The Divine Feminine
We have a soft spot for the US rapper and producer since he performed at this year’s Rocking the Daisies, and Mac Miller’s latest contribution doesn’t disappoint. You’re in for smooth, laidback R&B combined with jazzy beats, plus contributions from Ariana Grande, Ceelo Green and Kendrick Lamar. Key track ‘We’ ft Ceelo Green Get it For lounging
I never knew my father, so my mother was the centre of my life. She was strict and didn’t laugh often, unless someone slipped in the street and fell. As an organist of the Dutch Reformed Church in Bethlehem, Orange Free State, she ensured the music at home was always spirited and gentle. Mama taught me to cook and that nothing must ever go to waste, from potato skins to rub on a dry heel to a nearly-rotten tomato to take the sting out of an insect bite. She’s now 107 years old. Maybe Mama will live forever – maybe she’s a vampire!
I was teased because I had bad hair, buck teeth and freckles, but Mrs Bruwer was always kind to me and helped me with my lisp and stutter. I couldn’t finish a sentence because I always got stuck on the Ps and Fs. It also meant spitting all over the person in front of me. Thanks to her, that doesn’t happen any more, although in the political world of today, a little spit could go a long way.
Still known as one of the best sopranos, Mimi befriended me when we were both young and ambitious. She was invited to perform in Vienna, Austria, and asked me to accompany her. It was the first time I’d ever left SA and I was shocked to see that the world was not flat. I was also surprised by how many different languages, cultures and colours were allowed to merge and form a civilisation. I didn’t stay long because no one spoke Afrikaans and I preferred Pretoria. I love Mimi and thank her for showing me the grass may be greener on the other side, but it still tastes the same as the green grass of home. She inspired a generation to the extent that the present prime minister of the UK, Theresa May, looks like Mrs Thatcher’s daughter! I admire her independence and the way she managed an all-male cabinet and led a government while being a mother and wife. Then there’s her slogan: “Hypocrisy is the Vaseline of political intercourse.” They don’t make them like her any more. The wife of the “Architect of Apartheid” Hendrik Verwoerd, Betsie kept a low profile, but like the other wives of National Party leaders, she stopped her husband from acting too crazy. If left to their own devices, the power and glory of the job could have gone to their heads, and where would we have been today? Betsie was a calming presence and always added koeksisters to Dokter’s teatime tray. The sugar had a wonderful effect on any doubts or fears. Oom Hendrik went through his life with the shine of syrup on his lips and a comforting touch of stickiness on his fingers – until parliamentary messenger Dimitri Tsafendas stabbed him to death in the House of Assembly with my favourite fruit knife, but that’s another story.
From sharing a hamper alongside a private riverbank to sampling tasty eats in a rose petal-scattered Bedouin tent, choose from three romantic picnic experiences at this picturesque estate. All picnics offer vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and halaal options, with moreish fare like seasonal salads, roast beef, kingklip skewers and chocolate mousse (from R500 p/couple). You’re in for a gourmet picnic of epic proportions at the award-winning Allée Bleue. Expect inventive dishes comprising of ingredients grown on the estate, like braised beef wraps with sour fig salsa and wasabi tzatziki, micro herb salad, bobotie pies and Melba toast with smokedolive tapenade (R195 p/p).