Franschhoek is a small town in the winelands of the Western Cape and one of the oldest towns in South Africa (established 1688). 75 kilometres from Cape Town, it takes us just over an hour to drive there.

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and yes, it truly does look just like this !!

We met Elizabeth and Vince in Oudtshoorn who told us about the Franschhoek Village Market, and now we drive out there every Saturday morning to join a very mixed and friendly bunch of traders under the trees, organised by Elzahn and Elsanu, mother and daughter team. There’s lots of fabulous food and wine and craft beer, and some beautiful local handcrafted work.

Some pics, to give you an idea of the prettiness of the setting, and the lovely weather (yes, it’s officially winter here, but we still get a bit of sunshine).


…me with Elizabeth (Rob in the background), Virginia with her leather bags, Kim with cotton jerseys and ponchos, Kelvin photobombing, and Judy (the curry lady) looking at my beanies.

Franschhoek gets tourists from all over South Africa, and quite a nice bunch from overseas – Americans, Swedes, Poms, Brazilians, French, Germans, and the Far East. With the South African Rand in the crapper, the foreigners are happy to support our economy, and how happy we are to encourage them :-)  I had a very rude Taiwanese woman on Saturday who seemed to think I should give her an 80% or 90% discount, but rudies like her are few and far between. (She didn’t get the discount, by the way, I would rather have stuck my crochet hook in my eye than sell anything I’ve made to her!)

The pillow cases are doing particularly well, and I’m waiting for Gareth to call to let me know I can collect my new screens (elephant and rhino). Pics soon. They’re going to be stunning :-)

In other news, I am busy packing up my flat and moving to a new house, next week – 3 June!  The date is looming and there is much to do. So much, in fact, that I am  unable to think about it. You may recall my expertise in procrastination. I have a PhD in it.

And a shout-out to some people in particular (if you are still reading this blog and haven’t given up on me) – Vardi and Fiona, sending you both multi-coloured hugs, and lovely Lisa who I met at the Somerset West Country Craft Market. xxx

17 thoughts on “Franschhoek

  1. Fiona

    Thanks for the hugs Jill! Wonderful news about the house!!
    Good luck with the move, hope to see you soon, and lots of love and hugs to you too xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. gentlestitches

    Good luck with the move! LOVELY photos. Avoid Stabbing anyone with your crochet hook, it almost always leads to unwanted trouble. LOL! :-D

    1. Nice piece of work Post author

      She isn’t the first. But oddly enough, the ones who ask for discount are never South Africans. I once offered a discount to a young woman who bought 2 hats, one for herself and one for her friend. She said, No thanks, no discount – I also crochet and I know how much work goes into making these. !!!!!

  3. Lisa

    I love Franschhoek! What a wonderful place to have a market – even nicer than Somerset West :) Still reading and loving your blog.

  4. Nice piece of work Post author

    Hi Lisa, hope you and your boys are well :-) Somerset West is also very pretty, and it was always well organised. But Franschhoek is just something a little bit different <3

  5. vardi

    thank you for your warm hugs! – would never give up on you – miss the times inbetween and look forward always to your news! franschhoek looks so lovely – happy it has become a regular for you! – good luck with your move………… happy in your new home – hope to see you soon! love xxx

  6. *Wisher*

    what a lovely craft market.. wish we were there to browse and shop as well.. hope you had a great sale day. ;)
    thank you for stopping by my blog earlier on. ;)


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