stellenbosch

nest

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)

pardon the crap cellphone pics, i hurriedly took these over my lunch break.

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old nectar

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

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gertha

i’d like to introduce you to gertha – she’s one of my favourite houses in stellenbosch. all weird angles & low walls, just like the day she was first built. there are many other houses like gertha in town, but unfortunately they are being knocked down one by one to be replaced with tuscan-african monstrosities.

note: pic taken with my phone this morning, so very bad quality unfortunately. i will make an effort to go around and photograph all my favourite houses with a proper camera before they are ruined, promise.

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look at nook

oh YAY Jessica & Luke’s restaurant Nook has been featured in the December issue of House & Leisure!

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so excited & proud of them, if you guys haven’t visited yet – please do

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la gratitude

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one of the best things i own is this framed etching of La Gratitude manor in Dorp Street, Stellenbosch. my dad bought it from some poor guy who was actually peddling it door to door. he seemed a bit down on his luck, so pops took it off his hands for something ridiculous like… R350. i don’t really LOVE the etching, but i really like the fact that it’s of a building in stellenbosch (born & raised) – and a place i walk past almost everyday.

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what caught my attention most of all was the frame, which is on the verge of falling apart & also super dusty (i don’t want to clean it too much, in case it breaks). it has this faded green velvet inner border & little flowers all around the edges. i’m a tart for ornate frames, you see.

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i do think that it’s pretty old, even though i’m sure that the dude who was selling it must have lied his pants off about what it was actually worth. there’s a calendar from 1911-1912 stuck on the back – which is kind of odd, but perhaps some kind of indication of its age.

either way, it’s lovely.

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spring day, 1990

spring day was a sad day for diana

every spring day (sept 1st) at our primary school there would be a ‘spring hat’ competition for the younger kids. don’t ask me why, but we all took it pretty seriously. well, perhaps i didn’t take it AS seriously as some of the other seven year old girls – whose MOMS made their hats. needless to say, i didn’t win. it was a sad day for my my little ponies.

(my mom was probably laughing hysterically when she took this photo, bless her.)

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