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October in the Winelands: Art, Open Gardens & Classic Music

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October is a special time of the year in the Cape Winelands. The warmer weather is a welcome relief, flowers are in full bloom and summer is (almost) in full swing. That’s why I’m particularly excited about all the events and festivities that are coming up, especially in Franschhoek. Home to award-winning wines, internationally acclaimed restaurants, exquisite art as well…

Making old things new with Inke Cake Design and Lilly Loompa

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The latest buzzword in the world of sustainability and the environment is “upcycling”. Also known as “creative reuse” upcycling is when waste materials, by-products or unwanted goods are transformed or used to make or design new products “of better quality or for better environmental value” (Wikipedia). Basically, upcycling is all about converting old or unwanted materials into something useful and…

Run, read, lead with One Heart for Kids

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If you follow my blog closely, you’ll know that The Stellenbosch Mom aims to identify beautiful and intentional spots in and around our beautiful town. However, the blog is about more than that, because I also aim to shine a light on the positive things that are continuously happening in Stellenbosch. Even more so, if it involves people, places or…

Worth the drive: Bosjes Kombuis

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Serenity at Bosjes.. If you’ve ever attended a wedding at Bosjes, you’d understand why their wedding chapel has been featured on many reality TV wedding shows. The chapel’s one-of-a-kind “angel wings” roof structure is any bride's dream, but so is their restaurant and tea garden for a family day out. Image subject to copyright. BOSJES Kapel by Adam Letch. Bosjes…

Embrace winter with AfriCamps

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A winter getaway has a special quality to it – cuddling up next to a fire, special wildlife experiences and red wine, of course. Who said you can’t enjoy the outdoors during these colder months? Our family went “glamping” for the first time last winter and it was an experience we’ll never forget. We booked at AfriCamps Klein Karoo in…

Spread the warmth this winter & really make a difference

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With the recent storms and icy winter well under way, I couldn’t help but wonder about all those who are outside in the cold. I’ve been thinking about ways to start a blanket drive in my community and after some research I was pleasantly surprised to find that the Stellenbosch Municipality is already doing wonderful work to help the homeless…

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