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George – the home of Wonki Ware(Di Marshall Pottery)

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week! | 1 comment

George – the home of Wonki Ware(Di Marshall Pottery)

  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...

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take a drive to Oudshoorn via Waboomkraal – our hop farming area

Posted by on Mar 23, 2013 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week! | 0 comments

North of the Outeniqua Mountains, you will find the Klein Karoo, the “Land of Great Thirst”. The Klein Karoo can be described as a semi-desert and has a very warm climate.  The vegetation and animal life is also very specific to this area.  It is here where you will find the world famous ostrich – a bird too big to fly. Oudtshoorn can be seen as the capital of the Klein Karoo and is surrounded by farms and mountains.  This historically rich town is known for the ostrich trade in the late 1880′s and early 1900′s.   It is...

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cooking demonstration exchange : Dolmathes for Bobotie…

Posted by on Mar 12, 2013 in Food & Feast, my B&B life | 2 comments

cooking demonstration exchange : Dolmathes for Bobotie…

I think I should offer cooking class exchanges officially on my website! I was delighted when Dani, who lives in London, but is of Greek descent, offered to teach me how to make dolmathes using the new leaves from our vine. Last year I exchanged recipes with  an Ukrainian guest  and in December we had guests from Mumbai who demonstrated and cooked us a traditional Indian meal. What fun! Not only do they learn something about South Africa food, but they get an opportunity to have a home cooked meal and we get an opportunity to eat something...

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take a drive to Mosselbay

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week! | 0 comments

8. MOSSEL BAY  No trip to Mossel bay could be complete without a visit to the Diaz Museum.The museum not only houses a life size replica of Diaz’ caravel , which carried him around the Cape in 1488, but is also a showcase of the endeavours of the old seafarers and their first encounters with the indigenous population of the time.   Every year in February it is the focal point of the Diaz festival to commemorate his journey.   Then the town of Mossel Bay is turned into a  carnival venue with sidewalk stalls and  plenty to satisfy  the...

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coffee – make mine a Nespresso please.

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Breakfast, Food & Feast | 0 comments

coffee – make mine a Nespresso please.

I love a good cup of coffee…Remember, we lived in Namibia for 13 years and there we were introduced to a European style cafe culture. Often the coffee there is served with milk enriched with evaporated milk. We could buy imported coffee brands long before our coffee taste buds were developed to the degree that they are today in South Africa. At the breakfast table I will often have guests express appreciation at the good coffee I serve. We buy our coffee, freshly ground, on a weekly basis from a local roaster. Which also means that I can...

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Cape Snoek…wolves of the sea

Posted by on Feb 21, 2013 in Food & Feast, my B&B life | 2 comments

Cape Snoek…wolves of the sea

RECIPE  for  Snoek Spread:  Saute 1 medium sized onion in 30ml butter until soft and transparent . Add about 200 gram flaked and deboned snoek, juice of a small lemon, 125ml creme fresh (or  cottage cheese) salt and pepper to taste as well as a shake of Worcestershire sauce. Add fresh herbs to taste (we like dill and/or parsley) Blend and refrigerate until required. Delicious on wholewheat bread. It is no wonder our two sons love the sea – they were brought up in Walvis Bay, Namibia, and were taken on fishing trips when they were...

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Philda’s favourite fish pie

Posted by on Feb 15, 2013 in Food & Feast | 1 comment

Philda’s favourite fish pie

Our son Eckart is a spear-fisherman of note. His dad and brothers are not too shabby as sea-hunters either. When the Benkenstein men bring home  fish we eat fish for three days in a row. This is one  recipe that I can honestly claim as my own and it works perfectly with frozen fish too.  I’ve even substituted fresh fish for tinned tuna and it is still fool-proof – let’s face it: every fish brought home represents 3 that ‘got away’! This is just one of those recipes you are going to write and thank me for...

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we have pets…

Posted by on Jan 30, 2013 in my B&B life | 4 comments

we have pets…

  This December I’ve had a guest make the booking and then mention as an afterthought that she had a little Yorkie and surely I would not have a problem with that? My reply : ” If your little Yorkie can handle my big Bull Mastiff then we do not have a problem… “. I’ve had guests threatening to sneak our one year old Bull Mastiff into the bedroom and I’ve had guests reeling back in horror at the sight of a dog. Bull Mastiffs turned out to be perfect guest house dogs : they are non territorial , not...

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Lady Chatterley’s lover…

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in Garden, my B&B life | 0 comments

Lady Chatterley’s lover…

A few years ago a guest wrote in our guest book: Fairview = Philda. Initially I thought: “what an odd thing to write in a guest book”, but then I realized that this man actually understood the essence of what it is about when you stay in a B&B opposed to a hotel: that  personal touch added by the owner. Whenever I show guests through our garden I feel such a fraud because if I am the one adding the special touch to the guest house, then our garden = Desmond. Yesterday I asked him to move his activities to the front garden as...

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Knysna Dwarf Chameleons residing at Fairview Homestead, George.

Posted by on Dec 1, 2012 in Garden, my B&B life | 2 comments

Knysna Dwarf Chameleons residing at Fairview Homestead, George.

This morning I found an envelope with 2 photo’s of the Knysna Dwarf Chameleon that were taken in our garden in 2004 by British guests – herpetologists Alan Francis and his wife Heather. I could not resist adding the recent photos of the bright green Chameleon that my son found on the same day as he spotted the tiny little frog hiding in a agapantha flower. Wikipedia has the following facts: The Knysna Dwarf Chameleon (Bradypodion damaranum) is a species of dwarf chameleon in the Bradypodion (“slow footed”) genus of...

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