Archive: August 2020

An explosion of colour and textures greets you in Richard’s little corner of Swellendam at the Patchwork Studio. Lovingly curated Donovan is creating an artwork, a centre to uplift his community, a place of empowerment and education, a home for…

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric,…

You’re excitedly unpacking the boxes from the car at your new house in the countryside, the lady from next door pops over “just to welcome you to the neighbourhood”. She’s holding a dish-towel-wrapped bundle of freshly baked bread and an…

In Grootvadersbos, the reward for distance, strength and stamina is heightened by a feeling of having travelled a million miles from where you came from. No dogs barking. No crowds chatting around the next corner. No hum from the city.…

This is not the kind of dream you could get away with if you lived in the city. It wouldn’t be possible to rescue these animals and then think “I’ll just take them home and pop them in the back”.…

If you live in and around Swellendam, then there is a very good chance that you have met this wonderfully, kind human being. The English lady with the mischievous twinkle in her eye. Always radiating vibrant energy that crescendos on…

Some traditions are worth preserving. The indulgent feeling of a quiet, blissful afternoon with friends, sipping tea from dainty cups, enjoying delicate sandwiches and delicious treats in an elegant country setting is a wonderful and restorative escape. Picture yourself sitting…