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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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Some some Spring in your Step…

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Tiny blossoms are beginning to bring little flecks of colour back to the stark branches we’ve seen all winter. There’s a touch of spring in the air and with it, a flurry of excitement as Capetonians begin to wake from their winter hibernation. The promise of warmer weather and clear skies is enough motivation to get out of the city and enjoy a little breakaway. Whether it’s a hike to loosen up the wintry joints or that first icy spring dip in the Atlantic, here are a few out-of-city escapes that will get you into the summer spirit. Gondwana Game Reserve Did you know that just four...

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Happy Spring!

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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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