It's early on a Saturday morning and I'm downtown in Stellenbosch, sitting with a cappuccino and an unopened newspaper, my thoughts adrift. Suddenly, a rather surprising word jumps into my head: solastalgia.
Holy mackarel, I think, where did that one come from?
I peer down the row of coffee and curio shops lining the street, wondering what could have prompted it.
After all, I'm sitting at a cute little table - à la Paris - on the pavement outside Fidders, one of my favourite shops in town.
A gem from yesteryear, it's one of the few remaining true-blue village shops where you can buy anything from a ribbon to a lamp, where the staff have maintained the same familiar faces over the years, greeting you by name, asking after the family or making small talk about the weather. You feel like a somebody here, at home.
The cappuccinos outside, however, are new. For survival, I reckon, because the rest of the town has morphed into a colony of tourist shops, focused on euros and dollars.
If you look closely, you'll still find a handful of older survivors.
Continue reading your story on the app
Continue reading your story in the magazine
A well-appointed stoep is a must for outdoor summer fun.
An eye for design and colour
Marilouise van der Merwe has lovingly revamped a farmhouse at the foot of the Langeberg mountains that now glows with the same rich jewel tones as its surroundings.
A shore thing
Despite a protracted renovation with multiple setbacks, these homeowners agree: their view made it all worthwhile!
The flowers and foliage in Isabel Johnston's English-style garden provide colour and interest throughout the year.
There's a Trump in my cappuccino
In the face of gentrification in the small town where she lives, Karin Brynard gets more of a grasp on the madness that is Trump.
Would you love your orchids to flower repeatedly? Read on to find out how to achieve this.
Lamingtons WITH A BLACK FOREST TWIST
This classic treat boasts the proverbial cherry on top!
Throwback to the '60S
Make a stylish retro couch upholstered with cheerful outdoor fabric for your stoep.
NEW LIFE IN Nieuwe Street
A neglected house in the Karoo is now a Paarl family's home away from home - complete with a cosy stoep for get-togethers.
Don't move, improve!
An architectural interior consultant shares her own home renovation.
Getting Prepped for a Hospital Stay
TRAGIC REASON SNL NORM HID CANCER 9 YEARS
TRAGIC comic Norm MacDonald had a secret reason for keeping his battle with the deadly cancer that killed him hidden for nine long years.
BREAKTHROUGH! NEW HOPE FOR CANCER CURE!
Scientists find enzyme that zaps tumors
SCARY-SKINNY ANGIE'S MYSTERY HOSPITAL STAY
Fears grow for shrinking star!
Skin Cancer Screening a Necessity For Floridians
HEALTHY SKIN - It should come as no big surprise that simply living in Florida puts you at an increased risk for skin cancer. The reason for this is simple: The biggest cause of skin cancer is exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV light) from the sun.
Health and Wellness
Turkey offers certified medical care at competitive costs.
The Lion's Share of Benefits
Lion’s mane, with its long, shaggy spines that resemble—you guessed it—a lion’s mane, has been shown to ease depression, enhance focus and concentration, and more.
6 RULES FOR Healthy Grocery SHOPPING
Grocery stores aren’t as innocent as they may seem. They’re actually designed to influence your choices, from where foods are placed on the shelves to those impulse buys at the register. “It’s a business and they need to move it and want to sell as much as possible,” said New York City nutritionist Nicolette Pace.
MYTHS AND TRUTHS OF Nightshades
Public perception about nightshades is often negative but there are many benefits to these fruits and vegetables. The majority of the negative effects only occur to a small population of people. The benefits of this group of vegetables outweigh the negative effect only a small group have.
10 Reasons Why You Feel Bloated & How to Fix It
Wondering why you feel bloated most of the time? Here are 10 reasons for bloating and quick remedies to consider.