Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

The Double Century0

Posted 23 November, 2009

The Double Century

Once again the mad cyclists descended on Swellendam for the Double Century race this year. What fun! We are so grateful for the exposure and income that this endurance race brings to our town and I can’t believe that it’s been an entire year since the last one!

This time Schoone Oordt offered dinner on both the Friday and Saturday nights to the ‘Vanilla Gorilla’s’, so we spent a large portion of the weekend cooking up a storm. Our meals are rustic, robust home-cooked fare like homemade pasta with a choice of bolognese sauce, alfredo sauce or pesto. Delicious homemade garlic bread and an exceptionally large, fresh green salad. Saturday night was a traditional braai with chops, boerewors, pork ribbetjies, chicken skewers, homemade roosterkoek, two salads and malva pudding with fresh farm cream. For me, there’s nothing more satisfying than well-fed guests and our meals are made with passion and love.

Miles Alexander who has ...

The cycle of life…0

Posted 23 July, 2009

The cycle of life...

It has taken such a long time to put fresh news up on our diary page, I’m so sorry, but it’s been a very busy period filled with both exciting and sad happenings…

The most exciting and beautiful, of course, is the birth of our daughter. She was born on the 26th June after making us wait 8 days and a surprisingly long labour! Punctuality is probably not going to be one of her strong points – I feel sorry for future boyfriends. Although, according to her dad, she’s not allowed any of those until she’s 30! We have been closed for a bit to prepare for the birth and spend bonding time with baby afterwards, but in true Richard-style, we have also been building and have managed to fit the last two rooms, construct the double garage, what is going to be a small conference venue and 3 new bedrooms inside the main house ...

Jonty & Ashleighs Wedding0

Posted 30 March, 2009

Jonty & Ashleighs Wedding

I’m so excited We received a cd of digital images from Jonty and Ashleigh wedding yesterday and I couldnt wait to open the parcel. Wade Howard flew in from Natal especially for the occasion and his pictures are stunning. Im sorry that I cant put them all up Check out his web-site on

Jonty and Ashleigh contacted me what seems like years ago from Australia. Theyd seen our web-site and were sold. Jonty even mentioned on the evening that our venue was the only one theyd actually visited in person. I didnt hear from them in ages as they were relocating back to South Africa and theyre both pediatricians with the Childrens Red Cross Hospital, so hardly surprising. When they finally managed to come up and do a recce of the venue we had the most amazing time together and I can now very proudly call them my friends.

The wedding itself ...

Guests that only eat toast…0

Posted 5 February, 2009

Guests that only eat toast...

Ad and Lynn were very kindly referred to us by Jonine from Mardouw a beautiful country house about 20mins out of Swellendam. They were unfortunately (though fortunately for us) fully-booked so Ad and Lynn came to stay with us for 2 nights.

We had to pressure them a little to have Roys famous fluffy salmon omelettes for breakfast as they quite strongly stipulated that they only eat toast. Well the second morning we had piles of various flavours of toast ready and waiting…and Ad very sheepishly asked for a second famous fluffy salmon omelette…Roy dashed into the kitchen to prepare one immediately and with aplomb. Ad used the rest of the chives to create the thank you that you see in the picture after hed virtually licked his plate clean of course.

We had such a good laugh with them lovely lovely people and hope to see them again soon They had this to say ...