Author: Jeanne Carstens

Jeanne is a Cape Town girl with a passion for languages, especially Afrikaans and German. When she's not keeping herself busy with language, she tries out new recipes, takes photos or spends hours in front of her piano. The Sarie always finds its way into her shopping basket, mainly for the Nataniël column. She feels most at home in Stellenbosch and at her happiest when she wakes up to the view of the Simonsberg Mountain. She enjoys travelling and hopes to travel to the Nordic countries soon!

It’s Always December In Durban!

by Jeanne Carstens on 22 August 2019

If you’re not into camping, the icy Atlantic Ocean, or general outdoor activities during the winter, then finding something to do for the whole family when it’s chilly outside can leave you in a bit of a pickle. Luckily, South Africa is blessed with both the Atlantic and Indian Oceans, which makes Durban an absolute … Continue reading “It’s Always December In Durban!”

Wild Clover: Blessing the Reins down in Africa

by Jeanne Carstens on 20 June 2019

It was a typical winter’s day in Stellenbosch. Everything was covered in mist, which meant that I was that person driving extremely slowly in order not to miss the Wild Clover turn off. ‘Should I wear my Woolworths boots?’, I kept pondering the previous evening. ‘Preferably a narrow shoe’, I was told. I’ve been on … Continue reading “Wild Clover: Blessing the Reins down in Africa”

Olive the things to love about Olives

by Jeanne Carstens on 25 April 2019

Whether you enjoy it on your pizza, in a freshly-baked focaccia bread, in a shaken-not-stirred Martini, or simply straight out of the jar, the olive is a wonderful, versatile little fruit! Every year the Riebeek Valley celebrates this Mediterranean climate delicacy with its annual Riebeek Valley Olive Festival. Ranging from award-winning olives, olive oils, jams, … Continue reading “Olive the things to love about Olives”

Say Yes To Inner-City Weddings!

by Jeanne Carstens on 31 January 2019

Have you ever wondered why we get married in a white dress? Contrary to popular belief, it’s not to symbolise purity (well, not entirely), but rather the fact that Queen Victoria was quite the fashion icon. A white dress was a sign of opulence and wealth in Western cultures. Before 1840, brides would wear different … Continue reading “Say Yes To Inner-City Weddings!”

You’ve got to steak it to make it: Celebrating 25 years of The Butcher Shop & Grill

by Jeanne Carstens on 8 November 2018

Walking along the Sea Point Promenade you’ll see people enjoying ice cream, sipping a glass of wine to compliment the sunset, or a few Capetonians trying to revive rollerblading. Situated on the famous Platinum Mile in Mouille Point, The Butcher Shop & Grill not only offers a beautiful view of the ocean and picturesque lighthouse, … Continue reading “You’ve got to steak it to make it: Celebrating 25 years of The Butcher Shop & Grill”

Where The Wild Flowers Are: 5 Hiking Trails on the West Coast

by Jeanne Carstens on 23 August 2018

Once a year keen and intrepid nature lovers flock to the Northern Cape and Namibia to view the beauty of the flower blanket that covers the Namaqualand. As beautiful as the Namaqua region is, it can be a bit too far for a quick weekend getaway. Luckily, Namaqualand isn’t the only place to view this … Continue reading “Where The Wild Flowers Are: 5 Hiking Trails on the West Coast”

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