We finally got to spend the weekend in Calitzdorp, a little town on Route 62 that’s always intrigued me. I am so in love right now that all I want to do is pack it all in and move to the Groenfontein valley. The thing about this little dorp is that it will devour your heart…the majestic sky, old buildings, silence and genuine people who all have time for real conversation. After one cosy’d pot of tea at die Handelshuis you will feel like you’ve lived there for years.

We stayed at Die Strooi Kooi on the outskirts of town, on the edge of a vineyard. This cottage has been built using straw bales and clay from the surroundings, a traditional Karoo building technique. There’s no electricity and at night you will see so many stars that your little mind will burst, and the interior is worthy of an Elle decor shoot. They are still finding their feet so there are braai facilities, but you must bring a cooler box and lots of ice. Footnote – no electricity does not mean cold showers, it’s totally kitted with gas and solar power.

Home-made rusks for breakfast.

After my shopping spree at Anna Sofia antique shop in the main road, the owner Johan told us about the Saturday market at the old train station. I spazzed out.

Purchases: Vetplantjies (which the locals are selling to buy more trees – genius idea) two boerie rolls, 4 beers.

Apart from the little market (I think there were 6 stalls in total) Calitzdorp station is also home to a glam campsite with safari tents, the Shunters Bar and a parliament of owls. I spotted the fabric on the sofa below and started to make enquiries, I just had to get my hands on it. After one beer I had met my new BFF’s – Cheryl and Michael. The clever people who run the show, and also went fabric shopping in Maputo.

Cheryl took me to her home and unpacked her stash, which she was not happy to part with, but I managed to purchase the two gorgeous pieces below. Perfect for my next cushion project and I’ve added “trip to Maputo” to the travel list.

Below are some pics of the campsite, you can email Cheryl for more info.

This hall is part of the Station and would make an incredible country wedding venue

Jeremy chilling with a beer and a National Geographic magazine

A dapper local

To be continued…

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