Feeling the blues 


I love the colour of this wall. I see it often in Khayelitsha, both as an interior and an exterior paint. While we are waiting for Zanele's house to be built, we either meet at Vuyelwa's house with its zingy apple-meets-lime green walls, or at Zanele's boyfriend's house, where the calming aqua walls create a illusion of cool serenity in spite of the stifling heat in the uninsulated shack.

Aqua? Celestine blue? Duck egg? Light Turquoise? This wall by any other name feels just as cool!
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Kirstenbosch inspiration 

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Now's the time to throw some clothing out! 


You've probably heard about the huge fire in Khayelitsha in which 4000 people lost their homes and all their possessions on New Year's day. Zanele has been going through her clothing, setting aside what she no longer neads I have been doing the same. We took five big bags through to the Khayelitsa fire station on Friday. If you have items of clothing, blankets or non-perishable food that you would like to donate just drop them off at your nearest fire station or Pick n Pay store. What a brilliant idea to make the fire station the collection point!
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Hey, ho, let's go! 

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Festive Countdown - day 3 

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Festive Countdown - day 2 

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Presenting: 

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Our beautiful new Trii design 

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Meet a true craftsman 


We were devastated when our magnificent Coronation chair recently returned home damaged from its sojourn in London... Devastated because we had not yet heard of Hugh and Verna Lane, master restorers and experts on all things old and beautiful. I Google-searched "antique restorers Cape Town" and Hugh and Verna's company had by far the most glowing testimonials.

Hugh speaks a language peppered with exotic words like veneer, lacquer, French polish, shellac, walnut and oak. There is a wonderful balance of order and disorder in his workshop, where everything has a place, and Hugh knows exactly where that place is. Louis, the funniest hound ever keeps Hugh company.

Hugh did major surgery on the chair and she is as good as new, which is a good thing, because she is about to leave us for good... for her new home at the South African High Commission in London!

If you have a piece of antique furniture that needs repairing, whether structural or in the finish, give them a call - they know their stuff. You can find all their details here.
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The dream team does it again 


Zanele and her team of weaving wizards never fail to astound me. We recently received an order from a Mielie fan from San Francisco for ten custom Mielie bags. Only snag was that she wanted to collect them when she was in Cape Town... a week later! We normally take four to six weeks to complete an order, but Zanele and the team were up to the challenge. Thanks to all the weavers and finishers - I know a couple of late nights went into completing this one!
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