I have noticed that guest houses will often set the television to a news channel during breakfast.To me that is just one notch above listening to rap while having a meal – who wants to start his day with bad news, and let’s face it, ‘news’ will inevitably be bad news. For seventeen years my background music of choice at the breakfast table has been light classical music, but I also have quite a collection of ‘soothing’ background CD’s. I think one should be careful with vocals and I prefer to play...
We take pride in our unique fruit entrées- sometimes a plated fruit salad, other times a mini portion of Bircher Muesli garnished with apple shards, or a homemade smoothie with carrot,ginger, orange and apple… On the buffet we have an assortment of cereals: homemade muesli, pro-nutro, bran flakes, weetabix as well as yoghurt, more fresh fruit and a baked fruit compote, which in season consists of rhubarb or quince from the garden, otherwise stewed prunes,guavas or peaches.
Maize porridge made on request in summer , in winter it is...
Questions to a man addicted to gardenening:
Where do you get your love for gardening from? From my parents. My mother always had a beautiful flower garden and my father was very serious about his vegetable garden.
Plant collector or landscape gardener? I am more of a plant collector.
Your favourite flower? Aquilegia
Favourite tree? Indigenous: Cape Chestnut. Exotic trees: Acer family
Your favourite garden in South Africa? Old Nectar in Jonkershoek. And Vergelegen in Somerset West.
Your favourite international garden? Monet’s Garden in...
It is grapefruit time again and when my guest told me how much she enjoyed her grapefruit starter (a take on Bircher Muesli served with grapefruit) I remembered how my daughter loved her grapefruit. ’ When I was a little girl my mother would give me half a grapefruit sprinkled with sugar, each segment delicately cut loose for me to eat it more easily. I still remember that bitter sweet deliciousness, it’s such a fond memory, but thinking about it now I realise it was quite unusual for me to be eating, not to mention enjoying...
I have a few friends who also run B&B’s and whenever we get together, you can be sure that within minutes we’ll be sharing tips, recipes, a joke or a funny incident. Exactly a year ago my friend Liza encouraged me to write candidly about the joys (and frustrations) of running a guest house, categorized on my blog as “My B&B Life” . This week I want to tackle tricky issues around accents and cultural differences.
An Afrikaans speaking person will ask for breakfast at ‘half sewe’ (6h30) , someone from...
A few weeks ago I went on a wine tasting road trip with Nico of ‘Wine-Spit’. He will pick guests up at their accommodation establishment. For bookings contact him at e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or tel 079 4043 974 ,but I will gladly make arrangements for you.I loved the fact that Nico took us right into the vineyards to explain about cultivar and terroir, before the official wine tasting. And of course , the advantage of having a tour guide is that we did not have to ‘wine-spit’ all the time!
The first stop is ...
Last weekend we hiked from the Old Tolhuis up Montagu Pass and then back to the Tolhuis via the historic Cradock Pass. The river was not too high and we managed to come through with dry feet.
Marion Whitehead is author to a delightful book called Passes & Poorts: Getaway’s top 30 scenic mountain routes in the Western Cape
“This is one of the few places in the country where you can see very old and new passes side by side in a nature reserve. Cradock Pass is the oldest and is now a one-day hike marked with white-painted beacons...
This private game reserve not only offers various game watching possibilities, which include “close encounters” with
elephant, lion and rhino, but also houses a well frequented spa to ease those tired muscles after a day of game
spotting on the back of a horse or elephant. For those who prefer the comfort of an open vehicle, the reserve offers daily guided game viewing drives that lasts about 3 hours.
The staff also cater for those who prefer to do their game watching on foot with a 2 hour hike through diverse habitats such as...
We are situated opposite Van Kervel School- a double medium school that caters for learners with special educational needs, but also offer normal academic subjects. To quote their school website:
‘These learners benefit more from concrete learning programs where they learn by doing. In most cases they will eventually find employment in practically orientated professions; therefore more emphasis is placed on the skills or vocational learning programs in our school where learners can acquire skills such as panel beating, spray...
When our daughter moved into her first flat the two of us went to the factory shop in York Street to find a few basic items in their little ‘reject’ room. She was sitting flat on the floor, sorting the Wonki Ware into little piles of four. Di Marshall happened to walk in and gave her an amused smile at which the 18 year old, not knowing she was speaking to THE Di Marshall, started telling her what amazing crockery this was, pointing out the artistic designs, beautiful colours and delicate, yet durable quality of...