30 October 2012


I am just in love with this little spoon-rest! 
From here

He reminds me of this guy! 
From Amazon, and not for sale to persons under 18.

26 October 2012

Assagay coffee

Recently we got the chance to tour the coffee farm of Assagay Coffee (available locally).

Coffee trees
It's a complete tour from seedlings to tree and fruit to dried bean, followed by the sorting and roasting. The process is very labour-intensive and a lot of love and skill goes into a cup of coffee. The roasting part is the most complicated because that affects the flavour so significantly.

After the tour we were treated to a cup of coffee and some yummy banana loaf and pecan pie in the farm coffee shop.
Banana loaf (baked in a mini loaf tin) and pecan pie.

You can go on a tour too, they're not very far from central Durban. Contact them on 0317821268 or 083640223.

25 October 2012

Utterly cute!

I've actually been looking for decent bookends for some time (while jars of marbles act as stand-ins). Today by chance I saw this from Fred & Pickles and it is just too cute.

24 October 2012

Heart Market next weekend

I've always loved the designs of these posters but I think this one is the best so far. Design and concept by Dominic Strauss.
Take note: The market is on the North side of the stadium this month.

19 October 2012

Upcycled and cute

I just love this little lamp (again, I'm thinking of the Luxor lamp from Pixar). It's from Fab UK. My favourite part is that the little tap turns the light on and off. Perfect!

11 October 2012

Open Dyslexic

This covers two of my interests...

A friend directed me to this site which has an open source font for people with dyslexia to use to make it easier for them to read web pages.

Designed by Abelardo Gonzalez, it was created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. "Letters have heavy weighted bottoms to add a kind of "gravity" to each letter, helping to keep your brain from rotating them around in ways that can make them look like other letters. Consistently weighted bottoms can also help reinforce the line of text. The unique shapes of each letter can help prevent flipping and swapping."

People with dyslexia (including my friend) say it means that they don't need to keep rereading a page.

You can download the font package here and there's also an app!

08 October 2012


Yesterday I came across this post that I had squirrelled away and had some fun working out how to make a friendship bracelet. Once you get started it's actually a lot easier than I expected.
Here's the start of my second colour scheme (sorry about the clashing background - it's an old chair).

01 October 2012

Holiday plans

I'll be going to England later this year and of course have started making a (very long) list of places I might like to see. Today I came across this photo...
Wild at Heart flower kiosk in Westbourne Grove

(the roof reminds me of Paris Metro entrances)
Metro Station Porte Dauphine, Paris, design, Hector Guimard. Photo © Prestel
and now I'm just desperate to see it.