Tuesday, August 15, 2017

One Macchiato please…. Cappacino our cow had a baby - and a very protective mom she is too. As it is a girl (and will eventually -  looking ahead - come with milk, we decided on calling her Macchiato instead of Espresso…!  Our lambs are not fairing as well, Mom gave up, we lost one of the twins and Angelique has taken Dora (yes, really – sort of from A-Dora-ble) home to bottle feed her (Celvin doesn’t yet know about the night feeds….)

Dusty will be leaving us soon to become a city boy, moving to Kyalami, where he will be able to be the ‘only child’ he’s always wanted to be.  We will miss him, but our other horses won’t, as he is not a team player!  Charlotte made an appearance this afternoon, - I was wondering why the water bowl had been emptied the last few days – and promptly scoffed two large courgettes and a bag of lettuce.  I will miss hibernation… they are quite demanding once up and about, and Perry will quite happily come inside to eat cat food if we don’t feed him timeously!

Although the Japonicas are flowering (and abuzz with bees) the roses are still dormant. Not even tiny shoots yet and one wonders if we have pruned too early.  This week sees the closure of the bowling green to start the spring preparations of cutting and scarifying, hollow tinning, topdressing and then watering… lots! Hopefully we will have some spring rains to aid this along, although not looking hopeful.

We are also slowing trying to replant our orchard, and have made great progress with the laying of an irrigation dropper system – now for some more trees. There are times when I think how wonderful and easy a tiny little yard would be to look after…. Then Molly and Sprocket are spotted roaring through the gardens, children cycling all round (sometimes at breakneck speeds… down the stairs..!) and it is all worthwhile.

If you have not yet booked for September and October, get onto it! When spring comes, Wyndford and the Eastern Free State are so pretty – and it includes things like Honey Glazed Lamb Chops, Lemon Posset, Chargrilled and Roasted Pork Loin with Rosemary and Red wine sauce, Banana and White Chocolate Spring rolls with Vanilla Ice cream…. You get the picture! 
Enjoying all of this for a two night stay for two out of season will be Heather Scott who is our monthly draw winner.  Whoop whoop, come and enjoy!
 Late news flash.... there is a possibility of snow from Thursday...!
Well, that’s all for now, we wish you warm and happy days and hope to see you soon. 

Tel 0582230274 reception@wyndford.co.za
Oh dear ... this is what happens when you forget to turn the sprinkler off overnight... at least it was a magnificent photo op for guests...!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

News from the farm in July..

We were hoping that this newsletter might end up being the white edition with all the snow forecasts flurrying around.  However to this point, it is still the sepia edition coming from the golden brown Eastern Free State. Although not my favourite season, the colours of the sandstone mountains with the golden corn rows has a specific beauty all of it’s own.
We recently woke to the sad news that our beautiful stallion Ponty had died in the night. He was a character of note, full of mischief, a magnificent ride and gentle with children. He loved doing a detour through the apple orchard, and was the only horse to have ever joined guests for tea in the summerhouse.  He was much photographed and a large part of Wyndford's story, we will all miss him. On a happier note…
Imagine this…. Megg is stabled for the night. Fresh straw, food, water, teff bag… on checking that she is settled… we discover that she is in a stall with no food, no straw, no water. It needs sorting – immediately! On returning – she is in a different stall yet again – now we are starting wonder and then watch as she expertly limbo dances under the poles from stall to stall. Never a dull moment!

I have wondered how, if you are hoping to survive you might just happen to have an orange and an egg in your pocket? Well, bring the kids to join our survival and adventure weekend to find out important things like how to cook said egg in the orange - over a fire you have started from scratch.  Other interesting activities and fun projects to take place over the weekend of the 18 – 20 August 2017, give us a call to find out more 0582230274 or email reception@wyndford.co.za
We have a special coming up for the 4 day period between 28 – 31 July 2017 – minimum two nights stay for a massive 40% off. Round up the family (a 40th anniversary, 4th or 40th birthdays or just for fun!)… you never know – the snow might just make an appearance!  T&C’s do apply.  Call us now so as not to miss this!

And then, congratulations go to Gillian Sherratt on being our monthly draw winner, we look forward to welcoming you to Wyndford for your two night stay for two.

Well, that’s all for now, we wish you warm and happy days and hope to see you soon. 
Tel 0582230274 reception@wyndford.co.za
  
 
In my long running duel with the Dassies at the gate... it seems we have discovered one plant they do not like to eat!    

Monday, July 17, 2017

Whoop whoop a special in store....

We have a special on offer..... within the 4 days from 28 to 31 July 2017, we are offering a 40% discount, minimum two nights stay, includes all meals, morning and afternoon teas... bunny cuddles, warm hospitality, spectacular scenery, farm fare.... what are you waiting for?!!
Share with someone else if you can't make it this time...ahhhh

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Latest news from the farm...


Let me introduce you to Stormer.... our new chap in the stables.  He is a Maluti look alike, just a whole lot younger! A gentle soul who loves to come up for a cuddle, or an apple. For those of you who prefer something with a little less height - the ducks are skating on thin ice (minus temperatures a couple of times the last few mornings) and the tortoises have taken the snug way out of winter and are hibernating in their specially sculptured holes in the hill (in fact so snug it took three trips up and down to locate them).  It always amazes me how they manage to find the best spot that gets the first and last sun of the day!
  
It has been a busy month with the farm hosting a wedding in the summerhouse gardens, some gardens being relaid and the making of fencing to tidy and secure the sheep and emu pens. Molly and Sprockett continue to flourish and enjoy walks, guests and in Moly's case chasing and barking at anything and everything... and if there is nothing - she makes do with her tail!
We have Seniors special after the June long weekend, where there is a 40% discount for a four night stay from the 19 - 23 June - join us before the school holidays for a relaxing break in our beautiful mountains enjoying winter walks, Snowdrops, Hellibores and cosy fires. 
There are still a few rooms available for the June long weekend and a reminder of the July holiday special of a 20% discount for a four night or longer stay.  Also coming soon - the Tennis weekend as well as Survival and Outdoor Adventure for kids - give us a call to find out more 0582230274 or email reception@wyndford.co.za
And then,  Congratulations go to Lindy Heath on being our monthly draw winner, we look forward to welcoming you to Wyndford for your two night stay for two.
Well, that’s all for now, we wish you warm and happy days and hope to see you soon. 
Tel 0582230274 reception@wyndford.co.za
  
      Couldn't resist a recent pictures of the moon rise over the Maluti's - no filters added  - beautiful colours just as it was!

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Seniors special for June...


arriving Monday 19th departing Friday 23rd June 2017
Seniors Special - Less 40% for 4 nights! (yes really and we still feed you...)
... share now with friends, parents, grandparents.. great grandparents!
Call now on 0582230274 or email reception@wyndford.co.za

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Greetings from Wyndford...

There has been a delay in writing this letter… it’s called a ‘new’ computer – it unfortunately has the same ‘old’ user who isn’t quite on the same page!! Anyway – warm hellos from us all at Wyndford.
Sitting in the sun on a lazy afternoon, having just eaten another wonderful Wyndford meal of Creamed Cauliflower soup, Vegetable Spring Rolls with Sweet Chili Sauce, Roast Ribeye of Beef with Yorkshire Pudding and Gravy, Roasted Potatoes and Garden fresh spinach and carrots, followed by the legendary Lemon Meringue Pie and Cream, tea or coffee….. are you drooling yet?!  But wait.. at four there is tea and coffee and homemade cookies and then for dinner this evening…. Well you get the picture! All meals are included in our rates. Breakfasts, morning tea and cake  - we don’t like anyone going home hungry. Farm fare, nothing pretentious but it means you don’t have to think about buying cooking and cleaning up! A holiday indeed…
And for this weekend only there is a special of 35% discount for a minimum two night stay. Give the girls in the office a call on 058-223-0274 now so as not to miss out.
We have had our first frosts of the winter and the woodpile is ready. This week sees the kitchen making our annual supply of marmalade after George and Lindy went orange hunting.  We use a special variety called Rex Union, which are not so easy to obtain.  We nearly ended up picking them ourselves after discovering the farm but all ends well and we came home with 30 pockets! Marmalade supply secured… now for the chopping and cooking!
There are still a few rooms available for the June long weekend and a reminder of the July holiday special of a 20% discount for a four night or longer stay.
Congratulations to  Alana Fourie on being our monthly draw winner, and we look forward to welcoming you Wyndford for your two night stay for two.
Well, that’s all for now, Molly, Sprocket, Ponty, Maluti, Zazu and well we all hope to see you soon.  Stay well and warm.

Tel 0582230274 reception@wyndford.co.za