Wagon trail. It’s a fun route and boast…

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