Takin' a break 

I'm taking next week off, so I'll leave you with these beautiful cubes, destined for - you guessed it - the UK. Ciao!
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Glorious pincushion 

Of late we have been riveted by the thrilling daily installment of our neighbour's pincushion bush. It sure beats watching the soapies! The Leucospermum conocarpodendron is one of our fynbos treasures, and it grows wild on the mountainside where I live.

Do yourself a favour and learn that word. Leucospermum conocarpodendron. Your friends will be impressed.
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And now for something completely silly 

Marina has been muttering for ages that we should make some potholders, and here they are at last! Made by the other Zanele, Zanele Ntlombe these silly strawberries, eggs and hearts have prompted quite a few giggles and a bit of head-shaking in the loft.
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Do It Day 

Friday was Do-it Day, a volunteering day organised by Greater Good SA. We received funding to buy border plants for the food garden that will serve as a wind-break and loads of seeds, as well as some gardening equipment. Then it was off to Khayelitsha to muck in!

Thanks a million to the following: Sue and Gorgina who organised it all and Cary and her two sons, Ross and Drew who worked hard in the garden. The seeds were arranged by Jo and donated by St. Cyprians school and Starke Ayres also donated seeds and equipment. Thanks also to Justin, Cary, John, Ant as well as Cary and Sue's parents for their part in making the day such a success.
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Reasons to love spring 

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Wordless recipe 

We had the freshest, most beautiful baby spinach on the sale at the market on friday and I made a roulade using chicken breast and the spinach and thought I'd give you the recipe - in pictures. Some ingredients that are probably not visible in the photos include: chilli, cinnamon, ricotta, parmesan. I made a gravy with some sweet mustard... hmmm.

This is my kind of recipe - nothing too accurate or prescriptive! Let me know if you need clearer instructions, ok?

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Presenting a REAL carpet bag! 

We made a beautiful round carpet called Orbit ages ago, and look! Orbit also makes a great bag - in fact it makes two bags, because the two sides are completely different. It was Outi who gave us the idea, and it left for Finland this morning. Outi has a stand at Helsinki's Habitare trade show which ends on Sunday, so if you're in the area, pop in and say HI to her. Good luck and Kiitos, Outi!

By the way, have a look at these awesome vintage Japanese postcards on Colour Lovers.
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Cushy spring feelin' 

To celebrate the (dosisi!n't-hold-your-breath-it's-been-pouring-for-days-now) arrival of spring, we popped these beautiful cushions into the Mielie shop today. They were woven by Sheila - thanks, Sisi!
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Veggie update 

Thought I'd give you a little update from the veggie side of life. Our community food garden in Khayelitsha is going along beautifully, under the watchful eye of Richard and the wise guidance of Ben of Urban Harvest. We have planted five trenches that are all at various stages of growth.

See those two beautiful cabbages on sale at our Friday Market? They're from our garden! The parsley too, as well as the misuna, which had all sold out by the time I took the picture. Not bad considering that we dug our first trench in April and we put the fence up at the end of March!

The rest of the veggies on sale at our Friday organic market are sourced from various other community food gardens in Khayelitsha. We plan to continue supporting them even when we are able to sell more and more of our own produce.

Remember, you're welcome to join us in the garden on a Wednesday between 12.00 and 2.00, when Ben and his team come to give us a lesson in the intricacies of organic gardening. Just give me a call and meet me at Montebello at 11.30 and I'll give you a lift.

I'd like to thank Richard, Zanele, Ben and his awesome Urban Harvest team for their hard work and commitment, come rain and shine - and howling wind. In her absence, I'd also like to thank Annemarie Mohr and her family, who helped us get the garden started and is now back in Germany.

We've only just started, and there's a lot more work - and expenses - ahead, but now that it's spring I know we'll be having loads of fun.
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The real Makoya! 

Remember Lucid? Well, here's the collection in real life!
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