Quentin, Ashley and I had a fantastic time in Johannesburg this past weekend. We always enjoy a little city break at our flat as it gives us a chance to catch up with family and friends. Restaurants, shops, you name it – we indulge in all the things we don’t have access to on the farm! Joburg often gets a bad rap, but there is plenty to do and lots of exciting new developments all over the place. It also has the perfect weather at this time of year as the city comes alive with spring and the smell of jasmine, sweet peas and blossoms wherever you go. I needn’t have worried about missing spring on the farm (see Wind and Fire)!
On Spring Day we decided to do something different and visited a relatively new development in an area of the city called Braamfontein. We are a little behind the times as the development at 70 Juta Street and the Neighbourgoods Market have been up and running for about two years, but we just have never had the time to visit. There was such a buzz and we just loved exploring a new area of the city and appreciating how much is being done to revive the inner city.
On Sunday, after Quentin and Ashley left to go back to the farm, I went for a late afternoon walk with my mother. It was the annual Jazz on the Lake festival at Zoo Lake, which marks the start of the Arts Alive festival that runs through most of September. Jazz on the Lake has been an institution since I can remember and people flock from far and wide to enjoy a day out at the free concert. We walked through the main concert area while the headline act, Lira was performing. The crowd was loving her and it was such a joy to see families out enjoying the chilled and relaxed atmosphere.