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lIn De­cem­ber 2015, I de­cided I was go­ing to en­joy a stay-at-home hol­i­day. I was sim­ply too ex­hausted to make ar­range­ments or or­gan­ise any­thing – and on top of it all, there were chores that still needed my at­ten­tion. And we all know that the new year usu­ally brings a whole new set of chal­lenges. Big mis­take. It even­tu­ally turned into a long, drawn-out Christ­mas break full of work­ers and paint tins and end­less vis­its to the hard­ware store (of­ten un­suc­cess­ful be­cause at that time of the year ev­ery­thing is usu­ally sold out and it’s a case of “Sorry sir, the sup­pli­ers are closed now...”). In fact, one of the doors in my house still has an old latch be­cause by the time the end of the year rolled around again, I still hadn’t had the chance to buy one.

This year I’ve de­cided: never again. I’m go­ing to book a hol­i­day away, send an email to the ken­nels so that the dog will be taken care of and ap­ply for leave. I’m out of here. The chores will have to wait.

De­spite what I say, I’m torn. Be­cause I love my home and I en­joy spend­ing time there. And if the wind doesn’t blow as hard as it has this past week, it’s still my favourite place on earth (even if it has a door with an old latch).

In this hol­i­day issue we wanted to go be­yond beach homes. I, for one, have spent a won­der­ful (and hot as hell) sum­mer va­ca­tion in the Ceder­berg and when one of our reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors came to show us pho­tos of a beau­ti­ful cot­tage in Su­ur­braak, it was a done deal – be­cause a great hol­i­day des­ti­na­tion doesn’t have to have a view of the sea, does it?

The Su­ur­braak cot­tage is proof of this. Sim­ple yet stylish, with a view of the moun­tains and a bubbling stream close by. As long as you and your fam­ily are to­gether, that’s half the bat­tle won...

The bus (on page 46) is an­other story. The Koege­len­bergs en­tered their “mo­bile hol­i­day home” into our an­nual Fix it with Flair com­pe­ti­tion. They nar­rowly missed the Top 5, so what bet­ter issue than our Jan­uary edi­tion to show you their cre­ative ideas? Read all about Gert and Mar­tie’s amaz­ing makeover project; it will put a smile on your face.

And then there’s Sedge­field: Linda Evans first ap­proached me about a fea­ture more than a year ago but there was al­ways a hitch – and just when we were fi­nally ready to do the shoot, a sus­pect pool-in­staller ru­ined their swim­ming pool and gar­den and we had to post­pone yet again. At last we’re fea­tur­ing Linda and Al­marie’s home; it might be their re­tire­ment abode but they’re hav­ing a whale of a time down there at the coast. It’s as if they’re on a per­ma­nent hol­i­day...

And on that note: it is pos­si­ble to cre­ate a hol­i­day vibe in your own home through­out the year – take a look at our read­ers’ clever ideas on page 64. Per­haps if your own space feels like an idyl­lic get­away, the ar­rival of the New Year (and its at­ten­dant prob­lems) won’t be so daunt­ing!

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