#5: Temples 

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#4: Night Market 

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#3:Taipei & Taoyuan food stalls 

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#2: Yyinge Ceramic Village, Taipei County 

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Taiwan Impression # 1 

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Helloo and goodbye 


Why do these people look so happy? Because they are getting toilets! In the informal settlement (ie shack) part of Khayelitsha, no less. As we speak, each home is being issued with a portable toilet with a separate tank that will regularly be removed by the council who will replace it with a clean, empty one. Every home is also issued with chemicals so that their throne doesn't get smelly.

This is going to make such a difference to the lives of all the Khayelitsha residents - to date they have had to walk far to use the communal toilets. No fun if you need to go in the wee hours.



Goodbye, dear blog faithfuls, dear Mielie and dear Montebello - I am off to visit my sister in Taiwan for two weeks, stopping off in Hong Kong and squeezing in a quick stop in Cambodia. I am going to TRY to post one photographic impression every day - but I won't always have access to the wireless wires in the sky, so there will be gaps. ok?

Quick thanks go to: Deon for volunteering to be mom, dad and taxi driver for the next two weeks, and Marina, Sheila, Mzo and Fiona for giving me the gap and keeping the Mielie homefires burning so competently.

xx a
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Seeing red 


These three "identical" laptop bags perfectly illustrate the Mielie colour story. See, when we commissioned them from our weavers, we asked for neutral crosses on red with black spots. Because we use recycled materials, we can't predict the colours that come our way. Each one is unique - just the way we like it!
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Young blood and tricot treats 


My boys and I attended the Peninsula University of Technology's collective design departments' end of year exhibition this evening. On display was work from the Graphic, Industrial, Surface, Fashion and Jewelry departments.

My favourite was the fantastic off-the-page knitwear by Jade Walters pictured above. If you love her stuff, send her an e-mail to teapotjade@gmail.com, and tell her I sent you.
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happy families 


These beautiful ottomans are headed for the Moyo Restaurant store at Zoo Lake, Johannesburg. It's really hard to say good bye to them, because Mielie's clever weavers have managed to capture so many of us in them. Can you see Thunzi? That's Nomthunzi to us, and there's Marina - her Xhosa name is Zusake. Even I'm there - aka Anelisa, so is the one and only Zanele, sporting a fabulous hairdo.

If you are planning a trip to South Africa, a visit to one of the Moyo restaurants is sure to be unforgettable. It's vibey and noisy, it's spontaneity Africa-style with tastes and sounds from all over Africa. In fact you might wake up the next morning and wonder if it was all a dream. Have a look here to get their details (although I feel that their website doesn't do justice to the real experience).

Special Arnica thoughts to Marina who fell off a skateboard at the weekend and arrived at work sporting a spectacular roastie on her shoulder. Take photos, Marina - it's a great story for your grandchildren!

And finally, click here for a super-fun way to brush up your French!
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busy happy 


Yesterday was busy busy on planet Mielie. You might have deduced by now that I don't like using the flash on my camera, so forgive the blurry bits. Personally I think a bit of blur adds atmosphere.

I think we received record number of bags yesterday. They just need their linings & handles before being dispatched to stores around the world, ready for Christmas!

Enjoy your weekend, and remember to stop and sniff a flower, let the breeze lift your hair or lie on your back and contemplate a cloud!
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