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Here in Cape Town, walking on the promenade in Sea Point is a thing – in the early morning or late afternoon, people and their pooches promenade (yep, it’s a verb too) along the winding walkways of Sea Point, Three Anchor Bay and Mouille Point, an exuberance of sociable togetherness.

There are many strange sights to behold when you walk on the promenade. To me, the funniest is a slender blonde man I often see jogging – in flat Bible-times sandals strapped around his calves. It looks painfully uncomfortable, yet his face is a picture of happiness. It reminds me of how Zola Budd stunned the world in the 1980s as a barefoot champion in the 5 000m race. Perhaps the happy jogger is the Zola Budd of 2021 but he’s worried about getting thorns in his feet, hence the gladiator sandals? One day, a man in a pair of high heels glided past me at a pace that would have had many a ramp model hanging their heads in shame. But each to their own, as the saying goes.

I feel the same about kitchens. The manner in which you equip it and the style you choose is like promenading in Sea Point. You can choose to wear sandals or high heels in this multipurpose space – and that’s just for starters. Little wonder then that our kitchen issue is so popular every year, because when the discussion turns to kitchens, opinions are strong and diverse. But it’s always a lovely, insightful conversation.

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