Notes

Happy Spring!

SPRING DAY

It is spring at our Overberg guesthouse and with it comes the expected bloom on the estate which the Garden Route is so well known for. Our guest Regardt Laubscher made us this super cure spring bloom from balloons. And he should know. He is a magician. We want him to come back and do a show. Now that would be a great dinner evening!

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The Forest Walk

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Summer is not too far away, colder days are fewer and the sun is starting to set a little later every day over the Overberg. This means that our forest walk is nearly ready for guests to use and relax in. The gardeners are laying down the last of the stepping squares and removing a decades' dried branches and sticks. They are also removing a small forest of Black Wattles and a few other less desirable plants which retard the growth of indigenous species and undergrowth. Big shout-out to the Swellendam Municipality who, in an effort to assist with the prevention of occasional flooding have built...

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Fleurwatch: update on the Sean Penn movie

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One of our favourite Swellendam residents is Fleur van Eeden, who also features in our guesthouse brochure and on our website in various poses and guises. Here she is on set with Charlize Theron, shooting Sean Penn's latest directorial project. Fleur has recently wrapped up the shooting of the new season of Homeland, where she is the body double and stunt actor for Claire Danes, a project which was also shot in Cape Town. Sean Penn has returned to the director's chair for the first time since 2007's critically acclaimed Into the Wild on the African-set romantic drama The Last Face, reports...

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The Zulu Royal Tree

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Our Coral tree, Erythrina caffra, is in bloom on the new part of the property which borders the next street over and it's such a beautiful tree. The colour of the blooms against the blue sky is already such an art cliche but who can resist. It is truly one of the most spectacular sights. Some more on the tree just in case you were wondering but were to scared to ask... Erythrina is known as the red genus and E. caffra is widely loved for its warm red to scarlet-coloured flowers, which appear from the cold winter months up to spring. Its popularity can be ascribed to its ease of cultivation...

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‘Moulin Renaudiots’ visits Swellendam

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If you are in the market for a little trip to Burgundy we can highly recommend 'Moulin Renaudiots', the wonderful guest-house owned by Evelyne & Trevor Morgan. The house is set in a 17th century watermill and has been totally renovated, offering a high level of comfort and modern facilities. Five large guest rooms combine wood and stone with contemporary rural furniture & overlook peaceful gardens and surrounding hills. And just like at Augusta de Mist you can join Evelyne & Trevor for 'table d'hôtes' – dinner served on the terrace or in the main lounge. The guesthouse is the perfect...

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StreetSmart Swellendam says THANK YOU

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Your gift donations have changed the lives of children! Since 2005, StreetSmart SA has been instrumental in helping vulnerable children changing from being destined to long term begging on the streets, to children with a future.No matter what size of your donation, it helps StreetSmart to fund family reunification, education and skills training programmes for street children and children at risk.   ...

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Bursary Fund Donation

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It was a wonderful occasion when on Sunday, Gabi Zahn donated R40 000 to the Bursary Fund in Swellendam. This is money which she has worked very hard to collect and it is a huge honour for Swellendam to be the recipient of such a donation, especially from such a wonderful source. Gabi is already planning the 2015 season of Cape Classic and sounds like it is going to be amazing. We are looking forward to the concert in Swellendam in February 2014, with tickets selling well.  

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On Guestbooks and things…

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A guestbook is a funny old thing. You go back into it every few months and fondly remember the guests who stayed and remembered to fill in the guestbook. Some leave a message very quietly and you get a pleasant surprise because the kind sentence is just there while others leave their message when they are settled up and on their mission to the next destination. And once in a while you have a really special entry like the one made by Archbishop Tutu on his visit to Swellendam. It is special because he is a busy man, in sensitive health, and yet he took time to sign his name, give us a blessing and paid...

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It was a very good day…

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Here are some images of the visit to our Swellendam Guesthouse by Archbishop Tutu. What a phenomenal person. We are all quite inspired by his presence and kind words. More images to follow but for now...

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The Gift

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The gift for Archbishop Tutu and his wife, Leah, has emerged from the kiln. And it is a beauty. Leading South African ceramic artist and our neighbor, John Newdigate, agreed to create a large platter for the Tutu family to remember the day by. The decision was to create something which is not merely a decoration or memento but a very functional item which can become part of daily life for the family. Hence a super large platter.   Depicting natural and organic shapes in his work, artist John Newdigate creates gloriously vibrant pieces in his ceramic bowl and vase collection. Using...

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