The Stall – Night Market @ SouthDowns

30th June 2016 at 1:03 pm

The Stall

To all of you who have been missing out on “The Stall” night market at Southdowns, here are the dates for the next few months for you to diarise!

30 June

28 July

25 August

29 September

27 October

24 November

Be sure not to miss out 🙂

And to anyone interested in exhibiting you are welcome to contact Stalls organiser, Gareth Christie on 072 155 3924


30th June 2016 at 12:46 pm


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Oak Bar

Bring on the Gluwein! During the coming winter months this is the ideal place to cuddle up in front of the fire place.

Ideal for pre and post dinner drinks and one can sip away the night while enjoying one of the lodge’s light meal offerings.

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Grazing our way through winter…

You either love it or hate it but one thing is for sure, winter means us ladies can hide a few extra kilos under our coats which is extremely useful when all the cold weather prompts comfort eating!

Mooira rang me last night to say that she would like to escape the cold weather in the Midlands (they moved to greener pastures earlier this year and yes, it’s even colder there!), so we’ve decided on a moovelous, well-deserved cows weekend. I caught a sneak peek at Camdeboo Day Spa’s Winter Bliss special and when I mentioned it to Mooira she was moorse excited. I mooed, ‘’Mooira, it’s a SIX Timeless Skin Treatment (great for our winter coats) followed by a Taster Buff & Go, then we will put our hooves up and enjoy a cup of tea with a slice of cake for only R835 per person,” and her response was, “Moofect!”

I’ve also mentioned the fact that vouchers for various packages for Camdeboo Day Spa can be bought online to Bill, in the hope that he and Stan (Mooira’s bull) would think to book some surprise spoils for their ladies – sometimes our men need a little nudge in the right direction!

Mooira was worried about leaving the herd behind as the calves will be on school holidays and Stan can’t really cope with them on his own, so they’ve decided to make a long weekend of it and take advantage of the Family Fun Getaway package that African Pride Irene Country Lodge still has on offer. The calves will have a complimentary interleading room and they eat breakfast for free.

As I mentioned earlier, this winter weather makes us hungrier than usual but as always, at Destination Irene we are spoilt for choice… on the menu for our weekend:

The African Pride Irene Country Lodge Buffet Breakfast is a scrumptious way to start any winter day. Home roasted plunger coffee or a pot of international tea served at the table on arrival will do well for a start. Bill also suggested it to Stan as a great venue for ‘potential new business’ breakfast meetings whilst he’s here.


Lunch time is a breeze with the Irene Dairy Farm offering a great lunch menu so Mooira and I can ensure everyone is well fed. The calves will run around whilst the fresh winter air and warm winter sun will do them good.

Friday evening (4pm to 7pm) we will be tucking into the BBQ Lakeside Special Menu. (Also available on Saturdays from 11am to 7pm.)  A unique American-Style BBQ prepared by Executive Chef, Hanroe Erasmus, who acquired his skills from travelling and cooking in the USA, with a selection of the finest Craft beers – Bill and Stan are going to love this evening out.

Saturday Night Live promotions at Meadow Green Restaurant are the perfect night out where the entire buffet is a Chefs theatre – you can see the food being freshly made, plated and served. Bill is especially impressed by the spectacular range of wines on offer by the glass from the vinoteque walk-in cellar. Saturday night… sorted.

Before Mooira and her herd head home, Sunday Lunch (Meadow Green Restaurant from 1pm to 3pm) is booked.Mooira and I aren’t too worried about the extra kilos under our coats, that’s what spring time resolutions are for!

Keep warm everyone… till next month!


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Celebrating MOOtastic fathers this June

1st June 2016 at 10:46 am

HOT Rock for Men DL

I’m sure all the MOOthers out there enjoyed MOOther’s Day just as much as I did this year. Not only were all my wishes for a fun-filled Destination Irene experience fulfilled, but Bill went the extra field and treated me with an additional Camdeboo Day Spa Voucher which I will probably use during the winter to ensure my coat gets the treatment it deserves in this cold weather. I returned to my MOOtherly duties the next week feeling MOOrse relaxed and the delicious milk I produced was proof thereof.

After another busy day of grazing in the pastures yesterday, I arrived at the barn only to find a note attached to my bale of hay: MOOve over Mom – June is Daddy’s turn for spoils! No doubt Bill had something to do with my calves reminding me that 19 June 2016 is Father’s Day…

Attached to the note was a list of activities that Destination Irene has on offer, proof that it’s not only me that loves this destination, and I was so excited to see that there are so many ways to spoil Bill on this special day.

African Pride Irene Country Lodge is still running their Family Fun Promotion. Bill and I love to get away from the calves every now and then but when we do, they always MOOan that they are being left out. If I book this promotion, the calves will enjoy the weekend as much as we will. The package includes accommodation, a complimentary interleading room so the calves don’t feel completely alone, scrumptious full breakfast buffet for all of us and two hours of calf-minding services to ensure Bill and I can have a quiet romantic dinner.

Family Fun Winter 2016

But then I saw that Meadow Green Restaurant is offering a Father’s Day Lunch and I got even more excited. MOO’s around the pastures have been that Meadow Green Restaurant has recently launched a Smoked BBQ Menu within their buffet and I know that Bill would just be over the MOOn if he could get a taste of that. At R350 per person, this lunch is sure to win Bill’s heart over especially since it includes a welcome drink for Dad’s on arrival and a craft beer voucher for them to redeem at any point during the lunch.

Father's Day DL 2016

Of course, Bill won’t openly admit it to the other bulls in the field but he’s a fan of Camdeboo Day Spa and this Father’s Day I’ll be sure to include a Hot Rock for Men treatment in his bag of gifts. A self-heating sugar back scrub with steam, 30 minute back, neck and shoulder massage with hot rocks and an application of a muscle relief gel for circulation will certainly do. I think I’ll sneak in an extra voucher too so he can join me when I book to relax and rejuvenate my winter coat.

IF - Father's Day DL1

Oops, I nearly forgot father-in-law! I know how much he loves the Irene Dairy Farm and their Father’s Day Lunch Buffet looks MOOlicious. For just R239.95 per person (R119.95 for calves under 12 years old and calves under 6 years old are free), the menu includes salads, veggies, seafood, carveries and everyone’s favourite, dessert. Dads will also get a gift – 1l of farm fresh milk which they will certainly enjoy.


  1. A Family Fun Weekend Getaway for a Family of four at African Pride Irene Country Lodge
    2. A Romantic Date Night for Two at the Camdeboo Day Spa
    3. A Sunday Lunch for four at the Irene Dairy Farm
    See below for competition details.


With so MOOny options, I’m going to have to hit the hay and sleep on what to choose. At least I know that whatever we end up booking for Father’s Day, Bill is going to love being spoilt at Destination Irene.

Wishing all Dad’s a MOOtastic Father’s Day…

The Dairy Cow

The Dairy Cow


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Competition 1

Win: A Family Fun Weekend Getaway for a family of four at African Pride Irene Country Lodge by simply answering the below question below on their  Facebook Page 

Question: Name our new incredibly unique and delicious offering available at Lakeside on Friday and Saturday? 

Answer: Click here to post your answer

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Win: A Romantic Date Night for Two in front of our warm fire in the Camdeboo Day Spa, by  simply answering the simple question on their Facebook page

Question: Name any one of the retail products sold in our Camdeboo Day Spa

Answer: Click here to post your answer

CIrene Farm Logoompetition 3

Win: You can win a Sunday Lunch for four at the Irene Dairy Farm by simply answering the simple question on their  Facebook page:

Question: Tell us what type of milk our Dairy Cows produce? 

Answer: Click here to post your answer


Congratulations to last month’s winners!

African Pride Irene Country Lodge – A delicious Sunday Lunch Buffet for two

Frank Montgomery 

Camdeboo Day Spa – Hot Rock for Men

Debbie Abrahams Roodt

Irene Dairy Farm –  R200 voucher to spend at the Irene Farm shop

Raymond Antoncich 

Please send an email to to claim your prize!!! 


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