Mews Garden Cottage For Sale ♡

My darling Mews cottage in Cape Town has been cleaned up and is almost ready to go to market.  I have been working on it furiously and some things still need to be done but we are almost there!  This is the lovely light and bright open plan lounge and kitchen area:

Although it is technically a flat, it has only one neighbour to the side and a cute patio garden.  All the benefits of a cottage with the security of being in a small flat complex.

I have taken through only a few items of furniture but to give an idea of the lifestyle it lends itself to.  Ideal for a young professional, new couple or someone scaling down or wanting a lock-up and go.

Fabulous  high ceilings make for a spacious and modern feel.  It has a contemporary feel with white floor tiles throughout.

There is even a sliver of mountain view with Devils Peak on the right as you enter the patio garden.

My unit is quietest in the row, the most convenient (right next to it's parking bay) and the sunniest (being on the north-facing end of the row has extra windows in the bathroom and bedroom ). 

The kitchen area is small but flexible to handle a gallery of variable appliances and has space for an eat-at counter or extra storage as require. 

 There is a small hall cupboard and pre-paid electricity box.  The bedroom has plenty of light and generous built-in-cupboards.

The exterior of the flat, with secure parking within it's secure complex in Kenilworth.

Please contact me if you are interested in finding out more.


Flowers ♡


 A while ago I picked a huge bunch of proteas off the protea bush in our garden.  I cannot believe how prolifically it is flowering.  It is an absolute joy!

The next best thing to enjoying cut flowers or garden flowers (whether they be succulents or exotics) are photographs or paintings of flowers.

I can appreciate a single blossom, or a hedonistic big bouquet.  Any and all colours and varieties welcome.  Here's a round-up of some flower pics that I've posted to instagram.

My  mother always had a posy of flowers in every room.  Now I can understand why.

I also adore botannicals, basically any floral motif.  Colour and pattern and more is more!

When I want a reprieve, or a more elegant look I love the restraint of white (and green).


I actually love leaves as well, or just greenery.  But that will have to be a whole other post!

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Hermanus update ♡

 With lockdown and beach bans we haven't had much incentive to visit our holiday house for a while.  When we returned recently we were reminded of how much you can do in Hermanus - aside from soaking up the beautiful scenery, the beaches and mountain. We keep discovering new things!
Although we have been visiting Hermanus for over 30 years we only "discovered" Ficks Pool this year ;-)  This is in large part to my love for finding new scenic venues for drinks/meals and so this came onto my radar.

 I would recommend this for a tidal pool dip, or to visit for drinks (and maybe nibbles to share).

The drive back to Voelklip via the updated sculptural art displays is always fun:

Spot the Dassie!

The Hermanus market on Saturdays is the family fave for delicious artisan goodies and hearty local produce and food.  Bacon-on-a-stick is a drawcard on its own.

Hermanus is a really beautiful spot, 90 minutes from Cape Town and worth visiting and supporting all the many local eateries and galleries.  

Our holiday home, close to the beach, is available to rent.  

Check out my other Beach posts and contact me for more info!


Crochet Snood ♡

 So last night I posted this pic onto instagram:  "Can’t decide if I like this piece I’m working on or if I should frog and do something else with the squares. 🤔 "


I'd experimented with doing a crochet heart motif a while back (harder than in knitting) and was looking to incorporate it into a project.  Decided that the grey and caramel would be a nice combination for a snood / poncho idea.



I'm a huge fan of quilts, squares, and obviously now Granny Squares (or Glammy Squares as I like to think of them).  I particularly want to avoiding repeats and love experimenting with colour and a mix of patterns to create a one-off, unique, homemade piece.  So I don't follow patterns and am just "winging it".

I looked at the pics again this morning and really wasn't sure that it works.  So I decided to unpick (or frog) and come up with a scarf or something instead when I though to check on instagram.

Imagine my surprise that this pic seems to have gone viral!  Thank you everyone for the 1,000+ likes on day 1.  Wow, now I feel bad about wanting to unpick it :-)

What do you think? 

More project posts coming soon.


Mews Cottage for Sale ♡


 My very first property purchase was this lovely little Mews cottage in Kenilworth (in the leafy Southern Suburbs of Cape Town) over 20 years ago.


I loved it because although it is technically just a one bedroom flat, it has its own cute patio garden.  It also only has one neighbour to the side, much like a semi-detached cottage and no-one living above or below. 


As a bonus it has a small but perfect view of Devil's Peak, Table Mountain.


I adore the high ceilings, that the flat is light and bright, open plan and airy and white.  It is the perfect blank canvas and was a very happy starter home.  

The bedroom and bathroom have extra north-facing sunny windows (and it is the unit closest to it's own parking bay and enjoys the security of being in a small but well run and modest block). 

After I  moved out I had some amazing tenants for many years, but the time has come to sell.  

 Once it is painted and styled it will be going on the market.  It is the ideal lock-up and go base in Cape Town, or perfect for a student, young professional or even retiree.  The block is pet friendly so cats and bunnies abound!

Contact me for more information or if you're interested in finding out more.