Friday, 24 April 2015

Beautiful and Botanical

Beautiful and Botanical
Recently, a few of us creatives visited the Durban Botanical Gardens.  It was a beautiful day and we had a hugely satisfying time snapping away at the photogenic surroundings.  What a privilege to visit this haven with like-minded Durbanites.
These large significant gardens were developed in 1849 as a station for growing trial agricultural crops and are the oldest surviving Botanical Gardens in Africa.
The plant life is breath-taking, and so many of the other elements of this, Durban’s well-run and oldest public institution are intriguing.
Here is some of what I saw:
This bright banana petal seems to be pointing the way…
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A large round pond in the centre was ablaze with lumo polka-dot green leaves and gentle spiky pink water-lilies
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This tender installation is a special artwork by Nicci Fourie featuring metal cut-out children holding hands.  They are walking in a spiral line,  representing a cochlea and illustrating the fact that children must be heard.

The Orchid House is an exotic oasis brim full of bright green tropical foliage and colourful blooms

The height and rhythm of a variety of different palm tree trunks caught my attention.

We finished the day off at the well-supported tea garden.  The simple nostalgic tea and eats were served quickly and heartily.   If you are close to Durban, and it’s been a while since you’ve visited the Botanical Gardens, this weekend may be a good time to go back and enjoy some deep soul restoration.
Events – Visit the Durban Botanical Gardens Event Page. The Gardens host a number of major musical events, the next one being Gangs of Ballet on Mother’s Day – the 10th of May.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Lola's Lovely Coffee Cafe

Our latest Creative Council Meeting was held at this vibey fairly new spot.
Lolas' website has a lovely statement  about their ethos - . 

"The heart of a coffee shop

lies in the people you find there, 

but it's soul lies in the coffee they pour."

Monday, 29 September 2014

Responsible Traveller Magazine

Responsible Traveller  is a travel publication showcasing responsible tourism destinations in Southern Africa.
Tessa Buhrman. the Durban based editor says that the magazine aims to inform, educate, entertain as well as inspire its readers to make informed decisions, manage their impact on the environment and to ‘be the difference’

The most recent issue published last week deals with topics like ‘how can luxury travel be responsible?’ and success stories in Rhino Conservation. 
Freshly Found Durban was invited to submit an article on the Beset Durban Walks, which we have featured before on this blog:
"We are also encouraged to ‘get off our couches, beach towels and coffee shop chairs’and explore our own cities. What better way to be a responsible traveller… no carbon footprint and great opportunities to interact with, and experience local cuisine and culture" Read the 'Durban Walks' article on page 86
If you love travel,  have a conscience and want to make a difference - subscribe to this FREE delightful magazine

Friday, 22 August 2014

The Stadium

The Moses Mabhida Stadium has becom a truly beloved part of Durban.  Not only has it added interest to our skyline, thereby giving a subject to many artists, photographers and crafters, but it is a real meeting place.  Besides hosting the monthly iheart market, and other events like The Top Gear Festival, it's a great place to just visit.  Recently we've had 2 sets of friends from overseas, and we enjoyed the stadium with both of them. 
The structure of MMS is so graceful and full of rhythm. The repetition of so many elements in and around the building creates a pleasing visusal melody.
Its a great place to view the city of Durban - From the layers of train track lines to the curves of gentle historic buildings, finishing off with the serene sea.  (It was beautifully calm on the days we were there!)
A trip to the top of the stadium is a must -  There are 2 ways to get there - by car or on foot.
If you choose the Skycar, you can buy your tickets at the ticket office before gliding up to the stadium's zenith.  
If you want to walk to the top, you'll have to get some tickets too, to enjoy the view - step by step! 

Saturday, 9 August 2014

The Morning Trade

Last week Sunday dawned the first day of a brand new market in Durban - The Morning Trade.  An artisan trade market - packed full of delicious food and a hungry Durban Community.

Monday, 4 August 2014

Rivertown - Beset Durban

The  Beset Durban Archiwalks are one of the best things to happen in Durban lately, as they are opening up interesting parts of our city.  Many of us are going places we have never been before and are seeing familiar places with new and appreciative eyes.

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Rivertown Beerhall Exhibitions

The Rivertown Beerhall was built in 1914, and it re-opened again earlier today - a century later! 
The atmosphere was vibrant as people crowded the freshened space to view the exhibitions, coinciding with UIA2014, the International Architectural Conference being hosted here in Durban.  

Monday, 7 July 2014

Beset Durban - Living Blocks

The aim of Beset Durban  is to get us onto the streets of our city - and they are succeeding in an interesting and exciting way! 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Msundusi Museum - Pietermaritzburg

The Msundusi Museum in central Pietermaritzburg is well worth a visit.  It is housed in the beautiful redbrick building that was once the old Longmarket Girls School.