As far as Cape Town is concerned, it is out of season. Summer is also in full bloom, so it is isn’t the best time to plant either. Basically, my timing over-all is really, really bad. Yet, the wonderful, friendly lady at Kalk Bay Garden Shop uttered the words I have been waiting for her to say in two weeks ‘Someone bought one of your pots.’
I dashed outside and did a quick head count. There was Fred, Alfred, Werner, Alex, Sam, Lizzie, Edward…. yes, yes she was right – someone had snatched up Henry. I’ve been smiling from ear to ear! While I was there I did a little swop with some of the pots, as a few of them needed some hair-cuts since they’ve been at the Kalk Bay Garden Shop. One of the swops was with one of my favourite pots, Charles, who is now sitting on the shelf giggling to all that pass.
I thought it might be a nice idea to share with all of you, the work that goes into making a Beastie pot. If you are interested in making one yourself, I am thinking of running a workshop later this year on it, where you can make your own. Drop me an email (mrsbeckerling(at)gmail(dot)com) if you are interested. Read more
When Alfred’s mom told him to be watchful and keep his ears to the ground, legend has it Alfred’s ears dropped a few notches. He says that he could fix them if he wanted to, as his teeth are all made of gold. But if he sold his teeth to fix his ears, he wouldn’t have any teeth.
Alex likes to taste things. He thinks your dish needs some chives or celery, which is good because that is that he has growing for hair. He also likes to lick the counter top, the cat and your dishes if you let him.
Fred can smell things a mile away, which is why he likes to keep nice-smelling things for hair, like Chives and Golden Lemon Thyme. Despite the raised eyebrow, Fred is friendly sort of fella and is always ready to make anyone smile who looks at him.
Henry is a calm, peaceful and tranquil soul. His smile extends all the way up, and his cheeks round all the way down. He has succulents for hair in a mix of colours when in bloom, that are hardy and water wise.
Sam has been waiting for someone to take him home, so that they can use his chives and give them a much needed haircut in the process. He quite likes the idea of a possible mohawk haircut. He also has wonderful tumbly thyme on the one side, to add a bit of softness to his generous nature.
He would love nothing better than to sit on someone’s kitchen window and watch them make delicious meals. But be careful – if you leave any cookies or left-overs out with Sam about, they might be gone by the morning.