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Diary of a Grand Dame

Diary of a Grand Dame

Artists in Swellendam

We’re continuing our quest to unveil some more of the talented artists in Swellendam.  This time we shed light on Alida diTekenar.  Directly translated, diTekenar  means ‘The Drawer’ but really Alida diTekenar is a multi-talented illustrator, painter and creative.

Having always loved drawing (she even recalls drawing in her mother’s hymn book), Alida yearned to pursue a career in animation. She had to opt for a graphic design course after school instead though, seeing as there were no animation schools or courses in South Africa in 1997.  Luckily after successfully completing her first year of study in graphic design, an animation course was introduced at the City Varsity Film School.  Alida applied and of course, was accepted, making her one of the first fifteen students to enrol in an animation course in South Africa.

After completing her studies she headed to Swellendam, where her parents had settled after she finished school.  Alida ...

Artists in Swellendam

Artists in Swellendam

We are shedding light on artists in Swellendam this month. While Swellendam is best known for its architecture, agriculture and adventure activities, it is also home to a handful of immensely talented artists.

Meet Andrew James Hofmeyr, also known as ‘The Foxman’ to those who have become familiar with his work.  Blurring the lines between illustrator and painter (oh, we won’t put you in a box, Mr Fox) Andrew has made waves with his unique artwork.  Waves have also been the inspiration behind some of his latest work, but his most distinguished work takes inspiration from the British Red Fox.  Andrew’s work is distinctive not only for his use of raw wooden blocks as canvas but also for his illustrative style.

The Foxman is an English Literature major and spent nearly twelve years living and working as a teacher abroad (in the UK and Taiwan amongst others).  Not something he stumbled ...

Overberg Restaurants

Overberg Restaurants

Ah, South African summer – at The Conservatory Restaurant, one of the top Overberg Restaurants, this means time for an exciting new menu.  So if your Christmas lunch left you feeling less than inspired then feast your eyes on our colourful summer menu.

First up is our favourite starter for the season – Beetroot and Walnut Ravioli with Goat Cheese Crème.  It’s the vision of flamboyance, yet subtle and sweet to taste.  Other stars on the starter side are the Smoked Trout and Warm Potato Salad as well as the Smoky Tomato Gazpacho.

On to mains. We are most excited about the Char-Grilled Chicken Thigh with Asparagus, Mushrooms, Parsnip and Harissa – a beautifully balanced and visually pleasing meal.

For another of our favourites among the main dishes we bring the ocean to Swellendam with our fresh Pan Seared Hake with Cape Malay Pickled Onion and Root Vegetable Salad.  Dried Chillies, ...

Top Billing visits Swellendam0

Posted 28 November, 2017

Top Billing visits Swellendam

Top Billing visits Swellendam

Top Billing visits Swellendam and we were lucky enough to catch up with them at Wildebraam Berry Estate for a behind-the-scenes look at their adventures.  The Top Billing Team visited Swellendam together with South African TV-presenter and actress Bonnie Mbuli and her two beautiful boys.  One of their many stops was the Wildebraam Berry Estate for berry picking, a liqueur tasting and some sweet berry treats.

Remember the Wildebraam Berry Festival next weekend, the 1st to 3rd December with loads of fun for the entire family.  Also, keep a lookout for Schoone Oordt, Appelsbosch Farm, The Swellendam Getaway Adventure Farm and of course, Wildebraam’s 15 minutes of fame coming to a TV near you soon!

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