"We love to do things by hand and all by ourselves,
that is why we started making soaps, candles, weaving and leatherwork while we are busy building our new guestfarm"
One should never stop dreaming, life is fun!
Slowly but surely we started moving out of the suburbs, in search of the ultimate piece of property. Eventually in 2014, we stumbled upon this peace of heaven in the middle of the fynbos and adjacent to the sea! Off the grid and close to nature!
The farm had nothing on it, only a dilapidated cottage, inhabited by bees! No water, no electricity and it was far enough from town. We try to visit the town for some produce and building materials only once a week. Due to the remoteness of the farm and the difficult terrain on the farm, which is only accessible by 4 wheel drive vehicles, we have to cart all our building material to site on a trailer, this is sometimes easier said than done, with quite a lot of breakdowns and other hair raising experiences.
Our dream was to design and build a guest farm, just the 2 of us (Gail & Philip), 3 dogs and 2 cats, dogs for security and cats to keep the mice intact, because mice is snake food.
It took 2 years to design and jump through all the hoops to get plans approved! First we stayed in a tent, while we were building a temporary liveable shack with solar electricity. We were lucky enough to get water from our neighbour’s farm at that stage, until we could get a borehole drilled.
In October 2016 we started building the main guest house, it took 2 years to complete phase A, the living area, which is now completed and we have moved in. But we are currently still using the bathrooms of the shack. Phase B has started, which is the main bedroom and scullery and we hope to finish this phase during 2021! Phase C is two more guest rooms with en-suite bathrooms.
Living so close to nature, one is inspired by its beauty. Walking on the beach the most stunning drift wood and stones emerge. We collect as many as possible for possible use someday in the house and the products we produce.
In between our building project, we make soap, candles, weave and produce our leather products! All are available in our online shop.
In 2018 a bee swarm tried to move into the chimney of the living area. Luckily we had an old hive and placed it on the roof of the house and the bees moved in. Later in the year we started buying more swarms in hives and the necessary equipment to work with bees.
Unfortunately we started in the middle of a drought in the Southern Cape and lost nearly half of the swarms and didn’t get any honey until June 2021.
Never, never a dull moment.
Looking on the beach at what the human race is pouring into the ocean, is heart breaking, therefore one tends to think of what you buy and even eat. We make use of less plastic and more of fresh ingredients, to try and do our bit to save the the planet.
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