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Finally

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” – – Brad Paisley


The Bolo Rei is in its final(ly) rise.

Last years Bolo Rei
©2017 Regina Martins

The triffle is in the fridge.

As soon as the Bolo Rei is in the oven I will start on the lasagne. It’s simple wholesome food tonight.

For tomorrow, the first day of 2018, we braai.

“For last year's words belong to last year's language 
And next year's words await another voice.” 
― T.S. EliotFour Quartets

Have an amazing evening.

Wishing you 2018 that will bring you all that you desire.

Until tomorrow…
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.

So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.” 
― Neil Gaiman

A Maxim To Live By – Emptying Your Cup

“If you always do what you’ve always done you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”


Have you read the koan called A Cup Of Tea? It goes like this:

Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

Practically, if you want different results you need to think about something in a different way.

Do things differently.

Step out of your comfort zone.

No almosts.

Try something new.

Take a risk, perhaps one you’ve never taken before.

This is key to growing and developing as a person.

It may seem daunting at first…try it on small things like driving a different route to work, wearing a colour you’ve never worn before and trying a dish you’ve in the past sworn never to try.

Different results need the cup to be empty of preconceived ideas, judgement and notions about what you know.

 

That’s Value Right There

Patina, thin layers brought on by time.

Yesterday Che and I were talking about restoring old things of value. Restorations are something Che loves doing. The love that he puts into bringing life back into an old and misused item is something that is beautiful about him. He recently restored an old oil welder. It was cracked and rusted. After a few months of tlc, it now looks very different. It’s usable now. That led us to talk about restorations and I asked about the cost/benefit ratio of restoring something. Of course, my frame is different to that of a restorer. There are some things that it is necessary to restore to look brand spanking new. And there are other items that need to be restored just enough to still retain the patina of age. That is what gives them value.

I came across this quote by John Yemma editor of the Christian Science Monitor, in his “open source” column for November 22, 2009, “On Thanksgiving: the memorial that time forgot” that beautifully describes this:

“Monuments are anchors in time. Epochs pass, weather erodes, people lose interest. This cannot be helped. But patina itself is worth appreciating. Patina is the value that age puts on an object.”

The same applies to other items such as cars, Fender amps and old oil welders. The patina is what gives items character helping them to retain their value.

The same thing can apply to people too. As one gain in years, people are imbued with a patina of wisdom, the passing of time creating layers of experience, layer upon layer upon layer upon layer.

Generally, in Western cultures, people who have these wonderful rich patinas are put away from mainstream society depriving the youth of learning from their wisdom. Many elderly people lose their purpose in life when removed from the family system, from their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. A life without purpose is no life at all and often, at that stage of life, the only purpose an elderly person has is to be with their family.

I love the story of the students who live rent-free in an old age  home in the Netherlands in return for spending 30 hours with the residents, giving them computer lessons and cooking for them, helping to combat “the social isolation and loneliness in older men and women which increases mortality” – imagine the wisdom that they can tap into. This story was written in 2015 and I hope that it’s still ongoing.

John Yemma goes on to say,

(Patina) “It’s what makes an antique antique. It is experience, maturity, the soft sheen of time. Patina wasn’t present at the spanking-new creation. It comes from a life lived.”

How amazing is that, how incredible that as we become better versions of ourselves each and every day, we acquire the patina of a life well lived. That’s value right there.


Patina 

 

The Silos Transformation

An incredible structure, mind-boggling, and awe-inspiring! That’s the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of Contemporary Art Africa. Located in the Grain Silo Complex of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront, it left me breathless. I can’t gush enough 😉

If you’re ever in Cape Town, just after going to the top of Table Mountain, you just have to visit it. Whatever you do, whether you’re an architecture buff or an art lover, please put aside at least half the day to begin to do it justice.

The entire space has been carved out of 42x 33m high concrete grain tubes. The moment you walk in there’s a cathedral-like quality to it, the carved silos akin to huge organ tubes. The atrium stretches right up to the roof, the round tops of the silos covered by hardened glass which you walk on when you reach level 6.

Zeitz MOCAA: Level 7 upwards on the right is a hotel. The Museum spans the whole breadth of the structure until level 6
©2017 Regina Martins

Level 7 upwards on the right is a hotel. The Museum spans the whole breadth of the structure until level 6.

Zeitz MOCAA: Level 7 upwards on the right is a hotel. The Museum spans the whole breadth of the structure until level 6
©2017 Regina Martins

The atrium is 27m high and is the central point from which all the 80 gallery spaces on 8 floors connect from. It is shaped like a single grain.

Zeitz MOCAA: in the atrium, looking up at the roof
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The spiral staircase, in one of the old grain tubes, goes all the way from basement 2 to level 6 – it is an engineering feat all on its own.

Zeitz MOCAA: the spiral staircase, in one of the old grain tubes, goes all the way from basement 2 to level 6 – it is an engineering feat all by itself
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Zeitz MOCAA: the engineering feat that is the spiral staircase, from basement 2 to level 6, in one of the grain tubes
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Zeitz MOCAA: looking up at the roof
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A repurposed remnant of the old silo.

Zeitz MOCAA: a remnant of the old silo
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The elevator shaft, neatly fitted into grain tubes.

Zeitz MOCAA: the elevator shaft, neatly fitted into grain tubes
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Zeitz MOCAA: the vaulted atrium provides access to all of the exhibition spaces, which total 6,000 square metres
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Zeitz MOCAA: the atrium is shaped like a single grain
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Zeitz MOCAA: the atrium is huge and 27 metres high
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Zeitz MOCAA: looking up from the basement up to the roof
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Zeitz MOCAA: another view of the base(ment) of the silos and museum
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Zeitz MOCAA: basement 2, the base of the grain silos, the thick concrete polished to a sheen
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Zeitz MOCAA: the polished basement floor, the pattern created by the shape of the silos
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Looking up at the roof from the atrium, at the top of the tube which is covered by laminated glass in a fritted pattern designed by the late African artist El Loko.

Zeitz MOCAA: looking up at the roof from the atrium, at the top of the tube which is covered by laminated glass in a fritted pattern designed by the late African artist El Loko
©2017 Regina Martins

The roof is the tops of the tubes, covered by laminated glass with a frittered pattern by the late African artist, El Loko. You can see all the way down to the atrium if you look in between the patterns, very exhilarating.

Zeitz MOCAA: the roof is the tops of the tubes, covered by laminated glass with a frittered pattern by the late African artist, El Loko. You can see all the way down to the atrium if you look in between the pattern, very exhilarating
©2017 Regina Martins
Zeitz MOCAA: the frittered pattern on the laminated glass atop the tubes
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The roof has a sculpture garden and bulging windows providing gorgeous 360-degree views of Cape Town and Table Mountain.

Zeitz MOCAA: the roof has a sculpture garden and bulging windows providing gorgeous 360-degree views of Cape Town and Table Mountain
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Zeitz MOCAA: the top of the frittered pattern laminated glass covered grain silo as seen from the atrium
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Zeitz MOCAA: looking down the spiral staircase
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An old door on the outside, the industrial origins of the building still very much evident and preserved.

Zeitz MOCAA: an old door on the outside, the industrial origins of the building still very much evident and preserved
©2017 Regina Martins
Zeitz MOCAA: what looks like an old winch, still preserved at the entrance to the museum
©2017 Regina Martins

Entered in WordPress’s weekly photo challenge: Transformation.

 

Tethered Bridge

Does the pedestrian bridge over the Main River qualify as being tethered I wonder? What is it about bridges that lure me to walk to the middle, pause for a bit and gaze into the distance? We don’t have too many bridges over rivers here. Most of them are over freeways and the nearest river is 100kms to the south. There is a pull of opposites, a gravity-defying act that lures me to bridges and a need to see what’s on the other side.

Suspension pedestrian bridge over the River Main in Frankfurt
©2017 Regina Martins

Bridge. 

Tether.