Showing posts from March, 2013

The Ceramic Factory

A while ago I discovered the Ceramic Factory on Facebook. I couldn't quite figure out where they were located, if it was a house or a shop, so I kind of forgot about it. Then, just a couple of weeks ago I noticed, on Facebook, that they have moved to a new shop space in Linden. Right across from the Whippet, my new favorite breakfast spot. Bingo!

Needless to say, we went for breakfast, and while waiting for a table, skipped into the Ceramic Factory, and what a magical place it was:

So, there is something for everyone here. From lovely white vases, wonkey plates, and quirky lamp shades to owls, skulls and robots!

The best part was the bunnies! I was in ceramic bunny heaven.

I wanted to buy everything. Go visit it. You will too.

Ceramic Factory, 59 4th ave, Linden

Going south, far south: Struisbaai & Agulhas

I have spent many childhood holidays here. It is far. Far south. It is the little costal town of Struisbaai, pronounced (sort of) Stress Bye as one beach house is dubbed . How do you get there? From Cape Town you turn off the N2 toward Caledon, through Napier, Bredasdorp and then all the way south until you can almost see the ocean. There are no scenic route, so there is little chance that you will accidentally stumble upon it. You need to want to go there.

With few permanent residents, it is very quiet out of season. Perfect.

There are many things I like about this sleepy town with no traffic lights, and one central shopping area which include all the basics: hardware store, fish&chips shop, supermarket, pharmacy, hairdresser, launderette  home industry, giftshop and Irish pub. Here's just a few:

The long, white sandy beaches
When you enter Struis Bay, you drive past a sign that reads Die Plaat (the plate). It is an endless stretch of flat beach, with soft, white, powdery sand…

I'm a big girl now

So, I though it is about time that I get a custom domain name for this blog. In other words, this blog will shortly live at, and will say farewell to the more wordy

Hope it works and that there will be no gremlins in the system.


Old Mac Daddy - what a magical place

I mentioned in my previous post our confusion with all the daddies. On our way to Struisbaai we decided to find the other daddy, the Old Mac Daddy.

On the N2, when coming from Cape Town you will find Grabouw. Don't blink, you might miss it amongst all the orchards. When you just pass Grabouw, you will find the turnoff to Elgin, and Old Mac Daddy Luxury Trailer Park. Nested amongst pear orchards is a magical world. A hillside full of old airstream trailers, each decorated by a different designer in a unique theme.
Now, I have read various articles on Old Mac Daddy, but nothing quite compares to seeing it in real life. We only stopped by to have a peak, but it felt like we were there for days. The staff was so friendly, and Oom Ampie showed us the unoccupied trailers with glee. Each trailer has a little living area and bathroom that is separate to the sleeping quarters, which is inside the trailer. The design of the living area is simple and modern and though contrasting to the them…