A smallish group went out on Thursday 27th September to the Anna Beulah Farm which borders on Durbanville. A very short distance from Tableview (in fact, one of the ladies suggested we could have walked).
Hendrik warmly greeted everyone at the door with Marti his wife not far behind him. We were all served cappuccinos / hot chocolate / coffee or tea (whatever your fancy was) coupled with cheese scones or muffins served with Cheese, Jam and Butter. This was interspersed with much laughter and talking – after all it’s been WEEKS since we’ve all been together.’
We then decided to take a drive in our coach to look at the animals – we saw plenty of chickens in their pen ; but could not find the Llama or Sheep. We viewed their function venue and found a young lady setting up for a lunchtime braai. The art ladies were dropped off at 11:30 to start their art course whilst the others went in pursuit of the llamas and sheep.
The ceramic ladies chose what they wished to paint on – of the six 4 chose plates to decorate and 2 chose smaller bowls. Alison knew very clearly exactly what she wanted to paint – gathering her flowers and foliage outside the entrance to Anna Beulah farmhouse! She set to work immediately, we all had to hand-draw our pictures onto the ceramic and then get painting – at least 2 coats of each colour – and there was silence as the concentration continued!
Molly did an amazing modern design; Elaine a lovely sunflower; Angela a pretty flower and Sip chose to do a small girl, boy and a dog; Carol did her ‘thing’ – but one thing we all agreed on was that it completely relaxed you and made you forget about ‘everything’ – a wonderful feeling indeed!
We seemed to be finished with the art – and the other ladies had meantime found the Llamas and Sheep and even managed to stock up on wonderfully fresh (out of the ground organic veggies); eggs; honey – my goodness we had to use the back of the coach to load all the ‘gathering’
Hendrik then called us into the dining room / restaurant and served us a delicious chicken pasta surrounded by roasted vegetables. It was served ‘table style’ and everyone seemed to enjoy this! The two vegetarian ladies were also well taken care of – with a butternut / pear bake drizzled with honey and baked in the oven!
Dessert was a decadent chocolate/ lemon combination served with cream – delicious! Oh if life could be like this each and every day – friends for company; someone to cook your lunch and even wash your dishes; even someone to pick fresh vegetables and package them to be taken home.