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The Victorian Secret – should not be kept secret

first heard of The Victorian Secret in Benoni referred to as Victoria’s Secret. While it is a genteel and respectable establishment, the indulgence feels just a little naughty. When Mum visits from Durbs, I like to take her out for a treat. Previously we have been to The Margaret Roberts Herbal centre and Arum Symphony. This time we chose The ... Read More »

Beyond Words and Music – David Bowie Tribute

I knew you by the shape of the air you left behind It couldn’t hold your essence Couldn’t fit within the mind I knew you in the silence the pause between the notes Free beyond the music It rises and it floats Words may awe and dazzle birth thought to voice and form but that is not the way you ... Read More »

Oh So Charming, Oh so Unique, Oh so Talented

When every shopping mall offers the same shops, selling the same products, there is a hunger to find something different and special.  Discovering the South African online store ‘Oh So Charming’ has opened up the greatest avenue for shopping, and you escape entering Groundhog malls which pulverize the soul. I met Tracey from Oh So Charming at a SA Mom Bloggers event ... Read More »

Rice Crispie & Marshmallow hearts, a great kids Valentines treat

  I suffer from handuppalitis and seem to always find myself volunteering for everything, be it standing on a bridge with a “Hoot against e-tolls” banner, or cooking lunches at the pre-school when the cook was off work.  The most crazy was working as a volunteer in office admin at Fjord’s previous pre-school for a full year.  I’m getting better ... Read More »

Reyneke, a biodynamic wine estate and a dynamic wine tasting

Visiting the wine estate Reyneke, we were guilty of a faux pas, unaware that tasting should be by appointment. None the less we were graciously accommodated between two bookings. The tasting was a friendly personal interaction where assistant winemaker Nuschka shared her knowledge and passion for what she does. Reyneke is a biodynamic estate. Not only are organic principles followed, ... Read More »

The Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale

The Klein Karoo and R62 can be summed up with a string of Q words, quaint, quirky and quiet being a few. At dusk Barrydale glows with an ethereal light at the foot of the Langeberg mountains. The Barrydale Karoo Art Hotel embraced us with an abundance of tasteful quirky on arrival . Art abounds from innumerable paintings on the walls to ... Read More »

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 »

Perfect Cherry Pie

After watching Twin Peaks, I set out to find the perfect Cherry Pie recipe.  This is simple and easy yet absolutely amazing.  I only make this about once a year as cherries are expensive but it is one of my favourites.   This time we bought cherries at a very good price from Veldskoen padstal in the Cape, Hex River. ... Read More »

A fairytale stay at the Arts Centre’s tower in Nieu Bethesda

Some things cannot fail to enchant the inner child.  Sleeping in a tower ranks way up there.  Staying in the tower at the Nieu Bethesda Arts Centre was magical.  We shuffled in, wet clothing clinging to us during a rare Karoo downpour. The lovely lady who greeted us, brought towels and led us into the adjoining priory lounge for a ... Read More »