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!