All posts by Arno Hattingh

Arno matriculated from Hoërskool Waterkloof in Pretoria in 2012 and went to study Arts Management at the Western Australian Academy of Arts in Perth. His passion for the arts still remains as he currently works as Logistics Manager at Bakwena Spa in Paarl.

Starting to plan Ryno’s Birthday 2017

I’m so excited to start planning Ryno’s birthday party for the 27th of September… Here is an excerpt from the venue’s web page to give you a little teaser to wonder about…

Our Bakery offers scrumptious Italian-inspired evening meals, but also supplies our shop with freshly baked bread to be enjoyed with delicious local cheeses from our Cheese Room. We grow our own wheat on the farm which is stoneground after harvest. This flour is sold in the Farm Shop, but is also used by our own bakers who, under the guidance of our head baker Ernie Beck, make sure we have freshly baked bread early every morning for our restaurants and the Tasting Room. We have a variety of breads, including sourdough, rye, white and whole wheat.

At dinners in the Bakery, we serve our food family style – guests dish up for themselves from wooden boards placed on their table. Our Italian-inspired set menu starts with an antipasti and salad offering. This is followed by wood-fired pizza straight from the oven, to be enjoyed to your heart’s content. We round off the meal with a delicious dolce and our famous coffee.

I honestly cannot wait – We spent an evening there a while ago and I can tell you it is something out of this world.

Impromptu Cheese & Wine with Old Friends

What an amazing thing when you have in independent friends. I use the word “independent” to describe friends who don’t expect anything from you, don’t insist on seeing you, spending time with you or having long conversations,, but when you do eventually see each other, you give each other what true friends should, spend quality time and catch up on everything that has been going on since the last time you spent time together.

Two such friends are Martin and Natasha. On our way to buy dinner last night, we drove past them, pulled over and inevitably invited them over for a glass of wine. Later on the evening we prepared a cheese platter with some salmon, cured meat, and some good Babylonstoren bread that we made malba toast from.

This is friendship. This is The Winelands. This is good!

Cochlear Incapacity

Two nights ago, I had to go to the ER with a serious case of vertigo. As I’ve already lost one of my ears’ functionality (hearing and balance) about 10 years ago, I took the symptoms quite seriously and explained this to the doctor.

The cochlea contains a “labyrinth” of liquid which maintains balance and equilibrium – my left cochlea has a sort of puncture after a car accident and it seems the liquid has crystallised due to the airlock being broken. What seems to have happened is that some of these crystals got stuck in the wrong loop after the big move (Read “The Big Move” posted on 19 April 2017).

I’ve been asking the universe for a few days off work and now I have it. I’ll only be returning to work in 4 days!