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Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

St George’s Anglican Church, located on the Delta Rd off the R45, brings to a close their 2021 Season of Creation titled “Oikos, our Common home” on the feast day of St Francis, Sunday, 3 October 2021. They will have a special Blessing of the Animals ceremony at 11h15 as animals occupied a very special place in the heart of St Francis.

The Rector, Fr Wilfred, wishes to extend a warm welcome to all in the valley – with or without animal companions – to join us as we give thanks to God our Creator for the creatures we love and who share this Oikos, our common home. The service will take place in the Rector’s garden and will include prayers for healing humanity’s relationship with the earth and all creatures who share the earth with us. The Service of Blessing will celebrate our unconditional love for our pets and our other humans. Stuffed animals as well as photographs of pets who would not find attending the event a blessed experience are more than welcome. All animals will receive an individual blessing from a priest. One request is that pets where possible be kept on a leash. Attendees must please remain masked at all times and are requested to maintain social distance where possible.

Everybody is invited to bring a donation of dog or cat food which will be distributed to the Solms-Delta farming community where so many of the farm households have been without an income for several months. We are grateful for the many in our greater community who have extended a helping hand to these people in their need. As a result of their lost in income many animals (53 dogs and 32 cats) have been underfed during this time. Our donation of animal food will be a blessing to all the animals on this farm.

At the event there will be flamed Braai Worsrolletjies for sale along with a variety of coolers.

A final thought from Gandhi: “Tthe moral progress of a Nation and its greatness should be judged by the way it treats its animals”.

The Wait Is Over – for Good!

Good Food & Co
The airy interior at Good Food & Co's new Bijoux Square premises

Fans of Good Food & Co will be glad to learn that after a month of being deprived of their favourite deli products and heat & eat meals they have now reopened in their new centrally-located premises at Bijoux Square. To go with the move Chef Nico Vorster has also created four brand new menus – including a vegan one – to tempt locals and visitors to savour their fare. Another new addition is Truth Coffee which can be enjoyed indoors, in the courtyard or as a take-away. All the friendly front-of-house faces are also back to welcome guests with efficient service and a friendly smile. It really is as they say: Good things come to those who wait.”

Opening times: Sun & Mon: 08h00 – 17h00 Tue – Sat: 08h00 – 21h00 (Book online or phone)

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67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day Scarf Handout

Scarf Hand-out
FLTR: Suzette De Jongh, Aliki Brunt (Ambassador for 67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day) and Adell Ferreira at the La Motte scarf hand-out

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day did their annual scarf handout at the La Motte feeding scheme on 19 August in conjunction with one of Sylvia Bell’s soup kitchens. It is normally done on Mandela Day, 18 July, but due to level 4 lockdown, they were unable to do so at the time.

The “Knitwits”, as this group of ladies are known, are based in Paarl, Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. They knitted and crocheted over 350 scarves and beanies. These were hung between the trees for the community to help themselves. Each handmade item had a special message attached to it “I am not lost. If you are cold and need me, please take me. With love 67 Blankets.”

67 Blankets for Nelson Mandela Day is a non-profit organisation that was established by Carolyn Steyn in 2014. The organisation’s purpose is to crochet or knit something warm to donate to those in need every year, either in the form of a blanket, scarf, beanie or anything else which might be of use to the less fortunate or to keep someone warm and make them feel special.

The organization has attracted thousands of members (Knitwits) in South Africa as well as all around the world. Their motto is: “Stitch by stitch we keep people warm in the name of Nelson Mandela, our father.”

“We get everybody involved from schools to churches and old age homes and those who would like to do a good deed for their community,” says Aliki Brunt their local ambassador. “We would like many more helping hands to continue this amazing project,” she adds.

For further information, contact Aliki Brunt on 061 524 0129, or visit

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Dalewood Does More Dairy

Dalewood Dairy Products
Dalewood's new dairy products are available from their Cheesery Shop

Like many of us, Dalewood Fromage’s Rob Visser and his team found that they had a bit more time on their hands during lockdown. Unlike many of us, they put that time to good use! The result is the addition of a whole new range of dairy products to their range.

Visitors to the Cheesery Shop on the farm can now also stock up on buttermilk, cream and crème fraiche for their cooking or baking projects. While there they might as well pick up some of the estate’s hand-made, lightly-salted butter and the full-cream stirred Jersey yoghurt. The latter is entirely free of additives, preservatives, thickeners, stabilisers, emulsifiers, milk powder and sugar making it as natural and healthy as can be. For your home-made pizzas and salad the full-cream Feta is just the ticket!

Dalewood’s unique recipe was formulated by Rob Visser who studied Dairy Technology at Elsenburg College. After years of experimenting, time in France sniffing out traditional cheese making secrets and countless cheese tastings Dalewood Cheese was launched in 2000.

Dalewood’s single Jersey herd grazes each day on bio-dynamically grown pastures surrounded by vineyards. Because of its focus on regenerative farming Dalewood is able to produce all-natural products with no preservatives, colourants or flavourants and suitable for vegetarians.

The Cheesery Shop™ is open:

Monday – Friday 09h00 – 16h00

Saturdays 09h00 – 15h00

Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.

Due to Covid and the size of our Shop we are unfortunately unable to offer any cheese tastings.

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Local at the Olympics

Michelle Weber

When the Tatler learned that Franschhoek-based open water swimmer, Michelle Weber, qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo we just had to get in touch. We managed to have a coffee two days before she departed for Tokyo and were mightily impressed by the humble and determined athlete we met.

Boschendal Wines Wow at Decanter World Wine Awards

Boschendal Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

Boschendal Estate continues to take its award-winning reputation globally. Most recently it pocketed a Gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London for its coveted Jean le Long Prestige Cuvée Cap Classique 2009, which is rapidly garnering a reputation as one of South Africa’s most-awarded Cap Classique wines.

While the Jean le Long Cap Classique accrued a score of 96pts, 11 other diverse wines and wine-styles from the estate achieved ratings of 90pts or more at this wine show, regarded as one of the world’s most important.

Winelands Col’cacchio Pizzerias Celebrate Community With #Mycolcacchio During Lockdown

As disheartening as it is to be facing a third wave of the global pandemic, South Africans can still come together around great pizza delivered to their homes; and by the way, do good in their communities too.  That’s the message from your local Col’Cacchio Pizzeria which is forging ahead with the #MyColCacchio initiative despite the latest two-week lockdown.  Pivoting to take-aways of the #MyColCacchio limited edition meals, Col’Cacchio pizzerias are keeping up the momentum to bring their communities together and raise funds for local causes.

#MyColCacchio limited edition pizza or mains are highlighted across South Africa’s diverse communities for sensational Italian flavour and unique South African flair.  Col’Cacchio Co-Founder and CEO, Kinga Baranowska says, “#MyColCacchio celebrates the best in spirit of South Africans as we face ongoing challenges.   It’s a way to have some fun and enjoy a great pizza despite the lockdown while also supporting the hard-hit restaurants in our communities and giving back to a local charity.”  With every sale of the limited edition #MyColCacchio meal, R5.00 will be donated on your behalf to the selected charity in the community.

Valley Landscapers Land Prestigious Awards

SALI Award winners
SALI prize winners: The Halamandaris holiday home garden (left) and the Fynbos Cottages and Gardens at Babylonstoren (right).

The SA Landscapers Institute (SALI) annual awards were virtually announced at the end of June 2021. To simplify logistics there were two sessions; the medal announcements and the National Trophy and Shield Awards announcements. Two landscaping businesses with local connections, GvH Landscapes and DDS Landscaping Projects, were among the winners.

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2021

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show logo

The results of the 2021 edition of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced at the end of June 2021.  Several wines produced by members of the Vignerons de Franschhoek garnered silverware for their creators, including a much sought after trophy.

The organisers said: “Despite a lower medal count overall, there was a broad spread of trophy winners covering almost all the major categories. It is clear that the industry has more or less recovered from the devastation of the drought years, though with entries down 10% on 2020 not from the 19 weeks of trading bans imposed during the first two waves of the pandemic.”

Make Safety Part of Your New Year’s Fitness and Training Resolutions

You might be a weekend warrior or even a professional competitor – but whatever your fitness and training goals are for 2021, make sure that safety is part of your resolutions for the new year.

“The start of a new year is a perfect time to focus on shaking off the holiday kilos and shape up for a new you. There are a few basic tips to follow to help make sure that you can focus all your attention on your training without having to worry about criminal elements,” says Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Communication for Fidelity ADT.

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