Category Archives: out and about

Babylonstoren – the ground beneath our feet

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A few weeks ago, I visited the beautiful Babylonstoren. Locals will be familiar with this special place, but if you’re not from Cape Town, then you’re in for a treat. Babylonstoren is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the winelands with a fruit and vegetable garden as diverse as it is beautiful. We toured their garden with the gracious Gundula who suffuses her love for the earth into every word and gesture. I have not had an experience quite as moving as our morning in the gardens of Babylonstoren for quite a while.

The fresh greenness of spring was abundant and flagrantly intoxicated the senses. From the lush chamomile lawn under our feet to the sharp, astringent flavour of the kumquats that we harvested from the early yield as we meandered down the pathways, every moment was an education and an inspiration. I can only agree with Gundula: “How lucky can I be, to be here.  It’s paradise lost and found.”

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please continue reading for more about Babylonstoren and see all the images I shot that morning.

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out & about – Curate

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last week I shared a favourite café to visit in Chelsea Village, Wynberg. I hope you get to visit it soon! Today I’d love to show you a new design destination in the same road. Welcome to Curate, where art + design = inspiration. Sharing the same roof as the stylish Pierre Cronje showroom, Curate is part gallery, part shop where you will find a collection of delightful objects that will capture your imagination.

curate-2 Inspired by design-led museum shops and galleries such as the MoMA, Curate features affordable and fresh objects of desire that anyone can own. Founder Sarah Heinamann explains her vision,

“I want to create a place of inspiration, where everything captures your heart. Even our gift-wrapping is so delicious that you’ll want to buy something… just to have it packaged.”

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I’ve fallen in love with the extravagant and luxurious Me & Mrs Brown jewellery collection – bold colours, flirty tassels and juicy gemstones defines The Tassel Collection, where each piece is special and unique. Alluring and visually captivating, the jewellery is utterly stunning on it’s own or layered with other pieces to create a rich, contemporary style.

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see more delicious images from Curate after the break …

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