Notes

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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Yebo Gogo

And just when you think we have had all sorts of cool and fabulous guests, we are visited by the Wakefield Grannies, a group of women from Wakefield in Quebec, offering support to AIDS Orphans and their Grandmothers in Alexandra Township, South Africa. They are also affectionately known as the Alexandria Gogos. On a visit to Quebec in 2004, Rose Letwaba spoke about her work to a small audience in the Wakefield United Church. Rose is a nurse in the health clinic in Alexandra Township on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa. The picture she painted was of a whole generation of South...

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Thou shalt not covet…

We had the great pleasure of hosting the hottest name in Dutch furniture design, Nic Roex, who is on a honeymoon trip through South Africa. Nic is extremely impressed with the African use of color and pattern as well as the found objects movement. He confided in us that as a designer he is always looking for color inspiration and that what he has experienced in the Western Cape will be quite influential in his design and he admired our Haldane Martin pieces. Upon discussion I heard how much Nic's extraordinary Motorkapbank would be in ZAR I had a slight dizzy spell. But we live in hope that...

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Hope

Jacques Marais is an amazing photographer  who shoots for some pretty high profile magazines and companies. He recently visited De Hoop and took these truly wonderful images of a place which possesses such natural beauty that all our guests who return from the reserve after a day trip declare it to be a deeply satisfying, spiritual even, experience. Only three hours from Cape Town lies a special nature reserve situated in the Overberg region, near the southern tip of Africa. De Hoop Nature Reserve is approximately 34 000 ha in size and one of the largest natural...

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Strike a Pose

Summer is almost here and we are in the midst of producing a new brochure for Swellendam Tourism. When we say brochure, we mean map. This will be a very carefully planned document striking the right balance between the visual attractiveness and practical  use. We immediately decided to organize a shoot in the surrounding fields and pastures and what a great afternoon that was. Fleur van Eeden, super stunt woman and extremely kind person, and Braam du Toit, composer, bon vivant, writer and also a truly nice person were photographed expertly by Bruce 'Flying Horse' Geils down the road on the way to Suurbraak....

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Solomon’s Lily

Once a year, quite by surprise, this little beauty awakes for a few weeks and just takes your breath away. Our spectacular specimen is quite hidden away at the top of the garden next to a footpath and you do feel a sense of reward when you see it - it is in my opinion the best arum species. The spectacular  Arum palaestinum, flowering in spring on stems 50-60 cm's tall, with large decorative leaves slightly similar to a cardiocrinum or a hosta with a superb fragrance which is a bit similar to roses. Which is also  a nice fragrant part of the Augusta de Mist gardens. But that's not all. Arum...

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