Notes

CAPE TOWN FOR HIPSTERS

Most of our guest always look for good tips on where to visit which is a little under the radar and could give them a less obviously touristy feel for the city. I always recommend Observatory and Woodstock, especially as an ex-loft owner in that area and as developers increasingly buy up property, the tightly knit multi-racial community who once called this Cape Town area home are being driven away by the rising cost of living. Hipsters and tourists flock to the market at the Old Biscuit Mill to enjoy the pricey gourmet foods on offer. Photograph: Justin Sholk As...

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Buchu

It is a joyous day at Augusta de Mist, as we finally finish 2 months of hard work and renovations on our new suite. Buchu is the most private of our suites, as it is on the quietest part of the property surrounded by several gardens and forest. It also has a private road connecting it to Shand Street which runs parallel to Human Street where our main parking area is situated. The suite has a very beautiful bathroom with a custom made bath from Living Stone which we designed. We think that Buchu is our most boutique suite yet with teal walls, duck egg blue curtains, wonderful rich Hertex...

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Salon Sounds for a Perfect Sunday

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The perfect Pianist Joanne Polk is renowned for her recordings and performances of exceptional repertoire by such female composers as Amy Beach, Judith Lang Zaimont, Clara Wieck Schumann, and Fanny Mendelssohn. With the release of The Flatterer: Piano Music of Cécile Chaminade (Steinway & Sons, 30037), Joanne Polk continues her exploration of great piano works composed by females. Her program consists of 14 character pieces – sonata, concert études, salon music - written by Cécile Chaminade, the great French Romantic, during the 18th century. Cécile Chaminade’s Piano Sonata, Op. 21 established...

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Parsley Cake. Because you just have to try it…

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We love using what is seasonal in the herb garden and what is in bloom on the estate. Basil regularly makes it into our sorbets and even our Berry Coulis has been Basilled. Thyme is another herb which just begs to cross the line. But what about parsley? In some of these parts, parsley is what is used to make the plate look more 'gôrmet' but not at Augusta. We give them cake... PARSLEY CAKE 150g (4 cups tightly packed, from about 5 bunches) parsley leaves 30g (1 cup tightly packed, from 2 bunches) mint leaves 165g (3/4 cup) good olive oil, plus more for the pan 290g (2 cups plus 1 tablespoon)...

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Eco Botswana Getaways

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If there's one African country that stands out as eco-friendly, it's Botswana. Hunting has been temporarily banned throughout the country, there are no fences, with wildlife free to roam at will, and the lodges of Botswana are all designed to have as little impact on the environment as possible. For these reasons, it's one of our favourite safari destinations, and these are some of our top eco-lodges. We love Botswana and the Delta is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Besides the ones listed here, we also love Stanley's for the Elephant experience as well as the fabulous Kanana, for the most peaceful...

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