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Posted on: Friday, 30 October 2009

Groot Constantia Christmas Fair

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I hadn’t managed to get to the Groot Constantia Christmas Fair during the evening this week so popped in during lunch time on its last day.  Held at Groot Constantia, the setting itself would have been good enough if the fair had not lived up to expectation.  But it did not fail to deliver!

For a small R20 entry fee (all proceeds go to The Red Cross Children’s Hospital, and in particular will be used to buy lifesaving equipment for the new Operating Theatre Complex) I gained access to the ‘hall’ and strolled along the rows of exhibitors.  On sale were all sorts of lovely things, perfect for Christmas shopping …


Groot Constantia Christmas Gift and Garden Fair


One stand had the most interesting trays – with bent cutlery for handles!  Very quirky indeed.  Amongst other things were kitchen blackboards, jewellery holders, photo frames, Panama hats, delicious biscuits (I know, I bought three packets!), jams, bags and various other trinkets.  There was also a wide range of garden accessories and a stall selling custom made kitchen furniture.

The two organisers of the fair travel the country and source exclusive and mainly handcrafted, upmarket gifts.  This really is an ideal place to start the Christmas shopping or perhaps just to buy a few fun things for your home!

A friend joined me for a quick bite to eat at Jonkershuis after I had done my Christmas shopping.  Jonkershuis is situated at Groot Constantia and offers the most perfect views from their lawns out across to False Bay.  If its too windy then perhaps move into the courtyard under the vines – both are lovely and make for a perfect lunch location!


Lunch at Jonkershuis


Jonkershuis also offers the option of having a picnic basket made up to enjoy on their lawns.  Including all sorts of delicious nibbles from local cheeses, sliced meats, pates and brownies to round off the meal, this is a fun way to have a relaxed group lunch.

All in all a lovely lunch time outing – great shopping, delicious food and the most gorgeous surroundings.  Again I had to remind myself, I am so lucky to live in this beautiful country of ours!

Top photo – Christmas Gift and Garden Fair at Groot Constantia
Middle photo – Lunch at Jonkershuis
Bottom photo – Groot Constantia

The Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Trust:
The Children’s Hospital Trust is an independent charity and the fundraising arm of Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital, the stand alone, specialist children’s hospital dedicated entirely to children in Southern Africa. Visit the website for additional information at: childrenshospitaltrust.org.za


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Helen Rushton


After living in London and travelling the world for many years and more recently living in the Mother City, I now reside on a tranquil sugar cane farm in Kearsney; an area steeped in the history of South Africa’s sugar industry. During the summer months I get involved with the community by assisting the local primary school with swimming lessons at our country club. Some of my favourite things are reading or picking freshly grown vegetables and Iceland poppies in our garden. Milly, my boxer loves her walks to the river that runs through our farm and sometimes, Sandy the cat I hand reared, joins us for a stroll!

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