Spoiled ….

Was very privileged yesterday by meeting Danish top chef Thomas Rode Andersen plus that he created a multitude of courses for me and a few others ( 😉 ). With the help of kitchen staff of Creation and paired with the different Creation wines.

(Creation Wines is in the ‘Hemel en Aarde Vallei’ between Hermanus/Sandbaai and Caledon).

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Between ‘Heaven and Earth’

… In the ‘Hemel en Aarde’ Valley between Hermanus and Caledon, Western Cape, South Africa.

Unique plant SALE in Stanford

SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY 10 AM – 2 PM:

Unique collection of succulent plants (including cacti) for sale at 26A De Bruyn Street (Between Church & Caledon Str.). Bababoudjies, Ou Meid se Boude, Ganzemis, Bokvoetjies, Bobbejaan toontjies en Kanniedood (just to mention a few Afrikaans names). Many aloes in different sizes. Prices vary from R 20.00 to R 2000.00 but most in the range up to R 80.00. A few hundred plants left. These are the last plants out of a collection of over 2600 different succulent plants from around the globe. The collectors are moving to Napier in a few weeks and are nowadays too much engaged in their own growing businesses to also maintain the plants. 

Life is good in the Village

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Yes; we do like our wines

Stanford is within South Africa an insignificant role player in the wine industry but abroad the wines can virtually only be found in upmarket restaurants and specialized liquor stores/wine-boutiques.

That has a reason; don’t you think?

Yes, we don’t only like our wines; we love them!!!

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Duck Greetings from ‘Die Vlei’

Our dog loves to watch ducks and luckily we live nearby ‘Die Vlei’ where plenty of them and other winged animals live. During the weekend of October 6 there is the traditional annual bird fair in Stanford and this year the organizers try to get everything out of it. The local municipality is even constructing a bird watchers jetty in ‘Die Vlei’. Besides the bird related festivities there are many other events planned for that weekend including those for children and food and wine lovers.

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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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