TOKARA’s Rare Plant Sale

Experience TOKARA in all its natural splendour when this acclaimed wine and olive estate opens its extensive private gardens to the public for the annual Rare Plant Sale on Saturday, 20 October.

This popular event is a spring highlight for plant lovers. From indigenous offerings such as fynbos and proteas to the more exotic, the wide variety of plants will appeal to all tastes. In addition to the wide variety of plants, there will also be tea and other refreshments for sale. TOKARA will definitely also be well represented with their elegant wines and award winning extra virgin olive oils.

Meander through the indigenous, exotic and vegetable gardens, explore the woodland walks and discover the untold works of art spotted throughout the farm. The colossal landmark, the Angus Taylor Dionysus sculpture, commissioned by owners GT and Anne-Marie Ferreira proudly stands against an impressive Simonsberg backdrop.

The Rare Plant Sale starts at 09h00 with tickets (R50) that will be available at the gate. Children aged under 10 can enter for free. The TOKARA Tasting Lounge, restaurants and Delicatessen will be open as usual on the Saturday.

For more information, email pieterdiener@gmail.com.

 

Image credit: Supplied

How to plan a trip with a big group

Travelling in big groups with friends or family can result in the most amazing times of our lives, where the precious memories made will be remembered for years to come. However, if not planned meticulously, group travelling can be stressful.

Here are TMG’s top tips on how to plan a trip with a big group:

Have a leader (or two)

Appoint an individual to lead the planning of the trip. It makes travelling a lot easier if there is a go-to person who knows how the planning is progressing. If there is a lot of planning to do, different people can be in charge of different aspects of the trip. One person can be in charge of accommodation, one in charge of researching activities, another of meal planning, etc. The final decisions can still be made as a group, but this will ensure that everything gets organized in advance.

Agree on a budget

One of the most difficult aspects of planning a trip for a group is the budget. People have different ideas about how much they are willing to spend when travelling. Decide on a budget that suits everyone and adhere to it. Some activities could be optional so group members can decide whether they want to participate, but a budget for the necessities is crucial.

Consider Alternative Accommodation

Accommodation makes a huge difference to your travel experience. Hotels aren’t necessarily the best option when travelling as a big group. Renting a holiday house saves money and provides opportunities to cook together and socialize. Websites like Airbnb and Rentbyowner make it very easy to find homes to rent anywhere in the world.

Plan, Plan, Plan

Make reservations ahead of time. Transport and accommodation need to be arranged and booked as early as possible. Research the top things to do at your chosen destination and look out for group discounts.

Limit the amount of activities

It isn’t necessary to plan every moment of the holiday. Some of the best experiences may be decided impulsively during the trip, or just happen spontaneously.  Managing the itinerary for a large group, particularly one with children, is rather difficult and may lead to unnecessary tension. Limit big outings or activities to one per day.

Split up

It isn’t necessary for the whole group to be together all the time. If there are people who want to participate in different activities from the rest, split up according to interests.

Communicate

Communication is key when travelling as a big group. Make sure everyone is aware of the itinerary and all the details, pack clever and you are all set for your holiday adventure with the people you love!

 

Written by Katrien Nel

Lentevieringe by Gabriëlskloof

Gabriëlskloof, ‘n wynkelder buite Botrivier, wuif die winter vaarwel en vier fees met hul heel eerste Little Spring Market, want alles is vars, vrolik en nuut.

“Lente is dié seisoen van hergeboorte en vernuwing en dis wat ons graag terug verwelkom na die heuwels en valleie, wat ons pragtige landgoed omraam,” sê Nicolene Finlayson, proelokaal-bestuurder en die vrou van Gabriëlskloof se keldermeester, Peter-Allan Finlayson. “Dit is hierdie heerlike energie wat ons wil vasvang en met ons vriende wil deel by hierdie rooskleurige geleentheid.”

Die Little Spring Market nooi jou om op 1 en 2 September jou winterslaap af te skud en jou spens opnuut aan te vul met dit wat vars en vrolik is vanuit die die Overberg kontrei.

“Die hoofdoel van ons Little Spring Market  is om die lente in al haar gloeiende glorie te vier,” sê Nicolene.

Besoekers kan hulself verlustig in ’n eklektiese verskeidenheid plante en handgemaakte produkte, tot speelgoed en juweliersware en elke aanbieding sal hulde bring aan die seisoen se opgewekte varsheid. Lewendige musiek en wonderlike lente-geïnspireerde kos sal natuurlike pasmaats wees vir Gabriëlskloof se diverse en uitstekende wynversameling.

“Behalwe die lentefokus, sal Gabriëlskloof se Little Spring Market  ’n ontspanne wegbreek wees en daarom het ons die hoeveelheid stalletjies baie min gehou. Dit is ook die perfekte lusmaker vir ons gewilde feesseisoen mark in Desember,” sê Nicolene.

Die markie val oor dieselfde tyd as die Botrivier Lentenaweek (1 – 2 September) en skop Gabriëlskloof se trio van seisoen-geïnspireerde markte af.

Die landgoed se hoof jaarlikse mark, die Gabriëlskloof Favourite Things mark, keer vanjaar van 14 tot 16 Desember terug – net betyds vir daardie laaste minuut-Kersinkopies. Dit bied ’n viering van alles feestelik, heerlik, tuis- en handgemaak. Die eerste Herfsmark sal die naweek van 20 April 2019 gehou word. Hier sal alles wat knus is te koop wees – van droë vrugte, vye en gesmelte kaas tot heilsame soppe, geweefde komberse en leergoedere.

Die Little Spring Market is Gabriëlskloof se voortsetting van ’n trotse tradisie. Behalwe dat die Botrivier wyn- en olyflandgoed uitstekende wyne maak, het dit ook ’n baie goeie reputasie as gasheer vir uitsonderlike en intieme geleenthede, wanneer die grasperke rondom die moderne en estetiese wynkelder in ’n gesinsvriendelike kuierplek omskep word.

Vir meer inligting oor die jaarlikse Gabriëlskloof Little Spring Market, kontak Nicolene Finlayson by 028 284 9865 of nicolene@gabrielskloof.co.za.