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...

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 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...

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...

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...

September 12, 2018

Springtime is with us again. In spring it is difficult to say what kind of weather we will have – sometimes brilliant sunny days, at others cool even cold winds, sometimes rain and on other days just clouds. But whilst the elements might play surprises on us humans it...

June 18, 2018

There is no better way to explain the progress on the reconstruction of Rooms 1 to 6 than to show pictures of the progress so far. We are very happy with the speed of construction, it even looks as though we might be seeing some thatch in the near future. Of course the...

May 25, 2018

Well things are certainly going in the right direction – upwards. Here are a few pictures to show the progress on the rebuilding of rooms 1 and 2.

May 23, 2018

As we prepare to close for the winter season – fortuitously planned between 16th May and 13th August – we can now start to reinstate rooms 1 to 6 which were destroyed by the bush fire. We are assured by the contractor that the rooms will be ready on time, so we will ha...

March 15, 2018

For two weeks now, we have operating our ‘much reduced’ property, and whilst it seems strange it is nice to have guests staying on the estate again. Thankfully they all seem to be enjoying the Galenia experience, despite our recent traumas. We have even had ‘tears on d...

March 1, 2018

We are now coming to terms with our unfortunate experience and beginning to think that it could have been a lot worse and we could have suffered the similar fate of some of our neighbours who have lost everything. At least we have our main house and four of our ten roo...

February 27, 2018

We are overwhelmed by all the messages of support we have received from both near and far – it is kind of everyone to give us your support and ‘condolences’ – it means a lot to us as we struggle to understand what has happened. Thank you all. Also a big thanks to all o...

February 24, 2018

Words like ‘surreal’ ‘bizarre’ and ‘was it all a dream/nightmare’ spring to mind.

The sun is shining and apart from the fact that we have no electricity and there being a smell of smoke in the air from the main house everything seems very much the same. But on walking o...

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