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Tart of the week: Apricot

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  This rustic Karoo-style Apricot Tart shows how good perfectly ripened apricots can taste. Fresh apricots are such a treat so when we use them in our baking we want a dessert that brings out their sweet and acidic flavor. I believe this tart does just that. It takes fresh apricots, with their skins still intact, cuts them into thick wedges, gently tosses them with sugar and a little salt, and arranges them on a platform of buttery crisp pastry. I love how this tart looks after it is baked, the golden brown pastry and the apricot wedges with their caramelized...

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1 DECEMBER Emancipation Day.

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1 December 1838 is the anniversary of the emancipation of the slaves. There will be commemorative events at the slave memorials at Elim and at Pniel (near Stellenbosch). The slave monument at Elim, unveiled on the centenary of the emancipation of the slaves,  1 December 1938, was until recently the only monument of this nature outside of Cape Town. The one at Pniel was erected three years ago. In Cape Town, the full carillon (bells) of the City Hall will be rung at 12h00 on December 1, and all other facilities with bells are encouraged to ring them for 5 minutes at 12h00. Here is a simple...

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La Sosta che ci voleva

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Swellendam is becoming famous is Italy- here is an article from the very influential Identita Golose. An attempt at a translation follows at the end... Look out for Italian Vanity Fair in the new year as they publish some nice things about Augusta de Mist, but more about that in 2012. Se vi capita di passare da Swellendam, un’antica cittadina Cape Dutch a circa 250 chilometri nord-est da Città del Capo, non perdete l’occasione di cenare alla Sosta. Questo ristorante piccolo e curato è di proprietà di una coppia milanese che cinque anni fa si è trasferita in Sud Africa per cambiare...

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Coronation Double Century ’11: Results and some Pics

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Congratulations to Cape Town Market Team for winning the Coronation Double Century in 5hours,13 minutes and 05 secs! “With guys like Jaco Venter, Jeremy Maartens and Tiaan Kannemeyer in our team, there’s no doubt that we’re aiming for a win,” said Cape Town Market/Noble Energy’s team captain Hannes van der Walt. The Cape Town Market team has emerged as one of South Africa’s top cycling teams.Two members of the team have been awarded their national colours, and now support their country at numerous international events. The team is sponsored by Altius Holdings, acknowledging...

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Re: Cycle

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The Coronation Double Century Cycle Challenge a 202 km team race which is limited to 200 teams. The event is now in its 19th year and takes place on Saturday 26 November 2011. Cyclists can once again look forward to starting and finishing in the picturesque town of Swellendam in the Western Cape. Teams will complete the most challenging climbs, Tradouw Pass as well as Op de Tradouw, within the first 60km of the race. From Swellendam cyclists follows the R324 through Suurbraak and over Tradouw Pass towards Barrydale. A left turn onto the R62 takes participants to the challenging 7km Op de Tradouw,...

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TripAdvisor success, happy guests and the diva at the Old Gaol

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It has been a busy week in Swellendam with tourism activities to organize and plenty of dinners to cook for a very busy guesthouse. No complaints however. Some of our favourite guests are from Essen and this week was the turn of Thorsten and family, who also know the other Thorsten from Essen who celebrated a wedding and honeymoon around the Cape's finest establishments. Here they are just before departure. Old Gaol restaurant celebrated 10 years of very successful business this past weekend and it was a dinner to remember. Judi, Michelle and the team served the BEST duck I have ever...

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Breaking News: Summer Breakfasts ‘al fresco’

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The first of the patio breakfasts for the summer season was a great way to welcome a busy season. We were lucky to host Dan McDougall,  2009 Foreign Correspondent of the Year at the British Press Awards and currently the Africa correspondent for the UK Sunday Times, his wife, the gorgeous Navdip Dhariwal, a BBC Asia correspondent, their two spirited kids and their au pair, Petra. Dan was voted by US-based Ethisphere Magazine  as one of the world's most influential journalist in the field of ethical trading. In other Swellendam news we are happy to report that this weekend sees the 10 year...

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In the Press: Seeing Double?

The Augusta PR machine is churning out some pretty good coverage! We are happy and impressed with the IOL team for running the article above in the Weekend Argus this past weekend, two weeks after running it in the Star Weekend in Gauteng. It's a great article and it mentions quite a bit about the town of Swellendam and also has a really relaxed editorial feel about it as opposed to some of the more fomal reviews that sometimes get published.                

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A new face in the Tourism office

The Greater Swellendam Tourism Office (GSTO) recently appointed Reneé Bufé as new General Manager. After undergoing a rigorous interview procedure, from which Reneé emerged as an outstanding candidate, contracts were signed, and she has already become a hardworking member of the team. Reneé and her fiancé, photo journalist and author George Irwin, recently became residents in Swellendam, having fallen in love with the town and seen its potential for growth in the tourism industry. Reneé has extensive knowledge and experience in managerial skills and hospitality, having worked at Fugitives...

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Much ado about Machaut

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When studying music at Wits, the music of Machaut stood out. Machaut is frequently portrayed today as an avant garde composer, especially because of his position with regard to the early Ars Nova. Machaut's poetry is one of the most impressive French outputs of the medieval era, serving as an example even for Chaucer. The theme of courtly love dominates his writing, becoming heavily symbolized in the guises of such characters as Fortune & Love, and the personal dramas in which they act. Machaut's poetic output, and by extension the subset of texts he chose to set to music, is both personal...

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