It's been a whirlwind of a month so far, catching up with family and friends in Johannesburg and Rustenburg. And we arrived in Port Elizabeth (where I was born) on Friday to visit more family on my side (I have a big one). We drove down in two days, staying over in a little town called Bethulie on the border of the Free State and Eastern Cape provinces.
Driving through the picturesque landscape around Bethulie reminded me how influential your surroundings can be on how inspired you feel. The endless rolling grasslands and mountains made me want to take out my sketchbook and get to work – a feeling I haven't really felt since we arrived in South Africa. It was almost like I had room to exhale again. But this is something I already know about myself, and part of the reason why we're travelling around the country.
Not only are we catching up with everyone, we're also scouting for a place to settle. It's one of those situations where we don't really know where, but will know it when we see it. We'd love to live somewhere with big open spaces, a place where we wake up feeling inspired on a daily basis. Somewhere we can indulge our desire for a creative, more outdoors way of life in which time is measured by the sun and the seasons rather than office hours.
In the meantime, though, I've been snatching hours here and there to work on the fourth issue of the Stitch and Thimble. I'm getting there…