We drove for an hour and a half to have lunch here. The venue did not disappoint although I wasn't too impressed by the food. Nevertheless - good company, lots of laughs and a beautiful day. I love this time of year for it's warm temperatures and buoyant celebratory mood. But it can be a little hard on the liver. For that reason I've decided that this should be my summer drink of choice. And apparently "Folklore claims the bitters have raised people from near-death or even flat-line states."!
Photography by Chris Court. Donna Hay magazine, issue 42, dec/jan 2009.
I don't think I'll ever be the type of hostess who cuts individual shapes into butter for guests to 'ooh' and 'aah' at before spreading their dinner rolls. (But thank you Donna Hay for the tip. I am sure their are some who will). I do love her doily table runner idea though. I've admired something similar created with paper doilies in the latest Elle Decor. But I'm not sure I'll be re creating that either.
However, the culinary foray that I have most recently attempted is making ice cream. Or frozen yogurt to be exact. I was lucky enough to receive an attachment for my Kitchen Aid as a birthday gift. (Thanks again to my DH.) He ordered from the people of yuppiechef (which I am not). I'd not heard of them before but if you are local and into kitchen gadgets then that's the site to visit.
Women of Design looks like a great collection of work by talented women. I hadn't realised that the Japanese art director Nagi Noda had passed away a few months ago. How sad to loose such a talent. I've blogged about her animal hair hats before. I'll have to put this publication by the clever people of UnderConsideration on my wish list.
I was surprised to see some of my work published in the above book, BLADE, while randomly paging through books in the design section of Exclusive Books. Checked out their site only to see it hadn't been properly credited. Will see if I get a response to my email.
Behind the scenes photo by Lesley Rochat
Other work news is that a campaign I was involved in a few years ago has just won a 'Panda' at the Wildscreen Film festival. Apparently the equivalent of an Oscar in wildlife circles... See the ads here.
I laughed out loud at this series by Minky Stapleton. I think she gets away with the outrageous subject matter through her wonderful whimsical character illustration. You can purchase prints on her site.
"I saw this place with exceptional pleasure, since everything there was laid out wonderfully finely", Reverend Francois Vanlentijn, Nov 1700
I visited Vergelegen on Friday. The gardens are beautiful. It boasts maze-like hedges, the oldest oak tree in South Africa, 300 year old (National monument) Camphor trees and the neatest vegetable and herb garden I've ever seen. Not to mention lawns that go on forever and the heady scent of flowers in the octagonal garden. And ponds. And masses of roses. And a suspension bridge. We ended with a gorgeous picnic under the trees.
I left my camera behind so can't share any snaps but here's a birds eye view from Google Earth.