Notes

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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Queen of Carthage

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Just because its winter here in Swellendam and therefore very romantic with gusty windy  and shards of dappled light, it feels like the perfect time for a little baroque levity with a dollop of tragedy at the end to break your heart. Dido & Aeneas an opera in a prologue and three acts, written by the English Baroque composer Henry Purcell with a libretto by Nahum Tate Le Concert d'Astrée & Emmanuelle Haïm, harpsichord and director Despite its brevity, Purcell's Dido and Aeneas holds many charms for audience and performers alike, so it's no wonder that there has recently...

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The new garden

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On 1 August we will officially start clearing the new piece of land that we recently purchased and which will be part of our new nature walk with various small picnic spots dotted along the way. This piece of land which is essentially an unchartered ravine is just the most amazing wild bush and it is extremely unusual to find such a thing in the middle of a very normal town. Felix and Peter have started the process by planting quite a few shrubs and small trees on the open field next to the swimming pool and we plan that some of this section will be an inner-town farm of sorts, so dinner at Augusta...

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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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Cronut Time!

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It's official. The name is Cronut -- with a capital "C." United States Patent and Trademark Office records reveal that "Cronut" is now a registered trademark. Dominique Ansel filed the paperwork for the croissant-doughnut hybrid shortly after its public debut in May 2013, and the trademark was  registered  last month. "We're so grateful for everyone's support over our little pastry," a representative for New York City's Dominique Ansel Bakery reported to The Huffington Post via email. "Hopefully we can do something fun to thank our fans soon!" After Ansel announced his trademark...

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