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Franschhoek Life September/October 2020

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open for viewing and more!

On show in Gallery 4, till 29 August 2021 Nature Morte – The Still from Life Continuing the exploration of genre themed exhibitions inspired by the Rupert Museum’s permanent collections, Nature Morte is the second in the series, following on the much appreciated show – Faces & Figures. At its core the various still life and interior scenes in the mediums of drawing, painting, print, sculpture and ceramics portray South African stylistic movements by prominent 20th and 21st century artists. These include Irma Stern, Jean Welz, Cecil Higgs, Alexis Preller, Erik Laubser, Christo Coetzee, Penny Siopis, Karel Nel, John Newdigate and Hennie Meyer. The exhibition sheds light on the genre’s reference to the transience of life and socio-political grappling; as well as its historical tradition by featuring Flemish art from the Michaelis Collection…

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hand-crafted by boschendal

The quality organically grown produce, in-house artisan bakery, fresh organic butchers and a broad range of new foodie treats made on the estate, have a prominent place in the new space. As always, community is at the heart of the operation at Boschendal and much time and attention has been invested to seek out and support small, artisan suppliers who pride themselves on creating quality products that are respectful to the environment. The unique array of products include, wood ware that has been handmade on the farm or crafted in an artisanal studio in Woodstock from oak and South African olive wood. Good, old fashioned baskets weaved in Paarl using time-honoured techniques. Artisanal textiles, woven on old fashioned looms, by Barrydale Hand Weavers in the Klein Karoo. The napkins & tablecloths by…

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an artist in residence – nyika (alex) zinhanga’s story

They would often paint together on Alex’s day off mostly with Robert providing photos to be used as reference for his drawings which were then shown and sold by a local art gallery. In 2006 Robert was selected to be the artist-in-residence at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, USA and suggested to the museum that, during his tenure they might want to exhibit some of Alex’s wildlife drawings. The exhibit included biographical details and a map of southern Africa showing where Alex lives and works. The popular exhibit was seen by thousands of people including British wildlife artist David Sheppard. Since then, Alex has evolved as a painter and he enjoys support and encouragement by many other Franschhoek residents who have helped with this endeavor. The initial meeting with…

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experience la vie belle with plaisir de merle this spring

Located in the charming hamlet of Simondium just outside Franschhoek, Plaisir de Merle is known to celebrate their rich history and unique terroir and has been crafting fine wine in the area for close to 300 years. As one of the first farms to start cultivating vines in this prestigious growing region, Plaisir de Merle consistently excelled throughout the years as a producer through the keen interest of many generations of committed guardians. The Griffin, a prevailing symbol of the estate, represents the foresight and bravery of these men and women who have built the farm to what it is today. Modern-day Plaisir de Merle encapsulates two of the original Drakenstein farms, making it not only one of the oldest but one of the largest in the area, spanning over…

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still celebrating south africa’s culinary heritage

Choose a light lunch of deliciously topped flatbreads made with the traditional Neapolitan base. Nibble on charcuterie or gourmet sandwiches. Enjoy lunch with a daily menu of hearty mains and delicious desserts. Come for an early morning coffee and brunch or afternoon cup of tea and a treat from the Farm Shop’s delectable selection of confectionery. The best news is that all can be enjoyed with your choice from the estate’s award-winning wine list! Enjoy the beautiful Franschhoek Valley, the quiet of the farm and vineyards, the beautiful gardens as well as the spacious and secure environment of the Restaurant. Relax in front of a welcoming fireplace during cooler weather or relax in a sunny spot on the stoep or in the gardens. Bookings 021 876 8800 | pierneef@la-motte.co.za | www.la-motte.com/pages/reservation…

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a new start with starters!

“Entrée”, French for “starter”, was inspired by the exciting menu concept which offers a variety of starter-sized dishes. Chef & Owner, Archie enjoys this creative, easy-approach to dining. “Our Entrée menu re-defines the space between a traditional large-portioned al la carte menu and the finer dining tasting menus. The Entrée menu fuses the variety and creative flair of a set menu whilst still offering you all the choice and affordabilty of an al la carte experience”. General Manager, Dominique Maclean is equally excited about their new venture; “Our team has followed us to a new and beautiful setting, the history and old-world charm of the restaurant building, with copper pipe accents on the interiors’ exposed brick walls, high wooden volted ceilings and a giant indoor fireplace that makes you feel welcome as…