With the days becoming shorter and sharper; and the sun seemingly more sparkling, I forgot how much I love this betwixt season of autumn. A quick glance at my Facebook feed over the weekend confirmed my thoughts in that most seemed to be similarly revelling in the beauty of a crispy, crackly, blue-skied Cape Town in all her shimmering glory. All the inspiration needed for some words inspired by my loves of autumn…
Love #1 // Firstly, one cannot ignore the growing needs to snuggle in this season, and what better way than with a soft and cushy pair of bed socks and a cup of steaming red chai tea! Using South Africa’s own Rooibos leaves, which are famed for being rich in anti-oxidants and aromatically soothing – a cup of red chai boosts the spirits and warms the inners. Add a stick of cinnamon to your cup and a dollop of honey and you have an all-round soul soother of delicious proportions. Have a look at your local Wellness Warehouse for a variety of Chai’s.
Love #2 // I cannot deny that with our current state of electrical affairs (or should I say “lack thereof”) coupled with being a mom of two young kids – there is one firm favourite that is simply practical and oh so helpful to me right now when the lights simply ‘go out’…unannounced…and that is Consol Solar Jars! Apart from being a big décor trend for weddings and the like, these nifty basic glass jars with solar lids are a lifesaver, should you ensure that you keep them charged! Simply flick the lid on and voila. Not only are they a quick way to enlighten the penetrating darkness, but they are also multi-functional storage jars which act as quirky elemental lighting features as well as practical every day necessities…should one be a South African at present.
For me – well, they double up as a) good behaviour marble jars and b) an instant light source in the event of load-shedding. Needless to say I am sitting in the dark at this very moment, typing by the light of my trusty Solar Jar. Amen!
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.