Our Long Weekend: Instagram Style

If you haven't heard or even seen an Instagram picture crop up somewhere on someone's Facebook or Twitter feed, you're living under a rock. It's simple.Take a photo, apply a filter to it, and sit back and admire how your average photo suddenly looks vintage, retro and very, very cool. Instagram is the latest craze in social media and would be hipsters, straight up normal folk and everyone else in between seem to be using it, especially since it  became available in the android (not just iPhone) phone market. To top it all off, Facebook just announced its acquirement of the company, meaning that it'll no doubt be integrated into that social media powerhouse very soon too.

So in honour of being on trend and in the know,  we thought it would be fun to share our long weekend with you in Instagrams. We took way to many this weekend, and it would be a waste for them to gather virtual dust in our phones. They say a picture is worth 1000 words, so sit back and take it all in!

So now that you've taken in all the hipster pretty, here's what we got up to, in old school list-style! 
~ Got entranced and royally stuffed at the Oyster Box Hotel High Tea. You can't get too much of a good thing when it comes in the form of mushroom tarts and chocolate mousse egg cups.
~ A trip through the Midlands Meander revealed so much natural beauty - rolling fields, lakes in the middle of nowhere, long stretches of road and lots of antique shopping! 
~ The long weekend wouldn't be a long weekend without a trip to the I heart Market. Kim was right on trend when she bought her red and green swallow print dress from Dandelion - isn't it divine? 
~ Trawling second hand book stores for good bargains, which included a children's book packed with great illustrations. Perfect for ripping apart and making gift bags and cards from (watch this space). 
~ Discovering a coffee lover's delight at Terbodore - a coffee roastery just outside Howick. They blend all their coffee on the premises. Best cappuccino I've (Filipa) had in a long time. And they had a huge Great Dane. That's ten points in my books as far as I'm concerned.
~ Finding great little knick knacks and original gift ideas from Sweet Pea Creations (don't you just love the bunny with the sweet little bow), at the Linga Lapa (they make a MEAN fillet) on the Midlands Meander. They're also a nursery, and I managed to get a great pot of Basil for only R8! 
~ I couldn't go through the Midlands Meander without stopping by at the lovely Cranford Country Lodge, where a bride and friend is getting married soon. Its so picturesque and quaint.
~ And as is standard with all farm stalls, there was lots of cheese, wine and olives to be coveted and admired upon. Oh the indulgence! 
~ What's a weekend away without some poolside indulgence? Kim got her fix of pool lounging at the luxurious Simbithi Eco-Estate. For those brides to be searching for a wedding venue - look no further, Simbithi is a stunning venue, with great on-site facilities. Check out their rates here.

That was what we got up to this long weekend - what did you guys do? 

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