last year i took some new photos at The Table to use on their website. i love the casual flowers that are always such a sweet feature on their tables (all thanks to Jess’ husband Luke!) – they remind me of the colourful flowers that they had at their wedding. we ate the most delicious twice baked cheese souffle and some kind of gorgeous homemade ice cream – the flavour of which escapes me now, but the mmm-memory remains. The Table is open on the weekends, and you have to book because they are naturally insanely popular. if you haven’t visited yet, what are you waiting for?
yesterday we celebrated our one year wedding anniversary and as a serious treat we spent a night at Clouds Estate outside Stellenbosch. we stayed here just after our wedding, so it was special for us to return, and of course just amazing to get to spend time at this exquisite location.
i have been walking a lot in the mountains that surround my parents’ home in the past while. my family all live in stellenbosch and between them they have 4 dogs who need a lot of walking. two are hunting breeds, and so they need double the amount of exercise. since i don’t have dogs of my own and i don’t really get the chance to walk in the mountains in Cape Town… this is what i love doing when i visit.
so last week i came down with the mother of all colds. right now i have a cough so fierce you might think i’m a seasoned smoker (i’m not). apparently they call it a productive cough. well, my cough is being super productive. me – not so much. i have been resting and drinking lots of water and playing too much plants vs zombies on my iPad.
you will no doubt remember my old friend Jessica from various posts on the blog, as well as her and husband Luke’s wonderful restaurant Nook in Stellenbosch. after some busy & hectic years they sold Nook and moved to the country for a while, but it wasn’t long before ideas began brewing for their next venture – and that came in the form of The Table at De Meye. already an established eatery, the previous owners Russell and Camilla were sad to sell this little piece of heaven in the winelands – but Jess & Luke planned to continue the tradition of family-style dining inspired by local & seasonal ingredients.
jan and rohan run a graphic design company called fanakalo in my hometown of stellenbosch. i regularly see their designs when i’m walking around town, especially on posters for local markets and on many a south african wine.
i was lucky enough to get my paws on a box of original vintage photos of stellenbosch, taken by photographer christo s. botha, who started taking photos of the town as a student in 1938. the photos are from a book called discover historic stellenbosch. if you’re a stellenbosch resident (or frequent visitor) you’ll recognise all these spots…
i’ve been meaning to tell you about a local restaurant i visited recently with some friends during the world cup, we went to watch the (heartbreaking) ghana / uruguay match there and it was awesome. amazink eatery is in kayamandi, stellenbosch and they serve yummy braai food such as generous portions of pap & wors (which i had, accompanied by delicious chakalaka and creamed spinach) and other typically south african meals. the place was packed, the vibe was great, the food was tasty, i had too many beers and when it was all over my friends and i were sold. next time you’re in stellenbosch make sure you pay them a visit.
hold on a second while i mentally jump up and down from excitement at the discovery of this local style blog bluestockings, by emma durr & michelle gow (transplants from england and canada respectively). as far as i can see most of these photos were taken in stellenbosch in and around the university campus, which means i am doubly excited. nice little interviews, quality writing, beautiful photos and excellent local style is the word of the day at bluestockings
took a little stroll through town & discovered this beauty at the dorp street gallery. it wasn’t up on the wall yet and the gallery assistant couldn’t tell me how much it was going for… but i love it. painted by waalko dingemans, 1954.
i went to dornier. have you been? you should go.
and on sunday it was my niece’s baptism (hence all the prettiness)
if you’re ever in the stellenbosch area and you’re in need of a gift for a friend, girlfriend, mom… or just want something unique for your house – look no further than nest. they stock beautiful cushions (specially made) and the best collection of vintage items – which makes this my favourite favourite shop in town (and very reasonably priced, which is nice!). you’ll find nest in the skuinshuis builing, 44 van ryneveld street (bonus: it’s right next to nook eatery)
Una van der Spuy is 98 years old and she just published another book about gardening – her own garden in fact, at Old Nectar in Stellenbosch. one of the most beautiful gardens in the country, and the only private garden to be declared a national monument. still working in your garden at 98, let alone writing a book about it, is just incredible – i would love to meet her & see her amazing garden one day. the book is Old Nectar: a garden for all seasons