The dictionary describes nostalgia as a sentimental longing or wistful affection for a period in the past. It is exactly what comes to mind when I think of my youth. The Bashew’s bakkie that brought refreshments to the kids parties, braai’s and weddings represented love and laughter for me and so many Capetonians.
The Cape’s iconic soft drink from 1899 is bringing back a lifetime of good memories with the newly launched Harry’s Cola Tribute Edition. This comes in honour of one of its founding fathers, celebrating over 115 years of refreshment. When this gorgeous crate and soft drinks made its way to my desk I had an urge to create a moment of nostalgia with the revamped Bashew’s cans.
It all started in the spring of 1899. The South African War broke out and thousands of British soldiers were based on Green Point Common in Cape Town. The two Bashew brothers saw an opportunity to cater for the needs of the soldiers, most of whom had never been exposed to such a hot climate or the notorious South-Easter. By supplying them with their fruity soft drinks, the brothers soon built up a good reputation with their horse and cart for bringing much needed refreshment to the military mess.
Generations later, the brand that brought us a lifetime of memories continue to serve as a source of joy for many people from all walks of life. For decades the famous returnable bottles we delivered door-to-door in neighbourhoods throughout Cape Town and in towns such as Paarl, Worcester, Swellendam, Grabouw, Ceres, Moorreesburg, Riebeek West, Robertson and Riversdal. By doing this, the Bashew’s brand provided families with an affordable supply of quality soft drinks that generations have enjoyed.
Bashew’s have become so iconic that the nostalgic bottles and crates from decades ago are now adorned throughout trendy stores and restaurants in and around Cape Town.
I decided to keep it quite simple and clean with this chilli red harem dress and white sandals. Simple accessories include my gold hoops from Lovisa and silver earrings from Wildfire. Mixing metals have become something I really enjoy doing. A gold bracelet with silver rings or subtly like I’ve done with the jewellery here.
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