in Long Market Street in Stanford. Participants: Sanette du Toit-Upton, Tracy Algar, Charmaine Lacock and Vivien McOnie.
Greta’s Place in Napier is the hotspot where collectors from far and wide browse. Around this time of the year many customers from ‘Up North’ make their annual Festive Season journey ‘Down South’. Greta is a 70+ yr old collector who loves books and ‘beautiful junk’. She knows her books of which many are first editions and quite a few real collectors items. Wonder around between the shelves with books, tables and more shelves with figurines and other curiosities. Her customers always find something. And if need be; there is always Palazzo Pipi….
In a few years time ‘Our Favourite Things Market at Gabrielskloof in Botrivier has grown into the best Christmas market in the Western Cape. The traders are all curated on originality and quality and that attracts the right audience for their products. Add excellent service of owners and staff and the right atmosphere and there you are.
Some snapshots of last weekend:
Glad I have a photographer as husband. He did a shoot this morning with one of his models. It was a quickie between other jobs but he succeeded well. The jewellery in the pictures are designated for my presentation at ‘Our Favourite Things Market at Gabrielskloof from Friday 16 to Sunday 18 December.
This morning people from near and far witnessed the arrival of the Jessica in Klipdale. Jessica, a Class 19D locomotive, number 3321, was built in England in 1948 and one of the 235 of its type built for the South African Railways between 1937 and 1949 in the UK, East Europe and Germany. The steam locomotive was restored by the Ceres Rail Company which, at the moment is undertaking two more restorations of Class 19B and Class 26 locomotives. Ceres Rail Company organizes trips and events which brings in the money for preserve and promote South African Rail Heritage, which, according to their website, involves restoring and refurbishing old locomotives and coaches.