Saturday, December 21, 2013

my out of office office - de oude bakkery stellenbosch






so this is where I meet with people and conduct business when out of my office. it is an enormously creative environment filled with smells of freshly baked bread and roasted coffee.



Max our perfume maker first introduced me to this place hidden down a little alley with no visible signage. I was enchanted and have made this place mine

their sourdough takes three days to ferment - I buy loaves as gifts


the atmosphere is endearing and charming





they have recently extended , added a deli, a butchery and a roastery. They now have a visible entrance off a prominent corner and a new name. dont ask me what it is - I still know this place as De Oude Bakkerj



farewell Father of the Nation



A sad time for our nation as we say goodbye to the man we all love so dearly - our beloved Madiba - who transformed our country and brought us peace and reconciliation. the ANC has never again had such a great leader .


The photo below is a beach collage - a tribute by the people of Durban

My personal favourite - Madiba comforts Helen Suzman



Monday, April 1, 2013

how time has flown




 It is truly disgraceful - not blogging for six months. I am sorry . Life has been busy -  with good things and bad. The bad ones were really sore, but I suppose that is what makes us grow and keeps us filled with empathy and humility.

I wont bore you with the challenging stuff - suffice it to say that my heart was deeply hurt, and I have found healing in the opening of our first Day Spa .
It is situated in Swellendam in the Cape. 

 How it happened to be, is that last year, I started developing a beautiful all natural range of botanically based products packed with actives and all round goodness. this range called Biologie is destined for FAME.
It is mind blowingly amazing. Anyway, we decided to sell it in our stores , but also to sell it to carefully selected and chosen Spas. Ones whose mission and ethos is the same as ours. Fair Trade, Beauty without cruelty, Natural, organics, African floral extracts.

I met an amazing lady called Ronel in Cape Town. She is a spa expert and is a bag of dynamite. I decided to see if she would consult to us , and miracle of miracles - she was about to move to our remote country town of Swellendam for a one year period as her man was commissioned to build our new sewerage farm.Isn't that a miracle.

                     



 So, without any delay, we started renovating our existing shop where we had extra space. Moved our factory shop upstairs, and made a small day spa with two treatment rooms. It is a prototype and we will do all our learning curves here close to hand before we open others. Each one may well have a different theme depending on where it is. this one we themed Forest - and as you can see from the pictures, it is an imaginery forest with bird calls and sounds of frogs, wind, rain, leaves etc.

We have called is Spa with Soul, as we are really about care - care for people, care for skin, care for the environment, care for animals.
This caring is what really heals deep down. It is reward for giving

And so my soul sings once more. I am revived, re energised, READY for action. The year ahead looks super exciting ............
And I am soon getting a new blog site as we renovate our website.
I just cant wait. I haven't found this format very user friendly and I am looking for ward to blogging with new energy and vigour once more - telling you about all my exciting projects and journeys to source the very special ingredients you find in Rain products .

Chat again soon.......





Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pinaholic





pinterest has stolen my heart .


that is the long and short of the story.

i am in love with all the beautiful pictures

the mood boards where I can express myself

the sharing of ideas and inspiration

the colour combinations and challenges

palettes to play with


i have found it to be therapeutic

to be a calmative and a essential tool in my survival arsenal

perhaps you could visit my Pinterest account to see what I mean . You may fall in love ..........

Join Pinterest and search for Bev Missing

Monday, August 22, 2011

things I love


sound of cicada beetles in the bush
the smell of rain on african soil
picnics
early mornings
farmers markets
safari tents
dirt roads leading off into the distance
camp fires
picking berries
eating under the stars
riding my vespa scooter with my man
my staffie’s unconditional love
smell of thatching grass
sitting at a water hole waiting for game
tickling my feet
sun dried cotton bed linen
the elegant loping walk of the giraffe
the smell of veld grass parting as you walk
sleeping under a mosquito net
records played on an old grammaphone
morning filter coffee
whales in spring
call of the fish eagle
artichoke and halloumi on ciabatta
spring jasmine
scones with clotted cream
hunting for wild mushrooms
the sound of hyenas and jackals in the night
mozart’s clarinet concerto played really loud
smell of an old library
icy cold homemade lemonade
the sound of karoo silence
head massage
full moon
black figs
heart of palm
croteas and blue cranes
sandstone autumn colours near lesotho
the colour of the african light
shell and pebble collecting at puntjie
the sound of crickets
my mom’s cooking
organic veggies from our garden
the thud of a paddle fan in the heat of summer
watermelon wedges from the fridge
a cup of tea anywhere anytime
candles, fairy lights and sparklers
baobab trees
african acapella harmonising
cheese cheese and more cheese
all the windows and doors wide open
weekend trips
people watching
freshly baked hot bread with farm butter
a highveld thunderstorm
lingering daylight hours
wildflowers growing along dirt roads
driving with the sunroof open
the smell of a braai
anything lemon
thorn trees
antique handwoven linen
hot air balloons
infinity pools
giving to others
unplanned trips to exotic places
the sound of rain on a tin roof
a hand written letter with exotic stamps
a steaming hot bath
street cafes
summer salads
a warm sincere hug
teapots with teacosies
hats
dear precious friends
amazing grace on the bagpipes
hot popcorn at the movies
my man nuzzling my neck
africa
exploring remote and strange places
an all boys choir singing in a cathedral
steam trains
all creatures great and small
humility and graciousness

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Puff Adder Hotel

Just discovered to my horror - that there is a puff adder hotel /commune/ community living a mere one pace from where I park my car every day at the factory.

Some time ago, my staff saw a puff adder in that vicinity and threw rocks at her. By the time we stopped them and called the snake man , Mrs Puff Adder had been injured and had to go the vet.

Dr hazel gave me a dressing down for the fact that she has a few broken ribs and a ruptured spleen. He nursed her for 4 weeks and then she was set free in the local Bontebok National Park .

Now we have discovered that she was in fact only one of a "nest " of puff adders to who live under the flagstone at the front right tyre of my car. I can't help but wonder how close i have come to standing on a friendly puff adder when opening my car door in the dark.

Best part is, the snake man can't reach them in the nest and so we have to wait till they "un-hibernate" in the spring and then hope we can catch them and reloacte them to somewhere with a better view than my front tyre and my ankle.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Rock


This is the new flagship Rain Store - The Rock
59 West 49th street between 5th and 6th Avenue
You have to see it