Only Louis could be so meticulous, industrioous and thoughtful!
He has made individul cookie parscels for all guests.
PLACES I LOVE AROUND THE VILLA
When I have a moment to spare on a busy day I love to walk down to the corner of Kloof Nek and Burnside (sometimes with Brandi our loving golden retriever who will first have run in the small local park). I may have a cup of ‘flat white’ coffee (a favourite of our guests) at The Power and The Glory .
This is a very ‘alternative’ coffee bar by day and bar by night – very popular with the local arty set. I often have to place an order at the request of an arriving guest (‘just as a surprise’) at the wonderful flower shop Lush.
When I took these photos there was a film shoot taking place here but normally I will waste 10 minutes just taking in the surprising and beautiful arrangements taking shape on their basic work benches.
Then I may pop into the local Tamboerskloof Pharmacy to stock up on plasters or Grand Pa Headache Powders for our first aid kit before heading home. If I have time I may visit Mooi our informal local ladies salon to make an appointment for a client or to chat to the staff there. Our female guests often pop in here for a facial, ‘mani/pedi’ or a hairdo before a wedding or just to spoil themselves.
I’ll then perhaps have a chat to the owners of our most popular local bistro The Miller’s Thumb (Jane and Solly) whose recipe for success is excellent food and personal, attentive service. If you go there twice they really WILL ” know your name”!
Our local heroes! These lovely policemen on horseback patrol our streets and they add an element of class to our neck of the woods. Thanks guys!
Connie’s Milk Tart
My Mom used to whip up this delicious (and easy-to-make) milk tart which is a firm favourite with the guests at the Villa at tea time
1 Tablespoon Butter
3 Heaped Tablespoons Corn Flour
3 Tins Fresh Milk
1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Heaped Tablespoon Custard Powder
A Pinch of Salt
Half a packet of Tennis (or Lemon Cream) Biscuits Crushed.
Butter a rectangular tin (25cm x 30 cm) and line the base with crushed biscuits.
Bring to the boil in a double boiler 2 tins of the fresh milk with the butter added.
Mix together all other ingredients and beat well. Pour over the boiling milk while stirring.
Stir until thick (10 minutes). Ladle the custard over the biscuit base and leave to cool.
Dust with powdered cinnamon and slice into squares.
10 Oct: Spring has sprung on the tip of Africa and everyone is in the mood for a fresh start. It’s a great feeling. Predictably we have had a spate of babies being born – in the house and in the city.
At the Villa, our maintenance go-to guy, Cedric, has become a Dad for the 4th time – well done Ced and Olivia!
We wish your new little daughter, Tifani, a very happy childhood and a great life ahead.
The other joyous event this Spring has been the arrival of a litter of daschund pups produced by the diminutive, but feisty Taylor – our chocolate brown bitch and her handsome beau the black-and-tan Monty. Taylor produced 6 pups on the 23rd of June – 3 brown and 3 black – 1 girl and the rest all boys.
On the wild side, there are some adorable (but still quite shy) new cubs at the Cheetah outreach project near Somerset West, about 40 minutes’ drive from the Villa. They are wonderful to see. There are also some older cubs which one can play with – though they are not quite as soft and cuddly as you may think to look at them!