Simply Sam Trading - Antiques.Brocante.Gifts

We stock a variety of vintage, antique and hand-crafted items. Available on our web store or select antiques and beautiful 'proudly South African' hand-made Gift items on sale or to view at VinLee Art Gallery Hilton College Road, Natal Midlands. Hilton off-ramp, N3, Kwazulu Natal

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Our piece of Europe in Pretoria

Our home in Pretoria is a quaint stone house built in 1914 with double volume high ceilings, thick walls (cool in summer, warm in winter) Oregon doors and windows, a park like garden with a pool to cool off, and an atmosphere that oozes charm. Whenever I return I wish we could pack this spacious airy home into a suitcase and take it will us, back to Nottingham Road.
Alas, it is time to look for the new guardians of this wonderful home and put it up for sale, hoping to find someone who will fall hopelessly in love with it, the way I did. You see vintage homes cannot be built, they evolve with time and, like a good piece of antique furniture, sometimes need to be restored to recognise the beauty of the diamond within. We have lavished many laboured hours of love on this home to bring out the diamond of this little gemstone. Its now time to pass it on to someone who can buff it to shine a little more....
So today i'm saying adieu, farewell, adios, au revoir, auf wiedersehen, bye bye, to 'Sherwood Forest', my little piece of England in Pretoria, trusting that the right buyer will come along. I'll have a last dip in the pool, a last laze about in the lounge (as I read 'Almost French' by Sarah Turnbull), a last sleep in my 'rondavel' style bedroom tonight and then later this evening, walking around this stunning garden in the cool night air, I'll remember memories of times gone by.....
I'll walk to Bicccs a bit later, with the kids, to indulge in Italian ice cream and then buy the best fresh bread rolls at our local bakery, maybe pop into our local Woolies food store for some pate' and fresh salad. All the things we take for granted here and probably never really appreciated whilst we lived here. The fact that some of Pretoria's best restaurants such as Al Dente and Ritrovo are within walking distance, more shopping centres than I care to mention are mere minutes away, the tax office is right on our door step!
Tomorrow we'll return to our piece of heaven in Nottingham Road where the air is fresh, the mist is cosy and the only traffic jam we know is the occasional  herd of cattle in the road.
Check out our website for details of our Pretoria property for sale

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