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Playing on the Lawns of Klein Joostenberg in Stellenbosch (2016-08-27) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 04 SEP 2016

Joostenberg is a diverse, 5th generation family business situated in the Muldersvlei district of Stellenbosch, known for their organic vineyard farming and boutique wine production, their small herd of grass fed free range cattle reared for beef, their pork specialist butchery, their seasonal cut flowers, herbs and vegetables, their popular deli, their events venue, and last but not least, their world class, family-friendly bistro.

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Most of the actual work happens at the working farm of Joostenberg, but it is Klein Joostenberg, their retail outlet housing the deli, cellar door wine sales, butchery, bistro and a modern events venue that is the real attraction here.

Extremely family friendly with massive lawns and a welcoming atmosphere, we’ve enjoyed quite a number of picnics here in the past when Jessica was a lot younger – as well as one wedding come to think of it!

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As you might imagine, the girls had an absolute ball. We enjoyed a ride on the horse carriage, ate some yummy treats from the deli, ran around on the lawn, explored the grounds, chased chickens, and played on the jungle gym – the only thing we didn’t end up doing was grabbing a table and enjoying a bite to eat at the bistro!

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It is worth noting that there has been one big change to the grounds since we last visited – a lot of the kids’ play equipment have been removed to make space for the Stellenbosch Brewing Company, whose tasting room/restaurant now sits squarely on the picnic lawn space, which is a welcome addition to the experience as a whole.

Sadly, I didn’t get around to trying their beer out either (an oversight on my part), but now that I know that they are there, I’ll definitely be visiting again sooner rather than later!

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If you are looking for a polished family friendly space with a good outdoors feel to it, then you definitely can’t go wrong with a visit to the charming experience that is Klein Joostenberg.

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Breakfast at Beulah on the R27 (2015-09-12) Photo Gallery 02 OCT 2015

A couple of weekends ago, we split the kids (one went to Granny, one went to Ouma), and after not the best of date night ever (couldn’t locate the restaurant we wanted to try, settled for mediocre, in the middle of a renovation, Spur, and then watched a mediocre Charlize Theron drama/thriller at Ster Kinekor),  we headed out bright and early on the Saturday morning, embarking on our whirlwind flowers on the West Coast adventure!

IMG_20150912_113833 Breakfast at Beulah restaurant on the R27

To start things off though, we needed breakfast, and following some good advice from Chantelle’s baking friends, we hunted down Beulah’s Farm Deli,  which stands alongside the R27 at the Yzerfontein/Darling crossing.

The exterior is… ‘charming’ in a rundown farm stall kind of way, but inside is where the real magic lies.

The tiny deli section of this vintage (but trendy modern) decorated farm stall is stocked with some exquisite farm products, a lot of these being meat (pork) related because Beulah also plays host Eighteen94 CureSmiths, experts in the age old charcuterie style of food preservation.

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(This of course then translates to a lot of delicious pork/bacon making it onto Beulah’s delectable menu.)

The coffee is good, but believe me, the breakfast is even better. Well presented, full of flavour, and with a feel of being prepared by someone who loves food and is well trained/watches a lot of fancy cooking shows.

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Needless to say, Chantelle and I left there  in absolute heaven, hunger sated and ready for the next step of our little breakaway journey!

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Related Link: Beulah Farm Deli | Eighteen94 CureSmiths

Wakaberry Weekend My Life 09 FEB 2013

It was pretty hot and humid last weekend, pretty much keeping pace with how the rest of the week was, meaning that Friday evening was even more of a loss than normal, with Chantelle and I watching Big Bang Theory, eating Ostrich Mince Wraps and dealing with a fairly unsettled Jess during the evening. Saturday morning saw the three of us stock up Chantelle’s car with all the neatly boxed cakes and cupcakes, and then make the long drive through to Franschhoek for the usual Sacred Ground Deli delivery.

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Whilst Chantelle was organising things at the deli, Jess and I took the opportunity to stroll down Franschhoek main road for a bit, visiting the giant teddy sitting in front of one of the stores (which Jessie was absolutely thrilled to see), ambling through the bustling Saturday goods market, and finally snack on some delicious pancakes we grabbed from the aforementioned market! On our drive back we spotted on of those newly disguised speed cameras which look like green power utility boxes coming into Stellenbosch (very sneak), and at the last minute we decided to pull off at the Root 44 market at Audacia to get a feeling of what the atmosphere is like on a Saturday. Turns out that it is pretty much the same as on a Sunday! (Shame, while we were walking around, Jess must have slipped and fell, because she ended up with a nasty, bloody injury at the back of her head!)

jessica lotter in the sand pit at Root 44 market

Back home it was back to baking for Chantelle, who needed to finish a Strawberry Shortcake decorated Chocolate Cake for Annelie’s little girl’s birthday party the next day. Meanwhile, Jessie and I nipped out to the shops and stocked up for a braai, which in the end turned out pretty damn nice if I say so myself! Annelie loaned her Lollos DVDs to Jessica who turns out to be a huge fan, which pretty much kept her occupied until bedtime, meaning that I was left free to plonk myself down and watch the all important Bafana Bafana AFCON game against Mali, which sadly we lost in the end but not for the lack of trying I must add! (Shame, the unpleasant heat must have again been too much for Jess, as she again had a rather unsettled night).

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Sunday say Chantelle, Jess and myself nip out early to the mall in order to purchase a few odds and ends that I needed, before returning home to welcome the Montgomery clan who stopped by for a quick visit before their luncheon date out in Botrivier. The afternoon arrived and once again we headed out towards Stellenbosch, this time to meet up with all the friends on an outing to Wakaberry, a delightful frozen yoghurt (froyo) bar that allows you to put together the yummiest of desserts! A seriously kid’s friendly location and outing, which also just happened to sport a foosball table which proceeded to keep the guys occupied for what felt like hours (even with all the foraging for 2 Rand coins!).

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From there the group took a stroll to the quaint Stellenbosch Botanical Gardens, and as the day was beginning to wind down for the little ones, we grabbed a quick drink from the little restaurant before making our exit (which was initially thwarted by the locked gates which was a little scary truth be told) and heading back towards Gordon’s Bay. Not feeling like the effort of making supper or stopping at the shop to purchase something to eat, we made a snap call to pull in at the McDonalds at Somerset Mall, a decision we later regretted, what with having forgotten just how bad McDonalds “food” actually is!

chantelle lotter and jessica lotter in stellenbosch botanical gardens

Back home it was the usual bedtime routine for young Jess, followed by some viewing of the original X-Men movie, and finally a tasty little dose of ice-cream, before hitting the sack to bring to an end yet another busy weekend.

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Photo Gallery: Delivery to Sacred Ground in Franschhoek (2013-01-12) Photo Gallery 12 JAN 2013

Jessica and I joined Chantelle for her morning cupcakes and cakes delivery to the Sacred Ground Deli in Franschhoek, on what turned out to be a gloriously sunny day. As always the tourist town was bustling, with tourists, locals and even a festive group of minstrels, the latter being something that Jessica in particular liked!

(So much so that when they stopped to take a break between songs, she broke out in applause and squeals of delight!)

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Photo Gallery: Lourensford Deli Breakfast (2011-08-27) My Life | Photo Gallery 27 AUG 2011

Given a bit of a break from Jessica courtesy of the grandparents, Chantelle and I thought it best to start off the weekend with a delicious breakfast at the delightful Lourensford Deli on the Lourensford Wine Estate in Somerset West.

This was followed by some chasing down of tame peacocks, followed by an amble through the Saturday morning family market.

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