Notes

Happy Spring!

SPRING DAY

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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The Jazz Epistles

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The Jazz Epistles - The Complete Recordings (2014) MP3 320 kbps CBR | 71:19 min | 172 MB Genre: Jazz | Label: Trunk Records Experienceby The Jazz Epistles. Fashioned after Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, the South African bebop crew, recorded one album released in 1960. The ensemble consisting of Abdullah Ibrahim on piano, Kippie Moeketsi on alto saxophone, Jonas Gwangwa on trombone, Hugh Masekela on trumpet, Johnny Gertze on bass, and Makaya Ntshoko on drums dissolved soon after this seminal recording that highlights the best of South African and continental African jazz aesthetics. The...

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Fleurwatch: update on the Sean Penn movie

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One of our favourite Swellendam residents is Fleur van Eeden, who also features in our guesthouse brochure and on our website in various poses and guises. Here she is on set with Charlize Theron, shooting Sean Penn's latest directorial project. Fleur has recently wrapped up the shooting of the new season of Homeland, where she is the body double and stunt actor for Claire Danes, a project which was also shot in Cape Town. Sean Penn has returned to the director's chair for the first time since 2007's critically acclaimed Into the Wild on the African-set romantic drama The Last Face, reports...

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Cupcake Time

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Saturday afternoon seems like a good time for a batch of Double Chocolate Cupcakes, especially when they are presented on our Dino plate. Love the way the dino is protecting the cupcakes, as well she should with Chairman Mao in the background! Here is a simple recipe, with guaranteed success. 300g dark chocolate, broken into chunks - It's not crucial to use one with an impressively high cocoa content. 200g self-raising flour 200g light muscovado sugar, plus 3 tbsp extra 6 tbsp cocoa 150ml sunflower oil, plus a little extra for greasing 250ml tub thick cream 2 eggs 1 tsp vanilla...

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