Florentines And Wild

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.


Date: 18th February 2009


A stone's throw from where I stay there is an absolutely divine Coffee Shop.  It was started up almost three years ago by three lovely ladies who are all partners and one is the Chef.  Good combination as no-one is going to poach the Chef when she's a partner in the business.  Christa is the chef and she produces the most divine cakes.  I don't really have a sweet tooth but it is a supreme effort of will not to indulge.  Not only do they make the most superb cakes but their snacks are second to none.  I have to say that I  commissioned them to make the food for my Father's 92nd Birthday.  It couldn't have been a more enjoyable evening and their food was absolutely superb.  Christa also makes the most wonderful Wedding Cakes - in which I have absolutely no interest!!!!!!!!!!

It's an extremely welcoming place with books to read and delightful produce to buy ranging from Felicity's wonderful jewellery bags to pickles and of course Florentines to die for.  You can buy them but you always get a mini one with your coffee.  

I was one of their first customers and was bowled over by the kindness of one of the partners (incidentally who shares my name) Janet - but hers wasn't shortened by the Australians amongst whom I lived in the 60's.   Florentines  provide magazines and books to read - spread out over a table in front of a squishy sofa.  I was reading a lovely book on Love Letters and hastened down to Exclusive Books to buy a copy - Out of print.  When I told Janet about this, she immediately said 'Please take the book as a gift'.  So began a friendship.

Having a delicious Cappucino in there recently, I picked up a magazine called WILD.  I was attracted to it because the front cover depicted a fabulous Elephant from Addo.  The articles and the photography are super but I couldn't read all the articles whilst having my coffee, so asked Janet if I could borrow it.  (It's being returned tomorrow)  WILD is the magazine produced by Wild which offers you a card for approximately £20 which gives you entry to a whole list of Parks and Wildlife centres throughout South Africa.  Unfortunately you cannot buy the magazine but if you become a member, you can pick up your copy either in one of the Parks or have a copy sent to you for  the cost of the postage.  I'm only here for a few months and couldn't possibly visit even a small proportion of the Parks to which my membership gives me access BUT I have become a member because it is a few more Rand towards Wildlife preservation and conservation and, quite frankly, the magazines alone are worth the Membership fee.

So, if you live in the neighbourhood of Kennilworth, do go visit Florentines, very close to the Robots and you will be hard pushed to get a better coffee.

As I'm talking about Coffee drinking, I'd better say Ciao - if that's the correct spelling - Jan

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