We have some exciting plans for the old Orchid Nursery space. Here are some pics as a teaser. Stay tuned...
We've got a whole lot of pictures from the 2011 Bastille Festival. If you'd like to check them out you'll find them on our Facebook page.
They're super-fantastic ... probably because they include a guillotine, our winemaker in an incredible moustache and JP in an unforgettable goatee.
This super festival, which is a must for those looking to banish the winter woes, takes place on Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th of July. If you've never attended check out our pictures from last year's Bastille. It was a hoot-and-a-half.
We will all be attending and our family will have the following on offer:
Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant
Neil's scrumptious boerewors rolls, Toulouse rolls; game, butternut and walnut sausages, filled focaccia, and - of course - a healthy supply of Tina's totally-addictive fudge. There will also be a variety of Neil's famous charcuterie - Coppa, Saussison Sec, Spanish Cured Loin, Biltong and Tasson - for sale in the town hall. salivate.salivate. salivate.
Le Quartier Français
The beautiful and decidedly tasty Mademoiselle Lamb Burger – Lamb Burger’s lesser known but equally delicious niece - will be making an appearance this weekend at the 2011 Bastille Festival. She'll be accompanied by a selection of her favourite treats including: bitterballen and brownies. wawaweewa.
P.S. Tickets are almost sold out. To book your Bastille Festival 2011 ticket/s online please click here.
Our famous Miss Molly had to been rushed to the vet at 10 in the evening with a Biliary scare. Unable to stand by herself she was lifted into our 4 x 4 and chauffeured - by me - to her vet in Stellenbosch.
Molly, and I am sure those of you who know her can attest to this, is not a quiet passenger. On this specific trip she insisted on backseat driving the.whole.way Every time we took a turn she let out a deathly moan and I have come to realize that she is not a fan of my driving. I'm sure she believes she could do a far better job. She is, after all, Miss Molly.
After what seemed like a longer than average trip, mostly due to the fact that Molly tried to climb onto my lap more than once, we finally arrived at the vet. Once again Molly found herself too weak to get out of the car without assistance. So her chauffeured became her lackey and carried her into the vet.
At this point in our journey Molly made a remarkable recovery. It took her a while but when she realized that we were at the vet she perked up dramatically. This, the vet informed me, is a fairly common occurrence.
During her examination our dear Molly tried to eat the very nice, and I do mean very nice, vet on three separate occasions. Embarrassingly - as Molly and I later discovered - he is a big fan of her wines. After he mentioned this very important fact Molly seemed to warm a bit. This, I think, was entirely thanks to the delicious dog biscuit she got for
not eating the vet being such a brave girl.
After all of this it turned out that Molly did not have Biliary. She'd come done with a case of Garbage Disease. Which she caught from eating something that she really shouldn't have. Charming.
We left the vet - an hour later with, I think, one less fan (the vet) - and Molly had to again be lifted into the back of the car. The vet, far stronger than myself, couldn't help because every time he approached me she tried remodel his pants with her teeth.
On the drive back to Franschhoek Molly resumed her very effective method of backseat driving and, once she got home (after she was lifted from the car), she proceeded to spend a good few minutes telling the rest of her dog family about her adventures.
No doubt she mentioned how she'd nearly eaten her first vet. This, I believe, is considered very impressive stuff in the dog world.
A farm is absolutely beautiful at the moment.
We've got a lot on the go from the refurbishing of Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant to the pruning of our vineyards, harvesting of our lemons, waiting patiently for our avocados to ripen and - of course - our ongoing preparations for the upcoming Bastille Festival (including a very fetching guillotine which was delivered on Friday). It's all very exciting. Seriously, it's awesome!
If you're in the area you should pop in for a visit and experience all the magic. You know you want to. Come on, step away from the PC and closer to the Hoek.
We are busy promoting this new online store and we've got a great coupon - for family and friends (this includes you, of course) - which entitles the holder to an awesome 10% discount on all Môreson and Miss Molly wines purchased online. This coupon is valid until the 30th of September 2011. You can use it as many times as you want and you're more than welcome to share it with your friends.
The coupon code is: nik_fri
Go on, use it. You know you want to.
P.S. If you're based in Cape Town, Stellenbosch, Paarl or Franschhoek we'll replace the R140 delivery charge (per 6 or 12 bottles) with a bottle of our super Môreson Cabernet Franc (valued at R150 a bottle).
P.P.S. We presently only offer the facility to purchase online, through us, to South African customers.
I've scanned in a copy of the article but I think that you should still pick up a copy of the magazine because, let's face it, my scanning abilities leave a lot to be desired. I think that I've finally come to terms with the fact that I will never been a Professional Scanner. It's a lot to deal with but I am sure you will all be relieved to hear that I'm handling the disappointment surprisingly well. Shoo. I can here that collective sigh of relief.