November 8, 2019

We have decided to call our market garden – Galenia Greens, which is quite appropriate as we are seeing more and more green leaves appearing as the seeds and seedlings that have been planted over the last few months respond to the warmer weather and abundant water comi...

September 25, 2019

September is springtime in South Africa when nature realises that it is time to wake up and be fruitful. But, of course before the fruit there must be flowers and a delicate process of pollination has to take place.

We are encouraged by the amount of flowering going on...

September 3, 2019

Sadly we have not entered the SA Olive Awards since our winning haul of 2016 – one could say that it has been a period of consolidation following our severe pruning of our olive grove in 2017 and the scorching by the bush fire of 2018 – so we were pleased to be able to...

August 15, 2019

Our cooks Peggy and Phandile are well rested after their holidays and are now ready – as we say in South Africa- to ‘cook up a storm’. It is time for us to open our gates for the new season and we are all looking forward to welcoming our 2019 – 20 season guests with op...

July 19, 2019

For the first time since the property was built all our rooms are now the same style and design, but it has taken a while to achieve this. Originally the property had only six rooms (1 to 6) with yellow pine furniture being the distinctive feature. A few years later an...

July 10, 2019

During the closed season there is always plenty to keep us occupied both on the estate and in the Guest House. It is a good time to catch up on things that need doing or that we want to improve for the upcoming season when we reopen on August 14th.

We have felt for some...

June 14, 2019

It’s always a nice feeling when winter is approaching, and the cold winds blow – and they really blow here in the Western Cape – to know that our crop of olives is all harvested and pressed and stored away in the stainless-steel vats protected from light and air. Sampl...

May 30, 2019

We have got the ‘bit between our teeth’ and are moving forwards to increase the size of our olive plantation – last year we planted 400 new Coratina trees (with a sprinkling of Frantoio to assist with pollination) in the newly christened Chapel Grove. This year we are...

May 1, 2019

Since buying the estate it has always been our intention to try to produce as much of our food requirements as possible and whilst we have a thriving kitchen garden – mostly producing herbs and salads – we have a more ambitious plan in our bid towards self-sufficiency.

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March 13, 2019

We have been waiting for a couple of years now for our olive grove to recover from its severe pruning followed by last years scorching from the fire – everything seems to have been against us – but at last we are happy to say that our olives are doing what they should...

February 12, 2019

It was at the beginning of December when we were first warned of the possibilities of ‘loadshedding’ on receipt of a notification from ESKOM (Electricity Supply Commission also known by its Afrikaans name Elektrisiteitsvoorsieningskommissie). In an effort to control de...

February 6, 2019

There once was a happy donkey called Cesar who lived with his ‘jenny’ (lady donkey) called Rosalie in a beautiful paddock on the Galenia Estate. Life was fine, lots of fresh grass, lots of space to play and also lots of nice visitors who came bearing apples. Then unfor...

January 21, 2019

We have noticed, since we got into the Extra Virgin Olive Oil business, that our guests were a little reluctant to pack glass bottles of oil into their suitcases. Arriving home to find all your fine holiday clothes soaked in oil – no matter whether it is Galenia’s fine...

December 12, 2018

We have kept quiet about our new additions for a few weeks because last time this happened the ‘new additions’ didn’t last long! But now it seems likely that our recent new additions are here to stay.

We are happy to say that our Ostrich family has increased from three...

October 22, 2018

Following the demise of our jacuzzi, jacuzzi deck and jacuzzi lounge in February – in fact it was reduced to ashes!!! -  we have taken the opportunity to re-site the jacuzzi a little closer to the pool area. Whilst it might not enjoy the spectacular views of being high...

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