Sitting it out...
Since many of you are in summer mode while we here in the South of Afrique are all bundled up in our woolens in front of blazing fires...
filling up on hearty soups and stews...
I thought I would share some images of our beach house that we enjoy when it is summer here.
Our summer break starts first week in December until 3rd week in January. Temperatures in the Cape peek , reaching mid to late 30 degrees and start cooling down again with first winter rains March/April.
Of course we will have to wait for almost 4 months before we will be enjoying hot summer evenings again, balmy days, and lazy views over the ocean when the day starts to cool down....
We do slip away for a weekend before then ever so often to catch up on some "self indulged" days, visiting markets and settle for winter menu's ..patiently waiting for summer and the abundance of crayfish (Lobster) once the season opens again.
Our end of the year 6 week break includes a proper visit to Vermont-Hermanus - a mere hour and a half drive from Cape Town.This is a highlight on our calender..(December/January) this is where we wind down, get together with neighbors and friends for the countdown to the end of the year gatherings..but that is another post altogether!
Ouvert -all seasons
white washed frames with circ 1860
hand colored engravings
sand pendulum changing the picture with the breeze...
Sea sand was used when the dining room table was cast.
When the light fall a certain way, it reflects the beach
odd crystals collected on visits to Greece, hanging from a hand forged light fitting-
another ceiling light made from recycled glass
little bits and bottles found over seasons
washed up on the beach
my version of (le Petit) Cabinet de Curiocites
back stairs to a Petit Cave
way down under the earth, a humble place to store wine
perfect cool temperatures even if it is mere meters away from the changing seas..
Tord Boontje metal bit loosely hung over lamp and left...
yes, we wait it out..
forgotten summer menu:
Escargots with champagne
Lobster served with Water melon balls and Feta cubes
with a touch of flaked chilli to spice it up
served with fresh figs from our own tree
we use the left overs in the pantry
and only a few plates
Proviant for 31 December 2009 get together with friends...
we are thinking it is time to change dd (darling daughter)'s bedroom
since she has long outgrown her little frocks and fringed beachwear..
to do: get some grown up colors for the pool..
wrinkled linen is perfect for beach house living
old linen covered books
found at the Saturday-morning market in Hermanus
it has become a habit..
on arrival,tucking a fresh olive branch
from the tree at the entrance, behind this
Greek stone plaque chiseled with the
Oath of Hippocrates
(found many years ago
on Skiathos Island - museum shop)
sea shell wreath
made in "winter at the beach house - project"
enjoy your summer vacation!!
water color of the Beach House
by my artist friend
Ronelle van Wyk
(AfricanTapestry and MyFrenchKitchen-blogs)
on a visit to us in
Vermont-Afrique du Sud