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Plumwood Inn Country Guest House

Plumwood Inn Country Guest House

Plumwood Inn Country Guest House.

Franschhoek accommodation, Four-star guesthouse
From the charming positioning in the historical heart of the Franschhoek mountain valley, right down to the thorough concept of combining luxury and comfort,
Plumwood Inn promises to host an exclusive, all-encompassing and treasured guesthouse experience.

Outstanding accommodation is but a piece in the Plumwood Inn encounter and is offered in three alternate varieties, catering to the classical cottage-style or more modern tastes of guests. Be it in the four rooms of the Main House or the seven rooms in the more contemporary, modern-styled Villas – all rooms boast the same luxuries and offer an exceptional sense of unique style and elegant design.

For more info contact Lucienne  email: plumwood@mweb.co.za

Rose Cottages

Rose Cottages

Rose Cottages

Set amongst the vineyards and mountains of Franschhoek, this guest accommodation offers self-catering cottages with a private pool and barbecue facilities. Free private parking is also available on site Franschhoek Rose Cottages.

The property features spacious, elegantly decorated cottages with a seating area and a fully equipped kitchen. Each cottage has a fireplace, and opens onto a patio with loungers overlooking the mountains and the pool.

Guests can prepare their meals in the privacy of their cottage, or enjoy gourmet dishes in one of the nearby restaurants.

Fishing, hiking, horse riding, and golf are some of the activities offered in the surrounding area.

 

Reuben’s Restaurant

Reuben’s Restaurant

Reuben’s Restaurant

Food photography

The new Reuben’s Restaurant is situated just off the main street in Franschhoek,  2 Daniel Hugo Rd and  much of what guests have come to love about the Reuben’s experience remain, but it’s presented in new, fresh and personal packaging, with Reuben and Maryke’s personalities and tastes evident throughout. “The gap between maintaining the heart and soul of the Reuben’s experience, which our guests have come to know and trust over the years, and all of the potential and excitement of something new and completely ours, is where our creativity can really be let loose and flourish,” says Reuben Riffel. “It’s time for a new look and for pushing ourselves to constantly offer our customers a better experience, and we’re bursting with positive energy for everything to come!”

The Southern Right Whale

The Southern Right Whale

The southern right whale is a baleen whale and one of three species classified as right whales. This species is easily distinguished from others because of their broad back without a dorsal fin, wide pectoral fins, a long arching mouth that begins above the eye and small rough patches of skin (or callosities) on its large head.
It has very dark grey or black skin, with occasional white patches on the belly. Its two separate blow holes produce a distinguishing V-shaped blow. Southern rights have an enormous head which is up to one quarter of total body length. The callosities on the head are made of hard material, similar to human finger-nails, which appear white due to large colonies of whale lice called cyamids. The number, shape and position of the callosities are unique to each individual whale, and allow us to tell them apart. Southern right whales tend to have a large callosity at the front of the head, called a ‘bonnet’.
Photos taken in Hermanus South Africa
Hermanus, Western Cap

Family shoot

Family shoot

Family shoot

Beautiful winter Sunday morning at Kommetjie Cape Town

 

FFG Futurum Financial Group

FFG Futurum Financial Group

FFG Futurum Financial Group

was formed on 1 October 1998. FFG has been assigning our experience and resources for more than 27 years, providing seamless, tailor, made insurance and risk solutions for top South African public companies, thousands of privately owned businesses and many more private individuals.

FFG is a leading independent financial services company, delivering a broad range of financial services and products. We specifically focus on areas of Wealth Creation and Preservation, Asset Risk Management Insurance Solutions and Employee Benefit Solutions. With more than 150 colleagues nationally, FFG unite to add value for clients via innovative and effective risk and people solutions and through industry leading resources and technical expertise.

FFG has the resources and network to support your company’s growth. As an insurance based financial services provider, FFG focuses its activities on its key markets in strategie destinations throughout South Africa. With strong capabilities, matched by high standards of professionalism, we aim to be trusted as a corporate citizen that responds to the diverse expectations of stakeholders, including shareholders, customers, business partners, and employees.

Transformation plays a pivotal part of our growth strategy in South Africa.

FFG has become the cornerstone for many successful individuals and businesses in numerous sectors.

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Location: Wide Angle photo studio Paarl

 

Bastille Festival 2017

Bastille Festival 2017

Bastille Festival 2017 15th and 16th July, where locals and visitors will be celebrating the valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.
Berets in hand.Red white and blue outfit planned to perfection. Now you’re ready to celebrate this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, 15th and 16th July, in style!
One of the main sponsor Boekenhoutskloof Wine with Porcupine and Wolftrap range of wines.

It was a wet weekend in Franschhoek due to rain… but we need the rain and most of all did not stop the fun!

Photographer Sandro Tasso Olympus Brand Ambassador in South Africa based in Paarl and in Franschhoek

 

Merino sheep

Merino sheep

Merino sheep.

The Merino is an excellent forager and very adaptable. It is bred predominantly for its wool, and its carcass size is generally smaller than that of sheep bred for meat. South African Meat Merino (SAMM), American Rambouillet and German Merinofleischschaf have been bred to balance wool production and carcass quality.

Merino need to be shorn at least once a year because their wool does not stop growing. If the coat is allowed to grow, it can cause heat stress, mobility issues, and blindness.

The Phoenicians introduced sheep from Asia Minor into North Africa and the foundation flocks of the merino in Spain might have been introduced as late as the 12th century by the Marinids, a tribe of Berbers.[citation needed] although there were reports of the breed in the Iberian peninsula before the arrival of the Marinids; perhaps these came from the Merinos or tax collectors of the Kingdom of León, who charged the tenth in wool, beef jerky and cheese.[citation needed] In the 13th and 14th centuries, Spanish breeders introduced English breeds which they bred with local breeds to develop the merino; this influence was openly documented by Spanish writers at the time.[8]

Spain became noted for its fine wool (spinning count between 60s and 64s) and built up a fine wool monopoly between the 12th and 16th centuries, with wool commerce to Flanders and England being a source of income for Castile in the Late Middle Ages.

Most of the flocks were owned by nobility or the church; the sheep grazed the Spanish southern plains in winter and the northern highlands in summer. The Mesta was an organisation of privileged sheep owners who developed the breed and controlled the migrations along cañadas reales suitable for grazing.

The three Merino strains that founded the world’s Merino flocks are the Royal Escurial flocks, the Negretti and the Paula. Among Merino bloodlines stemming from Vermont in the USA, three historical studs were highly important: Infantado, Montarcos and Aguires.

Gear used:

Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II

Zuiko 300mm f4 PRO

Photographer Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio

Franschhoek and Paarl

 

Cape Epic 2017

Cape Epic 2017

The Absa Cape Epic is an annual mountain bike stage race held in the Western Cape, South Africa. It has been accredited as hors categorie (beyond categorisation) by the Union Cycliste Internationale. First staged in 2004, the race typically covers more than 700 kilometres (435 miles), and lasts eight days – a prologue and seven stages. The Absa Cape Epic attracts elite professional mountain bikers from around the world, who compete in teams of two. To qualify for a finish, teams have to stay together for the duration of the race. The race is also open to amateurs, who enter a lottery in order to gain a slot. A total of 600 teams take part. The times taken to finish each stage are aggregated to determine the overall winning team in each category at the end of the race. The course changes every year, but the race has always taken place in the Western Cape. The Absa Cape Epic was described by Bart Brentjens, 1996 Olympic gold medallist in mountain biking and a former Absa Cape Epic winner, as the “Tour de France of mountain biking”.
The 2017 route will take riders through 691 km of Western Cape countryside and up a lot of hills: the accumulated vertical gain over the eight days will be 15 400m.

Photographer: Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo Studio Franschhoek

Olympus Ambassador South Africa

Camera: Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II lens: Zuiko 300mm f4 Pro

Family shoot

Family shoot

Family shoot at Val de Vie Estate.

Great fun shooting this kids during this winter at Val de Vie.