Month: January 2017

Buffalo Drift

“Possessions, outward success, publicity, luxury – to me these have always been contemptible. I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is the best for everyone, best for both the body and the mind.” – Albert Einstein
  There are few experiences superior to a quiet weekend escape ensconced in nature. This weekend had all the soulful benefits of camping with all of the luxuries to make it exceptional. While looking for a weekend destination in 2015 I happened to discover Buffalo Drift. It is close enough to Cape Town to drive after work and far enough to switch off and enjoy a lovely road trip with friends. We decided to head back there for a second time early January to surprise a friend for her thirtieth birthday. She is not one for attention or parties so we thought a quiet girls weekend away would be the perfect way to shower her with love. Gifts are truly special sometimes but I have been trying to rather focus on experiences that create lasting memories and allow us to spend quality time with the people we love most.

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Mount Nelson

It’s your city. It’s your mountain. Get lost in it. This ethereal interpretation of the 7th World Wonder captured through contour studies in ink will transport you away from your busy life to that place of deep, inner calm we often only find in nature. The aesthetics of this piece strikes that precarious balance between the minimalist and abstract.

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Heatherfield House

A total of sixteen hours went into this intricately hand crafted drawing of the breathtaking Heatherfield House in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. Hofni Schoeman as a gift for his beloved partner commissioned it at the end of last year. A secret number of their darling pets have been hidden in the drawing to create a wonderfully fun Where’s Wally effect. See if you can spot them all!

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Babylonstoren

Finally back at my studio and catching up on all the blog posts I didn’t get around to last year. First up is my absolutely favourite place in Cape Town: Babylontsoren. I remember the first time I went there around four years ago with two friends. We wandered around the gardens for hours in the soft summer heat and lazily ate a wonderfully fresh meal at the Greenhouse tea garden while sipping on their crisp Chenin Blanc wine. Since then I have been back on numerous occasions and each time I go I discover something new. The friend I went with originally, Janice McLean, celebrated her thirtieth birthday in November and we wanted to do something truly special for her. Instead of buying an expensive gift, Lauren and I arranged for a surprise Babylonstoren experience at the Garden Spa and Babel restaurant.

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Maria Magdalena is a Cape Town based contemporary illustrator celebrating an elegant simplicity through intricate lines of ink. Shop the current collections online or order your custom original illustration today.

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