5 Things in March 2017

OK, so my last post was a bit of a downer. To pep things up, I’ve decided to share 5 things I’ve come across on the inter webs!

Remember last year I was still procrastinating about whether or not to start something as weird as a list of things I like, but probably can’t afford or don’t actually need? Well, I’ve decided to do it. But I’ve come up with a (marginally) less kitsch name: Needful Things.

I know it’s not terribly original, but it does sound a heck of a lot better than “lust-list” or my personal favourite “lust-have.” (Yuck!) If you come across anything that you absolutely love and must own/see/do as soon as you can, please share them in the comments and I’ll check them out!

Side notes:

  1. I have not been asked to promote any of these products or places, nor been given any compensation in exchange for mentioning them in this post (sadly). I just love ‘em and thought to share them here. (It also doubles as a list of ideas for those who don’t know what to buy me for my birthday, Christmas or just because they think I’m awesome!)
  2. Prices are quoted as sourced in March 2017.

So here are 5 things that I NEED in my life:

1. A breakaway at Buffalo Drift

(Image source: buffalodrift.co.za)

Either you are a camper or you are not. I am a camper. I love everything about camping – even the sweary bit that sometimes happens when we pitch our tent and get our campsite set up. But I especially love the smells of being in the bush and sounds of nature and how exceptionally dark it is at night and how you can see the stars, watching the birdlife, etc. And I won’t lie, I love relaxing with a book or a game of Scrabble, drinking wine at a ridiculous time – because no one’s a clock watcher when you’re away from home and meant to be relaxing, right?

I’m not a fussy camper, and I enjoy the planning and packing for a trip away. But there is also something to be said for glamping and just arriving with some clean clothes, food and drinks. I would love to spend a weekend away in one of Buffalo Drift‘s tented camps on the banks of the Berg River in the Tulbach district (Western Cape). The current rate for 2017 is R600 per night (2pax) AND according to their website, it’s pet friendly! If you’re not a camper, don’t worry, there are various brick and mortar options you can look at!

2. Hanging soft pots from Zana

(Image source: zana.co.za)

I’ve had my eye on these locally-produced hanging soft pots (R450 each) for some time. Unfortunately, unlike my ENTIRE family, I do not have a green thumb. My mom, dad and brother merely look at a plant and it flourishes. I look at a plant and it withers away and dies despite my best attempts at nurturing it. Sigh

Perhaps the non-hanging soft pots are a better option for me? They can be used to store stationary and beauty paraphernalia or to house potted plants. I’ll probably use them for storage instead of sending some unsuspecting plant to its death.

Any Zana product would make a lovely gift and they offer gift vouchers too! Check out their website, make sure you have moola to spend – because spend you will want!

3. A new PS3 game

I wouldn’t exactly classify myself as a gamer, but I do enjoy playing from time to time. I don’t do well with “fighting” games, war games or ones where you have to be all tactical and take out the enemy. Firstly, it’s too violent for me. Secondly, my poor character just gets taken out all the time and I just feel too bad for him or her. Also, I can’t play those 2-player tactical games, because my partner just ends up having to save me all the time. I’m dead weight as far as a gaming partner goes!

I’m more into the gold coin collecting variety where you solve puzzles in a relatively unviolent manner. Though playing PS3 games is not something I do too often, I would love to buy the LEGO Harry Potter (years 1 –4) game. Plus, I’ll bet it’s way more exciting than KB’s favourite PS3 game… Golf. He even has a special edition game where you can play courses from like 100 years ago and the courses are built to look as they did back then (complete with vintage outfits and wooden clubs). Yawn.

Considering I don’t play often enough to warrant the expense, it’s still quite pricey at the moment at R995 on Takealot.

4. Clinton Friedman umbrella from Ruby Road Africa

As you might have heard, we are in the midst of an awful drought in the Western Cape. Our dams are bordering on levels of only 30%. However, this actually means roughly 20% seeing as the remaining 10% can’t be extracted. But, we live in hope that winter is on her way, bringing much-needed water and relief. How beautiful are these Clinton Friedman umbrellas (R699.00 each) from Ruby Road Africa? I don’t own an umbrella. Come to think of it, I don’t think I ever have?

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(Images sourced: rubyroadafrica.com)

Granted, an umbrella probably isn’t high on your list of things you MUST own. But maybe it should be! Visit Ruby Road Africa to see all the gorgeous designs.

5. Pierre Jourdan wine popsicles

As mentioned above, it is sweltering in the Western Cape at the moment. I can’t think of a better way than to cool off with these wine-based popsicles, better known as PJ Popsᵀᴹ! They are available in 2 varieties (a Brut and a and a still wine) and they’re vegan-friendly! Sadly, delivery is limited to a 100km radius from Cape Town and Jo’burg, so if you don’t fall in this area then I’m afraid you’re going to have to sit this one out (at least until they expand on their delivery). But if you’re in the designated “drop zone” you can order yours here for R550 for a box of 25. Cheers!

Haute Cabrière PJ Pops(Image source: www.cabriere.co.za)



  1. Hi Nicky,
    I love your must have list. I am an umbrella person, but will never pay R600.00 for an umbrella. Hope the drought lifts in the Cape, like it did in Joburg.
    We are in New Zealand and every town we have visited it has gone from sunny to drenching rain, may be we should head to Cape Town on our way back oh and I brought my umbrella with
    Nothing like camping in South Africa, we did it all the time years ago and decided best and most cost effective way to tour NZ ~ not the best decision
    Hope you get your wish list
    Dianne xx

    • Hi Dianne! I saw you are in New Zealand – very exciting, I hope you are having a good time despite the rain! I’ve never bought myself an umbrella and you’re right, the price is steep! Oh, no – sorry the accommodation hasn’t panned out to be the best decision, but I’m sure you’re making the best of it anyway! Enjoy the rest of your trip and safe travels! xx

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