I wish you water.”
― Wallace J. Nichols, Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How Being Near, In, On, or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better at What You Do
For years I’ve lived with the misconception that I’m fun loving, spontaneous and love surprises. Turns out that’s just not true, surprises and spontaneity make me feel unsettled and insecure. Enter stage left – my friend Didi, the most fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, spontaneous, crazy girl I know, with the ability to change her mind, profession, direction or location with such speed that bystanders may encounter serious whiplash.
When, out of the blue (Didi knows no other way), the aforementioned crazy girl sent me a whatsapp message telling me that she was looking after a guest house in Knysna for a week and asking whether I’d like to join her for a night, instead of my normal hemming and hawing at this unscheduled outing, I flung caution to the wind and replied with a hearty “yes!”
I’m so pleased I did, the guest house is beautiful with a breath taking view of the lagoon and Knysna heads; although the weather was overcast and windy I had a wonderful relaxing time with my sweet friend.
I only stayed one night and left the following afternoon but we managed to fit in some good old fashioned girl time, eating, drinking, talking late into the night and getting up early the next morning to watch the sun rise.
Didi made us a delicious seafood dinner which we ate by candlelight and overlooking the lagoon.
Of course I had my camera with me and took the opportunity to practise relaxed portrait photography using all the different kinds of indoor light the guest house had to offer.
There were only two guests who were mostly away sightseeing, this left me with heaps of time to clickity click click away on my shutter, Didi was a trooper and a very patient model.
There was lots of laughter and playing silly buggers…
Didi’s spontaneity is infectious, that morning while we were having coffee in our PJ’s on the rooftop, the wind blowing like crazy, the sun struggling to peep through the heavy clouds, it was so exhilarating that even I managed to be a bit mad and spontaneous!
What a beautiful time we had. Note to self – “Say yes more often!”
I leave you with these last images of sunset at the beautiful Knysna heads and the wonderful, unpredictable, extemporaneous Didi.
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My friends, I wish you water,