Kalk Bay

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I don’t spend enough time in Kalk Bay just hanging out which is a big loss because it’s so quirky it warrants lots of strolling and people watching. Today was the most glorious autumn day; the water of False Bay was like a lake – no waves, no wind, just calm and lovely. My client wanted to see interesting shops so we stopped off in Kalk Bay and I discovered this wonderful little place – the Kalk Bay Co-Op. It’s actually 2 shops, on opposite sides of the road, and each is filled with beautiful things made by very creative people.

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Okay, let’s get these weird shoes out of the way. They are apparently loved by celebs the world over and cost thousands of rands. Needless to say they were on sale here but no-one was buying. I think these were the only items not locally made.

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This was obviously a big seller (somewhere else in the world) because there is an entire range of this little Bambi heel design.

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Less weird but only when compared to the others.

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Ok, now the lekker stuff. I adored these prints. A variety of animals on couches. This was my favourite.

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The most divine leather tote bags.

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Dangly things.

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How unusual is this? A pad of tear-off disposable place mats. Because life’s too short to clean them.

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Everyday shoes. You can’t walk around in a porcelain Bambi all the time.

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Lovely clothes. Lots of them. All originals, no chain-store rubbish here.

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Gorgeous rucksack.

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Words to hang.

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An instruction I can love.

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Weird whale.

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I want this mushroom in my garden.

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Perfect for picnics and Kirstenbosch summer concerts.

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Pretty things made with love.

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Who doesn’t?

 

 

Common

I’m digging into the archives again because I didn’t budge from the house today except to nip down to Pick n Pay for a few things. I guess I could have lingered to take a few photos of selfish drivers who inconvenience everyone because they don’t want to park further than 4 spaces away from the entrance. Or I could have taken a shot of the angry old lady who became very suspicious of me when I accidentally rested my arm on her trolley – jislaaik lady, you’ve been around for more than 3 score and ten, is this what it’s come to?

I was about to ask why some people are so aggressive in supermarkets but I think I understand. It’s not only the rising prices and dropping quality, it’s the very act of having to stock up on groceries, repeatedly.  It doesn’t matter how much you buy, you’ll have to go back soon, either because you forgot something or because you ate it all. I’m sick of shopping, I’m sick of the crowds, the surly cashiers, and yes, the high prices and the crap quality. Sighh…maybe I’m turning into an old lady who looks suspiciously at people who might molest my trolley, assuming I haven’t gone off it.

So, instead of angry shoppers here is a photo of the Rondebosch Common which only looks nice when it’s in flower and which Patricia de Lille, our mayor, recently protected so well from the hordes of poor people who used it to try to make a point. And in the background is the University of Cape Town, that grand old institution of learning, with its lovely backdrop. I didn’t attend it – maybe I should have and then I wouldn’t have to do my own shopping and I’d be an internationally renowned author of best-sellers instead of writing a little blog read only by my friends.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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