There’s a new Chinese shop in Rondebosch, where the Bead Shop used to be and, before that, Fountain Framers. And for entirely obvious reasons, it’s called Mama Mia.
Of course I had to go in and investigate. They were still packing shelves and putting things up on the walls. A tiny Chinese woman was sitting on top of some boxes swinging her tiny legs in time to an Abba song, while a tiny Chinese man staggered in and out between the shop and a truck parked on the pavement outside under the weight of a lot more boxes. This boded very well for me (as in, what goodies could be in all those boxes?) but perhaps not so well for the little wife, whose husband grunted and shot resentful looks her way while she rested and hummed.
I contained myself well and only made two purchases. The first was a box of plasters, and only because I couldn’t resist the name and the packaging:
“skin colour”? Hello…..this is South Africa! If you are one of the more than 45 million South Africans who does not have skin the colour of the hand on the box, then it’s not actually skin colour at all, is it? It’s just a very hideous dark salmon colour, so that is what the stupid box should say – “hideous salmon colour”.
Moving on. I also bought a sweet little glass salt and pepper set, and last night I crocheted cosies for them.
Vinni’s DK cotton, a 3mm hook, 24 chain in a ring, 5 rows of treble clusters and one row of dc at the top, decreasing 3 in the row. I’m rather proud of them, I think they turned out well. I suppose I could have got fancier and used more colours but I didn’t feel up to weaving in a lot of ends on something so tiny.
In the afternoon, my neighbour, Isabella, popped over to give me some advice on my garden, which really needs a new image. While we were talking, we noticed these two beautiful boys getting all excited about the warm summer weather and the advent of newly hatched bugs.
Happy Tuesday to you all.
To be continued…