About 3 weeks ago, I introduced my mom to downtown Jozi. We started at the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein. Neighbourgoods is mostly a food market (with a few bits and pieces of fashion upstairs). The market is known for it’s freshly prepared food – and people flock there every Saturday to sample interesting goodies and enjoy lunch on the upstairs terrace.
Here are some pics…
Above & Below: A basket full of interesting mushrooms… they sold hot, mushroom kebabs – omigosh, soooo yum!
Above & Below: This pie shop makes the best pies! Mom and I both enjoyed a pie for lunch.
After a very satisfying morning browsing Neighbourgoods, we stopped at Velo for cappuccino (very yum!)… and had an interesting chat about why so many people don’t even realise what a gem Braamfontein has become.
Then we hopped into the car and drove to the fashion district… we browsed a huge fabric shop and bought some pink shwe-shwe fabric for my floppy hat… and topped it off with a cool drink at the Fashion Shack (while watching traditional dancers perform in the square). Mom loved it! I’m going to take her downtown again – next time to Arts on Main.
Afterwards – we drove back to Mom’s place – and spent the rest of the day making a big floppy hat (for me!). Here’s an unknown fact-about-Heather… I have a BIG head! It sucks because I luuurve hats… and hats that you buy in shops simply do NOT fit my extra-large noggin! I have tried on hundreds of sun hats… trying to find a large-rimmed hat that will actually fit my head (all to no avail). So – eventually – I decided to ask my mom to make me one (as a 40th birthday prezzie). Interesting fact about Mom: she’s an ex-fashion-designer… and a very skilled seamstress and pattern-maker! She can sew pretty much anything!
So we made a pattern for a hat that fits my head… and Mom sewed it for me. I’ll post some photos of the hat in a later post (I’m actually a bit behind with my blogging… all kinds of news to share!)… (watch this space!).