Whale of a time!
On a recent sourcing trip to Cape Town I managed to fit in a whale watching excursion. I was supposedly en route to visit a supplier based in Stanford at the foot of the Overberg mountain range. My trip happened to coincide with a festival celebrating the arrival of the whales in Hermanus which was only 12 km away from Stanford…….so the opportunity seemed too good to miss!
Hermanus is a small fishing village on the east coast of Cape Town boasting one of the best land-based whale watch routes in the world. The ocean on this popular whale route was particularly ‘busy’ with whales and their calves providing endless entertainment. We were treated to some magnificent displays as these beautiful, yet gentle creatures quite literally threw themselves out of the water with a balletic twist in the air followed by an audible ‘whoomph’ as their enormous bodies crash into the water. We had not booked accommodation for our two nights in Hermanus and were very fortunate to stumble across a wonderful guesthouse called Hermanus Dorpshuys. You can read the review that I posted on www.tripadvisor.co.uk.
As always when in Cape Town I feel inspired by the products that I see in the stores and this gets my creative juices flowing. Together with our regular suppliers we are very excited to have added a few more to our growing supplier base of like-minded craftspeople. The photograph above shows our new range of elegant Di and Glynni cosmetic and toiletry bags which have just arrived from Durban. We hope you like them as much as we do with prices for the little cosmetic purse starting from under £10.00.
In September we will be launching our range of ceramic jugs and sugar bowls handmade and fired in Cape Town by ceramic artist Catherine Jacobs. The grey or cream jugs are very well designed and pour beautifully and make a lasting gift that will remind the recipient of the person who gave it to them every time they use it!
As always it is a proud moment when we launch a new product and supplier and we hope that you enjoy the items that we have selected with you, our customer in mind.