cape town

vamp

thaya keeps reminding me of the amazing stuff at vamp. flip. luckily i don’t live in cape town, only because if i did i’d probably be swinging past their shop all the time and bankrupting myself. in my dreams i’d be the owner of…

… this liquor cabinet, so i could feel like i was on the set of mad men:

… this folding table, so i could squeeze it into my already full flat:

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superette

i finally got round to going to superette and it is as good as i’ve heard. went there on a saturday morning after a night of one too many margaritas, so was dying for a coffee and some runny eggs. i really hate crowded restaurants and was kind of dreading that it would be packed full of the same crowd that goes to the biscuit mill market, but luckily the atmosphere was super mellow and the staff were friendly & attentive.

i opted for the poached eggs and didn’t actually read the small print – so i was surprised by the mound of crispy bacon, four huge asparagus stalks, a baby marrow (with flower, yum), side salad and a generous chunk of bread… not to mention the perfectly cooked poached eggs. A+ guys.

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cinder and skylark

i get sort of stupidly excited every time i discover a local blog that sparks my interest (they’re not easy to find in the midst of billions of other websites, you know). lauren posted about cinder & skylark, where her photo had been featured – a cape town street style & graffiti blog run by michelle. see if you can spot anyone you know.

how fantastic is this girl with the cream soda top & white slacks?

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jenny parsons

i wandered into the dorp street gallery in stellenbosch (which is actually no longer in dorp street, but has moved to the corner of church & bird streets) and discovered the work of jenny parsons, an artist from cape town whose fynbos paintings are so beautiful. just love love love the colours…

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cape town & suburbs

family friends found this book in a vintage market in geneva, switzerland – of all places. now it has returned to sunny south african shores. i think it was printed in the fourties / fifties (no date unfortunately), though the postcards inside are all probably from the turn of the century. i love the cover. more at my flickr

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memories

i’m on holiday for a wee while. just over 3 weeks to be exact, boom! i won’t be on the computer much (or at all, hopefully) – but i have set up some posts to go off like clockwork around here. so, to keep going with the summer / holiday spirit…. here are some lovely old beach pics for you:

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From 1959 to 1963 my father took photos of ordinary people in Cape Town.

found these amazing vintage shots by liberty littlebasil‘s dad from the beaches & pools of cape town in the memory bane pool group over on flickr. there’s lots more – go have a look.

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boogie woogie board

my mom snapped these in the late afternoon at kogel bay – bear in mind that they were taken from the coastal road above the beach – if you have ever been to kogel bay you’ll know how far away that is. love this sequence & the sunset light on the water.

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