black southeaster inspiration

Pale pink vygies after the storm


The combination of a howling black south-easter and spring tides sends raging walls of water crashing over the sea-wall at Kalk Bay harbour in September 1983.

Picture : John Yeld, The Argus.


A rather chilly spring has blown into summer with yesterday’s almost-gale-force black southeaster. Although nothing compared to the beast of 1983, it howled loud enough to fry my nerves to a frazzle, unsettle the dogs and caused the cat to finally have a nervous breakdown. The southeaster, I am told, is a fairweather or trade wind that originates from the South Atlantic High (SAH) pressure system, moving southwards in summer as the westerlies retreat polewards. If you want to know more about things like the deep southeaster and the shallow southeaster, visit

Oh, the joys of the internet!

All Capetonians know the legend of  a villainous Dutch pirate called Jan van Hunks who lived at the foot of the mountain around the 1700s – a prolific pipe smoker whose wife chased him out of the house whenever he felt the need to light up. One day he met a mysterious stranger (who also smoked) on the slopes of Table Mountain. A contest ensued to see who could smoke the most – Van Hunks won, and the stranger turned out to be the Devil. To this day, whenever the southeaster blows, the Devil of Devil’s Peak and Van Hunks continue their challenge, each time obscuring the top of Table Mountain with their pipe smoke as they try out-do one another.

Photo essay: Clouds on Table Mountain – Blog – Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Photo courtesy Globe Trodden

The splendid tablecloth is part of an orographic cloud formation (see below), which normally forms during the summer months when Cape Town’s south to southeasterly winds push moist air against the mountain’s slopes. As the air rises, it cools, causing the relative humidity to increase. The moisture then condenses to form the world-famous tablecloth.

The image below is of an orographic cloud formation, from a downwind zone behind the Île Amsterdam, in the far southern Indian Ocean.


Orographic lift – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

“A gravity wave cloud pattern—analogous to a ship wake—generates a wave motion in the wind passing over it, creating regularly spaced orographic clouds. The wave crests raise and cool the air to form clouds, while the troughs remain too low for cloud formation. Note that while the wave motion is generated by orographic lift, it is not required. In other words, one cloud often forms at the peak.”

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Map of Saint-Paul and Amsterdam Islands in the Indian Ocean

Photo courtesy david.gill12

The infamous black southeaster sometimes inspires South African music –  Black South Easter is a group of five musicians who incorporate elements of afro-soul, dubrock, dance and reggae into their music. Vocalist Nhoza Sitsholwana, guitarist Dan Boshoff, bass player Jimi Curve, drummer Jerry Mbowa and violinist Carly Nauta mention that “… the band takes its name from the cleansing winds that blow across the Cape and bring in the fresh air that revitalizes and uplifts…”

Hmmm… certainly not while it’s blowing, but on the day after a storm the air is indeed purified and crystal clear, as its nickname of the Cape Doctor suggests.

Black South Easter | Presenter.

E’s main concern after the Big Blow was the vineyard and the very new and fragile bunches of grapes with chartreuse berries the size of pinheads. After a full inspection today it looks as if most of them survived with not too many trossies shriveled up or blown off.

The summer vineyard is a feast for the eye on a clear day like this, with intense colours splashed everywhere.

And maybe I wouldn’t have noticed and experienced it so intensely it if it wasn’t for yesterday’s wind.

Even the view from my studio looks new today – the last of the season’s arum lilies a proud sentinel among masses of nasturtiums, geraniums and vygies. The nasturtiums and vygies are in their final blooming phase and I drink in their saffron, flame and ruby hues while it lasts.

Happy creating!

shine like the afterglow on the part of the margin


After a week spent deciphering information on various Japanese websites, I became strangely attached to the slightly mad translations offered by google. The awkward phrasing and halting sentences produce a sweet and spicy poetry that inspired me to write three short narratives. 

the artist 

From a young age, she was charmed by the glass marbles black grandfather has been shown to be, because it was too beautiful. Surprised black marbles in child’s heart, he became a favourite. Discoveries and a variety of it, or were they various emotions? That in her, making things is that in looking at the events of everyday life, we are in good shape.

She has also considered a good thing, a bad thing as well, and would like to form her own way.

brad pearson on the importance of form | Daily Art Muse.


Her mother taught her to make fun of various things by hand.

Visiting The Middle East Arab culture VS media.


making fun things by hand

Mother was always filled with handmade things; food in the house, clothes, baskets, flowers and other beautiful things were sensitive to have to learn naturally from childhood. Unlike those of vivid colour, black racing series, but images of adult women that include a little nuance. She has some of the bewitching prettiness and will try to open the lid gently with intellectual curiosity.

If you put it in front of a mirror in a tiny room, lighting, for example, finely intricate lace pattern is a jewel box of a Lady.

Anatomical Venus | Wellcome Collection.

mother filled with handmade things

Jewelry box of a lady

From being attracted to the pattern representing the lineage and genealogy, like a Korean living in Japan, none other than the interest in the entity Din. Eye cannot help but be aware. Bringing eye Din Titty work is really hard, she had thought that as an artist, that the theme of their own, and the value of the work itself, and another thing. But when she thinks about why, and what is attracted to the pattern of the race or crest, she can never stand position that they do not reflect the work; you can work honestly, it and it such that nature, she was led thinking it was.

There is a work named With Margin. What is, and margins. There is a thing that when making a public application, the name has been listed in the margins of the document, she is a Korean living in Japan, or a margin born in this land; whereabouts? It will be led to think.

Out of chagrin, she has thought about margin. Holds things because there is a need for margins; margins, she thought she’d work on the glass, the beauty of the margin.

Shine like the afterglow on the part of the margin.

Margin, which has what is light, but a strong aesthetic sense of its own.

Strength and works, separate from her unshakable soul, ethnic pride is melted quietly, may be referred to as series and also the margin is said to work.

What the iPad Can’t Do by Sue Halpern | NYRblog | The New York Review of Books.

Nor the Kindle, for that matter: Shine like the afterglow on the part of the margin. 

Field is made ​​of glass, beautiful shine backed by high technology. The material does not cease to fascinate her.

She has still cherish, a small ball of glass that gave her childhood grandfather.

Cloudy never once was looking at it without getting tired, and feeling her heart dance.


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To those who think, “Tall! Want to be a little high,” I want to show a little high.

“!” Like that, I’ll show you the best shoes.

I think I’m short, so I also, for those who, or that I thought many times have become complex, and hopefully, to even offer a little help.  I want to be tall naotaro. I’m back and I have wanted to be taller, and.

First, I am small, and become a model of the “Paris Collection”. Call if it is tall but, but I must not be high.  From now on … just smaller and I do so in order to try to use, at least they show high shoes: “show” high.

People feel the same, I’m glad it helps.

June 2010 | Maison Chaplin.

The Paris Collection


music star: An interview that should unlock the secrets 

Because there were quite a few that you do so, I was able to do in practice, the overall picture of the stage did not look right? suddenly. However, the song you want to mix were songs and in a state of high tension as Te said a while ago; in a moist feeling I have everyone talking. After that, then I can swing a guitar, to refrain from acoustic because I quit trying.

It is said in such a process of trial and error, minutes before the recording is lacking in a hurry about a week of production, to increase or even a song.

The Swinging Guitar of Tal Farlow – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

New to release in the short term of 10 months from the “école de romantisme” previous work, one thing that was opposed to the “popular song” thoroughly. It made album aims to conceive a sex appeal that’s now in the era of digital glory, such as fragrant dare, and the carpet. Welcome a variety of guest musicians, through melody that boldly challenge soul and funk, to jazz, he is trying to revive the now popular song of the brilliance of the Showa era.

The Japanese Postcard. / Aqua-Velvet.

The Shōwa period (昭和時代 Shōwa jidai?, literally “period of enlightened peace/harmony” is the period of Japanese history corresponding to the reign of the Shōwa Emperor,Hirohito, from December 25, 1926, through January 7, 1989.[1]

This work, including the age of camellia shop quartet, strongly reflected the taste of his own roots and most career history. The “whiff of popular song” of his music degree we have been told so far, how do really born? To make something that was completely different to the sound of mainstream now. It’s pretty analog, there is a feeling like doing the opposite of the times. In that sense: Maybe some people have the impression some people called old. After that, going darker, the density was more a sense of their own songs. This time not want to do halfway. Feeling or something rather than feeling “a little, but now also incorporates sound like pop songs”, and written about over there they will be sound, there is a feeling that was spun off.

Since going to have to study to some extent, such a code may have been issued through the consciousness. l like feeling like this, feeling that it is in or out, or it is out of this feeling. Why?, but I will not be analyzed in detail and only so much as image.

This is not a knowledge of the range that he knows, a song that is riding on it (minor seventh flat fifth), and Half Day Mi Furnish code, so called as one of the key points m7 ♭ 5.

Mode name Notes Intervals
Ionian C E G B d f a 1 3 5 7 9 11 13
Dorian D F A C e g b 1 -3 5 -7 9 11 13
Phrygian E G B D f a c 1 -3 5 -7 -9 11 -13
Lydian F A C E g b d 1 3 5 7 9 +11 13
Mixolydian G B D F a c e 1 3 5 -7 9 11 13
Aeolian A C E G b d f 1 -3 5 -7 9 11 -13
Locrian B D F A c e g 1 -3 -5 -7 -9 11 -13

Chord Naming

What song do you I think I’m not going on!

Wow, it is very likely.

That code, the code of melody m7 ♭ 5, semitone down from the normal scale. Place where there is a semitone down, or produce the K be stumped. It leads to the sex appeal of the song. Well, where he was poked sharp.

But he sometimes says thoughts like, “I like semitone.”

Well, I like the code too.

You really cannot put out their own colour.

But, do not use other people too.

LackLustre Approach to Music II.

the octaval circle of the Lu-Shi Chun-Qiu scale

The code was not awkward or even, but he was thinking that people also used to lower generation of ‘I Do not Have You’ not you come out, for those who have not listened to black music so much comparatively. To give the feeling like blues or jazz minor clearly they’re the perfect code. So, are often used in black music. Were you using from the time of the T shop quartet, I might myself because I like that around here.

It is the sound of jazz and black music is not it much. This is also part of the framework of such songs as melody and chord progression.

Live begins solo debut single; “the end of shite” today! Welcome okay!

Enjoyed it to the last minute to the final! Evening!

“During the tour, I have much,” he had said. “I want to do B, have gone up tray is B these two days very much. Today is the final of the final. Today raise the gold medal of P to everyone from me so !” he said, but it was not broken just responded with roar of the audience of the B.

 “Okay? Let us throb to the death,” he said, “I think as long as the beat of my heart is not ringing, and I want to continue my music.”

Generous applause was sent with tears and a smile.

Mike Marchev | Applause. The Much-Needed Missing Link.

Living big thing, but I always felt uneasy half that, half the fun, we did not have much anxiety. I had experienced at the Y also circular stage, “Summer Commotion Fool Summer Black Thigh.”

Hall first tour that began after that, because I shall have been around the country towards the S Dome; I wonder if I had gone up the cargo. Or consider the representation of each land, I was, or how to show to the audience a lot farther, that the experience learned from the tour stage. There is only a “stupid commotion” theme of all, I want to enjoy than worry anyway!

What if it was a strong feeling?

I think it’ll be easy but I, Oh.

Given calm down now, do not that annoying to me there homework, because not only consistent with the textbook basis, I’m not such a difficult thing. When I thought of the incumbent or “I wonder if there’s meaning to do this,” or “I wish troublesome,”.

“Oh, I should do it when you have such.” Pinch me when I graduated.

Child of the students had better do it right now you’re fine!

I mean you are defiant state.

Defiance: Beyond the Borderline Personality

present tense

It is so easy for one’s work to get lost in translation when distracted by the clamouring voices that demand a succinct ‘artist’s statement’ ; to distill one’s process to a final, definitive bon mot.

Whenever I try to write one of those, it reads something like the text below – my first email sent from my BlackBerry, written in Afrikaans and put through the wringer of an English spellchecker. (I unknowingly OK’d the wrong option throughout.)

So hammer on he hood mast boy day by ain’t hers tel is. Sit by Visa of OR Rambo en wag on he board. Opening was heeding, soviet oh friend Jason en Johannesburg we winter leeugraskleur opened onto en warder. Top spin van nostalgics intrigue. Hoop one man maker you he scene key. Lived dear, w

I especially love the way our dignified struggle icon, O.R. Tambo, became the renegade American fictional character,  O. R Rambo. And that ‘leeugraskleur‘ escaped unscathed: dried grass, the colour of a lion.

Oliver Tambo


March and April 2011.

Grass the colour of lion

 Happy creating, and don’t forget to shine like the afterglow on the part of the margin.

Music and Silence

The music Fay is listening to cloaks the scene in front of her with profound meaning. The sugarbird – seconds ago frantically fluttering between the eggplant throats of two ivory strelitzia flowers – now seems calmed by the notes that drip into the heart of the shrub, one by one, like a necklace of nectar he can sip from.

Arvo Pärt – Wind Repertory Project.

Alina – Arvo Pärt – Listen and discover music at

‘Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) is an Estonian composer, often identified with the school of minimalism, though he rejects this label (and, even more vehemently, the label of “holy minimalism”, which he describes as meaningless.)’ (Quote from

Sofia Gubaidulina Asgatowna – Wikipedia.

Sofia Asgatovna Gubaidulina, (Russian София Асгатовна Губайдулина) (born 24 October 1931) is a Russian-Tatar composer.

‘During her studies in Soviet Russia, her music was labeled “irresponsible” for its exploration of alternate tunings.’ (Quote from

Under the pearlescent skin of the heaving sea a cabinet of curiosities is revealed by the stirring sound of piano notes– crystal monsters of the deep shape-shift with the swaying motion of sturdy kelp stalks.

GEO 565: Geographic Information Systems and Science.

Fay thinks of the school of jellyfish that swam with her at Boulders a month ago, their virtual shapes pulsating towards her. The hot pain as one of them leashed her wrist with a tentacle bracelet.

Jellyfish – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The white sails of a small boat reflect the last rays of the sun.

Fay’s Dream:

Fay is walking across a dusty field towards an isolated tall building. It has an old-fashioned lift with a metal grille cage. The 6th floor is where she needs to go; she has a job interview and feels nervous. An unusual-looking man is following her. Something odd about his hair worries her, and his nose seems too small for his face. Behind the building is a ceramic bisque factory, filled with kitsch figurines: bisque-fired gnomes and fairies and various fruits and angels, as well as Disney characters, like Sleeping Beauty and Goldilocks.

The man following Fay turns out to be the owner of the factory, and the person who is going to interview her.  Fay watches him from a window on the 6th floor landing as he walks down to the ground level using the fire escape stairs. He seems only interested in working the deep brown soil of his back lot. There are several large containers filled with verdant vegetables and herbs, and a chicken coop.

giy – grow it yourself | urban sprout.

An enormous workhorse plods past with baskets filled with fresh produce strapped across his broad back. The scene is shrouded in mist.

As Fay follows the man down the stairs, she thinks back to that one time when the old lift shuddered from side to side, causing her to slip and fall onto the metal floor.

A woman with pale turquoise eyes has joined the owner of the factory in his garden. A garnet bead is clamped to her nostril with a slim, wooden washing peg; Japanese-looking and elegant. She is telling him about a group of children she had just met, who gave her a cloud message. A carnival feeling develops during her telling and the horse reappears, with flowers braided into its mane. Vintage Horse Clip Art: Victorian Die Cut of Black Circus Horse with Fancy Reins.

Fay wants to continue staring at the woman, but instead looks at the man. It doesn’t take her long to realise that she cannot work for him; cannot spend her days painting his collection of kitsch figurines while he works outside, in the sunshine, elbow-deep in rich, crumbling soil.

present tense

I love listening to music, and I love working. I don’t seem to be able to do both simultaneously – or at least not for longer than a few tracks.  About two weeks ago this changed, when I discovered (Probably the last person on the planet to do so, but if this site is unfamiliar to you, do check it out – it basically allows you to create your own ‘radio stations’, tailored to your individual taste.) It has enriched my working experience, expanded my music library and reacquainted me with old favourites, like Tom Waits.  Oh, what joy!

Tom Waits – Little Drop of Poison – Video, listening & stats at

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I love listening to cello music – it seems to be the only instrument I can always listen to. Creating my own ‘cello’ radio station, I discovered Zoë Keating’s contemporary cello music for the first time. Addictive bliss. (Click on tags below images for a listen.)

Zoë Keating – Legions (War) – Listening & stats at

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Nick Cave’s music was vaguely familiar to me (I’m basically musically illiterate), so it was wonderful to actually listen to a few tracks of his music – his ‘Rather Lovely Thing’ is rather lovely.

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Counting The Stars – Listening & stats at

Krzysztof Penderecki (b. November 23, 1933 in Dębica) is a Polish composer and conductor whose works are often composed in remembrance of 20th century catastrophes. Threnos for 52 string instruments (1960) is dedicated to the victims of Hiroshima, and the piano concerto Resurrection was composed as a reaction to the 11 September 2001 attacks on the WTC. The works’ instrumental tonal colouring and dramatic sounds are very emotional.

Polish Requiem, which he began in 1980 with the composition of the Lacrimosa, is dedicated to Lech Walesa. 

I liked listening to the Adagietto from Paradise Lost from Cello Concerto No. 2 and Divertimento for Solo Cello (1994) I. Sarabande. (Sextet & Clarinet Quartet etc. – Krzysztof Penderecki – Listen and discover music at


Schott Music – Krzysztof Penderecki – Profile.

And then of course there is tango music – instantly uplifting, adding a certain je ne sais quoi to an otherwise ordinary working day. Too many artists to mention, but Manga De Tanos was a new discovery.

Manga De Tanos – Discover music, concerts, stats, & pictures at

Image:   manga de tanos – quintetto di tango argentino.

My cello radio station introduced me to Unwoman (aka Erica Mulkey). I can’t figure out the ‘unwoman’ part, but never mind, her cello playing is sublime. She is based in San Francisco, and is a cellist, singer and songwriter.  I like this quote (from about her music: “Layered with skillful cello, rich vocals, and electronically arranged beats, her solo music is a futuristic homage to her classical training.”

Treat yourself and listen to a track or two.

Unwoman – Discover music, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures at

Adam Hurst’s music blends Middle Eastern, Indian, and Gypsy traditions with Western Classical sounds. His style of  playing has variously been described as “original, unique, improvised and melodic”. Listening to any of his tracks instantly calms me down. Beautiful.


Adam Hurst – Discover music, videos, concerts, stats, & pictures at


I am so happy that I’ve found a way to  make my days more musical.

Let me know what you’re listening to at the moment – happy creating!


A note on the title of this post – inspired by one of my favourite novels of all time, by Rose Tremain. Quoting from Goodreads: “Set in 17th century Denmark, this is the story of an English lutenist summoned to Denmark to join the King’s private royal orchestra. While there he falls in love with the Queen’s maid and becomes embroiled in a tug of war in the royal court.”

I think it’ll read rather well with a bit of Zoë Keating in the background.

Music and Silence by Rose Tremain – Reviews, Discussion, Bookclubs, Lists.