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  1. By karen on September 13, 2012, 14:15

    Spring is in the air!  We have planted some protea's today. Still need to plant the Sugarbush Protea! In the garden most of the trees are showing their new leaves and birds are busy building nests!  The Egyptian Geese pair are back - they have now been christianed as Cleopatra and Anthony!  We believe within the next 22 weeks we will have chicks/ducklings sharing the natural pool with us!

  2. By karen on October 20, 2011, 09:49

    We would like to share and 'brag' that we have received a four star rating from the TGCSA. We are grateful for this and want to thank all our guests for sharing their experience with us, their friends and family,  for recommendations, acknowledgements, encouragements and critique. 

    "What we have learned

    Is like a handful of earth

    What we have yet to learn

    Is like the whole world"

                                         Avvaiyar

  3. By karen on May 25, 2011, 20:35

    Our first bride send us  pictures that were taken here at Bankenveld House.  We love it!!!

  4. By karen on May 25, 2011, 20:30

    Sharing special moments, this is the amazing benefits of having a B&B!

  5. By karen on May 10, 2011, 22:55

    Did anybody notice the beautiful sunset this evening? Did I just forget how great it is?

  6. By karen on May 01, 2011, 14:57

    Yesterday, we had our first bride, Ilse van der Merwe here. Ilse, her mom, sisters and bridesmaids got dressed and prepared for her wedding later the afternoon.  Bankenveld House enjoyed sharing this special day with Ilse.

  7. By karen on April 25, 2011, 19:42

    It is autumn here at Bankenveld House- the leaves are turning into the lovliest colours. Easter Week end was rainy and chilly!   We had the most amazing early mornings during the last few days - fog and soft rain.  Today was a sunny day!  It seems that the ducklings are learning to spread their wings - we see them regularly exercising their wings! 

  8. By karen on April 15, 2011, 20:41

    Kolgans familie kry aandete - ons gooi vir hulle van die henne se kos.

  9. By karen on March 23, 2011, 09:24

    With Human Rights Day just gone and everything looking in turmoil, I thought I should share some great stories playing out  in the wildlife and nature here at Bankenveld, that keeps us and our guests humble about nature.

    Our son Herman went on a ride out on his off road motorbike and brought home a lost Llittle Grebe or 'dabchick', which he found  lying on a dirt road.  As nature predicts the Egyptian Geese family was not too happy sharing their dam (our swimmingpool!) with the little intruder, but eventually goodwill and kindness got the upperhand, and now we have this little fellow as part of our 'wildlife' family!  This Egyptian Geese family lost one chick during the last week, but we are so glad to report that the remaing 4 chicks are growing by the day!  They have grown so big that they cannot get into the chicken coupe through the fence any longer. On Sunday, whilst feeding the chickens, Tienie got seriously told off by the dad, as the chicks was locked inside the coupe - we had to open the gate for the little 4 chicks to get out.  They must have beenhiding under the fig tree whilst we were just doing our bit to feed the chickens!

    The Vervet Monkeys have been very active in the trees around and in our garden, to the absolute frustration of the Dachshunds, who are now getting better at climbing trees. 

    Autumn is moving in - the trees are starting to loose their leaves and in general the seasons are changing.  We look forward to long evenings in front of the open fires in the garden, or around the fireplace inside the home.  In the kitchen we, must say not me, Tienie, has taken on the art of bread baking. He now offer our guests fresh baked ciabatta, rye, brown, white breads, in all shapes!  Wondeful smells are coming from the kitchen, reminding us of the sensational experience of eating and sharing fresh, warm, bread...... We have learned the meaning of words such as autolyse, fermentation, folding,dividing and shaping: Bread has a new meaning in our lives, we have not eaten 'shop' bread since January 2011! Have a great Autumn season, Karen

  10. By karen on March 09, 2011, 19:17

    The golden hour time of the day - sorry but you have to see this. We were camping next to the Khwai river in the Moremi area of Botswana.