Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Five Favourites

Today I will share with you some of the products that I use – my must haves – my five favourites.


Rain Africa Winter Therapy

I was sent the Rain Africa Winter Therapy Bath Soak to try and found it so beneficial that I just had to buy it when the first product was finished. When I first opened the jar my nostrils opened as well with the strong fragrance of the essential oils : Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Camphor and Wintergreen. Winter Therapy offers relief from the symptoms of colds and flu, stiff sore muscles, blocked nasal passages and aching limbs. My sister stayed with us last year and she developed a cold so I was able to use her as a test subject with the Winter Therapy. I ran a hot bath and added 4 tablespoons to the water while it was running. She relaxed in the bath for approximately 20 minutes. She was very impressed as her nasal passages did open and she had a better night’s sleep. It was next used on my son and the bottle was finished when my daughter developed a cold. I have yet to use it and I hopefully will not need to but it is nice to know that I have cold symptom relief at hand. Please note that the product must not be used by : kids under 6, pregnant women, people allergic to asprin, people with asthma or epilepsy.  R135.00 for a glass jar of 480g

Rain Africa Hand Lotion

I love all the Rain Africa hand lotions that I have used so far. They are quickly absorbed and do not leave a greasy film on my hands. I have used Kalahari Melon, Wild Cotton and Rooibos Hydrating. The hand lotion currently next to my bed is from the Savannah range. As with all of their hand lotions it has a lovely fresh fragrance that is not overpowering. R69.00 for 70ml

Rain Africa – African Rain body*air*linen mist

This is a product that I keep on buying – I think that this is my third bottle. I love the fragrance and it soothes and relaxes me as soon as I smell it. I use it as a room and linen spray. It has a subtle fragrance of lemon, mandarin, freesia and moss. The container is glass and the contents are not pressurized. The liquid is non staining so you don’t need to worry when spraying it on your bedding. R125.00 for 100ml





Rondavel Soap

This is the ONLY soap we use since I first bought a bar to try. The soap is completely handmade by husband and wife team Chikondi and Kate in the Kwazulu-Natal Midlands. They use the cold press method and the soap contains no fake ingredients, no preservatives or artificial colours. Essential oils from plants scent the soaps. I think I have used the entire range of their soap : Naartjie & Mieliemeal, Karoo Lavender & Honeybush, Cape Camomile & Geranium, Aloe Ferox & African Basil, Blue Mountain Sage, Baobab & African Bluegrass, Marula & Charcoal, Lemongrass & Charcoal, Milk & Honey with Geranium and we wash Bolt our Greyhound with the Natural Dog Shampoo Bar. Oh, the only soap I haven’t used is the Gardeners Scrub. Out of all these bars of soap, my absolute favourite is the Milk & Honey with Geranium. If I could eat it I would as it smells so amazing! The Rondavel soap has such a strong fragrance that when one of the family opens the bathroom door after their shower the fragrance floats up the passage and I can smell it in the lounge. What is also so fabulous about this soap is how long it lasts – ages! R50.00 for 135g direct from Rondavel.





Darling Jane Rich Coffee Sugar Scrub

Well something with coffee has to be in my five favourites! I haven’t been using this product for long
but I am really enjoying it and its strong coffee smell. My daughter was the first to use it and she
couldn’t stop raving over it and how great her skin felt after the first use. We also loved how easily it
it helped remove the permanent marker from our skin after we swam the Midmar Mile.
The scrub contains sugar, olive oil, grape seed oil and coffee grounds.
I bought the Rich Coffee Sugar Scrub in a pack with the Cafe Latte Bath Fizz (Coffee Fix)
R65.00 for 200ml. It is R125.00 for the Coffee Fix pack



Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Bookworm Wednesday : Zululand Gold by Ian Tennent

I thoroughly enjoyed this second book of Ian Tennent’s series (the series still to be named). I especially enjoyed the parts where Hannes just takes his fathers bakkie and drives where ever he wishes. It brought to mind the fun I had driving my Mothers little red Mazda 323 round the wash line when we lived in Dundee (I was about 12 years old).  I wonder why my Mother let me do it! (Mom?) My Dad would also let me drive up to the aerodrome while he sat beside me with his hand on the hand brake.  He had to use the hand brake once when I was coming up to a stop street too fast! There was a feeling of so much freedom growing up in a small dorp (town). Of course in those days – shew I sound old! – we didn’t have cellphones and all the other paraphernalia. The thing is; as you head into high school the small dorp feels smaller and it doesn’t help if there are no cinemas and other things to keep teenagers busy. Fortunately for me we moved to Hillcrest at the end of my Standard 6 (Grade 8) year so I could never complain about there being no cinemas etc.




I am very interested to discover what Craig, Sean and Hannes get up to when they reach high school as Zululand Gold features them off on more adventures at the end of their senior primary school career. This time the adventures happen while they camp at Cape Vidal during the December holidays.  A strange Finnish boy called Tera with his Alphorn also features in a few of the more tense parts. What you ask? As if i’m going to tell you!

There is also the re-appearance of a foe they encountered from their previous adventure in Zululand Snow and he regularly features in Craig’s recurring nightmares. This time the adventure for Craig is about gold – specifically what could have happened to the Kruger gold.

I must tell you Ian that I was very upset to not discover what the issue is between Hannes and his brother Duncan!!  I hope that I can read all about it in the next book.

A fabulous read and a great follow on to the first book Zululand Snow. Support local authors and treat yourself to an amazing adventure story.

The eBook is available for purchase from Amazon and visit your local Exclusive Books, Bargain Books and Adams for a hard copy.




Thursday, 17 March 2016

Classics.Perfected at Fairmont Zimbali Lodge & Resort

Last night I was privileged to attend the South African launch of the Fairmont Hotel & Resorts Classics.Perfected cocktail menu at the beautiful Fairmont Zimbali Hotel in Ballito. It is always special to just be able to set foot inside the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge & Resort as it is elegant and tastefully decorated. This theme of elegance was carried through in the setting and table décor for the Classics.Perfected launch. Candlelight, crystals, pearls and white feathers decorated the tables and gave the feeling of the 1920’s. I love the many Orchid plants scattered around the reception area and I even discovered an Orchid plant inside the ladies bathroom. As with every event done by Fairmont Zimbali the food was sublime.



We were warmly welcomed by Liezl Meier who explained a bit about how the menus came about and then we watched a short video showing the Tastemakers in action. There were two bars and we could choose and order any Classics.Perfected cocktail of our choice. The “Pomegranate Paloma” was recommended to me so that is what I ordered. We also had a live demonstration from Fairmont Zimbali’s mixologists in the making of the “Right Word”, “Perfect Martinez” and the “Pomegranate Paloma”. Cocktail making is a science with a measure of this, a tot of that and the added fruit flourishes.




For over a century Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has had a history of cocktail creation and discerning guests have come to expect a delicious and high quality drink every time they order.  This new menu would ensure that the classics are perfect in every hotel and it would offers guests something refreshingly new as well. This is the third global menu that has been launched in partnership with global spirit partners. Classics.Perfected will run for two years and will be available in all Fairmont Hotels & Resorts globally.

The menu features three sections:
v  The most requested classics that guests know and love
v  Revived classics to entice cocktail enthusiasts and
v  The “neats” for those who wish to savor the richness of the program’s carefully selected spirit partners.


So how was the Classics.Perfected menu created?

Senior management at Fairmont surveyed its bars and lounges and the chosen Tastemakers stood out as masters of their craft. Each Tastemaker is seen as a leader not just within the brand but also within the broader cocktail world. Geographic distribution was also taken into consideration to ensure that the new menu would appeal globally.  In June 2015, the Fairmont Tastemakers came together in Seattle, Washington at Kathy Casey Food Studios to create a cocktail menu together. They created a list of the best classic cocktails and secretly voted on their top 12. Various spirit combinations were suggested for the top 12 classics and the Tastemakers then got behind the bar to experiment. In most cases, each of the final cocktails went through over a dozen trials before the perfect recipe was finalized. Selected for their individual talent and mastery of cocktail methodology, the Fairmont Tastemakers include Grant Sceney from Fairmont Pacific Rim, Nader Chabaane from Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, Erik Lorincz from The Savoy (A Fairmont Managed Hotel) and Tom Hogan from Fairmont Singapore.


Spirit brands were chosen based on premium market positioning, history, craftsmanship and global availability.

They include:

Remy Martin VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac a brand that started in the early 1700’s

Belvedere Vodka created exclusively from Polish Dankowskie Rye and quadruple-distilled

Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label which was founded in 1772 and is harvested entirely by hand

The Botanist Islay Dry Gin a progressive exploration of the botanical heritage of the isle of Islay with 22 hand-foraged local botanicals

Bombay Sapphire distilled in a process called Vapor Infusion

Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey which is distilled at the oldest registered distillery in the United States

Woodford Reserve Distillers Select which is crafted in small batches

Cointreau a unique spirit combined with the subtle harmony of bitter and sweet oranges

Mount Gay Rum the world’s oldest rum producer established on 1703

Casamigos Tequila was created by longtime friends George Clooney, Rande Gerber and Mike Meldman

Louis XIII which was first created in 1874.






So what are the Classics.Perfected?

FAIRMONT OLD FASHIONED
Woodford Reserve Bourbon | Mount Gay Black Barrel Rum | Local Bitters
The Old-Fashioned has now become identified as the first cocktail, defined in print for the first time in 1806. It got its name for its simplicity, and it holds true to that standard today. In this case, rum is added to the traditional whiskey, thus making for a richer, worldlier flavor.




POMEGRANATE PALOMA
Casamigos Reposado Tequila | Cointreau | Pomegranate Fresh Grapefruit & Lemon
In certain parts of Mexico, the Paloma is ordered far more often than its cousin, the Margarita. Tequila and grapefruit soda is the simplistic way this drink is known in Mexico, but here fresh grapefruit soda is made with fresh pressed grapefruit, simple syrup, and soda water. Pomegranate adds a rich and tart modern flavor and flair.




PERFECT MARTINEZ
The Botanist Islay Dry Gin | Cointreau | Sweet Red Vermouth | Dry Vermouth | Bitters
The Martinez was first recorded in 1884, and has become something of a cult classic since being rediscovered at the turn of this century. It gets its “perfect” name due to the equal portions of vermouth (like in a perfect Manhattan). The botanicals in the gin add layers of flavor that play well with the two types of vermouth.



SPARKLING COLLINS ROYALE
Belvedere Vodka | Fresh Mint & Cucumber | Lemon and Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label
The Collins and its many variants (like in the form seen here) date back to at least the 1850’s. This variant is our tip of the hat to this rich tradition with the addition of mint and cucumber and a sparkling champagne finish. Light and refreshing.




RIGHT WORD
Bombay Sapphire Gin | Lillet Blanc | St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur | Fresh Lime
The Last Word reigns as the bartenders favorite rediscovered classic cocktail, first invented during Prohibition in Detroit. Elderflower liqueur and Lillet Blanc provide a variation in a floral and elegant way stepping in for the traditional chartreuse — a light and lovely cocktail.




VSOP BOULEVARDIER
Gentleman Jack  Remy Martin VSOP Fine Champagne Cognac Campari | Sweet Vermouth
A classic rediscovered with the recent cocktail renaissance, the Boulevardier is simply a Negroni with whiskey stepping in for gin. A luxurious splash of cognac has been added in our global variation of this classic. A guest who enjoys a Negroni or a Manhattan may also enjoy this cocktail.





Looking for a place with style, elegance and superior cocktails? You just have to make the worthwhile drive to the beautiful Fairmont Zimbali Lodge & Resort. The Classics.Perfected cocktails are exclusive to the 31 Degrees cocktail lounge (no need to book). While you are there you can make it a more memorable occasion by dining at their superb restaurant OSA. Don’t leave it to chance! Phone ahead to book for the restaurant on 032-5385000.




Fairmont Zimbali Lodge & Resort
5 Corkwood Drive
Zimbali Coastal Estate
Ballito
4420


#Classics.Perfected

Friday, 11 March 2016

Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort

My husband has desperately needed a getaway from the stress and strain of work but he was unable to join us for the trip to Gooderson Monks Cowl, but fortunately he was able to get away this past weekend with me (5 and 6 March). We booked for another of Gooderson’s resorts – Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort. It had been many, many years since we were there and we were amazed at the changes.

More units have been built to accommodate self-catering and those that wish to stay in the hotel. Our room still looked and smelled so new. There is also a beautiful spa, heated pool called “The Cove”, slides in the main pool for the kids, zip line, archery, mountain bike track, BMX track and adventure golf. The resort is looking fabulous.

Our room had the same layout and was furnished in the same way as the Superior Rooms at Monks Cowl. The only difference was that Drakensberg Gardens had two basins in the bathroom. The room also had its own private patio and we looked out onto the tennis courts and the riverside hill.

Our very comfortable room at Orchard no 5

Bathroom with two basins

View from our patio with night decending and early morning


It was a lovely drive to the resort but as is usual for our South African roads you need to keep a look out for the pot holes! Friday was also a very, very hot day and we drove with the aircon on the whole way. It took us under 3 hours to get there and we didn’t stop on the way. We had to wait our turn to sign in at the gate as there were a few cars ahead of us. Lovely greeting at reception and we were directed to our room which was Orchard no 5. Oh yes! When we were booking in we were asked about supper. Eagles Roost (carvery/buffet) was fully booked so our only other option was to book at the Bergview Restaurant (A la Carte).

We drove to our room and unpacked and then took a short walk around to see the changes. We had booked supper for 7pm (so late for us) and by the time we got to the restaurant we were very hungry. Found a nice table to sit at and looked at the menu. Quite a few delicious sounding dishes on the menu and it was hard to decide. Finally I went with the Rolled Pork Fillet (filled with a date and nut stuffing and wrapped in bacon). Neil had a beef fillet dish that was one of the specials that evening. We were very impressed with presentation of the dishes and later on the chef actually came and did the rounds of the tables to check on everyone. The food was delicious! Then of course it was time for the most important part of the meal – dessert! No trying to decide what to have this time as I went straight for Creme Brulee and Neil chose Malva Pudding. Again they were beautifully presented and very delicious. Slow walk back to our room and we watched the end of the T20 cricket match between the Proteas and Australia.

Steak, pork, malva pudding and creme brulee


We awoke to a beautiful and clear sky morning (clouds came later) and the promise of a very hot day. Breakfast started at 6:30am and was served in Eagles Roost restaurant. Huge buffet style breakfast with : cereals, fresh fruit, sausages, bacon, mushrooms, eggs cooked the way you like, fruit juices, teas, coffee and pastries. After fortifying ourselves for the day we made our way to the activities desk to get the scenic walks map and to book for me to go on a horse ride. I think it had been at least 2 or 3 years since I had last ridden a horse. The beginners were at 10am but I booked for a 1 hour (2 would have been madness) ride at 12pm.

Back to the room and we changed so that we could do the scenic walk that goes up to the hill in front of the resort. We actually started the walk where you are supposed to finish and we are so glad we did as it was a very steep hill that we went down at the end and it would have been awful to have gone up. Such a perfect morning for a walk – clear blue sky and such beautiful views of the mountains and of the resort once we reached the top of the view point. We crossed a newly built bridge over the river before climbing the hill to get to the view point. We spent some time at top taking photos before carrying on our walk. As we were going down a slight incline we heard a lot of noise coming from the forest to our right and we were thrilled to see a herd of Eland come rushing out. A couple of them even stopped to look at us as if to ask why we were disturbing them. On we went until we came to a small waterfall and rock pool and we sat to watch Platannas (frogs) swimming. Then it was a very careful descent down the steep hill and down to the river. We walked along a path by the river until we reached another bridge to cross over back to the resort. A fantastic and relaxing walk. Back to our room where I could rest a bit and then change for my horse ride.

Scenic walk (hike)

View from hill overlooking Drakensberg Gardens and one of the Eland

Platanna pool, bridge back to the resort and me in the Hippo Pool


I have my own helmet so I just needed to stop at the activities desk to pay for the ride (R190). There is a mounting paddock near the front entrance of the resort and here the guide waited with three horses. No one else came so it was just myself and the guide. Didn’t find it difficult to mount the horse but I must say at the end it was difficult to get off! I can’t show you any photos while on the ride as I didn’t take the camera with – needed two hands. The ride was perfect as we trotted, cantered and did one gallop. I was able to see a lot more of the property that the resort is on and I even discovered that there is a rock pool (Hippo Pools) in the river that you can swim in. I also found out that there is a gate on the property that is the entrance to the mountains (Garden Castle gate). We crossed the river twice and you really have to trust your horse to let him pick the path. On the way back to the resort we passed by the golf course which was very busy. I am definitely no longer riding fit (was in my teens) and I found a few bruise marks on a leg and several muscles complained. It was wonderful though to be back in the saddle.

Before and after the ride


After the ride it was back to the room and change into our swimming costumes as we were going to swim in Hippo Pools. First a stop to get something to drink and to buy bottles of water to take with. We drove to the pools as they a fair distance away. You can walk there but I was too tired after my ride to do that (we also passed a troop of baboons on the road there). Let’s just say that the water was fresh – very fresh! We were determined to swim so we gritted our teeth and went in. The rocks were slippery underfoot and we didn’t see any fish and nothing nibbled on us. We had fun trying to swim against the rushing river. Spent about 30 minutes in the water and then we sat on a large rock to dry, then it was back in the car to the resort. After parking back at our room we walked over to the main swimming pool for a swim. The water felt even colder than the river! Neil decided to have a lie down on a deck chair while I braved the cold water. After about 10 minutes I was getting too cold so I went over to The Cove (warm water pool). Oh my so divine!! I spent most of the rest of our time at the pool in The Cove’s warm water chatting to other weekenders. We had been hearing a lot of thunder for quite a while and we even saw a few lightning flashes over the mountains. It was time to get back to the room before the storm hit.

The main swimming pool and The Cove pool

Saturday afternoon rain and the view of our patio on the Sunday morning


It was fortunate that we left at the time we did (we both had a shower and I was able to use the hair dryer to dry my hair) as the storm caused the electricity to trip. We hadn’t had lunch and by the time it was supper we were very ready to eat. The electricity came on just before we left to make our way to Eagles Roost for the buffet. I love buffets! This was a very good one as it had my favourite – lamb. There was also chicken, vegetables, a noodle stir fry station, curry with sambals and a large array of desserts. We made a concerted effort to get the full benefit of the buffet. The power went out once while we were there and we just switched on the torch on my cellphone and carried on eating and enjoying. When we couldn’t possibly fit in another bite we walked the long way round to get back to our room. There weren’t any interesting movies to watch and we were tired after the busy day so it was a relatively early night.

We managed to sleep past our normal time for waking up and were sad that it was the day to leave. It was a beautiful and partly cloudy day in the Drakensberg and it was going to be hot again. Another yummy breakfast at Eagles Roost restaurant and back to the room where we found a great movie that we could watch before check out time. I had already packed the suitcase before breakfast so all we needed to do was do a final check and pack the car. Drove over to reception at 9:55am and settled our bill. Had planned to buy water from the shop at the resort but unfortunately it was closed at that time. We stopped at Underberg Cheesery and bought 3 different cheeses, a plain yoghurt and 2 drinking yoghurts to take home. Made a stop at Underberg Spar to buy water and saw that they had a very fancy looking coffee machine, so we ended up buying takeaway cappuccinos as well. We didn’t stop again on our slow trip home.

Cappuccino bought from Underberg Spar


I was very blessed to have had two weekends in a row at two Gooderson resorts in the Drakensberg and I am glad I got Neil away for a short break.


Where to for my next adventure?


Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Golf & Spa Resort
Drakensberg Gardens Road
Underberg
3257


Thursday, 10 March 2016

Book Review : Zululand Snow by Ian Tennent

Isn’t it wonderful when a novel takes you back to your childhood? Not that mine was anything like Craig, Sean and Hannes’ in Zululand Snow. I think it was the mentions of the great battles fought between the British and the Zulus and also the carefree life in a small dorp. I spent a few of my childhood years in Dundee in northern Kwazulu-Natal which is surrounded by history. One of our school trips was a visit to Isandlwana and I have also been to Rorke’s Drift.

Ian Tennent certainly has a way with words and I could clearly “see” all that these boys got up to. I especially enjoyed the mentions of cricket which I understand as my son is a great lover of the game. Felt myself wishing I could klap Sean’s father for being a pushy parent and I loved the part where Sean achieves success.



This South African story is set in a small town called Kwaduma  (fictional) outside Empangeni and it tells of the adventures of Craig and his friends Sean and Hannes. Craig is determined to find the lost InKatha Yesizwe – the royal Zulu symbol of unity and strength. He has several letters dated 1879 that were passed down to him by his grandfather and he feels that he knows where it could be hidden. The boys face many trials and tribulations along the way and they encounter some rather strange characters as well. At the same time the whole community is scared that the Hammer Man could choose them.

I’m not going to say anything more about the story other than that it is filled with action, adventure, history and a touch (tiny) of young love (not that the girl has a clue). The novel is for Young Adults but of course these days adults are fanatically reading them all as well. You MUST add this novel to your reading list and then you can pass it onto your teenagers to read when you are finished. 


The ebook is available for purchase from Amazon and visit your local Exclusive Books, Bargain Books and Adams for a hard copy.


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New Hill's Lamb with Rice

Bolt loves his food and I mean LOVES! He is generally quite tolerant when Sparkle our cat eats his food and gives us pleading looks. In December the lovely people from Hill’s sent a discount voucher to buy Bolt some special food. It was the first time Bolt told Sparkle to get away from the food and we had only just opened the bag, he hadn’t even tried it yet.

This time we were careful as we didn’t want an incident. As it is Sparkle is number one in the house and she isn’t very appreciative of this dog. Whatever she says to him in cat language sounds horrible.

As always Hill’s have made a delicious food and we will have to keep the foodie bin firmly closed to prevent Bolt from eating it all up.

Bolt checking out his new food


Do your dog a flavour! Try Hill’s Science Plan Canine Lamb with Rice, a mouth-watering new flavour with the healthy nutrition you expect from Hill’s, South Africa’s most trusted pet food. Available exclusively from veterinary outlets, new Hill’s Science Plan Canine Lamb with Rice is made with high quality ingredients and scientifically formulated for a happy, healthy dog. Give it a try - Hill’s promises 100% satisfaction or your money back! #HillsMostTrustedPetFood.



If you’re currently feeding another food I suggest transitioning onto the new food over time. Simply mix a little new food (about a fifth) with your dog’s normal food, then slowly increase the % of new food each day until you’re exclusively feeding the new one.

For info, speak to your vet or visit the Website. Be part of a community passionate about pets on Facebook and Twitter




*Product sent for review purposes. However all thoughts and opinions are my own and Bolt’s*

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

A Touch of Midlands

I said in my blog post on our trip to Monks Cowl Golf Resort that I would share a few photos of our stop on the way to the Drakensberg and on the return home.

It is about a 3 hour trip to Monks Cowl so we only stopped once and that was in Nottingham Road at The CoffeeSmiths so we could have a cappuccino. The CoffeeSmiths is owned by Mike and Rosie Sadowski and they have a quirkerly decorated shop that my Mom called “industrial chic”. They use coffee supplied by Blueberry Cafe and we had cappuccinos made from Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. They will soon be selling and using their own branded coffee with the names : Iron Monger, The Gentleman and The Aviator (aren’t those fabulous names!). After our fortifying coffee and a lovely chat to Mike and Rosie I took my Mom to see the old church next door to Meander Square.

Entrance to shop and my delicious cappuccino

Mike and Rosie (pictures from their Facebook page)


St. Johns has wood and iron buildings built in 1885. There are a few very old graves in the front and the back of the buildings and there is also a memorial for the men of the district who died in the Great War 1914 – 1918.

Entrance and one of the buildings

Two other buildings on site

War memorial


On our sad trip home after our wonderful restful time in the Drakensberg we were very happy to stop at the beautiful Granny Mouse Country House & Spa. My Mom has never been there before so she was especially excited to finally see it. It was a stunning day so we could appreciate the wonderful gardens with their quirky signs. We sat in one of the lounges above the pool and I had a cappuccino and a scone, my Mom had Earl Grey tea and my daughter had a strawberry milkshake. It was lovely to sit and relax and enjoy the view of the cows and horses on top of the hill. Granny Mouse is so unique with its warren of rooms and all the beautiful decor. After our coffee, tea and milkshake Mom and I had our photo taken at the new social media selfie point #GMselfie. I look forward to my next visit to Granny Mouse Country House and the joys of the Midlands Meander.

So much beauty to be seen at Granny Mouse

My cappuccino, scone and my daughter's milkshake

Mom and I #GMselfie


The CoffeeSmiths
R103, 3301 Nottingham Road, Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa



Granny Mouse Country House & Spa
R103, Old Main Road, Balgowan


Tuesday, 8 March 2016

LINDT Gold Bunny Easter Fun

This Easter have a very sweet time with the LINDT GOLD BUNNY, The Sound of Happiness.



Only one sound truly epitomises the childlike happiness of the Easter season – the telltale ring of the golden bell that adorns every LINDT GOLD BUNNY. 

A true icon of Easter, the LINDT GOLD BUNNY was created by a LINDT Master Chocolatier in 1952, after his son became mesmerised by a small bunny in their garden, which scampered off never to return.  In order to cheer up the distraught boy, the Master Chocolatier fashioned the first ever LINDT GOLD BUNNY from the finest LINDT milk chocolate, fastening a golden bell to his neck with a red ribbon to ensure he never got lost.
Today, the LINDT GOLD BUNNY heralds the arrival of the year’s sweetest season, its signature sound evocative of a special time shared by loved ones the world over.

New products

Joining the LINDT GOLD BUNNY family this year is a brand new LINDT GOLD BUNNY Sharing Pouch, which comes filled with easy-to-hide LINDT GOLD BUNNY treats.

What’s on this Easter

If you are in Cape Town or Johannesburg, the LINDT Chocolate Studios are offering the chance for you to bring the magic of Easter alive with this fun and interactive class, exclusively brought to you by our passionate Lindt Master Chocolatiers. First mould your very own official Lindt GOLD BUNNY followed by artistically creating and decorating an indulgent chocolate garden all made with the finest Lindt Chocolate. The class costs R200 and is approximately 1 hour long. For more information, visit www.chocolatestudio.co.za

This Easter, children in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban will have the opportunity to embark on the ultimate Easter hunt, as The LINDT GOLD BUNNY Gardens make their way to all three major cities over the holiday period.  These enchanting gardens will play host to a series of Easter hunts, during which children will be able to fill their baskets with delicious LINDT treats. Entry to the garden is free of charge and hunts take place twice per hour. For more information, please visit www.lindt.com

Gold Bunny milk, dark and hazelnut 100g R49.99 each


Date of events

·         Cape Town and Johannesburg: 19 - 21 March 2016
·         Durban: 24 - 27 March 2016 (Easter weekend)

Recommended age group: 4-10 years old

Gold Bunny milk 200g & Gold Bunny nest 150g R84.99 each


Times
·         Cape Town: 9am - 7pm on Saturday and Monday. 9am - 5pm on Sunday
·         Johannesburg: 9am - 8pm on Saturday and Monday, 9am - 6pm on Sunday
·         Durban: 9am - 7pm on Thursday, 9am - 9pm on Friday and Saturday, 9am - 6pm on Sunday

LINDOR milk egg tray 168g & Gold Bunny pouch bag 90g R69.99 each


Venues
·      Cape Town: Col'Cacchio Court, Cavendish Square, 2nd Floor Dreyer Street, Claremont
·      Johannesburg: Mr Price 2 Court, Sandton City, Corner Rivonia Road and Sandton Drive, Sandton Central
·      Durban: Garden Court, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, No 1 Palm Boulevard, Umhlanga Ridge New Town Centre

Cost - Free/No charge

LINDOR assorted & milk mini eggs bags 100g R39.99 each


About Lindt & Sprungli:

Founded in 1845, Lindt & Sprüngli is a global leader in the premium chocolate category, offering high-quality products in more than 100 countries.

For the full range please visit: www.lindt.com The complete range is available from leading retail stores nationwide.
LINDOR big egg milk 215g R149.99

LINDT Gold Bunny milk 500g R364.99
LINDT Gold Bunny paw 20g R9.99

LINDT Gold Bunny mini milk 5 x 10g R34.99


Don’t forget that there is a LINDT store at the Gateway Theatre of Shopping to fulfill all your chocolate needs.

LINDT Chocolate Boutique
1st Floor Shop F160

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*All prices listed are the recommended retail prices*