JUNE 2013

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With the changing of the season we once again find ourselves exploring new ideas with a full Victorian restoration. The Paddocks (having made their first home purchase) have asked us to create something special in the way of a pet-friendly outdoor entertainment space that will someday be a nurturing ground for their little ones.

The challenge: Victorian theme, modern outdoor facilities, pet-friendly, security conscious with an outdoor nursery…

No problems!


Design drawing of the proposed front garden


Beautiful tumbled granite representation cobbles have been used for all visible paved surfaces, mimicking the old Victorian walkways indicative of Colonial times. Instead of setting in precast pavers, we have linked areas with raw in-situ concrete slabs, keeping to the contemporary finishing of the outdoor entertainment spaces. A raw aesthetic allowing for low maintenance. A concrete edging has been the preferred choice keeping to the Victorian feel, with large segments of lawn to cater for the budding brood. We have selected Dovyalis Cafra as a hedge, for a great security perimeter, which will encapsulate the herbaceous borders and act as a security barrier to animals as well as to intruders.

Wisteria-covered pergolas, brass tap water features and floating timber seating all finish off and complement this beautiful design. We look forward to uploading all the latest pics as soon as this project wraps up in mid June 2013.

For the second half of June and the remainder of the winter season we are collaborating again with Stefan Antoni Architects. We will be bringing to life a massive masterpiece in the hills of Plattekloof. In our July update we will be bringing you the results of the Paddocks home as well as the challenges that lie ahead in Plattekloof.

Looking forward to updating you all.

Let’s go outside…

Wayne and Nick



With the invention of pesticides, controlled growing environments and growth hormones; it is difficult to determine which foods are seasonal anymore. Seasonal eating is important, not only because the foods are so apt for their season, but also because this is when they contain their most nutritional value just before harvesting. It reduces on freighting and cold-storage of imported foods, which is costly and not very environmentally friendly. In light of this here is a list of the best crops to be planted in your culinary garden during the month of June:


Artichokes, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chives, horseradish, kale, leeks, lettuce, onions, parsnips, potatoes, pumpkin, radishes, spinach, squash, turnips, peas and sweet potatoes.


Oranges, lemons, grapefruits, naartjies, limes, guavas, cape gooseberries and apples.

Note how many of these are Vitamin C- rich fruits, great for combating illness in winter.


Mint, sage, thyme, marjoram, oreganum, rosemary, parsley, fennel and bay leaves.

Here is a recipe for easy vegetable soup, using some of the seasonal foods mentioned above:

1 TBspoon olive oil

1 Onion chopped

2 Celery sticks

2 Carrots sliced

2 Cups mixed vegetables chopped (cauliflower, parsnips, peas, sweet potato, radishes)

1 Teaspoon salt

1 Small handful thyme

1 Small handful oreganum

1 Sprig rosemary

2 Bay leaves

8 Cups water

3 Cubes vegetable stock

1 Tin chopped tomatoes



Heat oil in a large soup pot.

Add onions, carrots and celery and fry until onions are soft.

Add the rest of the vegetables followed by the salt, thyme, oreganum and rosemary.

Add the water, stock cubes and bay leaves and bring to the boil until stock is dissolved.

Add tomatoes and allow to simmer until the vegetables are cooked.

Remove bay leaves and blend for a smooth consistency if required.

Serve with hot, buttered bread.

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