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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Mr Bom Bom - July 2014

Mr Bom Bom is a man I have great respect for.  He is one of my neighbours and owner of much of the beautiful land where I live when I'm there in the Transkei.  I took a picture of him a week or so before this one but I felt that the picture just didn't do him justice, so I was very happy when I had another chance opportunity one late afternoon as I was taking a walk and Mr Bom Bom happened to come past on his way home.    

Monday, August 4, 2014

Coffee Bay Horse Trails, with Gavin

Whilst in Coffee Bay I was privileged to go for a good number of horse rides with Gavin.  
A must for anyone visiting Coffee Bay.  
You can contact Gavin to book a ride on 071 239 0976

Monday, July 28, 2014

Back to the Wild Coast for winter :)

The past 5 weeks I spent back in the Wild Coast, catching up with my Coffee Bay family and trying to keep things going there.  (I'm back in the Western Cape now and pretty chilly here in comparison).  Definitely the best place to get away from Cape Town winter for a while.  Pretty much every single day was filled with blue skies and the potential to have a swim in the ocean...  

I was without internet the entire time, a welcome relief!  So in the next couple of weeks you could expect to see some snippets of my time there as I start going trough my pictures and remember all the little adventures I had this time round...

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

130514, Gypsy girl goes to Afrika Burn... after thoughts, tips and other ideas

Afrika Burn 2014 - from a 'virgin's perspective

One of our camp portraits - Camp Dis-connect

So yes, my virgin experience.  What to say about it in human words.  Seems kind of difficult to explain.  It was awesome on so many levels.   Glad I had some good camping experience already under my belt from being the Wild Coast gypsy girl haha.  That came in handy on a few occasions :)

First of all Id say GO EARLY.  You might as well get your moneys worth and double it up :).  We went on the Monday already and that helped so much with adjusting, because if it is your first time there is a loooooot to adjust to.  I saw some people arriving on the Thursday only and they just looked shell-shocked and couldnt really relax and enjoy themselves.  Also you get to meet more awesome people this way...

You have to first of all adjust to the DESERT.  This is a leeeetle different to city life That means for example getting used to walking a little distance to your compost toilet and getting into that little routine.  Your body needs to adjust internally to a different eating pattern required by the desert and consequently that also affects the whole circle of events going on inside your body.

Many people can attest to a bit of a diarrhoea feeling, alhough it is more like just a loose stool and nothing to worry about.  Just keep on drinking lots of water.  Your body is just adjusting.  Minimize on alcohol and other sort of chemical substances you really dont want in your body.  My favorite thing in the morning was my cup of stokkies rooibos tea (the kind you need a little sieve for) with honey and perhaps some lemon to sooth my dry throat/mouth. 

Yes it is the desert and its dry.  And hot during the day.  You want to keep in the shade.  That means getting up early-ish (you will be woken by the loud bang/ explosion/ canon shot/ whatever that is) might as well make the best of it, go for a quick toilet run and then explore the sights a bit, on your bicycle if you have one.

Enjoy the cool morning air and beautiful light until it gets a bit warm and its time to return to camp for the mid-day siesta.  Which can last pleasantly long.  Dont feel like you have to rush around. Take your time to chill, have some breakfast, tea/coffee, have a bit of a wash, tidy up your camp a bit, chill some more and enjoy the company of your fellow awesome happy campers. And if you are lucky you will have a stretch tent covering your whole camp area.  Thanks guys :)

Another good idea for the morning is to pop in at your nearest yoga centre and stretch those muscles a bit to get them ready for all the dancing you are going to do for the rest of the day. Yay!!!

Or take your djembe drum and join a circle for some awesome inspired beats together with some other drummers at a great spot where you can for example simultaneously watch some silk rope action going on or whatever catches your eye

Afternoon comes and you are well rested (even if you didnt get much sleep at night – next time Im taking those industrial sound blockers, cause its been days later and my ears are still singing – if it says loud zone it means tripple stereo LOUD from club speakers 360 around you everyone trying to get their music louder than their neighbor.  Luckily I had an extra little pillow that I held over my ear to try and block some sound.  It was SERIOUSLY LOUD!!! 

Drink enough water.  Some people will say you must take little sips throughout the day.  No. Drink liberal amounts of water.  Do not ration your water too much.  It doesnt mean anything when its in a bottle, it only helps you when it is actually inside your body. Remember that!  Also take a few packets of Rehidrate and put a little bit in your water at the end of the day.  One packet can go a long way.

FOOD-WISE, think desert food.  The more you eat the more thirsty you get, so actually dont eat too much but eat clever. You should really stay a litlte bit hungry all the time.  Dates.  Raw peanuts.  Green apples. Oranges/ naartjies/ Pomme-granates  I took some avos that were great on some low Gi bread for the first couple of days.  With some fresh garlic and chilli and dont forget your A. Vogel Herbamare veggie salt.  Dont need much more flavoring than that.  For brekkie, some rolled oats is good if you pour a little hot water over and let it soak a minute or two till get it soft.  Nice with some cinnamon and apple slices.  You dont even need milk.

We had a nice big cooler box that we kept a couple of frozen meals in that we prepared before the time, things like lentil stew, kind of spaghetti bolognaise with lots of vegetables.  Keep your body healthy and youll be happy.  Someone brought some rotis with fresh stuff, sprouts, chickpeas, avo, cherry tomato. Yum.

Washing wise – yes take wet wipes, they are definitely handy.  Get those green Cherubs, Eco-Care baby wipes, they are also biodegradable and friendly to your skin.  A little bucket and a wash cloth can also do wonders.  In the end I only had one shower the whole week (the guys at our awesome camp Disconnect put up a shower for us – 3 poles teepee style, with material around – perfect.  And we had one of those shower bags, that can be left in the sun to heat up the water but a cold shower was actually welcome) which was absolutely fine, the rest of the time I kept myself relatively clean with a little bit of water in a bucket.  The dust is clean dust, you dont really become as dirty as you think.  But you will have dust everywhere haha, all the way up your nose for example.  And once you start blowing it could go on for a while it might even look like you had a chocolate factory up your nose :)

Have a look at these desert survival tips 1-4 to get a better understanding of the desert. (hopefully you dont really get lost in the desert but its always good to know a bit more about your surroundings)

Take those dust goggles!! No jokes.  You can get them cheap at the Agri market, like R10 each, take some for your friends too, theyll thank you later.  Its just a matter of time before a dust storm hits.  We were lcuky it only came right at the end on Sunday while we were packing up.  If you are  a little prepared even these can be lots of fun.  That was the time I missed my camera the most!  Next time Im getting like an underwater / dust case for my camera, cause seriously.  I have to pay a lot of money now to get it fixed.  It conked in already on day 4.  Dust is all around.  Bummer.

Oh and the ground is H A R D.  HARD.  Someone at our camp took a drill to drill into the ground for the steel tent pegs.  Obviously he was not an Afrika Burn virgin.

The evenings are cool, so boots, scarf, beanie, parka is important.

  • Big sun hat
  • Shades
  • ·      Umbrella for the sun (it didnt rain while we where there but check the weather before you go, cause that can change things dramatically, that desert does not soak up any water, it all floods)
  • ·      Sunscreen
  • ·      Lip ice with Spf
  • ·      Water mist spray bottle for those hot days – flavour with buchu/ or whatever you want (you can make many new friends in an instant if you have this little gift to share)
  • ·      Germolene – handy antispetic cream for minor bruises, burns etc.
  • ·      Scissors
  • ·      Elastoplast – the roll one is good, you can cut it any length and it sticks
  • ·      Rope – you can get balls of material rope at Builders warehouse, my clever camp buddy Jes, had the brilliant idea to tie everything onto the rope and then onto something else, like the tent.  From lighters, scissors, empty beer cans that served as cigarette butt cans, torches (those little solar ones you can probably get at the Chinese store became my favorite accessory around my neck J )
  • ·      A wool type scarf is great to have, for warmth in the evening and also to wet and keep you cool during the day…  A scarf can also help for breathing during a dust storm...
  • ·      If you have a bicycle, make a tag with your name, camp address and phone number for in case it does get lost.  Oh and DO get those bars attached to your bicycle (on the sides) so that you can lift a friend- your friend basically stands behind you and holds onto your shoulders – those were some of my best memories of everything!
  • DO take your favourite toys: Pois, Djembe, kites, juggling balls, whatever...?
  • DO go and boogie your ass off and have the time of your life :)
  • DO get some glow sticks for the night time, light yourself up
  • DO go out and make new friends when you happen to lose your own.  (That happened to me around every turn, I just got distracted every time and when I turned around my friends were out of sight.  But no worries, there are plenty more... :)  And it was awesome meeting y'all. 

Other random advice and good ideas:

  • ·      DO go and read other SURVIVAL GUIDES, this one is just basic and I didnt go into too much detail about obvious things, there are other guides that cover more aspects.
  • ·      If youre handing out FREE GIFTS, be sensible about it.  Dont create MOOP. Eg. a thousand tiny sunscreen samples is a very generous idea but how about using a couple of big bottles instead and just spray it on for people, much better interaction in this way as well.  Try to avoid things in wrappers

  • ·      Warning sensitive readers: This one is for the LADIES ONLY! :)
  • There is a lot we can learn at this event about preserving our earth and that we can continue in our normal lives.
  • ·      One great lesson I learnt as a woman was at the compost toilet: and then chatting to my friends about this situation of what to do with tampons that you are not supposed to chuck into the compost toilet (only human waste and toilet paper allowed).  So how about avoiding tampons altogether and investing in what they call a moon cup.  It can change your life! :)
  • ·      (you can buy it online at
  • ·      If you dont know what this is Im talking about now, go read this histerical article that promises to enlighten the socks off you.
The toilets get red flags as they are reaching their limit towards the end and you have to trek a bit further to find a white flag toilet..
  •  Okay, I think Ill stop there for now. Maybe some things youll have to experience for yourself to create a bigger adventure

Oke maybe one last thing.  You really dont have to dress up like a maniac if thats not your thing.  Some people work on their costumes all year and some people go rent stuff from the Fancy dress store.  But thats their thing.  You just go as yourself, yourself to the max.  Yourself in the desert.  Your true happy self that you love to be and no one else.  You don't have to spend any extra money that you don't have.  Well, maybe get a little something that makes you feel like a naughty kid...

And the gifting thing.  I only knew that I was going a week before the time and couldnt really figure out what to take as gifts.  In the end I had lots of gifts to give though, everything I took, like food, or little things like Zam Buk for the lips (our international friends dont know what that is and can be very grateful for it when their lips get super dry and chapped), fruit or  anything else that can be shared can also be gifted.  Sharing is caring.   Take only what you need and give the rest and everyone will have more than they need.  (The principle of the loaves and fishes is really true.) Dont hog your stuff. 

Also, if you lose something, consider seeing it also as gifting.  Probably whoever finds it will be very happy to find it Of course some things you can try to get back, like your camera or whatever.  But I lost a favorite scarf and super cool little umbrella and I feel like that I can let go of in peace and let whoever found it just have it as a gift  And I also received something in return  :)

Have an awesome spiritual experience. Be thankful for everything.  Get over yourself and love the people around you.    The Most High will lift you up when the time is right.  Yeah, He will even make you fly

Oke, good night..x

Ps.  Please excuse my spelling, I'm in a bit of a hurry and my spell thingie is out of action.

PPS. If you have any other brilliant ideas you'd like me to add, just lemme know ;)

Also check out my photo page on Facebook for more pics: Lavonne Bosman Photographic Art

Monday, April 7, 2014

070414, Winter is coming

Well, well, to those of you who thought the gypsy may have left the planet, not yet.  I was just busy with some other things that were perhaps not all so very interesting here in the Western world but I sense a change in the air (perhaps autumn?) and time is coming closer  to shift again.

Was very blessed to spend my Sunday yesterday with some dear friends I know from Coffee Bay, who also stay very close to me here in the Stellenbosch area.  When I dropped them off at home, I was lucky to find some people about in the neighbourhood, beckoning me closer, inviting me to take their pictures.  I really hope that I will do some more of that in the days to come.  Getting to know some of these folks a little better...

Saturday, August 17, 2013

170813, Absolutely Awesome Exhibition Evening...!!!

What an incredibly blessed night I had last night!  Thank you so much to everyone who braved the wild weather and came out into the night to give me support at my exhibition “Makhelwane (My neigbour)”.  It meant the world to me.

After spending two years with my Eastern Cape neigbours, apart from my family and friends that was an indescribable experience to have so many of you there together in one room.  I wished I could instantly clone myself and spend the whole evening with each one of you individually but it was also a dream come true to have so many friends from different walks and times of my life together and meeting each other.  My cup overflowed with love and blessedness!

And those of you that weren’t able to make it I felt you there too in spirit and it means so much to me to know you were thinking of me and wishing me well.   I trust that we will get together soon.

I want to give a big thank you to Nicoletta and her family and the Associazione Piemontesi who sponsored this event and for giving me this wonderful opportunity to showcase my work at this time and turning it into one of the most special evenings of my life.

Thank you for all your hard work of the past months and weeks, putting this together, from getting everything printed and mounted, (sorting out the bubbles and what more!),  to presenting my work in such an original and uplifting way, I absolutely loved the Pilchards and Peanut butter idea, it was so close to home and such a true reflection of the unpretentious lives led by my “Makhelwane”! And thank you for all the finer details, wine and lovely snacks! Well done!!! 

Thanks Ian, you are the best wine pourer and multi-task man to have as a friend!! Una, you are an angel..x

I want to give thanks, praise and glory to my God of love, the great orchestrator, for leading me in His way, opening doors for me, protecting me always, working His love through me and blessing me with so much love.  I can always hold on to Your word.

“For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us.”  Romans 8:18