Cheers!!!


A good wine and some beautiful jewellery

Wine: Skipskop Wines

Jewellery (figurine): Yvonne de Wit

Model: Maryam

Styling: Lorine Otieno

Portraiture: Herman van Bon


24-26 September 14 artists of Napier, South Africa present themselves at 12 locations. Don’t miss the opportunity and discover that South African art is not limited to places like J’Burg and Cape Town.

Lockdown Tour in Napier

Napier is one of those small towns in South Africa one has to explore to find the hidden secrets. Except for some excellent eateries; stunning vistas in and around the village plus a few of the best wineries of South Africa (Yes: it’s true!!!) there are amongst others a craftsman who makes miniature working steam engines; a toy museum, a chess board maker; a military museum; potteries; a toy museum (the 92 yrs old owner still makes them) and a gallery. Some of these are only open ‘by appointment’ but if you ring the bell you can be sure of great hospitality. Oh … and there is amongst others also the largest sundial of South Africa and a ‘Voortrekkers Monument’ (ox wagon)….

A photo impression.

Skipskop weekend greetings

Cheers

Weekend Greetings from the Winemakers

It’s not in the known wine guide books but in Napier there are a bunch of people creating world class wines of grapes growing in Klein Karoo and Napier terroirs. Production of around 8000 bottles per year distributed on a global scale to collectors.

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).

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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