Why do we love mulch so much you may ask? Being an organic farm for 20 years we have not used any pesticides, herbicides or chemical fertilizers for a very long time. We rely solely on sound environmental practices to keep the pests and weeds at bay and to increase the fertility of the soil. Mulching is great for keeping the weeds away- by covering the soil thickly you remove the light so seeds or runners of weed plants are unable to establish themselves. There are added benefits too of protecting the soil, conserving moisture and when the straw breaks down you have increased fertility. So it’s a win, win, win and that’s why we love mulch so much!
Auberge Rozendal Guesthouse, a family business since 1991, has for almost 7 years been under outside management, but from 1st June 2014 will be returned to family hands under Nathalie and Alexander Ammann.Their shared passion and complementary talents has grown the Rozendal Vinegar business into a successful export business with distribution in the USA, Europe and recently Japan too.They look forward to focusing their energy and creativity towards the guesthouse business and returning it to its former glory under Lyne and Kurt Ammann, but with a fresh, young approach as a new generation comes into their own. Here is a collection of photos of recent developments on the farm over the last few months.
Sandra Hill is a creative writing facilitator with many years of experience working with organisations and groups. Her poetry and prose has been published by New Contrast, Aerodrome, Jacana and Umuzi. She has a masters degree (cum laude) in Creative Writing. The Things Writers Need … It is the middle of a busy Thursday afternoon and I have a long list of things to do, places to be, deadlines to meet, and an unformed poem is poking its bony elbows into my ribs, asking for attention, asking to be written down. I am in that glazed-eyed state that follows me on busy days, pre-occupied days, bad tempered and ratty days. I am not really paying attention to anything, or anyone, but as I reach the top of Omega Street, where tar turns to gravel, and suburbia to farm-land, something awakens, and slowly, slowly, I let out the breath I’ve inadvertently been holding. I was not at Rozendal to look for a venue that day – but I found one – the perfect one at which to offer my creative writing workshops and retreats. It has something to do with the quiet, the lack of clutter, the simple beauty of the buildings, the land, and of the mountains beyond. It has something to do with Rozendal being both an auberge, a place for travellers to find hospitality, companionship and rest, and a vinaigrerie, a place of ferment, craftsmanship and creativity. For these are among the things writers need. Write Through Your Heart: Four mornings of immersion in creative writing at Rozendal Companionship, craft and creativity … if these are among the things you need, join us at Rozendal and learn to Write Though Your Heart. Whether [...]
Of course, we eat regularly at Rozendal Restaurant, enjoying the Fresh Green Salad, Lamb with Red Onion Sauce and the Lemon Verbino Ice-Cream. But when we feel like venturing out of our little paradise into town, there are a few restaurants we love and can highly recommend.
Rozendal Vinaigrier Nathalie Amman answers some questions about the serendipitous meeting with the guys behind the FOOA Food label.
This year Rozendal spoilt all the mothers with good food, laughter and family happiness. The children fed Truffles (our own potbelly pig), the horses and enjoyed the jumping castle while the moms had a relaxing day under the trees enjoying nature and our delicious food. Here are some pictures summarising the events of the day. If you would like any of the photos or other photos taken on the day in print quality, please mail and ask us at: firstname.lastname@example.org Making some artwork for mom Happy Mothers Day messages Calling the horses with carrots Receiving the feed goodie bag, Truffles gets a carrot and the horse gets an apple Relaxing under our big tree having lunch The Jumping Castle 4 Generations family shot Smiles from our team
Rozendal Vinaigrier Nathalie Amman answers some questions about her recent trip to Tokyo for Foodex Japan 2013.
This Mothers day, Rozendal Auberge Guesthouse is giving away a bed and breakfast night for two. Competition Rules 1) It is Mothers day, so the night stay for two goes to your mother. 2) Includes a free bed and breakfast for two. 3) Subject to availability, valid until 31 October 2013 4) Entries close end of day, Sunday 12 May 2013.
“Rozendal is a place that charms from the first encounter. An aura of serenity prevails as you cross the threshold into the picturesque and homely, almost farmhouse feel of the restaurant… Rozendal is unique in so many ways, unpretentious, friendly, a great atmosphere, superior service and good honest food, all add up to an experience worth repeating again and again.” That’s what Lionel Lelyveld form @intertwEAT had to say after paying us a visit one balmy Thursday evening. @intertwEAT are the new mover’s and shakers on the restaurant review scene, making the most of Twitter to gather and relay reviews of restaurants all over South Africa. We are simply tickled pink by their praise. Read the whole review here, or better still, come experience it for yourself!
History has long taught us we should learn from it, evolve and live more healthily. The healing powers of vinegar have been common knowledge for the last 1000 years, but today we are able to explain them in concise medical terms. To know more about the history of vinegar and its health benefits, read Gayle Alleman’s article.