As summer slowly graces us with her radiant presence, our moods are naturally lifted. With the thought of lazy warm days on the beach ahead – sun, salt and sin come mind and offer the inspiration for my three loves of Spring.
With electricity prices on the up and up against longer days and more sunshine, if you have not cottoned onto the pure genius of the Consol Solar Jar as yet – there is no hope for you I’m afraid! Not only a wholly clever little gadget and must-have for every South African home unable to rely on Eskom, it is also…
- a brilliant décor accessory for any occasion – use to light a pathway, create a magical lighting scene in the trees, fashion a focal feature at your entrance to wow your dinner party guests, or adorn your summer table with a setting of solar lights to a) bring on the romance, b) set a super mood, c) look gorgeous and d) save on the cost of candles
- a practical necessity for the braai area
- essential for your campsite, even those backyard over-nighters with the kids
- a must-have for sundowners on the beach
But best of all, solar jars are safe, affordable and eco-friendly and therefor need to be in every Christmas stocking this year!
Thanks to summer – picnics are back in the books, and with every summer that comes I promise myself to learn a few new ways of becoming savvy with how and what I pack in my baskets. Just recently a gorgeous day prompted us to pack a basket and head into the Tokai Forest with the girls…my favourite kind of weekend activity, especially since it involves looking for fairy footprints and just acting like a kid in general. Now I am one of those people that pack the butter, olive oil, glassware and kitchen sink….but when it comes to salt (and remember wars were fought over salt) I reach into my trusty goodie box of eat.art gourmet salts in their perfectly pretty little pinch pots.
Honestly, eat.art salts are the way forward for your summer picnics, and best of all: pink, blue, black, red, white….take your pick – to suit your mood! Not only practical, but pretty and sure to be a conversation piece should your picnic be of the variety that is required to impress.
…In the form of ice-cream. Now, I am not a massive fan of ice-cream, BUT seeing as no weekend is ever complete without a trip to Kalk Bay (for us at least) we frequently partake of the delicious delicacy that is the ice-cream served by the Ice Café on the Kalk Bay main drag. Voted one of Cape Town’s top ice cream parlours by ‘Eat Out’ and visited even by the likes of Mr Jamie Oliver, don’t forget this little gem. I have always thought that the combined aromas of the beach and sunblock, remind me of ice-cream….so after you’ve had your share of sun kisses – pop in to the Ice Café to cool off.
Just a word of warning to avoid major disappointment, cash is king at the Ice Cafe – they don’t have credit/ debit card facilities.
Happy summer lovin’ everyone!
Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the eat.art team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the eat.art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.