tainted love…

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Miss me? I missed writing…which would mean, I missed you too. Having Ma Nguni and the Bee Whisperer visit has been fun and a good shake up for my hermit routine. I was shocked to learn that, although Moo-Moo-licious lived in the ‘Bosch for most of her 20’s, she’d never been south of Constantia. Needless to say (but yes, I’m saying it anyway) she’s fallen under the rocky peninsula’s spell…

In between squalls of iced-rain, we missioned around Simon’s Town on Thursday: Ma flabbergasted at the absence of supermarkets (MN: But we have shops in Natal – even in small villages like Underberg! SN: You’re not in Kansas anymore, Ma) but charmed by the Salty Sea Dog and other gems we spotted in the harbour. Then we dropped over Red Hill (1x rainbow from the top), dragged the Bee away from his laptop and slid over the pass to Kommetjie (2nd rainbow en route home) where we watched a duet of crazy kite surfers riding the wild winds. We also discovered the fabulous Just Foods deli/wine shop as well as Fintales bookshop where I discovered (joy and rapture!) a hardcopy copy of High Fidelity.  Exhausted and stuffed full of wasabi nuts, we opted to dine like locals at the Camel Rock Restaurant where Ma regaled us with the embarrassing tale of young Scarlet’s weird culinary proclivity: a dozen garlic snails and chocolate milkshake once-upon-a-time at 3rd Beach, Port St Johns. Bad enough – but transport made it worse: about 15 of us, crammed in the back on my uncle’s Landie, full tanks of petrol and a 22 bend dusty road home. Uh-huh, I was a heathen then…which is what you get from having hippy parents *sigh*

seriously chic

Friday we missioned to old favourite, Kalk Bay. After a parallel parking lesson (scene: Ma trying to ease into a spot, fag in hand with me choking and complaining bitterly. 30 points later, I lost my legendary non-existent patience and demanded to drive. Only, by then the car guard had decided we were clearly retarded and needed help driving the car. Grrrrrrr.) it was then, that we stumbled upon Tainted Love.

Ah, what a little treasure trove of locally made goodies – I was oohing and aahing over earrings (hearts and feathers, people, it’s my thang. No, no: obviously not together), necklaces, bags, magnets, books, pencils, tiles… I even managed to find sheer tiger-stripe tattoo fingerless arm length ‘gloves’ – Dax is gonna freak when I wear them (no, no in a good way). So that’s it really – a little store of purrrrfectly delightful Needful Things

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Find them (alas, no website yet): 106 Main Road, Kalk Bay or contact manager, Lila Reddy on 079 513 2976 or lilaredddy@live.co.za

3 responses to “tainted love…

  1. BEWARE TAINTED LOVE IN KALK BAY!!!!!
    They stock all sorts of wondeful handmade local goodies on consignment from local crafters – whom they do not always pay…. Yes, it has happened to me… whole load of my stock has mysteriously vanished from the store, I have not been paid, and there is an extremely dodgy sounding explanation. Accusations are flying between the 2 owners, one of whom is no longer there.

  2. I’m very sorry to hear this. I’ve attempted to get in touch with the lovely store manager I met in June last year to allow Tainted Love management a chance respond. And hopefully resolve the issue. I’ll keep you posted. All the best, Sx

  3. UPDATE: I tried to call and email Lila, the manager I met last year. She sent me an sms to say that she no longer worked there but ignored ignored my request for contact details of the managers. Seems that Tainted Love is a little, erhm, tainted?

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