Baby donkey seen at Dassiesfontein farm in the Overberg region of the Western Cape

Baby donkey seen at Dassiesfontein farm in the Overberg region of the Western Cape

 

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Seen from the car window, near Caledon and Greyton, Western Cape, South Africa.

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Waterfall in th Greyton Nature Reserve

Waterfall in th Greyton Nature Reserve

Protea abount to bloom

Protea abount to bloom

Another type of fynbos.

Another type of fynbos.

The Nature Reserve, arguably Greyton’s greatest asset, was established by Professor Brian Rycroft on 13 May 1977. At the time he was Director of Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. The reserve is 2200 hectares in extent and is the third largest Nature Reserve in the Cape. It has never been properly explored and according to Professor Rycroft, contains plants that have not been seen since they were described by Burchell in 1812.

Quirky in Greyton.

Quirky in Greyton.

Translated:

Fresh BBQ Chops

Fresh Farmers’ Sausage

Fresh BBQ Wood

Fresh Tarts (and they mean food)

Boggoms hanging up at Dassiesfontein Farm Stall near Caledon.

Bokkoms hanging up at Dassiesfontein Farm Stall near Caledon.

Bokkoms (or Bokkems) is whole, salted and dried mullet (more specifically the Southern mullet, a type of fish commonly known in the Western Cape of South Africa as “harders”), and is a well-known delicacy from the West Coast region of South Africa. This salted fish is dried in the sun and wind and is eaten after peeling off the skin. In some cases it is also smoked. It is sometimes referred to as “fish biltong”.

The word bokkom comes from the Dutch word bokkem, which is a variant of the word bokking (or buckinc in Middle Dutch).The word bokking is derived from the word bok (the Dutch word for buck or goat), and refers to the fact that bokkoms remind you of of goat, because bokkoms have the same shape as the horns of a goat, it is just as hard as a goat’s horns, and it stinks just as much as the horn of a goat (goats have scent glands behind their horns which causes the smell).The first official record of the use of the word in the Afrikaans language of South Africa was in the Patriotwoordeboek in 1902 in the form bokkom.

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Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the heart of the Hout Bay fishing harbour, you’ll find the Market hiding in a large decrepit shed – a market ‘de luxe’.

A place where the creative energy and the vibrancy of South Africa comes alive in an old authentic fish factory in a working harbour …. where people of all ages and cultures gather alongside one another to celebrate our unique festive spirit …. where the hustle and bustle of a boisterous market fills the air …… where local traders exchange banter with customers …. “that’s a bargain, fo sho, medam! ” … an eclectic stylish wonderland of exquisite art, craft and fashion …. complemented by the delicious aromas of food to tempt all the senses…braaing fish, freshly baked breads and citrus fruits … you pass a robotic mime drawing gasps from giggling kids … the sound of a township guitarist and a groovy sax …… punctuated by singing seagulls …. where the beauty of famous Chapman’s Peak towers overhead across the bay and you have the Hout Bay Market.

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Plenty of places to eat and drink.

Coffee Roasters at Truth Coffee in Cape Town

Coffee Roasters at Truth Coffee in Cape Town

Recently voted the “world’s best coffee shop” . Nevertheless the Truth Coffee House in Cape Town is one of the places to be and to be seen.

Very industrial and with a great vibe, the patrons flock in to sample the ‘doubles only’ types and flavours of coffee.

Truth Coffee in Cape Town was recently listed first in an article on the world’s best coffee shops by The Telegraph in the UK.

“There are few cafés in the world as stunning as Truth, a ‘steampunk inspired’ artisan coffee shop that is filled from top to bottom with metal piping and quirky old machinery,” reads The Telegraph article.

“But people don’t just flock there for the décor – the coffee is all hand-roasted in a vintage cast-iron drum, and the company supplies many of South Africa’s top hotels.”

Being listed in this article is high praise indeed. We sat down with founder David Donde to find out the TRUTH behind this exquisite coffee shop.

What makes Truth Coffee different from other coffee shops?
What makes us different is that we concentrate on flavour and not bitterness, and we constantly question what we do. We believe that there is always a better way to do things.

Tell us the truth about your coffee. What’s in it?
We work on a philosophy, which is The Joy of Extraordinary TRUTH. We want to deliver upon the promise made by the aroma of freshly ground coffee. We source our beans from the best countries in the world and buy it on a relationship model, which means we pay more for better coffee. We then roast each bean in our vintage cast-iron drum and taste each coffee and constantly improve the taste. After roasting, we mix it with other coffees to create blends.

Truth Coffee is in Buitengraght Street, Cape Town – right next to the lap dancing bar, Mavericks!

Seen at The Post House, Greyton

Seen at The Post House, Greyton

A BBQ (aka braai) in South Africa is as South African as you can get. Here's a different take on how to do it.

A BBQ (aka braai) in South Africa is as South African as you can get. Here’s a different take on how to do it. Also accompanied by some chilled beer.

Freestyle veldskoens seen at the Root 44 market outside Stellenbosch (on the R44 main road between Stellenbosch and Somerset West - Sundays!

Freestyle veldskoens seen at the Root 44 market outside Stellenbosch (on the R44 main road between Stellenbosch and Somerset West – Sundays!

 

Veldskoen (or vellie, colloquial, veldskoene plural, alternately velskoens or velskoene plural; pronounced “FELL-skoons”) are Southern African walking shoes made from vegetable-tanned leather or soft rawhide uppers attached to a leather footbed and rubber sole without tacks or nails.

The name comes from Afrikaans vel (“skin”) (later assimilated to veld (“field”)) and skoen (“shoe”). They were first made by the Dutch East India Co. in the 17th century by the first Dutch settlers in South Africa. Their design is believed to be based on the traditional Khoisan footwear observed by these settlers. The footwear was later embedded into the Afrikaans psyche when the velskoen was used as the footwear of the Great Trek. Easy to make, lightweight and extremely tough, the vellie could withstand the harsh conditions of the great migration north. The vellie has become part of South African, Zimbabwean (previously Rhodesian) and Namibian society, worn by all classes and professions but favoured by farmers and safari guides. Nathan Clark’s company, C&J Clark, made the desert boot famous but Clark’s design is modeled after the same round toe and style last used to manufacture velskoen. Clark was inspired by the shape and design of the velskoen he discovered for sale in the bazars of Cairo, which were imported to Egypt from South Africa.

They are sometimes considered light boots, and can essentially be considered a subset of chukka boots or desert boots although vellies tend to have a lower topline.Veldskoen soles are sometimes cut from old car tyres rather than crepe rubber.

Veldskoene saw considerable use by the Rhodesian Army during the Rhodesian Bush War as tough light-weight boot. Vellies along with canvas “Takkies” were also favourites of the Selous Scouts as the creped sole made going untracked easier than the heavy lugs normally found on infantry boots.

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Our veldskoens are made by Freestyle:

Freestyle is incorporated as a closed corporation founded in 1985 by Ethwyn Munro and now managed and owned since 1996 by Grant N. Munro. Freestyle exports through partners to the USA, Namibia, Swaziland and Botswana. The main market for Freestyle products is South Africa.

The factory is based in Ottery, Cape Town. Our current capacity is 400 pairs of shoes per day. Approximately 40-50 staff are employed. The product range includes satchels, handbags. belts, hats and shoe-care products. The footwear range includes shoes and boots made by the stitch-down and stuck-on method, slotted and hand-lasted sandals and specialised footwear according to exclusive designs.

Footwear consists of mens, ladies and children’s boots and shoes, designed for the outdoor market and work-wear.

Registered brands include Freestyle, Cape Vellie Company, Bush Treads and Mates by the Millers. In 2005, Freestyle began producing the Der Lederhandler brand under license.

Materials Used:
Bovine cow leathers and Buffalo in suedes, nubucks, waxy and oiled leathers (mainly in full-grain). Exotic hides such as Springbok, Kudu and Ostrich are also available. Wherever possible procurement of leathers and other components is placed locally to support the establishment of local skills and industry.

HISTORY

The business began as a hobby following Ethwyn’s interest in leatherwork that was sparked by a trip to Greece in 1972. In 1985 after retiring as a professional classical actress, her stage name was Ethwyn Grant, she started a stall on Greenmarket Square as one of the original founding stallholders. Working at night and beginning with a start-up capital of R200 she worked determinedly in her newfound craft, often working on the stall during the day and making products at night for the following days trading. She was greatly assisted by George Henry de Lange, who is still involved on a consultancy basis to this day, with the technical aspects of the craft and other influential enablers included Trudi Schneider, Clive Carter, Pieter van Niekerk, Sal and Stan Miller and Fred Johansen. As the business grew my sisters, Lindsay and Tracy and my dad Norm all joined in what became a family endeavour. The business enabled me, Grant, to complete a tertiary education during and after which I joined the fledgling business full-time.

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