Notes

Without a paddle

Long before the idea of a guesthouse in Swellendam was even a possibility and life was all about ad campaigns and clients, one of the highlights of the year was to take the road to Swellendam and rip a few all-nighters. It didn't matter whether you were a staunch oke, a trance tripper, a hip hipster or a hip hop head. It didn't even matter if you were a zombie robot. And it still doesn't. Tomorrow sees the start of Up the Creek 2013 and while things change in the real world, here on the banks of the Breede, mercifully, things haven't really changed much at all. At Up The Creek everyone comes...

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Penguin Run

The African Penguin population has undergone a staggering 80% decrease over the last 50 years. When the first official population census was conducted in 1956, there were about 141 000 pairs. More than fifty years later, the population is at only 20 000 pairs. These charismatic birds breed only at a few islands along the coast of South Africa and Namibia and their numbers are continuing to dwindle. Penguins are threatened by a myriad of sources from predation by seals (and possibly sharks) to the potential for a catastrophic oil spill to a lack of food. The impact of these threats will only be exacerbated...

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Bravo Tredici

It's not every day that you walk into a totally new build of this scale and purpose, in a small South African town and just marvel at the high level of craftmanship, decor, and quality. This place would be unique and special anywhere in the world, and we are so lucky to have it in Swellendam. Over the last two years, several places have opened and relaunched, each with the hint of what Swellendam is going to be when its all grown up. Tredici is a game-changer. Now, when you arrive at the town on the N2 you are greeted by this very stylish sight. And you naturally feel like the town is ripe for exploring. You...

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From Uganda to Cape Town ON A BIKE!

  Mark McNamara spent a few days at Augusta on his bicycle journey through the heart of Africa raising funds for orphaned & vulnerable children. He is cycling through 10 countries from Uganda to Cape Town, South Africa. He is assisting Keep the Dream 196, a community-based charity using mentoring programmes to advance employment generation, poverty reduction and social integration at a grassroots level. Australian koala, Katie Dee, has come along for the ride. She is cycling with Mark along the entire BIKE AFRICA route. Katie is an inspiration for all of us to ‘get out of our tree’...

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Our water in Germany

Recent guest Marion sent us these candid pics of Suurbraak, our guys repairing our wall and most importantly, a bottle of Augusta de Mist Pure Swellendam Water, which made it very safely back to Germany. We love hearing from guests and getting images which they took while staying with us.  

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Sunday Independent

And another really good article about Augusta de Mist and the association we have with The Passionate Pomegranate Co. We are also very proud of the kind people at Passionate Pomegranate, as this product is truly flying and they deserve every bit of success they get. The product is also now available at 'Volkers Feinkost' in Paarl, which is owned by the same couple who own 'Cascade Manor 'in Paarl, part of the Cape Country Route, as are we in Swellendam.

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House & Leisure SA

Augusta is really lucky to be mentioned in the November issue of House and Leisure - the Hot section - which is a true piece of journalism if there ever was one! The second article is about the Passionate Pomegranate range of products which we worked on in conjunction with Judi Rebstein (ex Jan Harmsgat) and current tour-de-force behind our favourite lunch spot, Old Gaol on Church Square here in Swellendam. 156_HL 126_HL

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In full bloom and it’s blooming wonderful

At the beginning of summer there are amazing things popping up where just weeks ago it seemed a little winter-bare. These simple images show something of the floral bounty that we have been spoilt with this year.

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Leopard Project

Another great pic captured by the Leopard Project near Robertson.  Learn more about the work they do here. The Landmark Foundation protects predators and secures biodiversity on agricultural and protected land in South Africa through predator rescues; research; expansion of predator-friendly habitats; education; advocacy as well as Fair Game, wildlife-friendly products They exist to build the Conservation Economy. The Landmark Foundation is a conservation NGO that promotes and facilitates conservation land uses. The Leopard & Predator Project was established in response to human-predator...

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Today in History: the Boer War

The Anglo Boer War was fought by Britain and her Empire against the Boers.  The Boers were comprised of the combined forces of the South African Republic and the Republic of the Orange Free State.  The Boer Republics declared war on 11th October 1899 and the conflict ended on 31st May 1902, a duration of 2 years and 8 months. There were three distinct phases to the War: Stage 1 -  Boer offensive.  At first, the Boer republican fighters were successful in three major offensives.  Their commandos invaded northern Natal and besieged the town of Ladysmith, invaded Cape Colony to lay siege...

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