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Hike while you can

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Camino stories, Reasons to stay a week! | 0 comments

Hike while you can

Today I met a young man from George who is starting a new tourism venture: Outeniqua Mountain Trail Walks. Elton Olivier will take visitors to George on guided trail walks through the Outeniqua Mountains. His contact number is 0798539306 and email eltanolivier@gmail.com This afternoon we already had the first guests who told us that they planned to come back to George so that they can join  Eltan on some of his guided hiking trails! The main routes are: Forest Buzzard trail through indigenous forest and plantations (2,2 – 5 km)...

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Security / right of admission reserved

Posted by on Feb 23, 2015 in about my B&B life | 0 comments

Security / right of admission reserved

We can now say ‘secure parking offered’ – we just had 2 sets of beams installed to protect the cars at night. The beams are activated at 11.30 at night which will help with another problem that we guest house owners have to contend with: After more than 17 years in the business I have found it necessary to have the following notice made for every bedroom: NO VISITORS AFTER  6 PM WITHOUT PRIOR ARRANGEMENT WITH MANAGEMENT Yes, you guessed correctly: a man booked in as a single but I saw his ‘friend’ walk up the...

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the Old Car Show 14+15 February ’15

Posted by on Feb 18, 2015 in Reasons to stay a week! | 0 comments

the Old Car Show 14+15 February ’15

  The 19th George Old Car Show took place on 14th and 15th February 2015 at the PW Botha College in York Street, George. I have owned my 1958 Volkswagen Beetle for more than 12 years. People often ask me why my Beetle is not exhibited at the annual Old Cars Show – the answer is simple : I drive it every day! The main purpose of the show is to allow like minded old car enthusiasts to share their passion with each other as well as with the public.  In addition to the large selection of vintage and veteran cars, the George Old Car...

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Hiking the Camino

Posted by on Feb 12, 2015 in Camino stories | 0 comments

Hiking the Camino

In 2005 I walked the Camino by myself from St Jean Pied ‘d Port to Santiago in 31 days, averaging about 27 km per day. And since then Desmond and  I have walked various sections every second year and I regularly host Camino workshops at Fairview.  In 2013 we were accompanied by our daughter and son-in-law from Le Puy to Figeac. Nelleke wrote a blog post entitled  ‘Flavours of the Camino’ that I would love to share with you: ‘… The Camino was such a surprise to me on so many levels. We had decided to camp most of...

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Pickled fish / Kerrievis

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Food & Feast | 0 comments

Pickled fish / Kerrievis

 If you are not as lucky as I am to be married to a fisherman and to have two sons and a son-in-law not too shabby with a fishing rod either, then hake from your fishmonger will have to do. Over the years I have tried many traditional recipes, but I promise you : we have now honed it down to the best. For the sauce you will need: 6 to 8 onions, 375 ml sugar , 2  tablespoons curry powder , 2  tablespoons turmeric , 2 teaspoons salt ,  half teaspoon coriander seeds , 4 star anise , 4 cumin seeds(crushed), 2 pieces of cassia , 2 tablespoons of...

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Drink summer

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Food & Feast | 0 comments

Drink summer

Both Desmond and I grew up with mothers who made Ginger beer and Grenadila cordial as a summer cool drink.The drink was only allowed to brew to make it fizzy and non alcoholic (although I do remember becoming quite tipsy once because I scoffed down the delicious swollen raisins that I was supposed to discard!) Desmond’s mother often made Grenadilla Cordial and looking at our harvest this year the guests will be treated to Grenadilla cordial in a big way: For every 2 cups of Grenadilla pulp, you add the juice of 3 oranges and 1 lemon....

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holiday on the Namibian coast

Posted by on Jan 18, 2015 in trips and travel | 0 comments

holiday on the Namibian coast

In 1994 we moved back to South Africa after a 13 year stay in Walvis Bay , Namibia. They say once the fine Namibian sand gets into your heart, there is no way you’ll get it out again. For us there are other contributing factors: it is where Desmond and I bought our first house, Namibia  is where our children were born and as we had no Namibian family our friends became our family and support. We tend to come for a holiday in either Swakopmund or Walvis Bay every 2 to 3 years and this December we did a home exchange with  friends who...

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About us

Posted by on Jan 11, 2015 in about my B&B life, History | 0 comments

About us

In 1994 we moved from Namibia to a town called George on the Garden Route in South Africa – we found this wonderful property,first registered in 1861. The place was very neglected, but I undertook to start a guest house, so that the house could at least pay for its own upkeep after the restoration. We  embraced the challenge to restore this historic George landmark – always bearing in mind that the challenge in restoring and maintaining any old building remains staying true to the authenticity of the structure. We are so thankful that...

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History

Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in History | 0 comments

History

The grounds on which Fairview stands was first registered in 1864 in the names of Messrs. Swemmer and Meyer, directors of the first bank in George. When these two gentlemen found themselves in financial difficulty in 1894, they sold the farm to Koos and Miems Stander. The Standers had sold their farm at Victoria Heights and bought Fairview so that their 8 children could go to school from home. In those days it was a big apple and cattle farm on the outskirts of George. Fairview circa 1890 Fairview Homestead in 2012 Koos Stander Miems Stander...

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A foodie wandering in the desert (a blogpost by our daughter Nelleke)

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in trips and travel | 0 comments

A foodie wandering in the desert (a blogpost by our daughter Nelleke)

I’ve been on a family holiday in the small coastal town of Walvis Bay for the past two weeks and am really settling into the slow rhythm of life in Namibia. It’s a country that holds a special place in my heart as I was born here and lived here for the first ten years of my childhood. Coming back, after not having been here for three years, I am shocked at the development and change this little town has gone through, but also am pleasantly surprised by the culinary secrets I’ve discovered with the help of my local friends....

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