23 Days ago we moved 50 kilometers from Stanford to Napier in the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa. We had to start with a gigantic cleaning operation and since last week we are unpacking. The first plants have since last Wednesday a place in the new garden and many others are still waiting in their pots. In about a month a brand new kitchen (own design, hand crafted by one of the many pensioners around) must be ready and during the present phase one we also intend to channel the drain water (heavy rainfalls every Winter) at least 1 meter from the house. Phase 2 is the refurbishing the cottage and the double garage in the back into respectively a guest room and a studio. This is planned for October/November. In the meantime some B&W snap shots of some details in and around the house.
Napier is named after one of the colonial British governors. The oldest known ancestor of the governor moved from France to England a 1000 or so years ago. ‘Napier’ is also an old French word for ‘table cloth’ or ‘cover’.
Last week I finished the assignment for 8 (60×90 cm) posters for a new restaurant here in the village. And the guests are raving about it I understood this weekend. The new restaurant (Springfontein Eats) is the first Michelin Star rated restaurant in South Africa. The kitchen (with permanently 3 chefs) is larger than the restaurant itself!!! And it needs to be because it’s not a quickie home cooking but the different ingredients (some foraged by THE Chef himself in the surrounding nature) undergo a long process of pre-preparation and (slow) cooking, etc.
Anyway; herewith a few pictures and if you want to see more … (?) …. come to Stanford, South Africa and EAT!!!