About 3 weeks ago, I introduced my mom to downtown Jozi.  We started at the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein.  

Neighbourgoods is mostly a food market (with a few bits and pieces of fashion upstairs).  The market is known for it’s freshly prepared food – and people flock there every Saturday to sample interesting goodies and enjoy lunch on the upstairs terrace.

Here are some pics…

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We purchased the best brownies EVER from the same place that bakes this bread…

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A basket full of interesting mushrooms… they sold hot, mushroom kebabs – omigosh, soooo yum!

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This pie store makes the best pies! Mom and I both enjoyed a pie for lunch.

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Smooooothies…!!

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Organic chocolate!…!

After a very satisfying morning browsing Neighbourgoods, we stopped at Velo for cappuccino (very yum!)… and had an interesting chat about why so many people don’t even realise what a gem Braamfontein has become.

Then we hopped into the car and drove to the fashion district… we browsed a huge fabric shop and bought some pink shwe-shwe fabric for my floppy hat… and topped it off with a cool drink at the Fashion Shack (while watching traditional dancers perform in the square).  Mom loved it!  I’m going to take her downtown again – next time to Arts on Main.

Afterwards – we drove back to Mom’s place – and spent the rest of the day making a big floppy hat (for me!).

Here’s an unknown fact-about-Heather…  I have a BIG head!  It sucks because I luuurve hats… and hats that you buy in shops simply do NOT fit my extra-large noggin!  I have tried on hundreds of sun hats… trying to find a large-rimmed hat that will actually fit my head (all to no avail).  So – eventually – I decided to ask my mom to make me one (as a 40th birthday prezzie).  Interesting fact about Mom:  she’s an ex-fashion-designer… and a very skilled seamstress and pattern-maker!  She can sew pretty much anything!

So we made a pattern for a hat that fits my head… and Mom sewed it for me.  I’ll post some photos of the hat in a later post (I’m actually a bit behind with my blogging…  all kinds of news to share!)… (watch this space!).