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.
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.
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’.