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It is grapefruit time

Posted by on Jul 19, 2013 in Breakfast | 2 comments

 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...

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lost in translation – my B&B life

Posted by on Jun 28, 2013 in my B&B life | 2 comments

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...

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Klein Karoo Wine tasting with ‘Wine-Spit’

Posted by on May 14, 2013 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week! | 0 comments

Klein Karoo Wine tasting with ‘Wine-Spit’

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: winespit@gmail.com 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  Herold...

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over the Montagu Pass from the Old Toll house, down the historic Cradock Pass, with a visit to Herold Wines

Posted by on May 1, 2013 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week! | 0 comments

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...

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go game viewing at Botlierskop

Posted by on Apr 22, 2013 in Attractions we recommend: reasons to stay a week! | 0 comments

go game viewing at Botlierskop

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 riverine...

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Mr Myburgh and his proud van Kervel School metal work learners

Posted by on Apr 3, 2013 in Garden | 0 comments

Mr Myburgh and his proud van Kervel School metal work learners

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...

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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! | 3 comments

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 the...

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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 also here...

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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

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

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 ‘culture...

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