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 time that the signage on the estate could look smarter but have been unable to come up with an acceptable solution until we came across Lesley van Rooyen who came to do some excellent flat stone walling for us a couple of years ago. Fortune appears to have favoured us when a few months ago Lesley was looking for a job, so we were really pleased when he accepted our offer of a permanent position on the estate.
Lesley was born and raised in Barrydale, (the next town further up the R62) so is very local, and was apprenticed to his uncle, a very demanding perfectionist builder who made sure that he was trained correctly – or else!!!! He also spent ten years working for an Australian artist in Barrydale and even built a studio for him. We certainly feel that some of the artistry rubbed off on him as his work is very creative.
We have planned a very busy South African winter for Lesley to build flat stone mounts for the trails signs, a new bird viewing platform by the main dam and a number of view-point resting seats around the estate where our more active guests can take a break from their trekking and enjoy the magnificent views of the Klein Karoo.