Stanford from a German point of view

Last week the German TV-channel SWR broadcasted a 30 minutes documentary about the move of Jurgen & Susanne Schneider from Schriesheim (nr. Heidelberg in SouthWest Germany) to Stanford, South Africa, with them introducing the first Michelin Star in Stanford and the rest of South Africa. Thus making our village to the Culinary Center of the country. Springfontein Eats (opening in October) is situated in the 500 hectare large wine estate Springfontein.

The first half of the documentary deals with their farewell in Germany and the second half is mostly at the ‘building site’ where the old homestead is transformed into a restaurant. Not everything goes the German/North European way; it’s Africa here and that means ‘Africa Time’ and that challenges ones ability to be patient. Oh, yes; we know all about it and after 13+ years in South Africa we still have to get used to it ourselves …..

Here a few pictures from the building site; the original limestone walls are over 200 years old and 80 cm wide.

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Black and White Weekend Greetings from a wonderful village in South Africa

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Daisy Greetings from Stanford plus some Tweets

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Mandela Day in the village

 

Mandela Day in the village.

via Mandela Day in the village.

Landscapes in and around Stanford

Globally it are the farmers who are the large scale landscapers and that includes the farmers in and around our village. On our sister blog ‘Elementary Posters‘ we start this week with a full color serie of landscapes; all shot during the morning of Monday 15 july. Here a B&W preview.

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Bokkies

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New York, New York. Here comes Stanford!

We are not much in favor of all kinds of photography competitions for which you have to pay an entrance fee to participate. But now we made an exception (on invitation BTW). Although there is a jury that makes the final decision people can also vote for us online. The more votes the bigger the chance to win the JACKPOT of 75,000 US-Dollars. If we should win it (which is most probably beyond any imagination) we donate one third to the NGO Food4Thought here in Stanford, South Africa. This community based NGO runs, for over 10 years now, a pre-primary school in the informal settlement Die Kop that is virtually fully privately funded with well trained teachers, born and bred in Die Kop. The school is one of the best of its kind in the Western Cape. The NGO is fully accountable and periodically independently audited and complies therefore even for funding from the USA (strict regulations over there when it comes to funding South African projects).

As theme for the photographic competition we choose for the village we are living. The main picture in the linked page is THE one which will circulate in the jury and in diverse (online) media; the smaller ones are there  for illustrating how we see and enjoy Stanford through the lens.

Thanks for voting!

At the bottom of this page you can comment (also welcomed)

Herman :)

P.S. the thumbnails below are made at the pre-primary

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