We have been having amazing weather…sun sun, blooming awesome flowers and the first snake of the season slithered past me. Shudder. I still get icicles down my spine if I see one. Actually to tell the truth I dropped everything I was carrying (a packet of empty tins..lotta noise there) and a girlish shriek just popped out my throat.
The tea garden was festive on Saturday with scrumtious goodies on sale:
From left to right…wheat-free chocolate cake drenched in wild mint syrup, rose cupcakes with lemony cream cheese filling followed swiftly (into my mouth) by Meringues filled with cream and topped with a fresh strawberry. Oh.
But wait. Theres more…. Something for the savoury hearted….vegetable quiche with a tomato fan for show. Yummie.
Then we had a really, really lovely booking early one Saturday morning…the weather was purrrfect – no wind, happy sun and *IM REALLY SORRY* but I lost the piece of paper that had these wonderful people’s names on it…
Nevertheless one friendly couple bought their couple friends over for a surprise Anniversary champagne breakfast (their glasses and champers) ,,,they were even wearing masks so they had no clue where they were! Love it.
Here they are having The Best Time Ever:
I have been asked a couple of times for this recipe so I thought I’d be nice and share it with you too.
You will need:
Two organic aubergines …(these babies came from our garden)
And two free range eggs (thank chicken # 2 & 3) and a plate with seasoned flour ( I used a mix of rye and corn flour…wheat-free and all that)
- Crack the eggs and mix them in a bowl.
- Slice the aubergines up and salt them so they sweat a bit..
- then heat some oil in a pan on medium-high heat.
- Dip slices first in the egg and then in the flour and pop in the pan…like so:
- Let it gently brown on both side and then drain on absorbent paper.
Deliciousness in minutes. Even those who don’t normally like aubergines will love these.
This week we had another garden club visit. They had a talk and 10% discount on the retail plants and relaxed in the tea garden in between.
It was drizzling a bit, that’s why one lady has a plastic packet on her head.
Then we fed them
Wheat-free of course.
The Home/Tuise photographer and creative designer came over again to shoot the exterior of the Ecolodge and the interior of our bedroom. Apparently we have a Bohemian/Eclectic style happening. Cute label for secondhand loves! So don’t forget to buy the September issue of Home/Tuis magazine because that’s when the Ecolodge will feature in it…its their Eco-edition.
Thats a while off, in the meantime, this weekend we will have the honour of Petra Van de Casteele from Country Life magazine and her family visiting us in the Ecolodge for the weekend. She wrote ‘Celebrating Fynbos’ amoungst other magical articles and books. Nervously wondering what to serve them at the tea garden after they go on a guided fynbos walk. Maybe scones, a variety of indigenous flower jams and fynbos tea? Mmmm.
As Kingoftheplayground would say: ” I better get crackalacking outta here”and go hunt for flowers.
Yesterday we all took a break from the Big Move, and headed for the dam.
Rocks were explored and plants were examined.
At the dam, Pollox went to cool off and Lucy had a scope around.
On the way back, we had the luck of seeing a very clear Table Mountain with its cable car twinkling, and an owl hooting on a rock!
Today we had to get the Ecolodge ready for a newlyweds.
KindofthePlayground helped to clean the jaccuzi… “Oh, got we to clean it all up?”
Me: “Careful around the edge please!” Him: “Oh my word-Im being careful!”
And added a romantic touch with flowers in vases, proteas on pillows and a wreath on the door.
We wish you a Happy Ever After!
I had to relinquish the camera back to sister # 1. So for todays story, you’ll just have to use your imagination for the images!
It was a hot, hot, week. The plants looked sad and dusty. Unfortunately it was also the week where the irrigation in a certain plant area decided not to work properly and we lost a lot of plants. They did not quite die, luckily, but will only look good again in a while. Thankfully a strange summer storm appeared, mist rolling down the mountain (picture it), bringing a brief respite from the suns harsh rays.
On the brighter side, two days ago, Mike the BB man was clearing out the Protea area and ripped out a pile (and I really mean a PILE) of baby tomato plants growing wildly there. (Imagine three buckets full of baby tomatoes) So, tomato tart for all!!! (Imagine, a sumptuous mouth-watering tomato tart – crispy pastry, melted cheese and fresh origano on top, mmm..)
Apart from never wanting to see another baby tomato for a long while (only so much amazing tart one can eat) the Big Move is happening. Phase 1 starts today…Ownerlady begins her move – exciting changes. Our turn next week maybe – just hope the chickens can deal with the stress of it all…they really are pea-brained. Have visions of them wandering back to their old roost wondering why it’s so drafty.
Heres a photo I took a while ago of Kingoftheplayground having a chicken of a time:
Have a great weekend!!!