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Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Bedine’s Wedding…0

Posted 29 May, 2008

Bedine's Wedding - The Family

The weekend after the cyclists left, we welcomed Bedine Rossouw’s close family and friends to Schoone Oordt. Bedine, along with her mom, dad, sisters and maid of honour spent the day here getting ready for the momentous occasion. There were moments of panic as the heavens opened in the morning and there was a definite chill in the air! The story goes, however, that on any important occasion in Bedine’s life, it rains, so it was hardly surprising, but not terribly pleasant. Towards the afternoon, it stopped and then as she walked down the aisle, the clouds broke and sun came pouring through!

Having them all here was just fantastic. I absolutely love weddings. I love the energy, emotions and love that go into them and I got so excited and teary-eyed along with everybody else.

The actual ceremony and reception was held at a beautiful rustic property just outside of Swellendam called Honeywood Farm. ...

The Cape Epic 20080

Posted 10 April, 2008

The Cape Epic 2008 - Off they go!

The 1st April was an important day for us. We opened two new rooms to accommodate a lovely booking from the Shane Thomson Cycling Team (Fullimput 1387) for the Cape Epic. Just in time for the end of season, granted, but at least they’re open and habitable now! This brings us to a 7 bedroom guesthouse. We’re hoping to have the final 2 rooms fitted (they’re already built) by September of this year.

The guys were great – just real, down to earth people and lovely to have around! There were all sorts of interesting things going on through the day – ice baths and massages and lots of water, pasta and toasted sandwiches being consumed (Davey came to sit with us in the kitchen whilst we cooked and chatted away…) and Sydney and Darren cleaning and fixing bikes all afternoon in the driveway. There was such a fantastic sense of anticipation and an exciting ...

Easter 2008…0

Posted 9 April, 2008

Roy Easter 2008

It’s amazing how quickly time goes… I’ve been wanting to upload the pics from Easter for, well 3 weeks now. We had such a brilliant Easter weekend – chock a block full with South African guests. Well, almost… Ray comes from the UK originally, but he lives in SA now. It was such fun!

On Easter Sunday we had a traditional South African braai with lovely marinated lamb chops, thai marinated chicken thighs, boerie (sausage), spiced pork ribbetjies, oven-baked potatoes, thai-style green bean salad and a deliciously fresh green salad with my special home-made salad dressing and of course, Roy’s spectacular home-made garlic bread! We’ve discovered an organic veggies supplier in Robertson called ‘The Organic Box’ and we get veggies delivered once a week, which we use wherever we can. Absolutely scrumptious.

The top pic on the right is all of us, including Roy’s friends Arno and Bonnard from Holland and Oma, Roy’s mom, who ...

Willem Linda

Two brilliant Netherlanders, Willem & Linda called us en route to Cape Town to see if we had place for them that night. We did, obviously and it was such a pleasure having them to stay They arrived on one of those 35 to 40 degree days and spent the rest of the afternoon roasting themselves by the pool. They promised us they had covered themselves in sunblock and we made sure they had plenty of water and a beer or two

They had a wonderful time and wrote the most beautiful message in our guestbook: Heel hartelijk bedankt voor jullie gastrvrijheid en heerlijk onderkomen. Wat een paradijsje Bedankt voor het goede advies te gaan eten by de italiaan. Dat was ook heerlijk. Van alle lodges die we tot nu toe hebben gehad hebben we het gevoel bij jullie het meest tot rust te komen en we voelen ons erg op ons gemak. Roy, thanks ...

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