Oooh! I have such exciting news for you all!
Do you want to hear it?
Do you? Do you?
I am holding up the latest edition of the Pinelands Muse, and doing a little jig of joy.
“Why?” you ask, a little puzzled.
Do you realllllllly want to know?
I dangle the magazine tantalisingly in front of you.
“Yes, yes, tell us!” you declare impatiently.
Because – wait for it – I’ve been published! In the Muse!
“Er… what is The Muse?” you ask, bewildered.
Oh, you don’t know what The Muse is? Well, then, I’d better explain.
In February last year, you may recall, I was approached by Glynnis, ace reporter of the Muse, a colourful, glossy and well-written local magazine that magically appears in our postbox once a month, free of charge, and asked whether I would consent to an interview for an article they were written about local bloggers.
After several days of humming-and-hawing, uncertain whether I really wanted to give up the comfort and safety of my relative anonymity, curiosity won.
To my great relief – and delight, the interview went off smoothly, and we found that we shared a similar interest in photography and a passion for our neighbourhood, our city and our country.
At the end of February 2011, Glynnis’ write-up of the interview appeared in the March edition of the Muse (you can read the PDF here and my blogpost about the whole experience here).
At the end of September last year, the Pinelands Muse brought out their First Anniversary Edition.
As I had kept a copy of every edition since the very first one, and still enjoyed leafing through the previous issues from time to time, I thought it apposite to write a retrospective, Looking Back, to say ‘thank you’ to Max (the editor) and Glynnis (the photographer and writer) and Christelle (the very talented person who does the design and layout).
In January this year, Glynnis sent me some information about two intrepid adventurers who were due to arrive in Cape Town, having ridden more than 2200km from KwaZulu Natal and through the Wild Coast (which is called that for a jolly good reason) down along the southern coast to Cape Town.
No, seriously. I’m not making this up.
Can you tell that my curiosity was not only piqued, but that I could not wait to see these extraordinary individuals in real life?
The announced day of their arrival in Pinelands was Saturday, 14 January 2012, and I thus found myself joining a crowd of well-wishers and supporters, some in 4x4s, some with horse-drawn carts, and many on horseback, at the eastern end of Forest Drive. They were all waiting to welcome Barry, Joe and their entourage to Cape Town, and to accompany them in a long convoy of horses, carts and vehicles to Oude Molen Eco Village at the western edge of Pinelands.
If you haven’t read it yet, have a look here.
And the reason I’m so excited right now is because the Muse has published an article of mine about this event, together with some of my piccies!
And not only that, but they have also included my article about the Chart Rose Farm, which we visited a couple of weeks ago during mom-in-law’s visit to Cape Town for some scones and crumpets among the sweet-smelling roses.
In fact, they liked the picture of my golden-yellow roses so much that they decided to include it as the front cover!
Now if that isn’t worth a little jig of joy, I don’t know what is.
So excuse me, while I jig-and-jog and hippity-hop through the house, waving my personally-hand-delivered-this-morning hot-off-the-press and still-smelling-of-fresh-ink copy of the Muse!!!
I need to go and show it to my cat.
And as you can tell, she is taking this joyful news in her customary, unrestrainedly effusive manner.
28 thoughts on “Hot off the press!”
Great, Reggie! I’m really pleased for you. And I remember and enjoyed the blog post about the horse trek too. Well done.
I am beaming from ear to ear, Richard. Thank you. 😀
FANTASTIC!!! Well done, Reggie! You richly deserve the recognition. You are allowed to celebrate, to dance, shout hooray! and anything else you feel like doing!
Blush…. thanks, Alison… :-}
Way to go, Reggie! **how exciting!**
Congrats Reggie. That must be a super feeling.
Ahhh, ’tis indeed, Slamdunk, ’tis indeed. 😀
Well done Reggie,I am delighted for you.Your photography is excellent and I look foreward to all the adventures that you have. Truly bringing the Cape a little more alive for us. Please HOP SKIP and DANCE to day for this thrilling acknowledgement, You deserve it !!
Thank you, Pauline. I’m glad that you can enjoy the Cape via my blog. I wish you could see more of it yourself… Hugs!
Tuffy and I celebrated with a cup of tea and some cookies, as we read through the entire magazine from cover to cover (it’s full of interesting articles, so if you don’t live in a suburb where they deliver, do check out their website). Our little muffin isn’t fazed much by all this FAME and GLORY, though… she’s more interested in getting a tummy-rub with a leaf of catnip. 😉 Nothing like a contentedly purring kitty-cat with four pointy-clawed paws to bring you riiiiight back to earth.
Great Stuff Reggie! Sorry I had to rush off today – your hot off the press excitement is infectious — and as you know my niece had good news as well. Beautiful world!
It was the nicest surprise to receive a couple of hand-delivered copies of the Muse from you this morning – Thank You!
Congratulations, Reggie! Well done – you really deserve this.
Thank you, Truels. It’s surprisingly nice to see one’s name in print! 🙂
Congrats Reggie! That’s wonderful news!
Thank you, Oregon Sunshine. 🙂
A huge congratulations Reggie! I am so happy for you! FUN!
Sher from Oregon
Thank you for your kind words, Sher. 🙂
Well done, Reggie! I’m pleased for you. 🙂
(I am beaming from ear to ear) – thanks, Val!
That is really exciting news. And even the front cover. That is certainly something to be proud of. Congratulations. The question now is what will your next cover-story be? If I may interrupt you in your jig-and-jog happy state of mind? You can’t just leave it like that? I love this post and your excitement about the experience. Great.
Oh, you are funny, Munchow. Talk about putting on the pressure, eh?! 😉 Well, thank you for sharing in my excitement, and I shall definitely let you know if I am published again!
Congrats! This is definitely worth celebration and elation. Enjoy it.
A little belatedly, I know – but THANK YOU, Paprika!
Amazing. This is an event! Will celebrate by showing in off on Facebook! And I am telling all my friends
I am beeeaaaming from ear to ear, Bobz.
Congrats Reggie! 🙂 Your posts are always informative, entertaining and fun with stunning photos. It’s really great that they have made it into print. I’m so excited for you!
Thanks for including copies of the articles – they look really good.
I am beaming … 😀