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Crouch. Touch. Pause. ENGAGE. RWC 2011.

24 Aug

Everyone knows how proudly South African I am. This is no secret. We talk a language that no one quite understands which you do only realise how “bad” we are when you leave the country. Giving directions to a friend I called her up and said “Howzit, to get to the braai you get to the robots, turn left and then straight over the circle. 1st spot on left.” No clue. We get to support the best team in the world, the Springboks. Our accents are pretty kak but we love them cos no one else can do it. And we’re just quite simply, awesome.

But no matter where in the world you live, home is home. And I love my country. Yes, even with the green mamba passport.  I’m lucky enough to have 2 amaze South African places that I call home. How spoilt can one chica be!?

HOME NUMBER 1: Cape Town. Mother City. Slaapstad. Mudder City.

Love this city.


Cape Town – V&A Waterfront

Cape Winelands – top up my glass of vino there please daaahling.

HOME NUMBER 2: Knysna. It naaaice ne.

Knsyna Heads

Not that head gutter brain. Yusses. So yes, we Capetonians are very chillaxed. We have some sort of other South African accent and we live under a rock that looks like a table. Yes, you should be jealous my peach. It’s one awesome rock. Plus we have the winelands on our doorstep. And how I do love my fav bottle of red (although on a seriaaas drinking ban at the moment, sigh). And then just along the Garden Route is home number 2, Knysna – which is just too beautiful for words. Spoilt.

So back to the point. The Springboks RWC side was announced last night. Here they are, compliments of http://www.sarugby.net/

Name

Province/Club

Age*

Ht

Wt

Position

Willem Alberts The Sharks

27

1.91

120

Loose Forward
Gio Aplon Western Province

28

1.75

78

Wing
Bakkies Botha Blue Bulls

32

2.02

120

Lock
Heinrich Brüssow Free State

25

1.81

103

Loose Forward
Schalk Burger Western Province

28

1.93

114

Loose Forward
Juan de Jongh Western Province

23

1.77

85

Centre
Jean de Villiers Western Province

30

1.90

99

Centre
Bismarck du Plessis The Sharks

27

1.89

115

Hooker
Jannie du Plessis The Sharks

28

1.88

121

Prop
Fourie du Preez Blue Bulls

29

1.83

88

Scrumhalf
Jaque Fourie Western Province

28

1.90

98

Centre
Bryan Habana Western Province

28

1.80

93

Wing
Francois Hougaard Blue Bulls

23

1.79

92

Scrumhalf
Butch James Golden Lions

31

1.84

98

Flyhalf
Pat Lambie The Sharks

20

1.77

90

Utility back
Francois Louw Bath, England

26

1.90

113

Loose Forward
Victor Matfield (vc) Blue Bulls

34

2.01

107

Lock
Tendai Mtawarira The Sharks

26

1.88

120

Prop
Johann Muller Ulster, Ireland

31

2.00

106

Lock
Odwa Ndungane The Sharks

30

1.83

93

Wing
Ruan Pienaar Ulster, Ireland

27

1.86

90

Scrumhalf
JP Pietersen The Sharks

25

1.91

103

Wing
Chiliboy Ralepelle Blue Bulls

24

1.78

105

Hooker
Danie Rossouw Blue Bulls

33

1.98

119

Lock
John Smit (c) The Sharks

33

1.88

118

Hooker
Pierre Spies Blue Bulls

26

1.94

108

Loose Forward
Gurthrö Steenkamp Blue Bulls

30

1.89

122

Prop
Frans Steyn Racing Metro, France

24

1.91

104

Utility back
Morné Steyn Blue Bulls

26

1.84

91

Flyhalf
CJ van der Linde Golden Lions

31

1.90

123

Prop

So all over Twitter last night I was reading tweets from my tweeps. My top 3 topics:

  • Huge kak storm when Victor Matfield was not announced in the alphabetical order. I can say that there was massive panic by loyal supporters. But our dear Matfield was announced 2nd last as Vice Captain. Of course. Sho wee, close one.
  • Ard Matthews didn’t know the words to our national anthem and totally screwed it up. Poephol. Watch it here  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fu6IG0Wx19w CRINGE!!!
  • P-Divvy even cut his snor for the occasion. He would not be mistaken for someone in the Kaap – Greenpoint / Seapoint / Moooowbrey. Grab some vis and tsjips ek se.

I love watching the game. I am no couch referee but I love cheering our boytjies on. Some ladies will be RWC widows soon, but my peaches – there is some eye candy so reach for you fav bottle of vino. And Enjoy. You can thank me later.

Yes of course. My absolute fav John Smit.

Jean De Villiers

Pat Lambie. I know, I know – he’s only 20 but erm, YUM.

I felt the need to throw in old time beaut Butch James. With stats like these the man is a superhero.

So there it is. This is our squad. They’ve been selected announced and now we support them whether they win or lose. Finish and klaar. Sadly I won’t be at home to participate in the festivities – I can see it already – the smell of the boerie off the braai, dops and tjops, sunshine, mates with blood SO green, Springbok jersey’s and plenty of gees.

Bring on the Rugby World Cup. Best of luck to our boys. And I love you John.

Miss M x

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Dream house shopping. 100 million Saffa Ronds. Pah.

18 Apr

I was dream house shopping today, as one does, and I couldn’t resist the urge to share with you the little treasures I found. This house hunt came about only because The Gorgeous Geronky (The GG as she will now be known as) was all about PAM GOLDING at a braai the other night, hilarious. So I popped onto Aunty Pam’s website, just to say howzit to the old lass. Dream house shopping is one of my favourite past times, the 2nd being people watching. I have purchased houses in London, Bali, South Africa, South of France – all over the world really. So, I decided to add another little gem to my dream portfolio of property today. Aaaaannnddd GO!

At 1st I thought, be realistic, look at some apartments on the Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town, South Africa – the obvious address – that you would actually buy. Maybe it is time to grow up and buy something, um, maybe not. Well, this just didn’t cut the mustard peaches.

Before I knew it I chose this:

Cosmo’s and bubbly lounging around the pool for a summer pool party whilst we lie around be fabulous. I think yes!

As if one choice wasn’t enough I chose a 2nd. Sigh.

Please top up my Pimms daaahling and pass me a cucumber sandwich whilst I frolick around in my white summer dress and over sized Chanel sunglasses. Definitely!

Anyone got a spare 110 million Saffa Ronds floating around. But seriously – have you EVER!? Oh my hat.

Time to pull myself towards myself and finish writing this creative brief. Sigh.

Miss M x

Constantia Fresh, and my sister’s (almost) famous!

15 Feb

OK I just had a little teary moment, my little sister, Vanessa Marx, has been selected amongst 5 other top male chefs for the “Best White Blends Constantia Taste Festival” in Cape Town. Lump in throat, tear drop – I’m so proud of her! Now I’m not one to brag, but in this case I will – thank you kindly.

Constantia Fresh is going to be held at the Buitenverwachting farm in the Constantia Valley in Cape Town on the 25th and 26th of February 2011. This is basically a wine festival that will focus on featuring Sauvignon blends and other white blends from the Constantia Valley and elsewhere, both locally and internationally. Can you imagine – white vino from all my fav’s! Constantia Uitsig, Klein Constantia, Groot Constantia, Steenberg, Buitenverwachting and Constantia Glen. Pure bliss!

Now back to the bit about my little sister. She’s a Chef as I’m sure you have worked out and here’s a bit about her, taken from the Constantia Fresh site http://constantiafresh.com/chefs.htm  Check it out.

So gorgeous !

Vanessa Marx attended the Institute of Culinary Arts in the Cape Winelands and graduated in 2005. After doing her apprenticeship at Peter Goffe-Wood’s PGW eat and Kitchen Cowboys, she continued to be mentored by Pete until 2007.

Vanessa then went abroad to widen her culinary experience and worked on a privately owned yacht in the south of France, as well as at a private residence in Zurich. Her travels took her to London where she worked at food and wine bar Vinoteca (Farringdon), where she developed her ability to create menus daily, using only the freshest and most seaonal produce available,as well as observing the art of pairing wines with food.

On her return to Cape Town, Vanessa worked at Cassia under English chef Dan Evans, formerly of Michelin-starred Odette’s and Anglesea Arms in London. She then went on to work for Charl Coetzee of the Caveau group, and currently finds herself in the final stages of preparation for the opening of much awaited new CBD restaurant Dear Me.

Dear Me is the brain child of Ilze Koekemoer, who teamed up with Vanessa to make it all come to life. The menu is based on seasonal, local and ethically farmed produce. Dear Me’s philosophy is about creating an awareness of what you are eating, how it was produced and where it comes from.

“My food is inspired by people, places and seasons”, says chef Vanessa,”people like the women in my life, and the men in the kitchens I have worked in. Places I have seen and places I dream of seeing.”

“I am constantly in awe of nature, and just as you get in the comfort zone of a certain time of year, so you see the produce of the next season creeping in, and a crush begins to develop as you start falling in love with the coming season and the abundance of produce and fresh ideas it has to offer.”

So what she (and the other chefs) will be doing at the Festival is making canapes which will be paired with the wines from selected estates that they’ll be given.

Now this is where being an expat really really down right sucks. I so wish I could be there (wine glass in hand and bursting with pride). I love wine (that’s no secret) and my sister is cooking! The restaurant Dear Me will also be opening very soon – I’ll update you on this closer to the time and I’m missing that. Sigh.

Can I just say again how proud I am of you my little one! So young, so talented and you’re related to me (this could be a mistake)!

Here’s the link for more info: http://constantiafresh.com/home.htm

Capetonian peaches, get involved! Nessie, good luck! You’re going to be fab! And I love you.

Someone pass the tissues please.

Miss M x