Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Just Swell… in Swellendam0

Posted 13 February, 2012

It’s always wonderful to see our names in print and here we are, featured in the local Sunday Times on the 5th Feb along with fantastic things to do in Swellendam. Apologies for the not-so-great quality of the scans, but the full article is on-line – link below.

So, for those that thought Swellendam a quiet sleepy dorp, read on……

Nancy Richards spent a couple of days (one of those evenings with us) in Swellendam and fell in love… We were lucky enough to be part of her radio programme too. Thank you so much, Nancy, for the lovely exposure both for Schoone Oordt and for our little town.

I have to share with you how utterly excited I am about our little fledgling restaurant… Eighteen53… Rich and I had dinner last Thursday night and it was so delicious I wanted to dance a jig on the table (I didn’t though, just clicked my heels walking through to the kitchen!). We were lucky enough to share the conservatory with some of our wonderful guests and it was an evening to remember.

I had the tasting of tomato to start(marinated tomatoes, herb leaves, basil oil, tomato coulis, tomato sorbet, tomato pips, basil sour cream and garlic tuille) and Rich had the rooibos smoked beetroot carpaccio, whipped goats cheese, ciabatta wafer and baby leaf salad. We both had the pork belly with charcurterie jus, potato pureé and sautéd greens as main, although there was gorgeous angelfish on the menu too. Rich ended off with dark chocolate tart, spiced ice cream, basil & strawberry compote and I ...

Swellendam Sensation…0

Posted 19 January, 2012

We’ve hit the media a bit over the last few months and would love to share with you.

David Batzofin and his very lovely wife, Caro, came to stay with us for a weekend whilst they explored our gorgeous town. Attached is a picture of the article in the Citizen. We’re very lucky that we’re going to be featured again, an article all about Schoone Oordt and I will definitely post that too! I will also be speaking to David this afternoon over the radio – will post that link too.

In the meantime, here is a link to the Citizen article and David’s own Travel Awards!……

Rich and I featured in the Essentials magazine too, an article about how we got to Swellendam, what motivated us to move here and how we managed to pull it all off! Well, to the best of our ability anyway. This second ...

Well, as you can tell by the tardiness of this post, we have been wonderfully, madly busy and boy, are we grateful! Thank you to the wonderful people that have chosen to stay with us over the silly season! We LOVED having you all here.

On that note, however, we are desperately behind on Schoone Oordt news…

Wander took these great pictures of the wonderful cyclists that visited us, yet again this year, at the Coronation Double Century. Once again, the whole of Swellendam was alive and abuzz with the cycle race.

Thank you to Coronation and to the 1000’s of cyclists and their families and friends that support Swellendam and of course, thank you to the team that stay with us every year!

See you soon.