Monthly Archive for February, 2012

Tuesday Trendwatch – His & Hers

Racing Reportback – Xterra Grabouw

Wow!  What a day it was.  The weather was absolutely scorching hot in Grabouw yesterday, which made it even more impressive that some athletes were out for close on 6.5 hours – and let’s not forget the incredible marshals along the route who were scrambling for shade, and still had the enthusiasm to cheer on participants on the course.

We took part in Xterra yesterday as part of a commitment we made early last year.  Huge thanks to all who sponsored us, as well as two clients, Moonlighting Films and Egg Films, who took title sponsorships and made the charity part of the deal that much easier!

We arrived bright and early at the Grabouw Country Club (I’m talking 6:45 early – which meant leaving the Mother City at 5:45) where we met up with Jan, our cyclist.  Jan racked her bike and Julia got kitted up in her wetsuit and we headed to the damn for the 8:30 a.m. start.  It was an inspiring race to take part in, not only because we were surrounded by 1,000 other athletes, but because we had top class South African and international athletes competing among us.  Julia went into the start pen and everyone began their 1.5km swim.  The first swimmers came in after about 17 minutes and I waited at the swim exit to cheer Julia on while Jan went to transition to receive the timing chip.  Jan was then off on her bike, on an extremely technical 27km which saw two men to hospital (one with a broken shoulder and the other with 14 stitches in his calf).  After 2.5 hours she was back in transition and handed me the timing chip.  I strapped it round my ankle and headed into the forest for the start of the 11.8km trail run.  In total 300m of vertical gain, the route was at times loose gravel, at times sand and at one point a knee-deep river.  But oh so beautiful.  I made it back quicker than expected, after 1h18.  And then drank about a litre of Rehidrat in the recovery zone.  I also have an enviable racerback and watchstrap suntan.

Here are a few pics of the day

Watch this space for the next installment.  I’m still due to run the Two Oceans Half Marathon in 6 week’s time and Renee will be riding the Argus Cycle Tour as well!

Boutique Hotel in Constantia Gets a Facelift

This Constantia stalwart, The Alphen Boutique Hotel, has recently undergone an impressive transformation.  With opulent interiors which show off the latest in interior fashion, such as gilded mirrors and bright, striped fabrics, it’s no wonder residents get wide-eyed with excitement when talking about the new hot local spot to sip on something colourful and carefree.

Tuesday Trendwatch – Ice Cream & Pastels

Racing Reportback – Eleven Global

4:45 am is very early to be waking up on a Sunday morning…  I was not alone though, I heard shouts and commotion outside and looked out of our lounge window (we live in an apartment in Green Point) onto a sea of runners taking part in the Peninsula Marathon.  The energy was palpable and I immediately felt vital and grateful and hugely excited to be taking part in our own race.  I drank my coffee, it was too early for breakfast, and set off to meet up with Julia and Renee at Big Bay, where our Olympic distance relay event would start.  The distances to cover would be 1.5km swim, 40km cycle, 10km run.  We picked up our registration packs and it was confirmed that we were the only relay team – this caused some confusion along the route as the marshals weren’t sure where we were and weren’t supposed to be, but we muddled through it and quickly realised that we were going to win our category as long as we finished.  Yes, you can claim the win even if you were the only team to enter!

Renee, avid mountain-biker, looking very cheerful despite the early hour

Renee with Julia, our champion swimmer

The Elite athletes set off long before the rest of us and sped through the sprint distance at an impressive pace.  We hung around, trying not to show each other how nervous we felt, Julia specifically trying not to think about getting in the sea (this would be her first open water swim), Renee debating whether a mountain bike was such a good idea on a road course…  The announcer informed us that the sea was a nippy 14 degrees and Julia’s eyes widened.  Eventually someone suggested it would be best to get in and out of the sea first, so Julia got kitted up and we walked down to the start line.

The Olympic distance race began and Renee and I headed back quickly to transition.

Ren got into her kit and I waited at the arch for Julia to come out of the water.  The fastest swimmer was out in 17 minutes, Julia was only 7 minutes behind him – all her hard work in training had paid off.  Although she looked a little shell-shocked coming out of the water and had to be reminded to run to transition.

She gave the timing chip to Renee and Ren was off on her bike.

We went to change and have a cup of coffee and a quick breakfast for Julia.  Renee had warned us that she would be out for at least two hours, but we were advised by some seasoned athletes that she would be closer to 1h30.  Julia headed onto the cycle course to cheer Renee and I made my way to transition.  Ren came in a little over 1h30, gave me the timing chip and I was off on the 2 loop run course.

After a near miss (I began by running in the wrong direction until a marshal called me back) I got onto the run course and went through Big Bay residential area including a  stretch along the coast.  The conditions were perfect, not a breath of wind, and on the first loop I had plenty of company.  On the second loop I realised I was quite far behind the other participants as marshals were starting to pack up.  I put foot in order to pass 3 people (I couldn’t very well come in last could I!) and somehow came in after 49 minutes.

We had such a great day, surrounded by awesome and inspiring people.  Thank you to Julia and Renee for agreeing to take part in this and thank you to our very generous sponsors who not only helped make this possible, but helped us support a little school called Simunye that is very close to our hearts!

Showing off title sponsors, Moonlighting Films and Egg Films

Dale, Julia and Renee supporting finisher medals

We are two events down, two more to go.  This coming Sunday we will be taking part in Xterra Grabouw (1.5km swim, 47km MTB, 12km trail run) and in April I will be running the 2Oceans Half Marathon.  Watch this space for updates!

A Shoprite Christmas 2011

This TVC for Shoprite was shot at an old favourite location, Broadacres by Wishbones.  The classic Constantia home provided the perfect backdrop for all the vastly different rooms as well as the outdoor patio.

Gorgeous Manor-House in Constantia exudes elegance

I’m loving this exquisite, classically decorated home in Constantia, named Twillingate.  Complete with English-countryside gardens, farm-style kitchen, glamorous chandeliers and charming fireplaces, it houses a tasteful collection of antiquities.  Wooden bookcases adorn a gentleman’s study and the patio is perfectly protected from the elements, allowing the family to enjoy the outdoors in any weather.

Images courtesy of www.bakkesimages.com

 

Eclectic home combines eccentric flair with elegant taste

This new location, Quirky Corner, had me hooked after the first image I saw – which happened to be these incredibly cute chickens.  I adore the owner’s style as she combines tasteful and ‘quirky’ touches with wallpaper, classic interiors and funky ideas.  Clearly South African-influenced but managing to steer clear of the clichéd African look, there are so many areas – including the chalkboard wall in the kitchen and the red-cross medicine cabinet – I’d like to copy in my own home!

Happy Valentine’s Day! Be Heart-Inspired

All these images were collected on Pinterest

Monday Madness, by Wishbones

This latest SPUR commercial, produced by Wishbones, was shot at classic Constantia home Mary Poppins.  The shower was actually built from scratch and shot in the driveway: