[quote style=”1″]Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time like dew on the tip of a leaf. – Rabindranath Tagore[/quote]
Photography: ©FAR Photography by Super Mom
The gorgeous Sophie Dahl was born in London on the 15 September 1977. Born Sophie Holloway, she is the daughter of actor Julian Holloway and writer Tessa Dahl. Her maternal grandparents were author Roald Dahl and actress Patricia Neal. Her paternal grandparents were actor Stanley Holloway and actress and chorus dancer Violet Lane. Sophie was the inspiration for the main character, Sophie, in her grandfather, Roald Dahl’s book The BFG.
Sophie began her career as a fashion model, but writing has always been her first love. In 2003 she published her first book, an illustrated novella and Times bestseller, “The Man with the Dancing Eyes”. Following this she wrote “Playing With The Grownups” – published in 2007.
As a devoted food lover and cook she published two cook books: “Miss Dahl’s Voluptuous Delights”, published by Harper Collins (2009) and “From Season To Season” (2011). Sophie is a contributing editor at British Vogue. She has also written for others publications such as: American Vogue, Waitrose Kitchen, The Observer, The Guardian, and The Saturday Times Magazine.
Dahl then went on to write and present her six-part cookery series, currently airing on BBC (South Africa), entitled “The Delicious Miss Dahl” – which I am loving. It features some great recipes, for more on the series visit the BBC Food website. She also wrote and presented a television programme about the Victorian cook, Isabella Beeton which was aired on BBC2, in September 2011.
Sophie currently lives with her husband, Jamie Cullum and daughter, Lyra in England where she continues write and is a regular contributor to both fashion and food magazines. To find out more about this amazing woman visit her website – Sophie Dahl.
Celebrating Christmas in South Africa – My Guest Post for A Little Inspiration – Thanks Angie for the invitation to do a guest post for your blog! To see my post visit A Little Inspiration – click here…
In South Africa we celebrate Christmas in a rather traditional manner, similar to the United Kingdom or Europe – the major difference being the weather!
I love all aspects of Christmas including tree decorating, shopping, wrapping of gifts and the scrumptious meals; it all forms an important part of this rather special time of year!
Festivities become apparent from the end of November as many companies begin to wind down and schools close for the summer holidays. Shop windows are adorned with Christmas décor, Christmas carols are played in-store and the Christmas gifting displays begin to make their appearance. Christmas displays seem to appear in stores earlier and earlier every year!
In our home the festive season is officially on its way when we put our Christmas tree up, which happen fairly early this year, in early December. My girls had the job of adorning it with all the beautiful Christmas decorations, which we have collected over the past 15 years – since we got married! Our family tradition is to buy each of our girls a new decoration each year to build on our collection.
Another big festive tradition in Cape Town is the switching on of the Christmas lights in Adderly street, which is in the centre of town. This is South Africa’s biggest free open-air event, the City of Cape Town’s annual switching on of the festive lights, which this year was held on Sunday, 4 December. The City’s Executive Mayor, Alderman Patricia de Lille, kicks off the summer Festive Season with the official switch on; this event usually draws a crowd of over 80 000 people. A range of entertainment is available, including a carnival parade with floats, live performances and appearances by some of the leading television and radio personalities from Cape Town and South Africa.
Our main Christmas celebration takes place on Christmas Eve when our extended family gathers to enjoy a special dinner together. We begin the evening by snacking on canapés and toasting with champagne – followed by the exchange of gifts. Although the weather in South Africa is hot at this time of the year we still enjoy a traditional Christmas dinner, with roast turkey and gammon with all the trimmings, followed by a Christmas pudding (reminiscent of the British colonial tradition). To make things even more festive we usually insist on all members of the family donning a colourful paper hat that is usually found in the Christmas crackers, which are pulled before dinner.
On Christmas day many people head off to church in the morning to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas, the birth of Christ, and sing carols. Our immediate family exchange gifts early morning; the girls are usually so excited and get us out of bed super early!
We usually enjoy a family Christmas Day lunch, which may involve a cold version of dinner, with gammon, turkey and vegetables or salad. Many families however prefer to have a braai (South African word for barbeque) and celebrate in a less traditional manner.
All in all Christmas is a rather significant occasion in South Africa, eagerly anticipated by many and which is celebrated by a large part of the greater community throughout the country. It is a time of the year that people put aside their differences and come together to celebrate this special event. I hope you have enjoyed my feature on Christmas in South Africa!
Carrol Boyes is one of my favourite gifts to give and receive – no matter the occasion! As it is the season of giving I thought I would share a few of my favourite items with you – the bottle stopper above is a great stocking filler! I am sure that most of you have finished your Christmas shopping but if not keep these awesome ideas in mind!
[quote style=”1″]Carrol Boyes (Pty) Ltd is a wholesale manufacturer of upmarket homeware and tabletop items. It is a woman owned-business and a multi-cultural organization that supports gender empowerment both within and out of its infrastructure.[/quote]
All the designs are quirky and electic – creatively representative of the South African ethos behind the brand. These products are locally and internationally recognised and should be a part of any respectable homeware collection!
For more information and prices, on these and any other products click on the link and visit their website: Carrol Boyes.
Images: ©FAR Photography & Carrol Boyes