Author Archives: Briony

Dusty back roads and stylin’ Steytlerville

Duimpie de Beer, an unlikely hero, lives in Aberdeen and drives (or used to) the little blue bakkie that has, since I first met that one, given me a soft spot for little blue bakkies. You see, a few years … Continue reading

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Counting my lucky stars: Eddie Vedder incoming

On the 30th of November 1996, I lay with my cheek on a rather ugly brown carpet and cried my eyes out. It was the carpet of my bedroom in my final year digs. I was crying because it was … Continue reading

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Eastern Cape bliss: Makhanda, the city of sinners and saints

After our splendid weekend in Plett, we trundled up the coast, me peering warily into the emerald depths of the beautiful Tsitsikamma forests – my sister told me wolves lived there when I was very young – waving at the … Continue reading

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Perfectly Plett: A whirlwind visit

Plettenberg Bay holds many wonderful childhood memories for me. Our grandparents retired there, first in a white house within walking distance of the lagoon, then on a fabulous small-holding outside Plett – complete with indigenous forest, sparkling stream and an … Continue reading

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Touristing at home: Cape Town City Walk

It’s always amazing to discover the fascinating nooks and crannies of the city that has been your home for 20 years (or, for that matter, any city). On the corner of Long Street and Wale Street, about two storeys up, … Continue reading

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Getting poetical in McGregor

I’m a Philistine when it comes to poetry. I just don’t get it. Give me prose any day and I’ll gobble it up like a Labrador eating her supper. This analogy is from daily experience with Tinks, whose glee at … Continue reading

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Ink, art and gourmet delights at La Motte

On one of those ridiculously perfect sunny-but-cool, Cape Town winter Saturdays with the sky so blue and so clear, we headed out to Franschhoek to see the new exhibition at the La Motte museum and be treated to lunch. And … Continue reading

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