Category Archives: out and about

Babylonstoren – an autumn visit


A favourite place to explore when I need some time-out is Babylonstoren. Visiting the inspiring gardens and taking the morning tour with my garden pixie of choice, Gundula, is a positive way to put the spring back in your step. A few weeks ago, friends and I took the morning off to visit Babylonstoren in all its autumn allure. My son has been desperate to take the tour and Gundula sweetly took him under her green wing as she led us through the seasonal gardens of this most special place.

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Salon 58 soirée with Jackie Burger


There existed a time when women would gather together, under the roof of an inspiring host, to amuse one another, to refine their taste and increase their knowledge through conversation. This scintillating social circle was called a salon and was an Italian invention of the 16th century, which then flourished in France throughout the 17th and 18th centuries. This inspiring exchange of ideas has been reborn in a contemporary setting which I was privileged to attend last Saturday. Style icon Jackie Burger of Salon 58 has recreated the traditional salon after noting that women have become too busy to truly engage with other women and feed off the energy and creativity of each other in a positive and empowering way.


The theme for Saturday’s soirée was Allure: The Art of Being a Woman. Acting as a Curator and Salonnière, Jackie Burger and her fellow collaborators focused on the concept of what makes a woman who she is and how to convey this by the way she presents herself.


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