At Wild Thyme (2 pictures)

Five of my photographs are currently on display at Wild Thyme in Napier, Western Cape, South Africa. The images (90 x 60 cm and framed) provide a good insight in the different processing techniques I use; from just ‘in camera settings’ (first picture) to the more graphical look (B&W-reduction) of the African Horsemen. The once-off prints are all for sale and there won’t be any reprints. Wild Thyme is located at Sarel Cilliers Street (main road) and is open from Wednesday to Saturday between 10 AM and 2 PM and on Friday night. The food is lovely.

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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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This is going to be Big Time here in Stanford

Springfontein Winery is currently undergoing mayor changes culminating in the opening of the new restaurant (with European stars) Springfontein Eats towards the end of this year.

But first of all there is the new winemaker/general manager. We are pretty sure that Tariro will add a new dimension to the Springfontein wines. He is refreshing, has vision, doesn’t talk crab; with other words: he knows wine!

And above all: he is a truly nice guy!!!

When Peter met Jami ………..

Peter was in “the restaurant business” in Hermanus.

Jami was (still is BTW) the ‘Flower Queen’ of Stanford.

One day Jami went for a drink in a restaurant in Hermanus.

And the result you can read here.