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Yesterday we went raspberry picking at Just Darling‘s berry picking farm. There is something very stimulating and satisfactory about foraging for your own food, not to mention a fun and all inclusive family activity. We loved watching our little girl’s face beam with delight when looking for and picking the berries. At first she squished a few but later got used to the texture and soon our 700g was full, not to mention our bellies (eating while picking was just too tempting).


The rain didn’t deter as we kitted ourselves with gumboots and raincoats and I think the cooler weather was much better for berry picking than the scorching sun would have been. The farm is about 20 minutes drive south of Johannesburg. We warmed up afterwards at the Just Darling coffee shop situated in their Creative Workshop & Decor Boutique. There was also some market stalls set up for the day. All and all it was such a great morning out for us and will definitely be visiting it again while the berries are still in season or when back in season.

Click read more to see some inspiring raspberry recipes.


Yesterday saw the start of the annual Design Indaba in Cape Town and being voted World Design Capital 2014 and The New York Time’s top destination to visit in the world this year, it seems that Cape Town is on everyone’s mind these days. Even for a die hard Jozi-lover like myself Cape Town’s design status is and has always been undeniable. The truth is I do love Cape Town and since we have family who lives there I have the very good fortune to visit it much more often but let’s be honest for a second here, who really needs a reason to visit Cape Town. I have listed for your conveniance a Joburg native’s guide to my favourite design,coffee and working spots to visit in the Mother city.

Urban Boer Shed

It was a weekend of garden sheds, filing cabinets, quilts and mulling over ideas for the house and the future over some late evening cake at Moemas in Parktown North (cakes over the weekend seems to be a repetitive occurrence these days).

Ideas taking shape

Click  on read more for more pictures featuring the DIY  installation and other ideas


We had an eventful weekend enjoying new and favourite sites in Joburg. First up was Friday evening at Parreirinha in La Rochelle. Great Portuguese Seafood spot set in an old police station. You can actually sit in one of the old cells and have your dinner. Great experience and wonderful atmosphere. Make sure to book ahead. Saturday was spent walking the afternoon and late evening after a braai for two, around the neighbourhood and enjoying these wonderful summer nights we are having and the sights and sounds from the 4th Avenue strip. Its been ages since we had my favourite cake in the whole of Joburg, Nice on 4th’s Flourless Belgian Chocolate cake. Yum! Was so worth the indulgence. And finally the biggie on Sunday, the Freedom Ride by bicycle from the Nelson Mandela Bridge in Braamfontein to Vilakazi street in Soweto where Nelson Mandela lived. A very Joburg weekend indeed.

Freedom Ride


It was Audrey Hepburn who first coined the phrase ‘Paris is always a good idea’ which has now subsequently made it into our design vocabulary by being printed on cushions, posters and what not. Cliché or not she was right Paris ís always a good idea but for those who get to visit it more than once Paris is not always the same as you remembered it. Though its beauty will always be undeniable I have unfairly expected it to remain in a time capsule to be unaffected by the world and its troubles and from its own natural evolution. But we are old friends now and the beauty now lies in friendship and bond not the facades anymore and like old friends we can now call each other on our faults, right? Perhaps a loss of authenticity on its part and impossible expectations on mine.

Social Sessions Power Duo Candice and Zoe

Social Sessions Power Duo Candice and Zoe

January 2014 will be something of the past in a few short days and if you are still busy planning and bending your mind what the next step should be towards taking your online business, blog, small start-up or entrepreneurial idea to the next phase and into the social stratosphere, it might be worth your while to consider attending the next Social Sessions which is heading to The Parks next month.

As an entrepreneur and blogger myself  and passionate activist for self owned and managed businesses,  I love what Zoe and Candice have created in Social Sessions and can not underscore the value and importance enough of skill sharing and acquiring new skills in new start-up ventures. A good way to start would be to enrol yourself in Social Sessions upcoming workshop and get a head start for the rest of year and immerse yourself in the very powerful world of Social Media.

The next workshop is on the 27th and 28th of February 2014 in Parkhurst, Johannesburg. You can book your ticket and find out more through their website: www.socialsessions.co.za or mail them to chat further at info@socialsessions.co.za. Tickets sales close 12 February 2014.


So what is the Social Sessions workshop all about:

In their own words Candice explains it as the following:

Social media has proven to be a very successful (and fun) marketing channel for small businesses and entrepreneurs, but getting your business and hard work out there via social media might be a daunting task if you’re new to it all. It can be so rewarding for your business, if you know how to go about it properly.

Social Sessions is a two-day workshop currently running in Johannesburg, but will soon expand into Cape Town too.  It is run by myself, Candice Kropf of Social Ideas and Zoe Saayman of Zoe Inc – a social media brain and a digital design brain – we have teamed up to bring you experiential workshops that fuse these two branding and marketing disciplines in a simple and understandable way, so that you can use these elements in building your personal/business brand online.Social Sessions Workshop in action

The workshop teaches the basics of social media marketing, shows you how to create a social media strategy, the basics of digital design using Photoshop and how to design and create layouts, customised social media artwork and web banners. Knowing what to do in the social media world is one (big) thing, but being able to visually represent your brand in that space is an immediate boost for your business.’

Zoe and Candice believe that as entrepreneurs and small business owners:

A.    you simply cannot afford to pay agency prices for your communication and marketing, and

B.    that many people have ‘fallen off the technology wagon’ and just don’t know where to start.

They take the fear out of the unknown in a comfortable and friendly environment, with hands-on teaching and invaluable advice from personal experience.


It’s been 7 years since I have been camping ( Mozambique) and 7 years since I visited Plettenberg bay so it was with a lot of excitement that we started off on our journey to the Garden Route in the Western Cape in the last week of December. We split our journey in two parts and after an 8 hour drive from Joburg entered the town of Graaff Reinet in the Klein Karoo for our overnight stay before the rest of the 4/5 hour journey the next day.

I hope you all had an amazing Christmas time. We are lucky enough that our holiday is only getting started as we are heading to Plettenberg bay for 2 glorious weeks on Saturday. I’ve asked my favourite fashionista and style guru, Sarah from The Angelheaded Hipster to give some wardrobe ideas for the ultimate beach holiday break away. That also means that  full time blogging will resume again late in January. Keep checking in to see the new look Urban Boer coming 2014. Until then safe travels.

Hi again Urbanboer readers!

Lizette asked me to share some of the pieces I’ll be packing for my holiday to the coast in January. For me, dressing while on holiday is all about channeling an easy sense of style with minimal amount of effort put into looking good. I think of light, easy and airy looks which I can wear over my costume or won’t cling to my skin in the event that I get a bit too crispy after a day lying out.  I’ve put together some pieces which will work well together to make dressing easy. All of my picks can be shopped on local sites Style36Spree and Woolworths.


This has become my standard wish list when it comes to our very talented local South African designers, as these designers just keep on delivering the goods year in and year out. Below are some of my favourite new designs from them. I would be more than happy to receive any design item of the under the Christmas tree or birthday tree or anniversary tree.

Xmas wishlist


1. Kirsten Goss, Trixie Earings 2. Missibaba, Cha Ching 4  3. Dor&kie, Large pendants in pink and turquoise 

4. Skermunkil, new designs  5. Dear Rae, Custome made ring  6. Missibaba, QOB WORKHORSE DIAMOND 1

7. Black Betty, The Dancing Polki Earrings

8. Missibaba collection as seen at the Sanlam Food Wine & Design Fair (you can tell I am quite obsessed with having ANYTHING from Missibaba)


And if you are anything like me and haven’t started your Christmas shopping yet and are running scarce on ideas. Below is a great source of beautiful and truly local design pieces.

Gift list

1. Zana, His & Hers Pillow Covers in Grey 2. Snapp, Anything from Snapp will do

3. David Krynauw, Little man light series

4. Mungo Design, cotton and bamboo towels (a great gift as they are of exceptional quality and gorgeous to touch and they have just opened their Joburg showroom)

5. Wren, Bicycle Ipad sleeve  6. Ceramic Factory, Puppy love plate from Bailey Series 

7. Skinny Laminx, Soft Bucket pair – Pebble, in lollipop

If you are still wanting to go and browse and do some tactile shopping without wanting to face the dreaded malls, here a list of my favourite little independent shops for great and unique gifts in Parkhurst and Craighall Park, Johannesburg

There is a new feature on the blog called Travel Tips where I will be offering travel advice based on our own travel experiences or answering your travel questions. Where I can’t help I will consult the experts to get you the best advice. Some will be practical and some will be quirky but all will be helpful and informative.

Today  sees most businesses closing for the year and people starting their holidays. Many of our friends and acquaintances are getting ready to leave sunny South Arica behind for more wintery scenes north.


Things to consider when renting 1. Right car for the journey 2. Price of petrol 3. Insurance in case of damage

Things to consider when renting 1. Right car for the journey 2. Price of petrol 3. Insurance in case of damage


It seemed thus fitting to start this feature off with a recent question I received regarding renting a car when traveling abroad. You most likely flew in to your destination and only had to catch a bus, train or taxi to your destination. This is most common when visiting major cities abroad but if you want to go exploring further and to more remote places – you’ll probably end up needing to rent a car.

A few years back we visited the Lake District in England and drove from London all the way north to the Lake District via Liverpool. A car was the best way to this trip and to see the beautiful villages strewn throughout the Lake District.


The sights and taste of Southern England: Stonehenge. Tea, scones and clotted cream and Blenheim Palace

The sights and taste of Southern England: Stonehenge. Tea, scones and clotted cream and Blenheim Palace

Renting abroad may lead to a few unforeseen dilemmas and some things you need to take into consideration when picking out a car are: