Clock Heaven in South Africa

For years, Dullstroom has been a constant fixture on our drives to the Kruger Park.

We always stop there.

We always eat there.

And we always shop*** there.

From a pretty but small stop-over in the late 1990s, we have seen Dullstroom grow into an increasingly sophisticated little place, complete with smart shops and smart places to eat.

One of the fun shops we always visit in Dullstroom is The Clock Shop, which sells clocks (obviously) but in quantities you never knew existed, in every shape, size, design and colour of the rainbow.

To wit :

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There are theme-based clocks:

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Music…

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Sport…

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There really is something to suit every taste and budget, from cheap ‘n cheerful, to kitschy, as well as seriously expensive.

By expensive, think fabulous old grandfather clocks:

 

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There are some clever designs:

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There is a repair shop :

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So yes, all in all, pretty much clock heaven, I’d say.

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Oh come on, watch the video clip below, and then tell me – who doesn’t secretly rather like a cuckoo clock?

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Oh yes, those *** up top.

This is what we bought last month in The Clock Shop :

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We bought the bird song version, which I promptly hung up in my Delhi study, and once an hour I am transported back to Africa.

 

The shop is on the main street.  Just ask anyone where it is.  It’s that kind of place.

Tsonga. Fabulous South African shoes

I have been a devoted fan of Tsonga shoes for years now, ever since we lived in South Africa. Their shoes are, without question, the most immediately comfortable shoes you will ever buy.
Let me explain.
I now live in India, in New Delhi.

In late May Delhi is hot.

As in 46C hot.

And when I stepped out for a day long shopping trip and wandering around with a house guest who likes to visit in the heat, I put on a brand new, never-before-worn pair of Tsonga sandals.
“Foolish woman,” do I hear you cry?
“Blisters guaranteed,” do I hear you mutter?
Not a bit of it.

These sandals (below) felt as comfy as slippers, the second I put them on, and after a long (very long) and hot (very hot) day wandering through Delhi, my feet felt just great.

No blisters, no chafing, no soreness.

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I don’t know how Tsonga does it, but every single pair of their shoes, loafers, sandals that I have bought over the years has been like this – comfortable from the very second you slip them on.

And it’s not just womens’ shoes.  My husband is also a firm believer.

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It was this claim that I used to persuade friends on their first ever visit to South Africa to buy at Tsonga in Dullstroom, and they reported back enthusiastically.
I shopped, as usual, on my trip earlier this month to South Africa, and came home with yet more Tsonga loafers.

Red ones, this time, to make a change from my standard blacks and navy blues.

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A part of my Tsonga collection (below).  An investment, say I…

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They are not cutting edge stylish – no killer heels, ladies –  but for traditional, classic, elegant loafers and brilliantly comfy sandals, Tsonga is your place.  They also had fab looking boots in their Dullstroom shop, but I had absolutely no justification for buying any, sad to say.

Personally recommended, without hesitation.

I have never mentioned in any of the shops visited over the years – Cape Town, Dullstroom, Hazyview –  that I blog or write reviews.