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Discovering the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

After mooching around the house in a brain melting heatwave, discovering Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden was a real winner.  Botanical Gardens have timeless appeal to us (we married at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Jo’burg) and our favourite places to eat or drink are those with outdoor seating. Despite visiting the Western Cape annually for about 10 years, this was a special ... Read More »

PJ breakfast at Sunrise cafe in Piet Retief

Stepping way out of family character we left for our trip to Ndumo and Kosi Bay at 5 am.  Half asleep children were bundled into the car in their pj’s and off we set.  After a few hours on the road we started looking for a place to have breakfast.  Travelling food stops are a hit and miss affair, but ... Read More »

Shapes of Africa – Sea fresh food at a magical backpackers

Long ago I had a vivid recurring dream, in it I discovered a previously unknown room, filled with dazzling treasure in my Grandmother’s house.  Last night had the same feel as that dream. A few times a year I visit family in Durban and Umdloti.  Much loved favourites like the Bush Tavern in Umdloti are experienced with ritual comfort and satisfaction.  On a previous ... Read More »

The big Boksburg Roadhouse Roundup

Sampling the top 3 roadhouses in Boksburg, was a good dose of fun and adventure. Retro is in, but in Boksburg (not a fashion capital of the world) for many it never went out. Not when it comes to roadhouses anyway. Boksburgians have a point here.  The Fireplace, Kota Joe and Orama were all better than, or equal to take ... Read More »

Her Majesteas Salon, Regal charm with a twist of humour

Whilst inarguably genteel and refined, Her Majesteas Salon in Heidelberg presents gracious hospitality, with a tongue firmly placed in the cheek.  I like that.  HMS has the feel of a smile not a stiff upper lip.  Royally wallpapered walls host Tretchikoff prints and wire chandeliers are adorned with tea cups , champagne corks and other bits and bobs.  Tannie Evita ... Read More »

Kota Joe Roadhouse – a fresh take on an established concept

Kota Joe Roadhouse, is a fresh fun take on the roadhouse concept.  A vehicle to take roadhouses into the future.  After running a “best roadhouse” poll on a local community Facebook group, The Fireplace was most popular (51 votes), and Kota Joe second (13 votes).  In fairness The Fireplace has been around for almost 60 years and some may not ... Read More »

Nostalgia and Good food meet at The Fireplace Roadhouse in Boksburg

If nostalgia were a musical instrument it would be an oboe.  Conveying weighty, beautiful music tinged with sadness.  Certain places and memories bring a smile pared with an ache somewhere near my solar plexus.  I have oboe memories of The Gremlin Drive in roadhouse, when visiting my grandparents in Salisbury as a child.  My mother remembers going there with school ... Read More »

MEETING MUM BLOGGERS, LIVING AND LEARNING

Saturday was a special day. It was my first meet-up with other South African Mom Blogs members. Initially I felt some apprehension. I wanted to attend because it is vital to be open to new people and experiences. A comfort zone is a small cramped space. However I worried if this would be a kind of pissing contest. Would I ... Read More »