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contents AUGUST 2016 decorating 12 18








home a fresh look with

historic Bedford garden


Mexican flair to your home

stylish scatters

overflows with roses




Town house empathises with

COMFORTS Turn your

its natural surroundings

bedroom into a toasty






A bathroom becomes an on-trend sanctuary




SPACE This industrial home



with neutrals

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SMALL ON SPACE, BIG ON STYLE You don’t need a big area to have a pretty oasis


GARDEN NOTES Garden news and debuts


CLASSIC BEAUTIES Indigenous arum lilies have become favourites worldwide



this courtyard a lovely retreat

GROW? Flex your green fingers

HORT COUTURE Trends from

without a garden

the RHS Chelsea Flower Show


SPIN DOCTORS These sociable plants weave a rich tapestry



NEUTRAL BUT NICE How to decorate

Cover photograph: A current affair, pg 32 Photograph: Karl Rogers


GOLDEN RULES Effective principles of garden design


Create a panelled wall effect

fulfils every need



Georgian makeover

Town apartment timeless


THE HEAT IS ON Keep the chill

Tuscan house gets a A CURRENT AFFAIR Classic


at bay with a chic fireplace

furniture makes this Cape


NO RULES Don’t let outdated myths influence your decor


cold-weather haven


happening on the decor scene?


latest must-have fabrics

A multilevel Jo’burg garden

and wallpapers

full of surprises


READ MY LIPS Natural home-made lip balms





promotions & offers 49

five bed sets worth R10 000

63 85



off and win wine hampers


GH TOURS Visit the beautiful gardens of Bedford







a seaside getaway

Jennings captures



COLLECTING WITH… Wouter van der Merwe shows off his fountain pen collection


up a scrumptious lunch


BON APPETIT What’s new in the world of food and wine



shopping guide

effortlessly with this


comforting spread

Short courses


THE TASTE OF SUCCESS Siphokazi Mdlankomo serves

quiet domesticity



in touch with us


collecting antiques



food & travel




Judy Bryant explores


Kemp of KAMERS

the art and cuisine of

are your collectables worth?

shares her favourites

Portugal’s capital

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Great INSPIRATION Maasström, originall y owned by Sir Andries Stocke nström, is one of the gardens on the GH tour to Bedford. See more of it on page 80.


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Rugs have become an essential home accessory, adding texture and pattern at floor level. Tebrisi (Charcoal) rug from Home Fabrics.

One way to make a small garden appear larger is to draw the eye upwards with an arch or obelisk like this one, R699,99, Lifestyle Home Garden.

Just the thing to snuggle into in winter. Deluxe robe in anthracite, R695, Hertex.

I love the clean-lined luxury of this bedroom in the Sea Point apartment featured on page 32.


lthough there are many good things about winter, such as log fires and being able to wear boots and jackets, one of the drawbacks is spending more time indoors. You suddenly notice that the dogs have made a large brown mark on the side of the sofa, the scatter cushions are looking rather flat and the curtains have seen better days. To give you some fresh ideas and the encouragement to get decorating, this month we feature some stunning renovations. Interior decorator Natalie Bulwer turned a dated Tuscan-style house into a chic, classic family home. We love her clever combination of old and new which gives the Bulwers’ home warmth and personality. Turn to page 24 to see what we mean. Another amazing makeover, featured on page 32, is the work of talented decorator Dylan Thomaz. His transformation of a Sea Point apartment, featured on this month’s cover, is truly inspired. What really impressed us is that although colour is minimal and the furnishings relatively simple, each piece makes a statement and the overall effect is elegant and timeless, yet very now. And on the subject of timeless, fabric houses always tell us that whether the season’s hot colour is chartreuse or pink, what sells the most are neutrals. Although they have the benefit of being less likely to date, neutral schemes can often look dull. Features coordinator Dina Venter consulted some top decorators for their advice on giving neutral interiors excitement and interest and then went shopping for the ideal accessories. You’ll find her helpful feature on page 46. Gardens too can benefit from a little renovation, and Clare Mitchell’s Parkview garden featured on page 74 is a great example of how regular updates can keep a garden looking fresh and interesting. If you don’t have a garden, don’t stress. Lynne Yates and Loren Shirley-Carr have come up with some great ways to flex your green fingers with pots and vertical gardens. You’ll find their advice on page 100. Last year when we discussed organising garden tours, Bedford was suggested as a destination. Home to some of South Africa’s loveliest gardens, this charming town also hosts the annual Bedford Festival. Contributing gardening editor Marianne Alexander took the opportunity to attend last October and the photographs she took convinced us. Maasström, one of the gardens she photographed, is featured on page 80 and the others will appear in upcoming issues. These gardens are all on the tour arranged exclusively for Garden and Home by Specialized Tours. See details on page 85. We hope you can join us.

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While browsing through your latest issue, I realised how many lessons we can learn from our gardens. For instance, we learn patience. After sowing the seeds, we need to wait for the flowers to bloom in their season. So much of today is spent hurrying about, when sometimes we just need to slow down and let things take their course. My garden also makes me realise the importance of taking in the world around me. The colours of autumn and spring are something to write poetry and paint pictures about. I wish we could all be more awake, more alive, and more perceptive to the things around us. Thank you very much for all the inspiration in each issue. Annette van Tonder, Piketberg


Our pick of this month’s highlights, from things to do and buy, to the latest decor news and the best places to visit

Nicki Ellis, owner of Love Milo, is a fan of this copper-plated cutlery set, R399, from Woolworths. “It definitely adds a fresh feel to a dining setting,” she says. “While the look is decadent and warm, it works so well with most table accessories and colours. I love the shapes and the fact that these are matt rather than shiny.”

New Botanicals Mystical is the new collection from renowned British fabric house Blendworth. Inspired by an enchanted forest, you’ll find bright birds and insects on cotton-satin cloth, plus lush foliage and abstract petal designs in a vibrant, pretty palette. See the range at St Leger & Viney.

Cool COLLECTION Local fabric house Tambeau Fabrics has just launched a new collection. “I decided to create a number of totally individual designs with no links to each other, other than their colours,” says owner Tamsin Arlow. There are two colourways – the Blue, which lends itself to beachy or more masculine settings, and the Grey, mixed with yellows, greens and blues, which is a softer version of the designs.


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NICE Curves We fancy the gentle lines and on-trend teal tones of the Louis XIV console table, R4 900, from Trade Secret.


Designer’s Choice

RETROGRADE If retro lines and minimalist sensibilities appeal to you, then be sure to have a look at The Streets Furniture Company’s unique range. The contemporary pieces utilise reclaimed, new and industrial-inspired materials.

New Abode Situated in a graceful heritage building in Pietermaritzburg, Nom de Plume Studio is a treasure trove of interior design inspiration with beautifully appointed rooms showcasing an array of gorgeous homeware, furniture and accessories. 10 Gough Road, Athlone, Pietermaritzburg. Call 033 342 4158.

BIG idea Ultra Pietre is the latest addition to WOMAG’s large-dimension ULTRA tiles. Just 6mm thick, this versatile indoor range can be used on walls, floors and countertops to give a seamless appearance. Ultra Pietre has a matt finish, and comes in a variety of colours and veining.

Second Time Around Love the trendy reclaimed wood look? Then look out for Coricraft’s new Blake range with its distinctly artisanal feel. Made from reclaimed timber with contrasting industrial handles, these pieces will work in both traditional and modern settings.



Luxe THAT LASTS Woolen is a versatile new collection that’s perfect for everyday upholstery and curtaining. The fine twill construction and soft drape gives the look and feel of wool, yet robust polyester yarns deliver a Martindale rub count of 90 000. Elegance meets longevity, with a stunning palette from greys to mulled wine. See the range at Home Fabrics.

Gorgeous GIFTS

The Beautiful Life Store in Parkhurst is just that – a serene haven filled with gorgeous luxury lifestyle gifting ideas and accessories. From Fragonard soaps and Laguiole knife sets, to leather bags and Mungo towels, you really won’t want to leave. 37 4th Avenue, corner 14th Street.

HEATING UP Get the most out of your patio this winter with the Falo Evo heater from Mobelli. With its attractive design, the Falo Evo is sure to become an attractive centrepiece. An optional clip-on table turns the heater into a bar table where you can gather around with friends and enjoy being outdoors. From R22 999.


TONE The Tolix chair by Robert Thomson is now available in rose gold. Pair it up with a raw timber table for an uber-chic winter kitchen, R1 599,


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What’s On 5 – 9 AUGUST Decorex Joburg 2016 Held at Gallagher Convention Centre, SA’s leading decor exhibition runs concurrently with 100% Design South Africa. 6 – 7 (Durban) and 27 – 28 (Jo’burg) AUGUST The Wedding Expo Brides and grooms-to-be will find all they need at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, and tickets are R80 online and R100 at the door. In Jo’burg, the expo will be at the Ticketpro Dome and tickets are R100 online and R120 at the door.



Calm and collected Tell us about your background as an artist. I studied Horticulture and Fine Art at Technikon Natal and graduated in 1992. I also attended Pascale Chandler’s painting class from 1989 to 1995, and in 2000 started to paint full time. I completed my Honours (Cum Laude) in Ceramics in 2014 after studying part time at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. You paint still lifes. What appeals to you about the objects you choose? I think most artists work with memory in one way or another. My intention is to capture a time and place from my past, and the objects I paint belonged to my parents or grandparents. My still lifes portray that quiet domestic space –


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crisp ironed linen, polished surfaces and precious collections of silver and china. You also work extensively in ceramics. What appeals to you about this medium? I also wanted to create new collections – new histories instead of documenting the past. I’m interested in the transferability of objects and collections, how they are passed from person to person and often inherited. I work in porcelain as I love the fact that it appears delicate and gentle but is extremely resilient and strong. Even if it breaks, it’ll be around forever in the form of potsherds! Another important part of my process is mixing my own glazes, which is an ongoing journey of discovery. How do the two disciplines, painting and ceramics, work together? The thought process and preparation for both is the same. I’m looking for a still and

What artists do you admire? The detailed realism of Dutch and Flemish 17th-century still life painters is always an inspiration. These artists were also documenting history through the portrayal of domestic objects fashionable at the time, such as Delft ceramics and Turkish carpets. I also love the paintings, sketches and etchings of the Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. He spent virtually his whole career working in subtle colours, capturing his immediate surroundings in landscapes and still lifes. What are your plans for the near future? I’ll be exhibiting at Imbizo Gallery in Ballito with Jeannie Kinsler on 11 August, and at David Walters’ Ceramics Gallery in Franschhoek for Art Month from 29 October. SOURCES Imbizo Gallery Louise Jennings The Ceramics Gallery


Painter and ceramicist Louise Jennings’s work has a serene quality

quiet moment. I would like the viewer to find a place of contemplation.


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THE TREE hugger This impressive contemporary house empathises strongly with the surrounding natural environment


of archilab. a businessman and his family. THE BRIEF: A contemporary house that embraces the spectacular views and accommodates the mature trees on the steep site. THE HOUSE: A three-bedroom, three-bathroom house with exterior terraces and living areas that flow into one another, a spectacular main en suite opening directly onto the pool, two en suite bedrooms downstairs, staff quarters and a complete two-bedroom flatlet below the outside terraces.


his house, in a private estate in Hout Bay, was designed by Cape Town architect and founder member of archilab, Marco Bezzoli, and built 10 years ago. “It was the second house I had designed for the owner in this estate, so he knew my work and had faith in my design,” says Marco, a locally trained architect who specialises in residential buildings primarily on the Atlantic seaboard. “The design was in total response to the steep site, which sloped in two different directions, to Llandudno in the west and Hout


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THE CLIENTS: The original owner,


Lower ground floor

staff quarters

en suite en suite

Upper ground floor


guest suite

en suite

garage swimming pool

main bedroom



Bay in the south. Two large mature stone pines on the site also strongly affected the design.” One of the trees sinks below the terraces and its base is encircled by a courtyard off a fully contained, two-bedroom flatlet. “Initially, there was only going to be an en suite staff room below the terrace, but during the building process, the owner decided he needed a two-bedroom flat as well. With some judicious excavation, we managed to fit the flat within the original footprint and still retain the staff quarters.” Although the house was constructed 10 years ago, it’s as sharply contemporary today as when it was first built. Wood finishes are a link to the surrounding forest and create warmth in the open-plan living areas. The terraces above provide a level garden area and the L-shaped design protects the outdoor areas from the south-east winds while opening up to the incredible panorama of Hout Bay. “The view is an artwork in itself,” says Marco. SOURCE archilab 021 447 8675 or

GET THIS PLAN ONLINE Visit and click on Architects’ Plans to download the plan.

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hacienda Add a little south of the border style with these spicy buys


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1 Sunburst carved mirror, R3 295, Weylandts. 2 Morella coffee table, R12 595, SHF. 3 Candle wheel pendant, R7 995, SHF. 4 Nirvana rug, from R22 032, Papilio. 5 Rattan lantern, R399, Woolworths. 6 Idigo occasional chair, R4 995, Weylandts. 7 Textured knit throw, R650, Woolworths. 8 Fabric pots, R100 each, Reclaim Design. 9 Ophelia scatter cover in navy, R599, Esque. 10 Mexico Chilli cushion, R649, Hertex. SOURCES Esque Hertex Papilio Reclaim Design SHF Weylandts Woolworths


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COMFORTS This winter, turn your bedroom into a toasty retreat

EXPERT TIPS Garden and Home’s decor stylist Jo Trappitt has the following tips for giving a summery bedroom a warm, cosy, atmosphere Shop for scatters with down inners for added comfort. Layer the bed with extra quilts and throws. Swap cool cottons for flannel bedlinen. Its texture is instantly warming. Use bedside lamps to create soothing ambient light. Put a soft rug next to the bed so you don’t have to step onto the cold floor when getting up.

Combine patterned and textured scatters for a designer look. Woven scatter (left), R150, Woolworths, and Osaka on Tahiti scatter (right), R595, SHF.

A bedside light is a must for reading in bed. Mirror ball lamp set, R599, @home.

If you need extra storage space, look for a bedside pedestal with two drawers like this one, R5 995, from Block & Chisel.

For additional insulation, choose an upholstered headboard like the Salem headboard, from R1 295, from Coricraft.

Cuddle up with a Bedroom Couture Emma quilted throw, R699,95, Boardmans.

Cluster votive candles on antique silver trays, from R355, from La Grange Interiors, to reflect their glow.

Up the luxe factor with a deep-buttoned ottoman at the end of the bed. Salon bed-end in linen, R3 995, Biggie Best.

Add a touch of glamour with this glass and antique silver powder pot, R295, from La Grange Interiors.

SOURCES @home Biggie Best Block & Chisel Boardmans Coricraft La Grange Interiors SHF Woolworths | AUGUST 



Her experience in renovating proved invaluable when interior decorator Natalie Bulwer turned a dated Tuscanstyle house into the perfect family home 24

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Art and soul


The pause area that connects the kitchen to the TV room-cum-study is a favourite winter warming spot for Petra, the Bulwers’ large schnauzer. The armchairs are from Block & Chisel. In the formal living room, a rug from Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs adds contemporary drama. The sofas feature Romo, Kirkby Smooth, Jasmine White and the velvet scatter cushions are Hertex’s Drama, Rust.

Who lives here Andrew and Natalie Bulwer, their teenage children Stella and Harry, Petra, a large schnauzer, Pebble, a miniature schnauzer and Betty, the cat.

A renovated four-bedroom double-storey home in Cape Town with a Georgian-inspired façade and a contemporary classic interior. 

ransforming a double-storey Tuscan-style house into something that looks more Georgian was a massive undertaking, but for decorator Natalie Bulwer, it was also an opportunity to use her experience. “My first taste of a large-scale renovation was a five-storey Georgian house in Edinburgh,” says Natalie, who studied fine art and majored in sculpture and ceramics. “I spent many hours on a high scaffold remoulding and repainting ornamental details and friezes. It was a real eye-opener in terms of the quality of the restoration and the attention to detail.” As Natalie and Andrew’s family from the KZN Midlands visit frequently and their two teenage children love to have friends over, a move to a bigger home had been on the cards for them for some time. “It was when we got Petra, our gorgeous large schnauzer, that we realised we needed a bigger garden, so we started looking for a house in need of a revamp. One that would challenge my decorating skills and keep me busy for a few years,” she says. 


The exterior was given a Georgian-inspired makeover by removing the arches and installing cottage-pane windows. The yellow façade was painted an elegant grey to offset new, white window mouldings. Natalie inherited the wooden server in the entrance hall from her parents. The marble tiles are from Persian Tiles. An oil painting by the late Nico Prins hangs in a corner of the formal living area. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:

The landscape by Natalie was inspired by their family farm in the Free State. The rug in the living area is Hertex’s Heirloom, Silver, and the table lamp is from Decor Connect in Durban.

The four-bedroom house they found in Rondebosch, Cape Town was ideal. There was room for a large informal living room that would spill out onto a patio as well as a home office. Natalie sketched the plans before having them professionally drafted by architectural technologist Lindsey Springorum. “One of the first things we did was remove all the exterior and interior arches, which were the main references to Tuscan style,” Natalie explains. “Cottage-pane windows were installed throughout for uniformity and framed with white mouldings typical of Georgian façades.” Inside, the classical character is most evident in the entrance hall. The laminate wood floors were replaced with marble tiles and the sisal flooring was removed so the wooden staircase could be stripped and varnished. “While the decor has a classic thread, it’s kept current and interesting with contemporary and eclectic furnishings,” Natalie says, standing below a beaded 1940s ballshaped chandelier in the dining room. Originally from a French casino, it now illuminates a rustic dining table designed by Natalie and made by Andrew and her uncle using old ceiling beams salvaged from one of the buildings on their Free State farm. Given Natalie’s background, it’s not surprising that art  “I loved this ball-shaped chandelier from Artefect Antiques & Interiors so much that I bought another one and kept them both in storage until we found the right home,” says Natalie. The dining room chairs are from at @home. The Bulwers kept the original country-style kitchen. The Franco Belge fireplace is from macD FIREHOUSE. THIS SPREAD, LEFT TO RIGHT:


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Ground floor bedroom

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Rustic rectangular lantern, R4 270, K. Light Import.

Get the look Recreate the simple rustic style of this kitchen with these buys

English Elegance basket server, R9 026, Milestone Kitchens.


Craig bar stool, from R895, Coricraft.

features prominently. The diverse collection includes some of her own landscapes and renderings of trees in Indian ink on paper. “One of the most striking pieces I have is the Japanese stork print that I found on a trip to Durban. I love how it dominates the dining room,” says the former gallery owner, adding that one of the most rewarding aspects of decorating is helping her clients select and place art in their homes. Although it’s a series of beautifully decorated rooms, the Bulwers’ home is not precious. It was designed with comfort and warmth in mind. It’s been arranged so that there’s a room or a space to suit every occasion. Their favourite is the smaller living area that leads off the kitchen. “It’s a multifunctional space where you can watch TV, work at the desk or just get cosy with a book next to the fireplace, but I think its popularity has to do with the fact that it has the most comfortable sofa in the house,” Natalie laughs. “Green, my favourite colour, was the starting point for our bedroom. I bought the cabinet at a Stephan Welz & Co. auction and found the hanging panels at Block & Chisel,” says Natalie. The study that leads off the kitchen is Natalie’s favourite space. She sourced the bathroom vanities from Restoration Hardware in the US before they moved in. THIS SPREAD, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT:

Glass cookie jar, R99,99, Mr Price Home.

Large Tomoro basket, R2 295, Weylandts.

Small Mervyn Gers straight-sided jug, R199,

SOURCES @home Artefect Antiques & Interiors Block & Chisel Coricraft Décor Connect Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs Hertex K. Light Import macD FIREHOUSE Milestone Kitchens Mr Price Home Natalie Bulwer Interiors Persian Tiles Romo South Africa Stephan Welz & Co. Weylandts | AUGUST 2016





Contemporary touches in the living room include a coffee table from Weylandts and a custommade sideboard. Jute and wool rugs from Weylandts, curtains in fabrics from Home Fabrics and flooring from Oggie add warmth and texture.


Using clever decor tricks and a selection of timeless furniture, decorator Dylan Thomaz revitalised this Cape Town apartment

Who lives here A business professional and his partner.

The apartment A two-bedroom, twobathroom apartment with an open-plan living area and galley kitchen. 


oving from Jo’burg to Cape Town, this businessman wanted an apartment with beautiful ocean views and lots of space. Luckily this two-bedroom unit in a trendy suburb in a 1960s apartment block ticked all the right boxes. Having come across interior decorator Dylan Thomaz’s work in a magazine, the owner approached him to revitalise his recently purchased property. Dylan had his work cut out for him as the previous owners had favoured dark colours; the complete opposite of the light, spacious and easily changeable space that the new owners wanted. “Despite the decor, the apartment had great potential,” says Dylan, who set to work creating an open-plan living and entertaining space that included a dining



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nook with built-in banquette. Dylan made use of the existing mirrored walls to visually expand the living areas. “The mirrors in the dining room ensure that even if your back is turned to the ocean you’re still able to take in the views,” says Dylan. “I stuck to a neutral colour scheme throughout the apartment as my client wanted to be able to dress it up or down. Textured jute and wool rugs and translucent curtains add interest without using colour.” Another prerequisite was that the apartment look timeless. “The panelled detailing was the first thing that came to mind. It’s a cost-effective, stylish technique that adds detail to a plain room,” he says. (See p66 to learn how to do it yourself.) In keeping with the timeless look, Dylan chose classic armchairs for the 


THIS PAGE: To soften the modern

lines of the dining nook, Dylan introduced plush down-filled scatter cushions in fabric by Bbellamy & Bbellamy. The dining chairs are from Kartell. OPPOSITE PAGE: Stools from Chair Crazy in the kitchen lend an industrial feel. The artwork and baskets are from Studio Dylan Thomaz.



The daybed, from La Grange Interiors, was combined with an indoor plant and classic floor lamp from Pezula Interiors. The lamp and table in the main bedroom are from Weylandts, the scatters and armchair from Cécile & Boyd. The study doubles up as a guest bedroom. The leather armchair is from Weylandts. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE:


living room and main bedroom, which he combined with contemporary pieces like the butterfly chair and four-poster bed. Modern finishes such as those in the white streamlined kitchen and light hardwood floors complete the scheme.

The bathrooms, fortunately, needed no attention. As a special request from his client, Dylan positioned a plump daybed facing the balcony so that visitors can recline, drink in hand and enjoy the ocean views. 

THIS PAGE: In the main bedroom,

modern lines are combined with traditional pieces. The mirror behind the bed tricks the eye into thinking the room is more spacious than it is. The bed is from Weylandts. | AUGUST 


Get the look Capture the elegantly cool atmosphere of the living room with these items

Monet chair, R3 490, Pezula Interiors.

Jack dhurrie rug, R2 400/m2, Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs.

THIS PAGE, FROM TOP TO BOTTOM: The main en suite was designed by the previous owner and fortunately suited the current one. The artworks are from Studio Dylan Thomaz.

Pike knit scatter, R449, Country Road.

Stanley standing lamp, R3 995, Block & Chisel. Pleat knit scatter, R250, Woolworths.

Acacia wood bowl, R399, Woolworths.

SOURCES Bbellamy & Bbellamy Block & Chisel Cécile & Boyd Chair Crazy Country Road Gonsenhausers Fine Rugs H&M Home Fabrics Kartell La Grange Interiors Oggie Pezula Interiors Studio Dylan Thomaz Weylandts Woolworths


Candle, R149, H&M.


The sitting area, which Helen furnished with a handwoven reed mat and an antique chaise longue upholstered in a Helon Melon fabric, is separated from the kitchen by open shelving and glass doors. Lulu is queen of this castle.


doing space

Who lives here Helen Gibbs, owner of Helon Melon, and her Jack Russell pup, Lulu.

The house A 300m2 apartment on three levels in the Old Castle Brewery in Woodstock, Cape Town.

n the middle of last year, Helen Gibbs, the creative mind behind Helon Melon home accessories, was looking to diversify her offerings and find somewhere where she could both live and work. “I spoke to the Old Castle Brewery’s landlord and asked for a space of around 55m2,” she recalls. “And because I was starting afresh I asked for a space in the new side of the development – I needed a clean slate.” However, this cavernous 300m2 space was the only one available. “Because I never say ‘no’ outright to anything, I came to see it on 


Helen at the entrance to the loft. The Old Castle Brewery’s new extension blends into the historic building and enjoys a spectacular Table Mountain backdrop. Slick steel and wooden shopfittings from the Helon Melon boutique find new life in Helen’s kitchen. The mugs are Helon Melon offerings, while the copper colander was a gift. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: | AUGUST 



reception area

dining room




Studio level

living room

Second level

Top level

A relaxed, comfortable sitting area has wonderful views of Cape Town. The couch and chairs from @home provide ample seating for guests. The scatters are from Helen’s own range.

a rainy winter’s day. I was sitting on the second level knitting when it came to me: I was going to cook, supply and run a foodorientated events venue right here.” As the building is part-owned by architect Willem Otten of Otten and Partners Architects, Helen avoided many of the renovation headaches associated with relocation. “The space was complete and ready to move into. There were no design challenges – with an architect as a landlord, it was a breeze.” The biggest change was to the kitchen, the most important room in the house. “I designed the kitchen myself with fittings that can be adjusted to suit a variety of needs. It’s by far the most used space and my biggest investment piece was the professional baking oven, which adds to the industrial look.” Her home is a blend of industrial, modern and classical styles. The facebrick, steel and glass structural elements are softened by the neutral palette, natural multi-textured textiles and French antiques. Distinct areas each fulfil a specific purpose without interrupting the overall flow. The three-tiered, triple-volume space is full of Helen’s quirky finds and creations, like the wooden egg sculptures in the entrance and the copper-painted papier-mâché bowls in the bedroom. Surfaces are also often strewn with Helen’s projects in progress, and balls of yarn. “One of my favourite pastimes is to walk the streets of Cape Town looking for beautiful pieces of second-hand furniture, whether valuable or not so valuable, and that’s where most of what I have at home comes from. The pieces are all from different eras, including the brand-new tables, chairs and lounge suite I bought, but everything works well together for a relaxed atmosphere,” she says. “Previously, I lived in a flat in Sea Point, and I often dreamt of bashing walls out to make more space. Now I have it all – I can create a different room by simply moving some furniture around.”  The white linen pieces are from Helen’s own range. The woven copper bowl in the dining area is from Design Network Africa.



In Helen’s bedroom on the top level, the antique French bed and well-worn silk Hereke rug introduce a note of romantic classicism.

Get the look Create this elegant look in your bedroom

Aluminium pot with lid, R595, Weylandts.

Faded Glory Pale rug by Paul Smith, POR, The Rug Company.


Small louvre PC pendant, R455, K. Light Import.

Helen’s love of texture is apparent in the woven-grass side-table and the copper-painted papier-mâché bowls. Jack Russell pup, Lulu. THIS PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM:

Loudeko bed, R12 999, Velvet Home and Living.

Englina continental pillow, R445, Linen House. Rattan side table, R1 195, Trade Secret.

Linen stitch quilt, from R1 099, Biggie Best.

SOURCES @home Biggie Best Design Network Africa Helon Melon K. Light Import Linen House Old Castle Brewery Otten and Partners Architects 021 447 5052 The Rug Company Trade Secret Velvet Home and Living Weylandts | AUGUST 



Neutrals are a common decor option because they don’t date quickly. But safe doesn’t have to be dull. We asked four decor experts to give their tips on how to give a neutral scheme personality

Magdeleine armchair, R13 065; Silkco scatter, R954; Dana Gibson collection, Sister’s Peony wallpaper, R3 124,74/m; Stella cabinet, R24 640; ceramic stool, R1 995; Hague console, R17 545; rose ceramic pots, from R215; bleached elm side table, R5 980; Eco Jute pot table, R1 495; Duo blanket in beige and white, R1 419; all from The Silk and Cotton Co.


Neutral BUT NICE

CHOOSING THE RIGHT NEUTRAL FOR YOU “I love working with a neutral palette as it’s timeless and has a soft, relaxed, inviting feel,” says Philip Pikus of Philip Pikus Fabrics, known for contemporary neutral fabrics. “Decide whether you want to use colour accents or layer the neutrals, then choose the scheme accordingly.” Here’s his advice for selecting the right shade:

BONE/BEIGE “With a bone or beige palette, the trend is to upholster all furniture in the same fabric,” says Claire Clarke of By Dezign Interiors, “or you can use a plain on sofas and statement fabrics like broad stripes on occasional chairs.” Introduce texture with grass wallpaper in the same neutral tone as the primary fabric and use jute rugs, chunky knit throws, and layers of different textured or embroidered scatter cushions to add depth, she advises. “A bone or beige palette doesn’t necessarily need bright accessories,” says Claire. “Opt for white, wood or wicker ornaments arranged in interesting groupings, and include natural elements like clay beads and shells.”

Organic House Alexis natural fabric, R1 451/m, Home Fabrics.

BONE/BEIGE Generally, these shades work best in traditional spaces, and are the calmest of the neutrals. They have an array of subtle undertones you’ll be able to pick up on with fabrics and accessories, so your scheme won’t look bland. Yellow-based beiges work well with turquoise and teal, while those with pink tones create a warmer feel that works well with darker furniture.

Organic House Stella feather fabric, R1 207/m, Home Fabrics.

BROWN/TAUPE This is the earthier, more welcoming of the neutral colour schemes, so choose it if you’d prefer a warmer look. Keep in mind that that they can highlight or tone down other colours, for example they’ll accentuate lime green accents and complement red or mustard accents. If not used as the primary colour, brown can be an accent in a beige scheme.

Henrietta striped armchair, R6 495, Block & Chisel.

Mohair cushion, R429, @home.

Sahara ceramic stool, R1 699, @home.

GREY/CHARCOAL The general perception is that grey suits a contemporary style, but charcoals and greys are also ideal for classic and traditional interiors. Use them to enhance strong architectural features. Modern colours such as yellow and orange pair beautifully with charcoal, so opt for this scheme if your taste tends toward the bold. Consider accessories before selecting the primary colour. Cooler shades complement blue or green accessories while warmer charcoals look great when paired with red and yellow. 

Whale vertebrae on stand, R3 995, Weylandts.

Knit blanket, R1 699, Zara Home.

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GREY/CHARCOAL “Grey and charcoal are timeless and can be used in both traditional and contemporary rooms,” says Heather Welham of Portfolio Interiors in Cape Town. “Start by painting or wallpapering walls in these shades. Plascon’s Ibiza Bay is great as it has some warmth.” If you’re afraid to commit to charcoal on the walls, Heather suggests using it on skirtings and cornices. “This works well in older homes with wooden floors and pressed ceilings,” she says. When it comes to fabric, choose what suits the decor style. “Simplistic, bold designs create a contemporary feel; French toile, silk and velvet are perfect for a classic room; and grey tribal designs and woven textures give depth to rustic interiors.” A clever way to tie a charcoal scheme together is with art. “Frame pieces in simple charcoal frames or in high-gloss shale and group them together on a white wall,” says Heather.

Agdal rug, R9 995, SHF.

Short Nina mirror, R2 695, Block & Chisel.

Nolden Bros cement cylinder lamp, R699,

Studio.W wool blend scatter, R399, Woolworths.

Copper effect mirror tray, R899, Woolworths.

Charcoal rose fur throw, R1 140, Hertex.

Coco chair, R3 495, Coricraft.

Lighthouse metal pendant, R978, K. Light Import.

Jemaa Berber rug, R9 000, Smir Design. Tonga side table, R2 495, Block & Chisel. Aziz large marble vessel, R899, Woolworths.

Smoke art glass vase, R995, Weylandts. Yucatan Thunder scatter, R570, Hertex.

Loop small marble vase, R549, Country Road.

Ibiza Bay paint, from R185/ℓ, Plascon.

SOURCES @home Block & Chisel By Dezign Interiors Coricraft Country Road DNX Interior Design Hertex Home Fabrics K. Light Import Leon at CCXIX Philip Pikus Fabrics Plascon Portfolio Interiors 082 443 0339 SHF Smir Design The Silk and Cotton Co. Weylandts Woolworths Zara Home


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Seasonal BEST From pretty florals to graphic black and white prints, we’ve rounded up this season’s must-have fabrics and wallpapers




1 Eijffinger Un Bisou II wallpaper, 365030, R1 731,60/roll, Dreamweaver Studios. 2 Designers Guild, Couture Rose collection, Orchidea fabric, Schiaparelli FDG247401, R3 258/m, Home Fabrics. 3 Élitis, Kandy collection, Tears From Paradise wallpaper, VP 752 04, R5 635,48/roll, St Leger & Viney. 4 Sanderson, Sojourn collection, Jamila wallpaper, Coral/Aqua 215434, R3 105/roll, Black Fabrics. 5 Harlequin, Sgraffito collection, Speckle fabric, Fuchsia 131867, R3 725/m, Black Fabrics. 6 Christian Lacroix, Incroyables et Merveilleuses collection, Malmaison wallpaper, Opiat FCL248601, R3 744/roll, Home Fabrics. 7 Digiflora collection, Daffodil fabric, Bouquet, R672,60/m, Hertex.


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Think pink




Moody blues… and greens 1 Harlequin, Fauvisimo collection, Trattino fabric, 120517, R4 335/m and Floreale fabric, R4 335/m, Black Fabrics. 2 Eijffinger, Masterpiece wallpaper, 358061, R1 907,22/roll, Dreamweaver Studios. 3 Skinny laMinx, Brise Soleil collection, Aperture fabric, Petrol, R630,42/m, The Silk & Cotton Co. 4 Harlequin, Callista collection, Angeliki wallpaper, 111398, R5 422/roll, Black Fabrics. 5 Vikings collection, Hilde fabric, Ocean, R1 618,80/m, Hertex. 6 GP & J Baker, Cosmopolitan collection, Maughan fabric, Teal, R3 458,53/m, St Leger & Viney. 7 Osborne & Little, Lorca Aradonis Weaves collection, Calina fabric, R4 347/m, Home Fabrics. 



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In black and white 1 Gatsby collection, Loretta fabric, Onyx, R535,80/m, Hertex. 2 Lexington Avenue collection, Waldorf Sparkle fabric, R1 732,80/m, Hertex. 3 Clarke & Clarke Chateau collection, St James Stripe fabric, F0886-06, R3 186/m, Home Fabrics. 4 Jozi Tweets fabric, Graphite, R498,46/m, Dreamweaver Studios. 5 Sweden collection, Graphic Leaf Black and White fabric, R1 072/m, Black Fabrics. 6 Fusion collection, Lotus and White fabric, black, R486,78/m, The Silk & Cotton Co. 7 Eijffinger Black & Light wallpaper, 356051, R1 667,82/roll, Dreamweaver Studios.


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Animal instinct 1 Thibaut, French Quarter Damask wallpaper, Ocean/Shell, R4 424,11/roll, St Leger & Viney. 2 Jungle Club collection, Zarafa wallpaper, Buff, R1 580/roll, Home Fabrics. 3 Thibaut, Bridgehampton collection, Panthera fabric, F924377, R2 721,18/m, St Leger & Viney. 4 Smooth Move collection, Juju fabric, Silver, R490,20/m Hertex. 5 Organoglam collection, Featherlite wallpaper, Spring, R1 744/roll, Hertex. 6 Fabricut, Animalia fabric, lemon zest, R758,10/m, The Silk & Cotton Co. 7 Élitis, Natives collection, Tanzania wallpaper, R3 669,20/roll, St Leger & Viney.




SOURCES Black Fabrics Dreamweaver Studios Hertex Home Fabrics St Leger & Viney The Silk & Cotton Co. | AUGUST 



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1 Embroidered rib scatter, R350, Woolworths. 2 Textured scatter, R99,99, Mr Price Home. 3 Hertex Zazil Sunbeam cushion, R569, 4 Origami triangles cushion, R398, House of Sofia. 5 Floral Print scatter, R499, Woolworths. 6 Compass scatter, from R299, Phlo Studio. 7 Drizzle scatter, R495, Weylandts. 8 Tihea cushion, R499, Country Road. 9 The Rand cushion cover (excl. inner), from R550, Aureum Design.

SOURCES Aureum Design Country Road House of Sofia Mr Price Home Phlo Studio Weylandts Woolworths


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The easiest way to give your home a fresh look is to change the cushions. Here are some of our favourites

Don’t let outdated myths affect your decor decisions. Here are seven so-called rules that just don’t apply anymore

 MYTH #1 Furniture should be placed around the edges of a room Whether you’re decorating a small, large or open-plan space, pushing your furniture to the edges of the room will leave you with a large unused area in the middle. Use furniture to create zones and anchor each grouping with a rug. Decor by Jenna Penny Interiors


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 MYTH #2 Dark walls make a room look smaller Don’t be afraid to use darker shades on your walls. Start with an accent wall and use it as a backdrop to showcase art and furniture. Dark colours in cooler shades recede, adding a feeling of depth. A good idea is to start with one wall, and if it works for you, paint the rest. Decor by Cheryl Herweg of Changing Spaces


NO rules


 MYTH #3 Custom-made furniture is more expensive than store-bought furniture Custom-made furniture can be surprisingly cost effective, plus you get exactly what you want. If you are working with difficult dimensions and want to incorporate a couch and two occasional chairs, having them custom-made ensures they fit the space perfectly. This can be more budget friendly than investing in pieces that aren’t quite right. Consult a designer who can put you in contact with a manufacturer. Decor by Jonathan Avnon of Joseph Avnon Interiors

 MYTH #4 Always stick to one decor style Mixing furniture and accessories of various styles instantly adds character to a room. Instead of only using furniture that matches, choose a couple of stand-out pieces, like a vintage mirror and a minimalist Perspex coffee table, that make an interesting combination and talking point. Decor by Vivian Ward Interiors | AUGUST 2016


 MYTH #6 Pattern on pattern doesn’t work The key to combining different patterns is to use those with colours of equal intensity. This will prevent the scheme from looking messy. A large couch upholstered in different graphic prints works well with scatter cushions in a print like a floral. Keep surrounding wall colours and furniture neutral. Decor by Union 3

 MYTH #7

 MYTH #5 Never use bold furniture in small spaces As long as the piece of furniture doesn’t obstruct walkways or affect the functionality of the room, there’s no reason why a prominent piece can’t play the hero in your decor scheme. In this entrance hall, the bold shape of this chest of drawers was accentuated by a strong colour. Decor by Cheryl Herweg of Changing Spaces


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Dining room chairs should always match Using different chairs at each end of your table adds interest to your dining room while breaking up the monotony of six or eight identical chairs. Choose a complementary design like an elegant carver or wingback and cover it in a different fabric. It’s also easier to re-cover two chairs when you need a change. Decor by Joanne Roelofsz SOURCES Changing Spaces Jenna Penny Interiors 072 300 0157 Joanne Roelofsz 082 342 7379 Joseph Avnon Interiors Union 3 Vivian Ward Interiors 083 633 8947

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The heat IS ON Using state-of-the-art technology, these stoves and fireplaces will keep the winter chill at bay 60

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 This contemporary Caesarstone fireplace was custom-designed by Darryl Croome Architects as a functional work of art. Drop-in gas fireplaces, such as this one fitted by Designer Braai & Fireplaces, are a good option for unique designs, as they can be insulated and placed in almost any material. Cost of a similar design varies between R60 000 and R140 000 depending on size and material. Chimneys or vents are optional for this type of fireplace, although it’s always good to include some form of vent extraction.




Hand forged in carbon steel with a matt black finish, the Cone, R64 122 (recommended retail price) from Beauty Fires, is the first locally manufactured suspended wood-burning fireplace. Custom installation is recommended to ensure correct flue connections as well as the position best suited to the room.

 The Slimline Flue-less Gas Grate, from R18 000, from Infiniti Fires, is able to heat up to 400m³ at the flick of a switch. The 1 400mm-wide unit can be built in with a black mild steel or stainless steel frame (shown) or behind a natural stone or Caesarstone frame for a seamless look.

 A full iron wood-burning insert fireplace, Hergóm’s C12-70, R21 995, from Morsø Fireplaces, emits a comfortable uniform heat using a radiant convection system. It offers a maximum heat output of 10kW and 74,8% efficiency, which means that only 25,2% of heat is lost. It has an ash pan for easy cleaning and single lever control for opening and closing. | JULY 2016


 The Dovre Tai 45W wood-burning stove, R24 750, from Home Fires, boasts airwash and cleanburn systems to keep the window clean and burn fuel more efficiently. It offers a maximum heat output of 9kW with efficiency of up to 81%. It’s available on an order-only basis as a multi-fuel model that works with anthracite and manufactured smokeless fuels as well.

Rocal’s wood-burning Argo 70, from R24 000, from macD FIREHOUSE, uses a two-turbine ventilation system with twospeed automatic or manual thermostat for optimum heat circulation. In addition to a standard 10cm black frame, the unit is available in three original hand-painted frames, from R6 500, designed by Spanish artist Berta Noguer.

 A rotating base makes the Matisse wood-burning stove, R22 999, from Heatwave, ideal for large, open-plan spaces. There’s the option of a heatretaining sandstone top and back which ensures warmth is emitted even after the fire has died down. SOURCES Beauty Fires Caesarstone Darryl Croome Architects Designer Braai & Fireplaces Heatwave Home Fires Infiniti Fires macD FIREHOUSE Morsø Fireplaces


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Trisch and Robert Barnard of Pretoria transformed an old-fashioned bathroom into a chic, on-trend retreat 

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How this bathroom went from drab to fab: To create more space, the Barnards gutted it and extended it by a few metres. Both a shower and a bath were incorporated into what is now a large wet room separated from the vanity area by a glass door. The shower wall was fitted with Victorian-look encaustic cement tiles, and white mosaic tiles were used for the floors and the rest of the wet room walls. A niche, tiled with more Victorian tiles, houses toiletries. “We have a toddler so the bath needed to be user friendly and surrounded by wipeable surfaces like shutters,” says Trisch. She and Robert opted for simple copper taps and mixers throughout which complement the colour scheme and are in keeping with their eclectic style. In the vanity area, his-and-hers basins were set on a solid wood counter with a shelf below, which provides storage space. For privacy, the toilet was accommodated in a separate room. To carry through the classic theme, white metro tiles were used on the walls of the rest of the bathroom, including the toilet. “Now our bathroom is a sanctuary and such a lovely space in which to start the day.”

THIS PAGE: Basins from Old Time Bathrooms sit on timber shelves, treated with Woodoc furniture wax. The mirrors are from CTM and copper light fittings were made by Hi-Tech Lighting.


“Like the house, our bathroom was designed and built in the early 1960s and never updated,” recalls Trisch Barnard, an interior architect. “The discoloured grout on the walls and floors made the bathroom look and feel dirty. In addition, the original layout was cramped and impractical.”



The encaustic cement tiles in the shower are from Hadeda and the mosaic BEFORE tiles from Union Tiles. The shutters, from Windovert, provide security. The basket and plants are from @home. By building in the cistern, Trisch ensured that the toilet has a clean, modern look. The subway tiles are from Johnson Tiles.

SOURCES @home CTM Hadeda Hi-Tech Lighting Johnson Tiles Old Time Bathrooms Trisch Barnard Union Tiles Windovert Woodoc | AUGUST 2016



This month’s good idea “Panelling adds depth and interest to a room,” says decorator and curator Dylan Thomaz, who used this effect in the living room and passage of the apartment featured on page 32. It’s also a good way to disguise a cupboard. While he recommends having this done by a professional carpenter, you can do it yourself provided the wall is completely smooth. First measure carefully, then have the moulding cut to size and mitre the edges. Use a spirit level to make sure that each piece is straight and level, and attach the moulding to the wall with clear silicone. Hold it in place with a piece of masking tape while it dries. Fill in any gaps on the sides with a silicone gun, then paint the moulding and the wall. SOURCE Dylan Thomaz





A matter OF STYLE Potted trees and wrought iron details make this courtyard a stylish retreat

Vaso Liscio Doppio Bordo pot, R1 590, Plaisir du Jardin.

EXPERT ADVICE Interior Decorator Lisa Walters, who decorated this courtyard, shares her tips A paved area is low maintenance and practical, but can look a bit boring so green it up with potted plants. Choose fragrant herbs like lavender and rosemary and lemon trees to make it a delight for the senses. Scale is important in a small space so choose larger pots or group a number of smaller items together to create impact. Stone cladding on the wall gives this courtyard a focal point and echoes the natural textures of the country setting. Decorate with practical accessories like a curlicue shelf and galvanised watering cans. Wrought iron chairs are timeless and durable. Pair their curvy lines with a contemporary table for a mod twist.

Harvest wire basket, R149,99, Woolworths. Tier trellis, R999, Mr Price Home.

Token side table, R495, Weylandts.

French café chair, R2 200, IronStone.

Ornamental topiary, R129,99, Woolworths. Vintage birdcage, R2 395, SHF.

SOURCES IronStone Lisa Walters Interiors Mr Price Home Plaisir du Jardin SHF Weylandts Woolworths | AUGUST 



 ROCK ON Bold statements abounded this year in both man-made and natural structures. Inspired by geological events, the Telegraph garden looks like something an artistic Flintstone might create, an impression reinforced by the inclusion of a fire basket and stone seating. Andy Sturgeon used scale to add drama to his design which was dominated by large bronze fins and featured plants reminiscent of the Sierra Madre. It won Best Garden in Show.

 WATER WAYS Water in some form featured everywhere from reflective pools like this one to rills, troughs and streams. In the silver-giltmedal-winning Cloudy Bay garden, designed by Sam Ovens, the position of the red cedar cabin and deck in relation to the pond gives the impression of drifting. The natural atmosphere was enhanced by the designer’s choice of heathers, pines and grasses as the surround.



Although the Chelsea Flower Show is like a top fashion show with over-thetop designs and impossibly perfect shapes, it’s a great indicator of current gardening trends and a source of clever ideas you can use in your own garden

 SEXY CURVES The long luxuriant curved lines seen in many of the gardens are proof of the movement towards softer, naturalistic designs. These were particularly noticeable in the Winton Beauty of Mathematics garden. This garden celebrates the algorithms that are the foundation of all life. A copper band representing a growing seedling morphed into a bench, then a banister and into a raised planter with trailing plants. Designed by Nic Bailey, it won a silver-gilt medal.

 WOODLAND FEVER The woodland trend seen in previous years continued to be popular. In the Hartley Botanic Garden, designer Catherine McDonald used birches and wild and ornamental plants to create a natural look at the entrance to a glass house. Here in South Africa, a similar look could be achieved with leopard (Caesalpinia ferrea) and pompon (Dais cotinifolia) trees.

 PLANTS BEFORE PAVING The recently launched Greening Grey Britain campaign encourages homeowners to plant their front gardens instead of paving them. Although not sponsored by the campaign, The LG Smart garden designed by Jay Joung Hwang illustrated many of their aims. Inspired by the Scandinavian lifestyle, this garden with its selectively paved areas softened by pretty flower beds was an excellent example of how technology and living areas can flow naturally into gardens. | AUGUST 2016


 MEADOW MOODS Meadow planting with the aim of attracting beneficial insects and wildlife is still a huge trend and featured in a number of show gardens this year including The Chelsea Barracks Garden designed by Jo Thompson. This gold medal winner featured strong architectural lines softened by perennial plantings of foxgloves, delphiniums, sages and hostas. Roses, a reference to the barracks chapel’s historic rose window, were prominent.

 HEALTHY LIVING Gardening for health was also an evident trend at this year’s show. In her design for St John’s Hospice called A Modern Apothecary, herb guru Jekka McVicar highlighted the healing power of plants. Featuring many beneficial herbs and plants, the layout of the garden was also intended to promote wellness through its calming lavender-lined walk and serene water feature.


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PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN This year’s SANBI Kirstenbosch exhibit was inspired by the Harold Porter National Botanic Garden in Betty’s Bay. Situated in the Kogelberg Biosphere reserve, it’s the richest, most diverse area in the Cape Floral Kingdom. Designed by David Davidson and Raymond Hudson, the exhibit won SA’s 34th gold medal.

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This multilevel Parkview, Jo’burg, garden filled with a variety of perennials, shrubs and trees with pathways and steps invites you to explore further


Who lives here Clare and Andrew Mitchell with their two daughters and their dachshund, Zinzan.

The garden A 1 700m² garden with Englishstyle herbaceous borders and different levels and ‘rooms’.


his is a gardener’s garden,” says Clare Mitchell, who together with her husband Andrew, has lovingly shaped and perfected their Jo’burg property over the past 28 years. Thanks to her passion for all kinds of plants, especially unusual species, Clare has never planted according to a definite plan. The result is a garden with an English cottage feel filled with varied colours and textures. “If I see an unusual plant, I buy it or take a slip and then find a place for it,” she says. There’s an orderliness to the profusion of flowers and foliage, however. The garden is divided into separate colour schemes and given structure with different levels connected by steps and pathways. Entering the garden on the upper level, you’re met by a romantic combination of soft pinks, blues and whites. Steps down to the swimming pool lead to a yellow section. And although the garden is teeming with roses, shrubs and perennials, there’s 

THIS SPREAD, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT: A pretty wooden bench, backed by blue Echium candicans makes a romantic picture with fragrant brunfelsia in the foreground. At the entrance, a wide expanse of lawn is framed by borders of ‘Johannesburg Garden Club’ roses, foxgloves, Marguerite daisies and spires of eremurus in soft pink, blue and white hues. On the lower level, shades of grey and white in the form of valerian, lamb’s ear, roses, artichoke, Hydrangea quercifolia, salvia and the tall white Viburnum macrocephalum combine to create a restful garden room. | AUGUST 2016


an immediate sense of openness. “When we moved in in 1988, there were too many trees and sadly, we had to take some out. We lifted and trimmed others to let in light and open up the garden.” The entrance is also the location of the largest area of lawn. Surrounded by beds and the stone boundary walls, it enhances the sense of spaciousness. The garden has changed many times since the Mitchells bought the property. With the help of architect Johann Slee, the 100-yearold home was more or less rebuilt in 1994, while retaining its original features and a large patio was added from which the garden can now be enjoyed. At this time, Johann’s wife, René assisted with the garden design. It was she who came up with the idea for the rill just off the patio and the mondo grass and silver birch ‘forest’ near the entrance.  As space is limited, Clare doesn’t have a dedicated rose garden, but prefers to plant roses in the beds. The sloping garden was divided into different levels, which add structure to the relaxed plantings that include forget-me-nots, roses, buddleja, plectranthus and alstroemeria. A stepping stone pathway softened with mondo grass winds through a lush border of roses, poppies and forget-me-nots. Large containers planted with ‘Deloitte & Touche’ roses, lobelia and geraniums mark the entrance to the garden. A retaining wall flanks one side of the swimming pool area, creating a raised bed along the border filled with roses, poppies, statice, lavender and helichrysum.


The original garden had a number of small stone walls with beds on different levels which were kept and incorporated into wider areas. New walls were added, using stone to match the existing. In the early 2000s, architect Pnina Hyman made further additions to the house and revamped the swimming pool by halving its size and painting it a darker shade. More recently, landscapers Liz and Tim Steyn helped to reshape the beds but Clare has always done all the planting herself. “My garden is constantly evolving,” she smiles. The fact that the entire garden isn’t visible all at once is what Clare loves about the design. “You have to walk around corners and up and down steps to discover it all.” Instead of the lawn sloping away beyond the pool to the boundary wall, the area is enclosed along one side by a retaining wall and a raised flower bed which provides a frame for the garden and a place to rest the eye. A path continues through this area, down some steps to an indigenous section on the lowest level where a circular lawn is surrounded by white, grey and green beds. The journey ends on the higher level where the rill just below the patio is bordered by more formal plantings. “As space is quite limited, I’ve never had a separate rose garden, but I actually prefer roses to be mixed into the beds. I love roses


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and like picking them for the house,” says Clare. The Mitchells spend most of the summer on their large patio, entertaining friends or simply relaxing. “We pretty much live here,” says Clare. “We derive so much pleasure from our garden. I love its fullness and richness and especially its diversity of plants and birds.” Steps and stone pathways leading from one level to the next create a sense of mystery. A rill was built just below the patio and is one of the more formal features in the garden. This predominantly blue, pink and white bed includes roses and statice.


SOURCES Pnina Hyman 011 442 9357 Johann Slee Tim Steyn Landscaping

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Love at first sight

Who lives here Peter Freese, a farmer with a passion for Nguni and Brahman cattle and his wife Doreen, a passionate gardener, who enjoys the outdoors, playing golf as well as cycling, and their Jack Russell, Bellsy.

The garden An extensive, well-treed farm garden on the outskirts of Bedford in the Eastern Cape. It has water features, topiary and an extensive range of plants and amazing mountain views.

hen Peter and Doreen Freese decided to move from their farm in Zululand, their search for a suitable property eventually led them to Maasström in the Eastern Cape. “Pete fell in love with the sweet veld for his cattle while I adored the house with its Cape Dutch gable and of course the garden,” says Doreen. Maasström is one of the breathtaking gardens open to the public during Bedford’s annual garden festival. You can spend hours wandering through it as you discover the countless paths, features and focal points. It was originally designed by the previous owners, George and Charlotte van der Watt, who worked assiduously in it for 20 years. 


The formal lawn near the house is linked to the lower garden by a path of diagonally laid pavers which lead the eye up to the mountains. Doreen Freese with John Magadu and Zolile Witbooi, who’ve worked in the garden for about eight years.



“Taking over a garden of this size and repute was quite a challenge and a little daunting,” says Doreen. The one they’d had in Zululand was mainly indigenous and tropical and they had to learn to deal with this more extreme, cooler and drier climate. “Fortunately,” she adds, “we have a wonderful supply of water from the mountain and springs and it’s such a friendly and welcoming town, we knew we’d be happy here.” Peter and Doreen both enjoy gardening and are committed to maintaining the essence of this one. However, they are planning to slowly change parts of it over time. “We envisage a romantic, simpler space in future years and have asked landscaper Franchesca Watson to assist us.” The Freeses started by filling in the enormous swimming pool at the bottom of the garden to create a huge expanse of lawn. This opened things up and now draws attention to the beautiful mountain backdrop. They also discovered that while the many magnificent trees provide protection from the cold winds and


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supply welcome areas of shade, there is fierce root competition. The plan is to open up the garden a little more and have larger swathes of colour, and similar plantings using Doreen’s favourite colours, lilac, blue and purple, and foliage plants in different shades of grey. Understanding the seasons and how the garden responds is part of getting to know it, but Doreen says she has also had to learn the names of all the unfamiliar plants. “I love them all, The old Cape farmhouse is dwarfed by a majestic, centuries-old cedar tree. ‘My Granny’ roses in pots flank the entrance to one of the paths where yellow ‘South Africa’, ‘King David’ and standard ‘Gold Bunny’ roses grow alongside clipped shrubs like plum berberis and bougainvillea. A clipped hedge of Cuphea hyssopifolia reinforces the shape of the circular pond, as do the stone ball and sphereshaped shrubs. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM LEFT:

DOREEN’S TIPS FOR TAKING OVER AN ESTABLISHED GARDEN Don’t do anything in the first year. First see how the different plants react to each season. Keep a journal of flowering plants, making notes on their flowering, seed and dormant times. Learn all you can about unfamiliar plants. There are so many sources available other than the Internet. Speak to local gardeners, read all the gardening books and magazines you can and visit local nurseries. Spend time with the previous gardener, if you can, to learn more about the garden.

especially the watsonias.” A keen flower arranger, she cherishes the hydrangeas and roses, particularly ‘Rosemary Ladlau’. There are over 300 rosebushes which she finds high maintenance. “Assisted by two gardeners, pruning them takes me two weeks,” she adds. She follows Ludwig Taschner’s advice on spraying and feeding them regularly. As the garden is so large, Peter and Doreen need about eight to 10 tons of compost at a time, and rather than making their own, they bring in organic compost from Stutterheim. There’s also an abundance of old, dry termite mounds on the farm; these are nutrient rich and are used to treat the lawn.  THIS PAGE, TOP TO BOTTOM: This pergola framed by ‘Blossom Magic’ roses is one of several in the garden. The focal point at the end of an arbour covered with rose ‘New Dawn’ is a large blue urn made by the previous owner, George van der Watt.

VISIT THIS GARDEN The name of the farm originated from the original owners. Sir Andries Stockenström married a Miss Maasdorp from Graaff Reinet and they combined parts of their surnames to form the name: Maasström. See opposite page for details on the Garden and Home tour that visits this and other beautiful gardens during the Bedford Garden Festival.

Peter’s interest lies in grasses, trees, cycads and the birdlife but, Doreen adds, he’s always on hand to help when needed and is responsible for shaping and trimming the topiaries and hedges. He takes care of the lawn and has also created a cycad garden near the entrance, using their numerous registered plants to add new interest to the garden, particularly for visitors during the garden festival. The Freeses opened up the garden to allow the mountain views to shine through. Bellsy. Circular shapes and neatly trimmed hedges and topiary are a central theme of the design. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT:


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Bedford Join Garden and Home on a special gardener’s tour of some of the loveliest gardens in this charming area and enjoy the highlights of the Bedford Garden Festival

DAY 1 Wednesday 19 October Meet at Port Elizabeth Airport and travel to Donkerhoek Farm in Cowie Valley where Barbara Church will show you around her exquisite formal vegetable garden. Move on to a picnic lunch at the Mill Cricket Ground surrounded by historic oak trees planted by the children of the 1820 British Settlers. The next stop is Glen Gregor, a secret garden in the mountains with an extraordinary indigenous forest. Last on today’s tour is a visit to Rozanne Ross’s garden at Cavers Country House. Enjoy a stroll through this three-hectare garden which features huge trees, sweeping lawns and a riot of roses. Check into The Duke of Bedford Inn for the next three nights. Dinner is at the Butcher Bird restaurant.


DAY 2 Thursday 20 October After breakfast, depart for the Albertvale home of Kim and Ola van Niekerk who have lived there for nearly 30 years. A long curving driveway lined with large trees and old-fashioned roses leads to the houses. Explore the pretty gazebo and traditional potager planted with herbs, artichokes and other vegetables. Kim will present a garden-to-plate masterclass using the fresh produce picked. Then it’s on to Maasström, one of Bedford’s greatest gardens. The homestead, originally owned by Sir Andries Stockenström, has a magnificent setting and owners Doreen and Peter Freese will welcome you. There’s time to explore the garden with its beautiful mixed borders and unusual trees before tea is served. On the way back to town stop off to visit Tara Forster whose friend and colleague, renowned landscaper Franchesca Watson, designed the magical garden surrounding Tara’s historic homestead. Next is a visit to the South African Rosarium designed by Gwen Fagan and Gawie Fagan & Associates followed by a cocktail party at the Old Gaol to launch the Bedford Garden Festival, followed by snacks and overnight at The Duke of Bedford Inn.

DAY 3 Friday 21 October Today’s garden visits start off at Fairholt, an artist’s garden set in a grove of silver birches. Next is Belmont, an old woodland garden transformed by Ria Moolman, one of Bedford’s ardent young rose growers. If there’s time, take in Glen Ross, an intimate garden and tribute to Danel Moolman, one of the new generation of creative gardeners. Continue on to Eildon which was established in the early 1800s by Thomas Pringle whose descendant Barrie Pringle is responsible for the massed formal plantings, rose beds and glorious lawns. Dinner will be at the Old Gaol or Bedford Club and overnight at The Duke of Bedford Inn.

DAY 4 Saturday 22 October After breakfast there’s time to explore the country market and taste the local produce like Nicky Prudohn’s organic cheeses and Craig Rippon’s award-winning olives. Head to the Nanaga Farmstall for a light lunch and journey back to Port Elizabeth Airport. *Programme subject to change.

TOUR INFORMATION DATES 19 – 22 October three nights/four days DEPART AND END Port Elizabeth Airport COST R10 022 per person sharing, R11 617 single INCLUDES Transport in luxury, air-conditioned 15-seater coaches with qualified drivers. Specialised guide services. Three nights’ accommodation, breakfasts, lunches and dinners as mentioned. Masterclasses, talks and private visits as specified. EXCLUDES Flights to and from Port Elizabeth. Items of a personal nature (laundry, gratuities, telephone calls). Beverages during meals unless specified. TO BOOK and for more info, call 021 418 2302 or e-mail | AUGUST 2016




Golden RULES A successful garden relies on tried and tested principles of design. Using her own gardens to illustrate these, landscaper Carrie Latimer shares hers 86

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An effective way to give a garden interest is to create focus and punctuation with focal points. They allow you to manipulate how the garden is experienced by leading the eye in a preferred direction. In this garden, Carrie placed a water feature on the main axis between the house and the garage so it catches the eye and the garage doesn’t become the focus. “Keep the number of focal points in proportion to the size of the garden. Too many and they’ll be distracting,” says Carrie. “And remember, a gorgeous view is as much a focal point as a feature tree, sculpture or water feature.”

2. PLANT FOR LIFE Nothing spoils a design like sickly, sad plants. “It’s essential to select those that do naturally well in your climate. Mediterranean plants for example thrive in the Western Cape which has winter rainfall,” says Carrie. Here Scabiosa




3 ‘Butterfly Blue’ grows happily alongside exotic heliotrope as they enjoy the same conditions. It’s also important to assess the type of soil you have and choose plants that will flourish in these conditions, be they acid, alkaline, sandy, clay or loam.

3. SET THE SHAPE Essentially garden design is about arranging ‘empty’ spaces like a lawn and patio and the ‘filled’ areas being the planting beds. Don’t make the mistake of laying out the beds first and filling the rest with lawn. “Your eye will read the shape of the lawn before the beds because of the irregular plant heights,” explains Carrie. “The lawn will always remain a distinct, clear shape so lay this out first.”

4. BIGGER IS BETTER Things that look big indoors appear much smaller outdoors. “Generally lean towards a larger scale when choosing things like planters, water features,

sculptures and paving stones. If you’re in doubt, mark the shape and size of the object in the intended position,” advises Carrie. It’s however important to establish pleasing relationships between elements grouped together. In this setting the sculpture is in proportion to both the trees behind, the width of the steps and the bordering plants.

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5. THINK TEXTURE “Contrasting foliage such as feathery, bold and strappy will ensure the garden retains interest through the seasons. When shopping for plants, give as much consideration to the quality and shape of the leaf as to the flower,” says Carrie. The patterns of light and shade created by leaf shapes also play an important role in adding depth. A plant palette dominated by fine or medium-textured plants can lack focus, and too many coarse-textured plants can make a bed appear awkward and disorganised. Aim for a balance. | AUGUST 



6. GO WITH THE FLOW “The easiest way to pull the design of a garden together and give it clarity is with repetition. Using the same plant or tree, paving finish or colour in various parts of the garden connects the different areas,” says Carrie. Repetition also creates rhythm in a garden as your eye is led from one similar element to the next. As with focal points, it’s important not to overdo them or the effect will be fussy and disjointed. In this classical garden setting, the water feature is established as a focal point by the metal arches which are all covered with the same creeper, star jasmine.

7. MASS ACTION As a rule of thumb the fewer varieties of plants in a bed, the higher the impact.


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Massed foliage plants and ornamental grasses will provide as much drama as flowering plants. “Plan ahead and stick with a limited number of plants that you love and that work well together. Plant generous swathes of each and don’t be shy to closely mass strappy plants such as agapanthus and wild garlic,” says Carrie.

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8. FUNCTIONAL FEATURES Treat the functional elements as a primary feature of the garden. “Practical elements such as pathways, steps, bed edging and retaining walls offer fantastic design potential. Repeat these finishes to create harmony and consider how to use ordinary products such as precast pavers in a more novel way,” says Carrie. “To ensure longevity, don’t compromise on the quality of the product.”

SOURCE Carrie Latimer




doctors These eight sociable plants, often called ‘fillers’, will weave a rich tapestry through your garden

This has long sweeping stems studded with white or pink butterfly-like flowers which appear from spring to autumn. Try the new Harlequin and Butterfly series from Malanseuns. Height: 70–90cm. Growing tips: Frost-hardy, it can be planted in full sun, in well-drained sandyloam soil. Remove old flower stems and feed in summer. Divide large clumps and propagate new plants from basal cuttings. Plant it with: Cistus (rockrose), Indian hawthorn (rhaphiolepis) and lavender to soften plantings in formal, informal, cottage, rose, coastal, water-wise and meadow gardens.




hese plants play a valuable role in linking areas and bulking up the garden. They complement their more permanent neighbours and provide seasonal interest with their flowers or foliage. They’re also ideal for reinforcing and highlighting a colour scheme, hiding the exposed ‘knees’ of taller plants and adding depth. Use them to cover bare soil while permanent shrubs grow.

The purple, pink or white flowers of this clump-forming, quick-growing perennial are complemented by grey-green, strap-like leaves. Height: 30cm. Growing tips: Water wise and hardy, it can be planted in full sun/semi-shade in average soil. Deadhead regularly and divide dense clumps when necessary. Plant it with: Roses, as a pest deterrent, herbs, agastache and Dyschoriste thunbergiiflora and among indigenous perennials in informal, contemporary, cottage and water-wise gardens. | AUGUST 2016



 LEONOTIS LEONURUS (WILD DAGGA) A fast-growing filler, this perennial has whorls of orange, gold or white flowers that encircle its tall stems throughout the year, particularly in autumn. The nectarrich blooms attract birds. Look out for NewPlant’s ‘Golden Velvet’ and ‘White Lion’ (also called L. leonurus var. alba). Height: 1,5–2m. Growing tips: Plant it in full sun. Although hardy and drought-tolerant, it thrives when watered. Cut back to knee height after flowering and in winter. Plant it with: Hypoestes aristata, salvias and Tecoma capensis (Cape honeysuckle) in fynbos, meadow and indigenous gardens and informal borders.


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This bushy perennial becomes quite substantial as suckers grow from the base. Its cheerful orange and yellow flowers attract nectar feeders from late winter to late spring. Height: 1m plus. Growing tips: Half-hardy, it can be planted in shade or sun in moist but well-drained soil. It survives with little attention; remove old stems at the base after flowering. Plant it with: Ixora, jammy mouth (Ruttya fruticosa) and Hypericum spp. in cottage and tropical gardens and in informal borders.

 LIMONIUM PEREZII (GIANT BLUE STATICE) Grow this evergreen perennial for its leaves and large heads of long-lasting papery blue-violet flowers which appear from late winter to autumn. Height: 60cm. Growing tips: Half-hardy, it can be planted in full to half-sun in well-drained soil. As it tolerates wind and salt, it thrives at the coast. Trim off old leaves and dead flower stalks. Plant it with: Salvias, confetti bushes and cotyledons in meadow, wild, coastal, dry and contemporary gardens.


 EUPHORBIA HYPERICIFOLIA ‘DIAMOND FROST’ With its domed shape and clouds of petite white flowers, this Proven Winner shrub fills gaps between plants and lightens up plantings. Height: 30–60cm. Growing tips: Half-hardy and drought tolerant, it should be planted in average soil in full sun to semi-shade. Feed every 6–8 weeks. Cut back in winter. Note: It has irritating latex. Plant it with: Roses, scaevola and mandevilla in cottage, French, formal, contemporary and informal gardens and in containers.

This indigenous perennial with tufts of light-green leaves weaves around nearby plants. The mauve-blue flowers appear in spring, early summer and autumn and attract butterflies. Height: 50–75cm. Growing tips: Moderately frost-tolerant, it should be planted in full sun to semi-shade in soil enriched with compost. Deadhead to encourage repeat flowering. Cut back woody stems in early spring. Plant it with: Barleria obtusa, plumbago and rosemary in wild, meadow, cottage and rose gardens and herbaceous borders.

 TEUCRIUM FRUTICANS (BUSH GERMANDER) The silvery grey foliage of this looselimbed shrub complements other plants and offsets its lavender blue flowers which appear in summer. Height: 1m plus. Growing tips: Water wise and hardy, it should be planted in full sun in welldrained soil. It can be shaped into balls or spheres. Trim to keep it compact. Plant it with: Agapanthus, salvias and veronica (hebes) in formal, informal, contemporary, French and dry gardens.

SOURCES Malanseuns 012 549 2128/9 NewPlant Proven Winners | AUGUST 2016



Small on space, BIG ON STYLE One of the myths of gardening is that you need lots of space to have a beautiful garden. Not so, you can create one in the smallest of areas. Just double up on creativity




3 CLEVER WAYS TO MAKE A SMALL GARDEN APPEAR LARGER WINDING WAYS Curved and winding pathways draw the eye into the garden and entice you to explore further to see what lies around the bend. They cleverly draw attention away from compact proportions and odd angles. Garden design: Garden Diva.

GOING UP Arches and pergolas are useful elements in a small space as they draw the eye upwards. They also provide a support for climbers like roses, gelsemium, mandevilla, clematis montana, jasmine and sweet peas (pictured here) giving you more space for plants.

POTTED PLEASURES AHEAD OF THE CURVE When this house on a secure estate was built, all that was left for a garden was a narrow strip along the side. To disguise the odd angles and to create depth, circles and curves were incorporated into the design. The first step was to lift the lawn and lay the winding path. This draws the eye and detracts from the high boundary walls. Then the silver birch trees were planted. As often happens, the house and the walls create deep shade at certain times of the day. The planting, which is in spirals and circles, includes shade-loving plants like primula, azalea, aquilegia, foxglove and camellia on the shady side, and sun lovers such as gaura, roses, alyssum, echeveria, sweet William, Cape daisy (osteospermum) and arum lily on the sunny side. The silver birches add height as do a metal archway and obelisks all of which stretch the area visually. Garden design: Garden Diva. 

The easiest way to green up small space is with containers. First establish the areas of sun and shade and plant accordingly. There are many pretty plants that enjoy the shade, but if the area gets around six hours of sun a day, you can even grow vegetables such as radish, marrows, tomatoes and beans. Container plants should be fed every 2–4 weeks with foliar feed or monthly with organic pellets and need regular, sometimes daily, watering especially in summer. | AUGUST 2016





Even the smallest area has potential. The narrow space off the kitchen of this townhouse is only 2,5m wide, but turned out to be ideal for a vegetable and herb garden. To break the narrowness of the space and emphasise the width, picket fencing was installed across it with an archway in the middle to add height. To visually expand the area, it was laid out in a circular design with paths radiating outwards. A birdbath forms the focal point. All the stones and rocks were removed to a depth of around 600mm, and lots of compost and well-aged kraal manure were worked in. A little bonemeal and organic plant food (one tablespoon) was added to every planting hole. In the shady sections, herbs like parsley, which dislikes hot conditions, and oregano and rosemary that tolerate shade, were planted. Garden design: Garden Diva.

SOURCE Garden Diva


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Plan ahead by planting a selection of summerflowering bulbs now

things to do this month



Contributing garden editor Marianne Alexander’s handy checklist of essential chores to do in August

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Sow seeds of fast-growing, summer-flowering annuals and keep seed trays in a warm sheltered place. Try ageratum, marigolds, phlox, alyssum, cosmos, scabious, gaillardia, and vinca hybrids. Rejuvenate untidy groundcovers by lifting, dividing and replanting; ground huggers can be mown with the mower on its highest setting. Mulch with compost and feed with 2:3:4 or 2:3:2. Dig broad-leaved weeds out of lawns or treat with herbicide. Remove weeds in beds and borders by hand or with a fork as soon as they germinate, or smother with thick mulch. Keep mowing winter grass in the Western Cape to prevent it from setting seed. Scarify spongy kikuyu and buffalo lawns which have a thick thatch or mat by raking and mowing very low. After mowing one way, mow the other way with the mower on a lower setting. Rake off loose grass and water. Give blue hydrangeas an initial dose of a bluing agent; repeat monthly. Give acid-loving plants with chlorosis (yellowing leaves) like Mackaya bella, yesterday-today-and-tomorrow, gardenias and citrus trees, Epsom salts, Magnesium sulphate, or spray with Trelmix. Prune roses in cold regions. Fork over old mulch adding bonemeal and Epsom salts to the soil. Apply a 5–10cm mulch of old manure and compost or bark chips around each plant leaving the stem free. Feed with Vigorosa 5:1:5 or Talborne Vita-Green 5:1:5. Keep feeding spring bulbs with 2:3:4 or 3:2:5, even those that have stopped flowering; leave the foliage to continue producing food. Lay down eggshells, wood ash, sawdust or an organic molluscicide around liliums to protect them from snails and slugs. Roses Plant summer-flowering bulbs such as eucomis (pineapple lily), crocosmia, flame lilies (Gloriosa sp.), gladioli, arum lilies (see page 98 for more about growing arum liles), begonias, galtonias, spider lilies, chlidanthus, liatris, tigridia and sprekelia. Plant last year’s dahlia tubers in containers and water to stimulate growth. Prune late-autumn and winter-flowering shrubs and climbers. Only prune leafless spring-flowering shrubs like snowball bush and weigela once they’ve flowered in spring. Remove twiggy, dead growth from soft-wooded plants like salvias, pelargoniums and fuchsias; cut back by about two thirds; compost, mulch well and feed. In cold areas, wait until all danger of frost has passed before cutting back frost-damaged plants. Trim cascading plants. GET MORE ONLINE Continue to feed and deadhead annuals. Visit our website Fertilise and mulch around perennials and for plants like dietes, Inca lilies, daylilies and agapanthus. growing tips for gladioli and Feed winter-flowering plants like camellias and other bulbs. azaleas with a light application of a high-nitrogen

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This weekend

Prepare a bed for summer herbs Prepare the soil by adding compost and some bonemeal. If you have them, divide perennial herbs like mint, oregano and marjoram, tarragon and lemon balm and replant the fresh outer pieces. Split large clumps of chives. Sow seed of basil in a warm spot or buy small plants and pot them into individual containers until the weather warms up. Plant sage and thyme in a hot dry position. Sow a small batch of seeds of fast-maturing herbs like rocket, chervil, coriander, dill and garlic chives. For texture, add feathery leafed herbs like caraway, fennel and dill. Plant globe artichokes and rhubarb for their strong form, and borage for its large leaves.

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USEFUL TIP To sterilise soil for sowing seeds in trays, microwave damp soil in a plastic bag for 5 –10 minutes. This destroys harmful pathogens and weed seeds. Store in a sealed container.


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Lotus berthelotii (parrot’s beak) is an eye-catching perennial with brilliant, red and orange flowers which show up against its fine, needle-like silvery leaves from spring to late summer. The bottom line: Drought tolerant, but frost tender. Plant it in welldrained soil in a sunny spot. Height: 10–20cm. Pelargonium peltatum (ivyleafed pelargonium) has bright green ivy-shaped leaves that climb or trail. It’s appealing even when not studded with the pink, white or red flowers that appear from spring to autumn. The bottom line: Drought tolerant; deadhead and feed regularly. Plant it in sun to semi-shade. Cerastium tomentosum (snowin-summer) produces a dense mat of silvery white leaves which root as they tumble down a slope. A groundcover, it’s named for the mass displays of dainty white flowers which appear in summer. The bottom line: Half-hardy, it should be planted in full sun in free-draining soil.




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Why : They don’t need cutting back and never stop flowering, plus they’re heat tolerant, low maintenance, water wise and attract bees and butterflies. Where: Plant them in full sun where a single plant will grow into a mounded bush 30cm high and 90cm wide. They also look good cascading from a container. How : Use a liquid feed once a month to promote flowering and keep them looking good through to next spring.

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WIN! We’re giving away a weekend course, 17 – 18 September, in beginner and intermediate floral styling with TV celebrity florist Jill Manson from Fresh Cut at her floral design school in Craighall, Jo’burg, worth R5 180. WIN! Visit To enter, SMS MANSON, your name and e-mail address to 48406. An SMS costs R1,50, errors will be billed and free SMSes don’t apply. For full Ts&Cs, see page 121.

WHAT’S NEW! Something bright

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Dianthus caryophyllus ‘Super Trouper’ With its upright growth habit this is a real winner for pots or sunny, free-draining flower beds. It comes in deep red, pink and apricot. Penstemon hartwegii ‘Cha Cha’ and ‘Arabesque’ are two new brightly coloured annuals ideal for the vase. ‘Cha Cha’ (pictured) is vigorous, compact and comes hot pink, lavender, pink and purple, while ‘Arabesque’ is taller, 60cm, and more graceful. They’re good for hot sunny spots.

THE VEGGIE GARDEN 1 Dig over fallow beds adding compost, bonemeal and hoof and horn in preparation for planting spring vegetables. 2 Erect supports for climbing beans, cucumbers, gem squash and baby marrows. 3 Sow summer root vegetables like carrots, which like loose sandy soil, and do best in soil previously occupied by brassicas, beetroot or radish. 4 In frost-free areas, plant beans, squash and marrows in composted, loamy soils. 5 In warm frost-free areas, plant seeds or summer vegetable seedlings like tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and chillies; in cold frosty areas grow these in individual containers then transplant when the soil has warmed up.



Something wild


Helichrysum ‘Curly Wurly’ An evergreen perennial with creamy-white papery flowers and delightful kinked leaves, it has a more compact habit than H. petiolare. Growing 30–40cm high, it likes full sun and composted, but well-drained soil. Water wise once established. Metalasia fastigiata (Pink blombos) A hardy evergreen fynbos subshrub with dark green leaves and multiple stems, it’s topped with pretty, honey scented pink flowers which last for months. Growing 1,5–3m high, it likes sun and is wind and drought tolerant. Prune when flowers fade.


CLEAN CUT The Skil Lynx motorised Garden Saw, R799, makes pruning trees and shrubs easy even in the most restricted places. What’s more, you can change blades without using any special tools or keys. It’s available countrywide.



WHAT’S ON 19 – 21 August The Biggest Plant Fair in KZN Held at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 09h00–17h00, there’ll be indigenous plants and the BotSoc 2016 Indigenous Gardening Handbook on sale. Don’t miss the Sustainable Living Exhibition for ideas on living a greener lifestyle. For more information, call 031 201 5111, e-mail or visit | AUGUST 2016



With their bold leaves and beautiful flowers, indigenous arum lilies have become favourites around the world


antedeschia aethiopica (white arum lilies) are extremely versatile, growing prolifically in the wet Western and Eastern Cape winters, but also flowering in summer-rainfall regions. They grow equally well indoors and out and look beautiful in containers. The English name Arum is derived from its resemblance to the European Arum (Calla aethiopica), while the


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Afrikaans vernacular name varkore is a reference to the fact their shape resembles a pig’s ear. The lily-like flower is in fact a large, modified leaf called a spathe that protects masses of tiny flowers, densely packed on a central spike or spadix. The faintly scented flowers attract pollinators, and you’ll often find little insects and even a small frog or two nestled next to the fleshy spadix.

Z. aethiopica is described as evergreen, but growth patterns are greatly influenced by habitat and rainfall. It remains evergreen in ideal conditions, but will lie dormant during winter in summer-rainfall regions, and in summer, in winter-rainfall regions. Two other species, Z. pentlandii (pictured opposite) and Z. rehmannii (pictured opposite), and their hybrids, are deciduous. GROWING TIPS The plant reaches a height of 0,6–1m, depending on growing conditions. In general, arum lilies love damp, marshy environments but good drainage is important, especially for modern hybrids. Ensure they’re planted in humus-rich soil with loads of compost or well-rotted kraal manure, and place organic mulch around the plants. Z. aethiopica tends to become overgrown so increase your stock by digging up, dividing and replanting clumps after the flowering season.





COLOURED ARUMS Many hybrids have been developed from the eight species endemic to South Africa. They’re available in a wide range of colours including maroon, black, golden yellow, soft pink and cerise. Hybrids, propagated from summerblooming species, are dormant in winter and like full sun. Tubers are usually available in garden centres from August. GROWING TIPS Plant them in spring, 15–20cm apart, and about 5cm deep. Once planted, cover with a 3cm layer of mulch and water deeply twice a week. When the plants begin to flower, feed them with a good bulb food twice weekly. Coloured hybrids also flourish in pots in full sun. In containers, tubers can be planted closer together, about 5cm. Good drainage is essential, but soil should never dry out completely. Stop watering in late autumn when the plants start to die down. Those growing in the garden should be kept dry during winter otherwise tubers should be dug up, cleaned and allowed to

dry, then wrapped in dry moss or coir and stored in a dry spot. Those planted in pots can be moved undercover.

FOR THE VASE Arum lilies, especially the latest colourful hybrids, are the cut flower of choice for many floral artists because they last so well in water. Cut long stems early in the morning using a sharp knife and immediately place them in a vase filled with water that contains cut flower food. Replace the water regularly adding cut flower food each time.

PESTS The larvae of the hawk moth love to feast on arum lily leaves. Fortunately they are never present in large numbers and can be removed by hand with the aid of torchlight in the evening when they’re actively feeding. Moles also like the fleshy rhizomes; if this becomes a problem, plant the arums in large wire baskets sunk into the ground.

POSITION Sun to deep shade, but you’ll get fewer flowers in the shade. WATERING Keep the soil moist by watering deeply twice a week. PLANT Near or in water and in containers. FLOWERING From late winter to January. Isolated flowers can appear during the year. FERTILISING Feed in spring and again in late summer using slow-release 3:1:5 or an organic equivalent.

THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM ABOVE LEFT: Black hybrid arums introduce an unexpected element to the garden. Z. rehmannii. Z. pentlandii. Use flowering arums to add instant colour to a small patio or balcony. Here Zantedeschia ‘Ruby Tuesday’ was combined with ornamental grass Festuca gautieri. OPPOSITE PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM

Zantedeschia aethiopica (white arum lilies) have faintly scented flowers and grow indoors and out. Z. ‘Renoir’. Z. ‘Picasso’. LEFT:

SOURCE Life is a garden | AUGUST 2016



garden grow?


ou don’t need acres of land to satisfy your inner gardener. All you need is a courtyard, windowsill, patio, balcony or blank wall and you are all set to grow. Think containers set on the ground or placed on a jardinière, or set your sights high with creepers, vertical gardens and wall-mounted containers.

USING CONTAINERS One of the easiest ways to garden in limited space is to plant up containers. Choose these according to the space available; not all pots are round, there are rectangular and square containers so use the ones that suit the area. THIS PAGE, LEFT TO RIGHT:


Containers are ideal for a balcony and rooftop garden. Felicity Teixeira of Blue Petal Garden Design combined metal drums, terracotta pots and a wooden planter box, filling them with grasses, black bamboo, gaura and Magnolia ‘Little Gem’ to offer a beautiful outlook on this roof terrace. Rectangular planter boxes are versatile and can be placed almost anywhere, even on a tabletop. Here bromeliads, violas and pansies thrive in a wooden container.


Dying to flex those green fingers but don’t have a garden? With a bit of ingenuity you can still indulge your passion in a courtyard, on a balcony and even a windowsill


THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Use a number of identical containers filled with clipped shrubs such as Duranta ‘Sheena’s Gold’ to soften a boundary wall. Different varieties of lettuce make excellent container plants. A jardinière displaying quirky containers of low-maintenance succulents takes up little space. Tiered planters are ideal for crop rotation. Plant wooden containers with edible plants like lettuce, rocket and spinach and place them on a patio or windowsill near the kitchen for easy access. Container from Garden World.

CONTAINER GARDENING WHAT TO PLANT For practical purposes, choose edibles like strawberries, herbs, tomatoes, peppers (remember to stake them) and even dwarf citrus trees. Or go for colourful annuals, long-lasting perennials or small shrubs that can be shaped into topiaries like ficus and duranta. For a low-maintenance option, choose cacti and succulents. Tip Group sun- or shade-lovers together. 

Plant Containers must have drainage holes. Cover the bottom with a thin layer of gravel. Use good quality potting soil and firm it down before planting to prevent the level dropping later. Loosen the root ball, position it in the container, surround it with soil and press down firmly. Water Container plants must be watered more frequently than garden plants, especially in hot and windy weather. As a rule of thumb, water when the top 2–3cm of soil is dry. Water the surface until water begins seeping out of the drainage holes. Apply mulch to slow down evaporation and weed growth. Fertilise Watering containers causes nutrients to leach from the soil; replenish by feeding plants regularly with a suitable liquid plant food. | AUGUST 2016


VERTICAL GARDENING There are a number of options including mounting containers on the wall and training climbing plants up a wall or other structure. Popular now are wall-mounted fabric pocket planters in which you can plant veggies, herbs and flowers.

WALL-MOUNTED CONTAINERS If there’s no space on the ground, mount containers on the wall using pot hangers, place them on the rungs of an old ladder or attach them to a trellis using strong wire. Be creative: instead of traditional containers, use sections of rain gutter, metal buckets and wooden boxes, just remember the drainage holes.

CLIMBING PLANTS Perfect for walls, or up a metal or wood pyramid structure, climbing plants can be planted in the ground or in containers. Best are evergreen climbers that provide year-round cover – choose accordingly for sun or shade. Stake the climber to give it a head start, attach trellis or wire to the wall as support, or select a climber with suckers such as tickey creeper or Virginia creeper.


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WHAT TO PLANT Climbers for shade Virginia creeper, Boston ivy, climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea petiolaris) and star jasmine (dappled shade). Climbers for sun Bougainvillea, clematis, star jasmine, wisteria, climbing roses, tickey creeper and plumbago.

FABRIC POCKET PLANTERS A popular concept is fabric pocket planters, which come in different sizes and can be easily attached to a wall. Fill with good quality potting soil to about 1–2cm below the top of the pocket to prevent water and soil overflowing when watering. Water when the soil is nearly dry and fertilise with a suitable liquid plant food.

WHAT TO PLANT You can plant almost anything, but for best effect, choose cascading plants that tumble over the edge of the pockets such as verbenas, erigeron and petunias or colourful self-seeding annuals like marigolds and violas. You can also grow edible plants like strawberries, lettuce and herbs like oregano, parsley, basil and thyme.


Wall planting bags filled with pelargoniums and mondo grass make a pretty mini vertical garden. Mount wooden boxes filled with succulents on a wall as an interesting conversation piece. Different coloured succulents look very effective in fabric pockets and are lowmaintenance. Fabric planters are light and can be easily attached to a variety of vertical surfaces. Climbers can transform bare walls. Landscaping: Shirley Wallington. LEFT:

SOURCES Blue Petal Garden Design Garden World 011 957 5955 Shirley Wallington


Cocoa butter




“Say goodbye to dry, chapped lips by using natural ingredients to make home-made lip balms,” says herb and vegetable guru Jane Griffiths


aking your own lip products using ingredients such as shea butter, beeswax and herbal oils is a lot simpler than you think, and this way, you know exactly what you’re putting on your lips.


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HOW TO DO IT 1 part beeswax 1 part shea butter 1 part cocoa butter 1 part herb-infused coconut oil 20 drops essential oil (my favourites are rose pelargonium, vanilla and peppermint)

Melt the beeswax, shea butter and cocoa butter in the double boiler. Add the coconut oil and stir until mixed. Remove from heat, stir in the essential oil and pour into the containers. Tip To tint the balm, add a little of your favourite lipstick when melting the beeswax, stirring it through well.

OTHER INGREDIENTS TO TRY Substitute some of the coconut oil with other oils such as jojoba, almond or vitamin E oil. Keep to the proportions of the basic recipe as increasing the amount of oil will make the balm too soft, especially if you are using a tube. Raw honey is antibacterial and promotes healing. It will help prevent cold sores.


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Shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter, beeswax and essential oil are the basic ingredients. Rich and nourishing, shea butter and coconut oil are excellent moisturisers. Cocoa butter adds delicious flavour and is good for sensitive skins. It’s solid at room temperature, which makes it a good choice. Beeswax bonds everything and is a healing moisturiser. The essential oils add fragrance and flavour. Increase the yumminess by infusing fresh herbs in the coconut oil in a double boiler (or in a bowl set over a pot of simmering water) for three hours. Strain before using. The infused oil can be kept in an airtight container for two to three months. An empty lip balm tube or a small tub. Sterilise the containers by placing them in simmering water for five minutes. Dry completely. If using an empty tube, wind it all the way to the bottom before filling. A small funnel makes it easier to pour the hot liquid into the tube.

Gotu kola

Lemon balm




HERBS TO GROW GOTU KOLA (CENTELLA ASIATICA) Also known as pennywort, the leaves of this herb reduce scarring, prevent infection and are very effective for repairing and maintaining healthy skin. Growing tips A semi-hardy perennial, it likes moist, well-drained soil in sun to semi-shade. It’s a low-growing groundcover and spreads by sending out runners, but isn’t invasive. LEMON BALM (MELISSA OFFICINALIS) This delightful-smelling plant is rich in antioxidants and helps prevent sun damage. It calms, soothes and tightens skin and heals cold sores. Growing tips A member of the mint family, it’s a hardy plant that likes full sun to partial shade and plenty of moisture. It spreads, and, like mint, can be invasive so keep an eye on it. HIBISCUS (HIBISCUS ROSA-SINENSIS) The exotic and showy flowers of this plant are so good for skin that it’s earned the nickname ‘Botox Plant’. It soothes, increases the elasticity, evens skin tone and prevents sun damage. Growing tips It’s a subtropical plant but will survive light frosts. Plant it in well-drained soil in full sun and it’ll provide flowers for many months of the year. CHICKWEED (STELLARIA MEDIA) The leaves and flowers of this herb calm and soothe inflamed skin. Growing tips A tender annual, it’s a low-growing spreading plant with very shallow roots and it doesn’t like being disturbed. It grows in full sun to semi-shade. CALENDULA (CALENDULA OFFICINALIS) Soothing and healing, calendula flowers stimulate collagen production which reduces scarring and prevents chapped lips.



Growing tips A hardy annual, it flowers throughout winter. Sow seed in full sun in big groups. It prefers well-drained soil. Deadhead flowers to promote further flowering. ROSE (ROSA SPECIES) Rose petals not only add colour and scent to lip balms, they are a soothing moisturiser and protect against sun damage. Growing tips Roses grow well in full sun and prefer well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter. Water them deeply once a week. BORAGE (BORAGO OFFICINALIS) This herb has a multitude of healing properties, one of which is to calm and soothe skin conditions. Growing tips Borage likes well-drained soil in full sun. As it has a long taproot and doesn’t transplant happily, sow seeds in situ from spring through to early summer. It will self-seed without becoming too invasive. Bees love borage flowers because they are easy to access and full of nectar. SOURCE Jane’s Delicious Herbs by Jane Griffiths (Sunbird Publishers) | AUGUST 2016



Food that’s full of flavour is what keeps Siphokazi Mdlankomo, runner-up of SA Masterchef 2014’s guests coming back for more



The taste of



hen Siphokazi Mdlankomo left her home town of Tsolo near Mthatha in the Eastern Cape 15 years ago, she had no idea that a childhood interest in cooking would evolve into a talent so accomplished she would be runner-up in SA Masterchef 2014. “I have my mother to thank for teaching me the basics and for emphasising the importance of using fresh ingredients. In cities, you pay a premium for organic produce, but in rural areas it’s usual for most families to have their own vegetable patch,” says Siphokazi. “Some of my earliest memories are of helping my mother prepare dishes like imithwane which is maize meal mixed with leafy greens like the pumpkin leaves and wild spinach that we grew in our garden.”

In Cape Town, inspired by a melting pot of world cuisines, what was once a hobby quickly grew into a passion, and after five years, Siphokazi entered a new culinary learning ground when she started working for the Andreasen family. “I found myself surrounded by a huge collection of cookbooks, and with encouragement from Liz Andreasen, learnt to assemble ingredients and pair flavours inspired by Jamie Oliver, Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsay and Rick Stein,” says Siphokazi. She especially loves the simplicity of Mediterranean cuisine and finds that with just a handful of ingredients a dish packed with flavour can be whipped up in no time at all. Siphokazi’s hearty winter lunch showcases what she enjoys doing most: creating unusual flavour combinations. “It’s all about the food, so when it comes

Siphokazi Mdlankomo, Shaun Andreasen, Madeleine Moir, Barry Moir, Liz Andreasen and Cole Andreasen

to setting the table, I keep things simple with subtle colours, fresh flowers and interesting textures,” she says. Since the competition, Siphokazi’s roller-coaster journey includes authoring a cookbook titled The Little Black Recipe Book (Metz Press), a compilation of some of her favourite recipes ranging from tried and tested classics to elegant fusion fare, and giving classes twice a week at the Pick n Pay Shanaaz Parker Good Food Studio in Kenilworth, Cape Town. “Sharing the knowledge I’ve gained has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve ever done,” she says. And future plans? “I’m thinking about a unique cooking show that’ll give me an opportunity to travel and I’d really like to get involved in a test kitchen. I love that with food the learning never stops.” | AUGUST 2016


ROASTED SWEET POTATO AND BUTTERNUT SOUP WITH COCONUT AND CORIANDER SAMBAL (Serves 6) FOR THE SOUP 300g butternut peeled and cubed 300g sweet potato peeled and cubed 30ml olive oil salt and pepper, to taste 30ml butter 1 onion, finely chopped 1 clove garlic, crushed 1 litre chicken stock 30ml lemon juice FOR THE SAMBAL handful fresh coriander 125ml coconut flakes 1 green chilli deseeded 15ml lemon juice 15ml caster sugar


1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. 2. Place the butternut and sweet potato in a roasting tray, drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast for 30 minutes. 3. Heat the butter in a saucepan and fry the onion for 5 minutes. 4. Add the garlic and fry for a minute. Add the roasted vegetables and chicken stock and cook for a further 10 minutes. 5. Remove from the stove, add the lemon juice and blend until smooth. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. 6. To make the sambal, place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend to a rough texture. 7. Serve the soup hot garnished with the sambal.

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LAMB ROAST WITH SALSA VERDE (Serves 6) FOR THE LAMB 1kg leg of lamb 30ml olive oil salt and pepper, to taste few sprigs of fresh rosemary 1 garlic head, halved 45ml balsamic vinegar FOR THE SALSA VERDE handful flat-leaf parsley 15ml capers, rinsed 1 clove garlic, crushed 45ml olive oil 30ml white balsamic vinegar

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2. Rub the lamb with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt and

pepper, to taste. 3. Place in a deep ovenproof pot and scatter with sprigs of rosemary. Add the garlic and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. 4. Cover and cook in the oven for 1,5–2 hours, depending on how you like your meat. 5. Remove the lid for the last 15 minutes to allow the meat to brown. 6. To make the salsa verde, place all the ingredients, except the olive oil and vinegar, in a food processor and blend until fine. 7. Add the olive oil and balsamic vinegar and blend well to combine. 8. Transfer the salsa to a small jug for serving with the lamb.

Shaun Andreasen, Barry Moir and Cole Andreasen


45ml olive oil, plus extra for drizzling 1kg potatoes, parboiled 3ml flour salt and pepper, to taste

400g broad beans, ends trimmed 400g broccoli spears, trimmed 60ml olive oil 1 garlic clove, sliced 100g shaved toasted almonds salt and pepper, to taste TO SERVE 50g Parmesan shavings

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2. Pour the olive oil into a roasting tray and heat in the oven for 10 minutes. 3. Place the potatoes in a dish, drizzle with the olive oil, dust with flour and season with salt and pepper. 4. Give them a good shake to coat, being careful not to break them up. 5. Place them in the hot roasting tray and roast for 30–40 minutes until crispy. 6. Serve them hot with the lamb roast.

1. Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. 2. Add the beans and broccoli and cook for 2–3 minutes. 3. Drain and refresh the vegetables with ice cold water. 4. Heat the olive oil in a pan and fry the garlic briefly. 5. Add the beans, broccoli and almonds and heat through. 6. Season to taste. Transfer to a serving dish and scatter with Parmesan shavings. COOK’S TIP Fresh asparagus can be used instead of the broad beans. 


QUICK CHAT WITH THE COOK My cooking style is simple, which I feel is best. No dinner party is complete without Marco Pierre White’s famous baked plums with vanilla ice cream. My favourite at the moment. The kitchen gadget I couldn’t live without is my Magimix. It does absolutely everything. If I had just one recipe book, it would be The Little Black Recipe Book. My store cupboard staple is pasta. Different kinds from spaghetti to pasta rice. In my fridge, you’ll always find fresh vegetables and cheese and leftovers like bolognaise or roast chicken to whip up something quickly. My favourite comfort food is spaghetti bolognaise with grated Parmesan and a piece of freshly baked bread. The best thing I ever ate was miso soup in Mauritius. It tasted fresh, pure and clean. If I was stuck on an island with a celebrated chef, I’d choose Marco Pierre White. I just adore him! I never cook without fresh herbs, home-made stock, garlic and onion. | AUGUST 2016


Siphokazi Mdlankomo, Liz Andreasen and Madeleine Moir

BAKED CAMEMBERT WITH SPICED POACHED PEARS AND ROASTED WALNUTS (Serves 6) 1 cup caster sugar 500ml water 2 star anise 3 cardamom pods 2 cinnamon sticks thumb-size piece of fresh ginger, sliced few cloves 1 vanilla pod, seeds scraped out 6 pears peeled, stalks intact 6 small Camembert rounds TO SERVE 250g walnuts, toasted

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. 2. Place the caster sugar, water, star anise, cardamom pods, cinnamon sticks, ginger, cloves and vanilla pod and seeds in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and cook for 10 minutes. 3. Add the pears to the syrup and poach for 10 minutes until tender. Remove them from the pot and set aside. 4. Reduce the syrup to a slightly thick consistency. 5. Line a baking tray with baking paper and place the camembert rounds on top. 6. Bake for 5 minutes or until they start to swell. 7. Remove from the oven and arrange one Camembert round and one pear on each plate. 8. Pour over the syrup and sprinkle with the walnuts.


SOURCES Siphokazi Mdlankomo The Little Black Recipe Book (Metz Press)

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WIN! Make it ITALIAN A large dollop or two of Galbani Mascarpone Cream Cheese will add creamy richness to mashed potatoes, creamed polenta and pasta sauces. It’s available at selected retailers nationwide.

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FIRE and SPICE Filled with recipes for traditional and modern dishes, Cariema Isaacs’, My Cape Malay Kitchen, R244, Struik Lifestyle, also includes recollections of her childhood in Bo-Kaap. Find the recipe for these pumpkin fritters (pictured) on our website.

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Try one of these Shiraz dominant reds with winter casseroles and stews. Lismore Syrah, 2015, R320. Haskell II, 2011, R180, a Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon blend. Savage Red 2015, R220, a Syrah-led blend with Grenache, Touriga Naçional and Cinsaut.

We’re giving away two bottles of Laszlo Fleur du Cap wine worth R750; the 2008, a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec, and the 2012, a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz. Visit To enter, SMS LASZLO, your name and e-mail address to 48406. An SMS costs R1,50, errors will be billed and free SMSes don’t apply. For full Ts&Cs, see page 121.

WHAT’S ON 9 AUGUST Cape Fynbos Tea Ceremony at Grande Provence Celebrate Woman’s Day with a guided fynbos tea ceremony followed by canapés and wine at this estate in Franschhoek. Tickets, R650 pp, are limited. For bookings, call 021 876 8600 or e-mail 18 and 24 AUGUST Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild Pre-Auction Showcase This is a great opportunity to taste exceptional wines produced exclusively for the 2016 Cape Winemakers Guild Auction. Thursday, 18 August at the CTICC, in Cape Town and Wednesday, 24 August at The Atrium, Nedbank Head Offices, 135 Rivonia Road, Sandton, Jo’urg. Tickets, R250 pp, include a Spiegelau tasting glass, and are available at For more information, visit 28 AUGUST Street Food Market Head to The Cosmopolitan in Maboneng, Jo’burg for an array of food stalls. Entrance is R50 pp and tickets are available at For information on the September 4 Cape Town Festival, visit #StreetFoodZA | AUGUST 2016



You’re INVITED BRINJAL AND RICOTTA STACK (Serves 4) 5ml + 45ml olive oil 2 red peppers 2 large brinjals, sliced into 1cm rounds salt and pepper, to taste 60g smooth cream cheese 45ml tahini fine zest of ½ orange 200g ricotta 45ml dukkah TO SERVE 60g pomegranate rubies 30ml mint, torn orange zest

1. Preheat the oven to grill. 2. Rub 5ml olive oil over the red peppers and grill them until the skin blisters, turning frequently.


3. Carefully transfer the peppers to a heatproof bowl and cover with a plate. Leave to stand for 10 minutes. 4. Peel away and discard the skin and seeds. Cut the cleaned, roasted peppers into pieces and set aside. 5. Preheat a griddle pan until hot. 6. Brush both sides of the brinjal slices with the rest of the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the brinjal slices in batches for 2–3 minutes per side and set aside. 7. In a small bowl, combine the cream cheese, tahini and orange zest. Mix in the ricotta and the dukkah. Season with salt and pepper. 8. To serve, build stacks of grilled brinjal, roasted peppers and spoonfuls of the cheese mixture, pomegranate rubies and mint. Garnish with orange zest and serve at once.


There’s no excuse not to entertain this winter with these easy-to-make, warming dishes

MALABAR LAMB CURRY (Serves 4–6) FOR THE LAMB CURRY 15ml oil 1kg lamb, cubed or 1,2kg lamb knuckles 250g mushrooms, sliced 3 garlic cloves, crushed 30ml fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated 2 green chillies 5ml turmeric 10ml curry powder 15ml ground cumin 15ml ground coriander 2–3 cinnamon sticks 1 tin chopped tomatoes 6 curry leaves, optional 500ml water or lamb stock 1 tin coconut milk FOR THE CARAMELISED ONIONS 15ml oil 30ml butter 3 onions, peeled and sliced

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salt and pepper 10ml sugar 15ml vinegar TO SERVE coconut shavings or flaked almonds, toasted coriander rice*

1. To make the lamb curry, heat the oil in a heavy-based casserole. Brown the meat in batches for 4–5 minutes. Transfer to a plate. 2. Gently fry the mushrooms in the casserole for 3–4 minutes and set aside. 3. Return the casserole to the stove, lower the heat and add the garlic, ginger and chillies. Cook for 2–3 minutes. 4. Add the turmeric, curry powder, cumin, coriander and cinnamon sticks. Stir for a minute and return the lamb and mushrooms to the casserole.

5. Add the tomatoes, curry leaves (if using), water or lamb stock and the coconut milk. Cover and simmer for 2½ hours, or until the meat is tender. 6. To make the caramelised onions, heat the oil and butter in a heavy-based pan. 7. Add the onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15–20 minutes or until the onions soften and are golden brown. 8. Stir in the sugar and vinegar and cook for 3–4 minutes. Set aside. 9. Before serving, stir in the caramelised onions and cook for a minute. 10. Scatter the coconut shavings or flaked almonds over the curry before serving with coriander rice. *COOK’S NOTE Season some cooked basmati rice with salt and stir in 30ml finely chopped fresh coriander.


The city of



iles, tiles and more tiles – in all their patterned and glazed glory – are the visual takeaway from cinematically beautiful Lisbon. Produced mainly in the mid-to-late 1800s, they adorn hundreds of buildings in the Portuguese capital and are intrinsic to the identity of this beguiling city. These arresting façades were just one of many delightful discoveries made during an unexpected weekend in the Cinderella of Western Europe’s classy capitals. A short break in Lisbon was frankly an


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afterthought: after booking a long-awaited trip to Barcelona with a university friend, and discovering a better flight deal if we returned a bit later, we decided to spend a few days in the city where even the shortest little cobbled street seems to have at least one photo-worthy painted panel. Just as well we visited, we assured ourselves later, replete with culture and too many of the delicious cinnamon-dusted custard pies (pastéis da nata) arrayed in aromatic little cafés and bakeries across the city.

The first pleasant surprise was the price of accommodation, given the lowly rand – a lovely room through Airbnb with a shaded balcony in upmarket Principe Real. Part of the package was a hearty breakfast made to order by housekeeper Maria, including freshly squeezed orange juice, this cost R500/day per person. On arrival, our first sightings of the glorious tiles were at station stops on the old four-line metro, a classic example of how public spaces can be managed. Themes include orange trees, literature,


Beautiful tiles, magnificent art, vintage trams and custard tarts were just some of the discoveries Judy Bryant made on a visit to Lisbon, the capital of Portugal

JUDY’S TRAVEL TIPS MUST-SEE SIGHT Museu Coleção Berardo (free entry). NICE TO KNOW Entrance to many of Lisbon’s top sights including Jerónimos Monastery, Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (17thcentury palace with Lisbon’s foremost collection of ancient art) and Museu National do Azulejo (tile museum) is free on the first Sunday of the month until 14h00. WHAT TO EAT Corte Ingles department stores have lovely food sections with excellent ready-made meals, good cheeses and wine to enjoy on the terrace or communal dining room of your Airbnb apartment. MOST DELICIOUS BITE Pastéis da nata, delicious cinnamon-dusted custard pies. SHOP UP A STORM At A Vida Portuguesa, an emporium of old-fashioned Portuguese goods, from prettily wrapped soaps to ceramic fish and bottles of olive oil.

women of Lisbon, bullfighting, flowers and animals. Artist Maria Keil designed wall coverings for a total of 19 Lisbon metro stations over a period of 25 years from her first commission in 1957 to her final work in 1982. This marked a turning point in the revival of the Portuguese art of the azulejo (glazed ceramic tiles), which had undergone a long period of decline. After a warm welcome from our host Gonçalo (and the resident bouncy canine, Avocado) we took Gonçalo’s advice and headed off to the unpretentious Casa

da India restaurant that serves authentic Portuguese food. When guide books say Lisbon is a city of seven hills, they aren’t joking. Peering at a Google map on a tablet, we stumbled down a dark, steep, cobbled street and eventually joined the queue of hungry families snaking round the block. Soon we were washing down local beer while taking up the neighbouring table’s insistent offers to sample morsels of ham and slices of cheese from their laden platters. The next morning, we did a whistlestop tour of city highlights by boarding one of the bright yellow, wooden-panelled trams that, despite their venerable age, hurtle round corners and rumble up Lisbon’s many hills. We chose the bestknown route, number 28, which despite the cloudy weather, offered tantalising glimpses of red-tiled rooftops, graceful church spires, squares with imposing statues and the wide Tagus River. In Catholic countries, the churches are especially magnificent – and this city offers sacred showstoppers galore. 


Tiles, turrets and the Tagus River. Embroidered goods at A Vida Portuguesa. Blue and white tiles at the Convent of São Pedro de Alcântara. The Glòria funicular.



The São Roque (Church of Saint Roch), for example, might have a plain façade, but once you enter, the gilt, precious stones and paintings are astounding. Each of the four gloriously decorated chapels is a masterpiece of Baroque art, but you can see why the fourth one – built in Rome and shipped to Lisbon in 1747 and dedicated to John the Baptist – was billed as ‘the world’s most expensive chapel’ in its time. It’s laden with gold, silver, ivory, agate and lapis lazuli, plus extraordinarily detailed mosaics and a painted ceiling. One of the most serenely beautiful chapels, however, was discovered by chance when we wandered into the Convent of São Pedro de Alcântara. It was founded through the initiative of the first Marquis of Marialva, who vowed to erect a convent if the Portuguese won the Battle of Montes Claros in 1665. This small church is a condensation of all that’s lovely: ancient oak pews juxtaposed with classic blue and white tiles and a simple stone baptismal fountain. As we left, we followed the haunting sounds of melancholic Fado music and discovered a panoramic view of the city spread out before us. Many of the beautiful churches and galleries are founded on the riches amassed when Portugal was a global empire. There are also more recently accumulated, vast


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private collections donated to the city, such as the treasures of the Calouste Gulbenkian Museum. It houses a magnificent collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic, Asian and European art, glass, furniture and ceramics and was donated by Armenian oil magnate Calouste Gulbenkian, who adopted Portugal as his home. Another stupendous collection comes from local magnate José Berardo. The highlights of the Museu Coleção Berardo range from British and American pop art (Warhol’s silk-screened portrait of Judy Garland and the famous Campbell’s soup can), to cubism and Dadaism; entry is free. Cities like Paris and Miami were interested in buying this vast collection of modern and contemporary art, but fortunately the Portuguese government made sure it was kept in Lisbon by providing space inside the Cultural Centre

of Belém. This is a large complex that hosts touring music concerts, operas, ballets and art displays. Belém is an easy 20-minute tram ride south-west of the city centre and is a picturesque district from whose ancient harbours ships set sail around the world. Many of the 14th-century voyages of discovery departed from here. One of its top sights is the vast Jerónimos Monastery, an extravagant monastery where wives of sailors prayed for the safe return of their loved ones. The adjoining Maritime Museum has armadas of model ships, barges and cannonballs, with enormous old wooden anchors displayed on the grass outside. THIS PAGE, LEFT TO RIGHT: The botanical garden of Lisbon University. The São Roque church boasts ‘the world’s most expensive chapel’.

PLANNING YOUR TRIP WHERE TO STAY We booked our accomodation on Airbnb which cost about R500 pp per night, including breakfast and laundry facilities. GETTING AROUND Invest in a stash of Metro tickets for €10 (about R170) and navigate the red, green, yellow and blue lines across the city. These tickets can also be used on trams and buses. VISAS South Africans need a Schengen visa. Visit CURRENCY The euro is the official currency. A coffee with a pastél de nata is around €3 (about R50) sitting down in an elegant old pastry shop. Entrance to the entire permanent Calouste Gulbenkian collection is €5 (about R85).

Nearby, on the north bank of the river, is the Discoveries Monument, built in 1960 to commemorate the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. Jutting over the water, it represents a huge stone three-sailed ship ready to depart with Prince Henry at the prow holding a small vessel. After hours of art gazing, we made the most of the spring sunshine. Strolling past sparkling fountains with food trucks parked nearby, we discovered a 110-yearold tropical garden with ponds, towering palm trees and tropical plants from all over the world. This was no casual walk, however. We were on a mission to sample arguably the greatest custard pies of all, pastéis de Belém, crafted at a local patisserie since 1837. Apparently the origin of this Portuguese uber-pastry is an early 19th-century sugarcane refinery situated next to the

monastery we’d visited earlier. The story goes that after the liberal revolution in the 19th century, monasteries were shut down, and to survive, the monks developed the sinfully good recipe. The crispy pastry and egg custard was delicious, particularly with the extra packets of sugar and cinnamon tucked into the smart blue and white parcels. But possibly the finest custard pies of them all, we finally decided after much sampling, were just round the corner from our very own little apartment, at a bakery called Cister, founded in 1938. “Those pastéis are so deep you have to eat them with a spoon,” Gonçalo had assured us. We didn’t believe him, but it was true. There, just before we left for the airport, I perfected saying isto estava delicioso (that was delicious). Fortunately, the botanical garden of the University’s Natural History Museum

was also just around the corner. A walk around its 10 acres, almost invisible from the surrounding streets, plus lugging our suitcases to the metro stop (where the elevator was broken) worked off any excess calories. Just enough time for one last look at the glorious tiles as the stations whizzed by. Proxima vez, Lisbon! I’ll be back for second helpings. THIS PAGE, CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro is one of the most photographed tiled buildings in Lisbon. Fado singer, with a mosaic of red rooftops stretching out behind. The Discoveries Monument commemorates the 500th anniversary of the death of Prince Henry the Navigator. Sweet temptations at Cister in Principe Real. | AUGUST 




fountain pens

with Wouter van der Merwe This Pretoria collector has had a lifelong love of fountain pens

Parker Centennial with maroon marbled barrel and rolled-gold detail. Parker Duofold in terracotta orange, 1920s. FROM TOP:


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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE FOUNTAIN PEN The first pen with a reservoir is thought to have originated in the 10th century, although there is no record of how it worked and no examples are thought to exist. In the spring of 1827, Romanian inventor Petrache Poenaru officially patented what we know today as a fountain pen. The pen had an ink reservoir and a nib made from a swan’s quill. A year later, Josiah Mason invented a steel nib, which greatly improved the original design. Within a couple of years, thousands of cheap durable steel nibs were being produced in Birmingham, England. Birmingham went on to become a penmanufacturing centre, employing thousands of highly skilled craftsmen and women over the next 150 years. The invention of hard rubber in the early 20th century reduced barrel and cap manufacturing costs dramatically. The development of new materials like celluloids and plastics in the 1920s allowed for a rainbow of pen colours. The Parker Pen Company introduced its now classic Duofold in 1921, which is still available new today. In 1924, German maker Mont Blanc started exporting the high-quality Meisterstück brand of pen, easily identified by the stylised white star logo on the end of the cap. The best-selling Parker 51 was introduced in 1941, to commemorate the company’s 51st year. The numerical name was chosen to avoid translation into different languages in its world markets. In 1943, the Biro brothers from Hungary patented the ballpoint pen – a non-refillable reservoir pen with steel ball instead of the traditional nib. It was initially called a ballpoint fountain pen. Only by the 1960s, with the development of new inks, did the ballpoint become a reliable cost-effective alternative to the fountain pen.



adly, handwriting seems to be a dying art,” says Pretoria fountain pen collector Wouter van der Merwe. “All my life I’ve loved owning a nice pen and my first really special one was a Parker 51,” he explains as he opens one of his pen cabinet drawers, each of which is filled with a rainbow array of writing instruments, mostly fountain pens. He carefully selects one. “I remember how good I felt when I slipped this very Parker into my pocket on the first day of work on 12 December 1960 – I felt like a million dollars.” Wouter mainly collects Parker, Conway Stewart, Pelikan, Waterman and Schaeffer brands. He also has a smaller selection of Victorian pens, inkwells, mechanical pencils and other writing paraphernalia. “I worked at the Department of Water Affairs for most of my life, which I really enjoyed. Later on, as a consulting engineer, I travelled abroad. While overseas I’d always visit

Filled gold Waterman, early 20th century. Classic Mont Blanc Meisterstück with 14-carat gold nib. Ornate gold Swan Fountain pen, 1906 – 1916. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:

TIPS FOR ASPIRING COLLECTORS “There’s a fountain pen for every budget. Prices range from as little as R100 for a vintage run-of-themill Parker to R250 000 or more for a special edition Mont Blanc, Waterman or Parker Duofold,” says Gareth Powlesland of Sandton Stationery & Print. Estate sales and auctions are great places to get a good deal. If you’re lucky, you may find granddad’s old pen in your local charity shop. “When buying a good quality vintage pen, do your homework and know what you’re buying. Unscrupulous dealers sometimes try and fob off creations made up of the good bits of several different pens,” says Shay Moore of Auld Lang Syne in Benoni. Most of all, enjoy your pen and use it to put the style back into writing.

antiques markets to hunt down a new piece for my collection. I’m still hunting for that elusive Duofold Mandarin Yellow Parker, the rarest colour a Duofold was made in.” Asked if he carries a fountain pen daily, Wouter confesses, “I feel a bit guilty, but I use a good quality ballpoint, simply because of the convenience. I use a laptop for daily correspondence, but I still use a fountain pen for personal letters.”

CARING FOR FOUNTAIN PENS Fountain pens are meant to be used. Using your pen daily will ensure hassle-free writing. Use fresh ink, not older than two years, preferably the pen manufacturer’s recommended brand. Pen not writing? Don’t be tempted to press down hard to get the ink flowing. Dipping the nib in water or the same ink should start the ink flowing again. Never store a fountain pen with ink inside for a prolonged period. Inks contain gum Arabic, which dries and hardens over time, so you may cause irreversible damage. Always drain the leftover ink and clean the pen thoroughly before storing. To clean the nib, simply rinse under running water until the water runs clear. Finally dab the nib and barrel dry with a paper towel.

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Edwardian period portable inkwell in red leather over brass. Gold navy-grey Parker 51 fountain pen and clutch pencil set.

SOURCES Auld Lang Syne 011 967 2241 Sandton Stationery & Print 011 883 4462 or | AUGUST 



What are your collectables worth?

FIND OF THE MONTH My husband inherited this Lenci statuette from his grandparents who bought it in Italy. We would like to know its value. Sharlene Fine, via e-mail You may have a winner here, says Geoff Burr of Burr & Muir Antiques, specialist dealer in Art Deco and Art Nouveau. “This was made by the Italian company Lenci, as can be seen from the mark, and is called ‘Trofeo’ or ‘Trophy’ in English. Designed by Helen König Scavini in 1936, it’s 51cm high. Depending on its condition, it could be worth up to R50 000. The picture shows four armbands, which I think hide breaks and repairs, as the examples I have seen don’t have these.” Geoff Burr suggests you contact him, if you wish to sell it.

Can you please give me the value of this bronze statuette of a Ferghana horse? It was given to me about 25 years ago by an old friend who served in the British army in China during and after WWII. He claimed it was a Ferghana warhorse as used by the Mongols and Chinese in ancient times. It has a beautiful verdigris patina and is mounted on a wooden base. Randall Everson, via e-mail According to our Oriental expert David Calthorpe, this is a copy of a Tang Dynasty tomb horse normally made in baked clay with a tricolour overglaze. “They were very popular in the 1950s and were often bought by troops stationed in Hong Kong. It’s purely decorative and has no antique value at all. They are still made in China today and are available in curio shops in Hong Kong where they are very often converted to table lamps.”

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My father passed away in August last year and I came across this small wooden Bible, which I remember from my childhood. I have attached photos of the cover, inside sleeve, first page and the back. It’s about 158 x 78 x 30mm thick and is dated 1943. Is it of any value and if so, do you know who would be interested in purchasing it? Anne Savage, via e-mail Simon Curtis of Quagga Rare Books and Art says this Bible was issued to all South African servicemen during WWII and it is thus not uncommon. “These bibles have collectable value if they contain inscriptions of interest, but this particular copy does not. The note from Smuts is printed in all copies and is not an original inscription. Bibles that were in a soldier’s pocket during the Anglo Boer war or carried during the Great Trek have fetched large sums in the past. “As this little Bible only has the sentimental value of being carried by someone’s father or grandfather during WWII, it would sell for about R250.”

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Magdel Kemp, co-owner of countrywide pop-up market KAMERS, shares a few of her favourite things

1 MAGDEL’S BEST… SPACE is Babylonstoren estate near Paarl. “The Babel restaurant, the Greenhouse, spa and shop (1) presents everything I love in a simple, stylish way.” HOLIDAY DESTINATION is Greece (2). “I went on honeymoon there and fell in love with the beaches, wine and olives. My husband and I dream of retiring there one day and revamping an old hotel.” DECOR ACCESSORY is anything designed and made by Lumen Lights in Pretoria (3). “There are so many incredible design companies, but Lumen is one of my favourites. They come up with new ways to create responsibly and sustainably.” LOCAL ARTIST is Hannalie Taute. “Her work is unique. She combines interesting materials like inner tubes and cotton thread to create one-of-a-kind pieces like the embroidered cushion entitled Tong uitsteek is soentjies vra (4) in my living room.” CLOTHING DESIGNER is Michelle Ludek. “Her collection (5) is as feminine as she is. It’s also flattering and affordable and for this reason has become a mainstay brand.”

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SOURCES Babylonstoren Hannalie Taute KAMERS Lumen Michelle Ludek



fter studying law and literature at Stellenbosch University, Magdel Kemp decided to see the world. “I worked in a marketing agency in London and waited tables at night. I also lived in Papua New Guinea for six months.” Back in South Africa and living in Stellenbosch, Magdel bumped into an old neighbour, Amelia van Zyl. “Amelia had started a market for handcrafted items which she was running from her home in Stellenbosch. It was so successful that she asked me to help.” That was nine years ago and today KAMERS hosts five national events a year. They’ve also published a coffee table book and launched a successful online shop. “We wanted to create a platform from which entrepreneurs could run their own businesses and focus on unique local products,” Magdel explains. “At the time, the public was tiring of mass production and the tranquil shopping environment, and one-of-akind pieces that KAMERS offered were exactly what they wanted.” Magdel’s role has evolved from ‘general admin princess’ to chief of finance and operations and she and her partners have big plans. “We’re working on a ‘KAMERS on tour’ project where we take bulk space at international markets where we’ll promote the best of South African creativity.” When she’s not managing budgets and liaising with vendors, Magdel unwinds by spending time with her family. “My husband, Theo and I often cycle through the vineyards around Wellington with our children, Hannah (5) and Joubert (3) in cycle seats. And we take every opportunity to taste the great food and wines of the area.”

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