Food, Style

Wrapping Up 2018

December 14, 2018 | 13 Comments

The winner of ‘Kenny the Kudu’ is Simone Blanckenberg!

Do you see what I did there? Because it’s nearly Christmas, and we’re all wrapping up presents. Plus the year is almost over (“wrapped up”). Okaaaay…sorry if I didn’t need to explain it, but I wouldn’t want to waste a good pun. I also don’t want to waste much of anything this festive season. Lately I’m all about not wasting time, not wasting food, and not generating too much waste in general.

We all consume more than we need, and we need to tone it down, because although this is the season of excess, I think our planet will agree that we need to get a bit leaner when it comes to our consumption. Let’s keep things simpler. 

We’re having a staycation these holidays and I’m excited. No packing, less planning, less missioning. I’m going to lie in a yellow hammock and stare up at the mountain and sip slowly on something cool, while the sound of my kids playing echoes in my ears and I get the chance to read some good novels.

I’ll also be doing some DIY. I recently got sent some paint from Granny B’s to test out, which is a chalk paint that’s produced locally, and is a family run-business. I decided to give this antique coffee table that belonged to my parents a face lift and make it white. I did give it a light sand but the good thing with this paint is that you don’t really have to, you can just slap it on! The idea is to create vintage, “distressed” pieces with a matt finish and I love how the table came out – you also paint one coat of sealant on it afterwards.

I’m in the process of painting an outside table bright yellow so watch my Instagram for more on that (my Dad made the table out of an old boat!). A list of paint stockists is here.

DIY project Granny B

What are you making for the Christmas meal? We’re hosting this year and I’m all about the delegation. There’s no reason one person should stress about it all, so if you’re also playing host then don’t be shy to hand out tasks and meals – people want to help, and with the prices of groceries these days, no one is expecting you to pay for it all either.

On that note, how pretty is this festive wreath made a few days ago by my friends Lauren and Liesel? The recipe is on the front cover of the current Fresh Living magazine in Pick ‘n Pay, so you can get it there. But as you can see it’s just a nice way of presenting cheese and biscuits and it can also be a starter for people to pick on. There are plums and pomegranate in there, grapes, fresh mint, biscuits and little homemade cheese pastry stars, different soft cheeses (goats cheese, Brie etc), plus a drizzle of honey.

What are your kids getting for Christmas? We have some Lego planned, some sporting equipment, practical things like a new lunchbox and then a book each, plus a few other bits and bobs. We’ve also made them clear out their cupboards and donate any toys or books that haven’t been played with in a while.

On the subject of books, an old school friend of mine Victoria Mallett has just published a festive-themed picture book and it’s charming. It’s all about Kenny the Kudu who desperately wants to be in Santa’s reindeer crew, but he’s just a lowly kudu from South Africa and he doesn’t think he’ll ever make it. I love a story with local flavour and this cute tale features rhyming text and a wonderful moral, so if you’re looking for a great gift idea for kids (for R150), then take a look (it’s an especially nice idea for any expats living beyond SA’s borders).

I also have 1 spare copy to give away to a South African resident, so please leave a comment below this post in order to enter. I’ll pick a winner on Tuesday 18 December and courier it to you, so it gets to you before the 25th.

If you want to order your own copies, South Africans can order here. International folk can order here.

Kenny the Kudu

What do you guys hope to find under the tree? We’re not going big on presents for the adults this year, because money is tight all around. I did however send my husband a very detailed wishlist of small things, including some linen shorts from Sunny and Bear – how pretty? I would like the navy ones please. He, on the other hand, requested a new paddle, a lawnmower and a very overpriced new fitness tracker. Helpful.

Anyway, work is done for the year today, so it’s time to kick back and relax.

I hope you all have wonderful holidays with loved ones, making memories and savouring moments.



P.S. Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post if you want to stand a chance of winning ‘Kenny the Kudu and his Christmas Adventure’.







  • Reply SLee December 14, 2018 at 3:17 pm

    Thanks for the lovely post Belinda, as always. I’ve just wrapped The Ugly Five (Julia Donaldson) for one of my boys and love the sound of Kenny the Kudu! Especially because it’s written by a local author. A very merry Christmas to you and your family x

  • Reply Simone Blanckenberg December 14, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    I have been eyeing out this book and know Murray would love it!

  • Reply Jadie Jones December 14, 2018 at 5:23 pm

    This looks like the perfect South African Christmas story to add to my bookshelf

  • Reply Anabel December 14, 2018 at 5:29 pm

    So perfect for the UK cousins! Brilliant idea, thank you!

  • Reply Bits December 14, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I love the picture on the front, he’s the sparkliest kudu I’ve ever seen

  • Reply ailsaloudon December 14, 2018 at 9:28 pm

    Would love to win the book for my grandchildren.

  • Reply Debbie December 15, 2018 at 6:27 am

    I would love to take a look
    At this very gorgeous book
    I teach a class of twenty six 2️⃣6️⃣
    They’d love to hear about Kenny’s tricks ✨
    Merry Christmas to you and your kin
    Thanks to your blog for allowing us in

  • Reply Sarah December 15, 2018 at 7:04 am

    My oldest would LOVE this book!

  • Reply PippyG December 15, 2018 at 7:23 am

    My sister’s nickname is Kenny, and she’s about to pop! Winner or not I’ll get this book for her 🙂 great giveaway xx

  • Reply caleyjaderosenberg December 15, 2018 at 3:18 pm

    Haha, your pun made me giggle 🙂
    Love that cheese and biscuit wreath – great Christmas idea! x

  • Reply Nats December 15, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Kenny the kudu wants to join the reindeer….I’m giggling. That’s brilliant! Xx

  • Reply Bobs December 17, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Woah that cheese biscuit wreath. Beautiful! Happy holidays and yes to Kenny Xx

  • Reply Victoria Ter Morshuizen December 18, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to with a SA-themed Christmas story, Belinda – the children and I kudu with that 🙂

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