Category Archives: Friends

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!

Holiday planning

Ever since we moved to the Winelands, we’ve been complaining that we don’t get enough visits.

You know how you always get so excited when someone moves home to a holiday location, you say things like “now I have a place to sleep when I need a holiday” and “I can’t wait to come visit”…. It doesn’t happen.

BUT this year my dad is coming to visit for Christmas and having my first off day after working 10 days in a row, I decided I’ll spend the day planning the itenerary. As a bonus, which I’m also super excited about, two old friends are also coming to visit during Christmas as part of their Cape tour.

Needless to say I used up all my data. But we’ve now got a lineup of JC le Roux MCC tasting (at the JC le Roux farm of course), lunch at Moyo on Big Bay/Blouberg, a day out at the V&A and, of course, Family Christmas lunch at home for 7. It will be the most guests we have for a meal since moving here.

While the two friends won’t be visiting long enough to join us on all the adventures, I cannot wait to see them again. Ryno bought a new set of linen for the guest bedroom and we’ll be getting guests towels soon. It is the small things that matter. We used to have all of this and so much more before moving South and rebuilding a complete home has been more of a challenge than I initially thought.

Each part of your home is an investment. Every pot and candle and towel is worth money and sentiment and letting go of things used to be my trademark, but I’ve learnt to value each item and be grateful.