Monday, January 17, 2011


It was past high noon and the sun beat down so that for the first time I understood that the sun could in fact strike you down, as it does in stories from Greece, or North Africa, or...Paarl. 

But I am not going to write much, now, because I need to know more. But enough to say that I have never seen a kitchen garden like this or heard such a grand idea, here, and because what I have heard is on the surface I must find out and listen and think. The scale and the size of the investment are a bit mindbending.


That's basil.

South African-style pumpkins. Pampoen.

Your accommodation, should you elect to stay. 


  1. Lovely pictures looks like such an amazing place to visit.

  2. Now, That's a kitchen garden! The photos are beautiful. I would absolutely love to be able to raise a basil plant that large - but am not sure about the sun - sounds hot!

  3. looking forward to the story.

  4. Reminds me of the landscape here in northern California. What's in the wood sided ponds?

  5. Just how big is the kitchen? What a great place.

  6. Is dit nie amazing nie? Het jy al die interiors gesien? Ek was totally gobsmacked.

  7. I would LOVE to know more about this farm - it looks amazing. Pity, though, that the price of accommodation is so high (according to their website, in the region of R3000.00 per person for 2 sharing, includes breakfast)- it's completely out of the regular South African's reach! SUCH a shame...

  8. Hi Marie

    It is Andrew here. Big thank you for a very lovely braai and chats this Sunday past. Hope you are in good spirits.

  9. Sure is a beautiful place. Should I ever be in SA, ditto my previous comment.

  10. smalltowngirl - thank you. It is compelling...

    Malinda - luckily, there's also winter. Cool and very green.

    Howdy, Frank - me too!

    Hi Trey - yeah, similar for sure; perhaps hotter and slightly more subtropical? But not sure.

    The wood is actually concrete, stained. There were fry in one, the tiniest fish, don't know what kind; and tadpoles and waterlilies in the other. The third was a mystery. I hear they are looking to cultivate edible water plants.

    webb. Big. Bigbigbig. I'll have to get back to you on actual size.

    arcadia - inderdaad. En, nee, nog nie.

    Lyn - jeez. I just looked. R3,950 (approx. $576) for a room - would that be a whole cottage? It didn't say per person, was I in the wrong place?

    Here's the Rate Sheet.

    Hi Andrew. This is Marie here :-) It was very good to meet you at long last, and I'm very sorry I overcooked just about everything. My honourary SA Man Braaing Status has been stripped.

  11. Those guest houses look very inviting. Can't wait to know more.


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