Working Nine to Five

So sang Dolly Parton, anyway.

I’m not sure that those still count as modern day working hours, but in the absence of any other more recent popular country pop music hit which includes a reasonable update, we’re going to have to assume that they do.

And, given that I placed my wine order with Getwine at 4pm yesterday and that they delivered at 10am today, that means that it took just 2 (two) working hours for my delicious wine to arrive on my doorstep.

Amazingly, that’s not even the fastest delivery I’ve had from them. That stands at an incredible 44 minutes, although to be fair, they were as surprised about that as I was.

If you want to enjoy great wine at decent prices together with that amazing service, simply click here and I’ll send you a referral.

Supplying really good wine at really good prices? What a way to make a livin’.


Disclosure: This is a personal recommendation and not a sponsored post.
No payment in cash or kind was made to me by Getwine.

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Is a minus number a good thing on SARS efiling?

Riveting stuff, especially for those overseas (not), but there really needs to be a website devoted to these sort of things. An SA FAQ or something similar with straightforward answers to simple questions. I’m not going to do it, but I am going to do this one. And maybe one about what time the booms at Kenilworth Station are closed each day. That would also be helpful.

But anyway, without further ado:

A MINUS SIGN on your IT34 Notice of Assessment fom SARS MEANS THAT THEY OWE YOU some money.

Look for the line:

Net amount refundable under this assessment                          -1234.56

to see how much they’re going to pop into your bank account.

Of course, the converse is true if you don’t see the minus sign there. Sorry. You owe your bit towards a new gold plated bog roll holder for the 78th guest loo in Nkandla.

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Another Universe

Sharing some more South African music. An oldie, but a goodie today.

This popped up on a random playlist while we were away. It had been a while since I’d heard it.

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Who could forget that Kirstenbosch performance just ahead of his honeymoon (literally, performance over, head to airport) when he turned up unashamedly drunk and upset a number of parents and older individuals by using several naughty words?

Still – for those who stayed – what a show…

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South African Outrage: How it works

Just a quick thought to chuck in here, following this post from legendary Cape Town blog,, which concerns the latest Cape Town Fish Market (CTFM) advert to hit the SA public:

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Says 2OV:

The Cape Town Fish Market has just dropped a new television ad highlighting the fact that their fish is fresh, and not frozen.The ad over delivers on its share of chuckles, but the blackface scene at the 12 second mark has a few people outraged.

And indeed, just below the Youtube video, you can see this outrage manifested in comment form, like this:

Disgusting. The use of blackface is dehumanizing.

and this :

Bloody blackface in 2013? I am never eating at CPFM again and I will be sure to discourage anyone I know from doing so.

I’m sure that Cape Pown Fish Market will miss your trade, guys.
And your outrage is noted, as is your right to be outraged by whatever you want to be outraged at.

I’m just wondering why a bit of makeup upsets you so when you weren’t outraged at the the last CTFM ad (also from Lowe, Cape Town), which features (ironically also just about at the 12 second mark) A MAN BEING TIED TO ANCHOR AND THROWN OVER THE SIDE OF A DINGY TO HIS DEATH?!?!

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Like I said – your call on what you choose to allow yourself to be upset by, but there was no boot polish involved here, simply: THEY KILLED THAT MAN. DEAD.

And you were just fine with that?

Right. Noted.

Video links: here and here.

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Elim Wine Route: Part One

Yes, Part One, but there are no immediate plans for a Part Two just yet. But that’s not because the Elim Wine Route isn’t worth a visit, it’s just that Part One has taken a few months and a couple more visits to get around to, so don’t hold your breath.

First off – where Elim? Here Elim (although I didn’t see the big red A when we were there):


So, immediately, you can see that this isn’t going to be a nice winey day out from the Mother City, like Stellies, Paarl, Franschhoek or Constantia. But if you’re in Hermanus or Stanford (there’s a new tarred road being built from Gansbaai) or down in Struisbaai or Arniston, it’s definitely doable. We were down in Agulhas, which is one of my very favourite places as you can see from the star on the map.

The best bit about driving though from there is the amount of wildlife you can see along the back roads through the Agulhas Plain out to Elim: ostrich, springbok, flamingoes, tortoises, Cape vultures, cows (not technically “wild” but some of them looked rather scary) and the like. The drive could take about 20 minutes from Struisbaai, or it could take over an hour with constant stops to enjoy the nature.

The most notable thing about the area from a wine point of view is the decidedly cooler climate than some of those better-known wine growing areas mentioned above. In addition, the terroir here is… well… a bit mental, with various coloured ferricites, weird conglomerates (known locally as “koffieklip” or “coffee stone”) and sticky shale.

First stop is the picturesque Strandveld Winery: “the southernmost winery on the continent of Africa”.


I have mixed feelings about this place. The wine is undoubtedly good, the two ranges being the First Sighting and the Strandveld. The former is the “budget” range, but prices are still up at around R100 a bottle for the reds. Their 2011 First Sighting Shiraz is probably worth it though: it’s got loads of flavour for a young wine with bags of spice and much clove tingling the tastebuds.
And then there’s the really good stuff in the flagship range, with the pick being the 2010 The Navigator red blend. One has to question the R140 price tag though.

Because here’s the thing – we’re not all wine experts. I know I’m not, although I know what I like (and generally why I like it). So visiting a winery for me has to be about more than just the actual grape juice. It needs to be more of a holistic experience. And that’s where Strandveld lets itself down a little. Perhaps because the place is so specialised and so “boutique”, it also comes over a bit snooty to us wine plebs.
When we were there last week, there were some more serious wine buyers in the room and we were completely ignored as our hostess chased the money, rather than made everyone feel welcome.
I don’t want to go back, I want to make a point. But their wines are really good. And thus I’ll foolishly be giving them another chance next time. Damn my needy palate.

Next up, The Berrio. It’s small and no, I’d never heard of it before either, and their website is a bit temperamental at the best of times, but who cares when their reds are so… wow? And – compare and contrast – the tasting is an enjoyable, interactive, friendly experience.

Their deep, strong, dark and smokey 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon is absolutely magnificent. Straightforward, powerful, simple, just good. And this from a vineyard better known (apparently) for its whites. I’m not a big fan of whites (in fact, I don’t usually even bother to taste them), but I am assured by those who do that the reputation is well deserved.

Enjoy the wines, the company, the views, the lawns and the palm trees and spend an hour here chilling out. And then be careful not to ground your car on the frankly terrifying gutter on the way out.

And then onto The Black Oystercatcher for more great red and some lunch. Best to book here, especially at weekends and in summer because it does get booked out. The food is decent fare: mostly using locally sourced ingredients (many of them from the on show kitchen gardens next door to the restaurant). There’s also a limited selection available for kids (chicken strips or calamari when we were there). In summer, plump for the outdoor tables in front of the lawn and pool, in winter, head indoors to the big log fire.

Wine wise, they have a very good Sauvignon Blanc, a very quaffable Rosé and a couple of really good red blends – the Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot and the all-too-easily-drinkable Triton (Cab Sauv/Merlot/Shiraz), full of coffee, pepper and blackcurrant. After a morning tasting elsewhere and a couple of glasses here with your phat venison burger, you’ll probably find yourself wanting to spend the rest of the afternoon here, and why not?

One note for those of you with your own planes: there is an airstrip just across the road from The Black Oystercatcher…

High ground with telephone lines on runway 14 approach.
Slippery when wet
Farm animals

You are welcome to use this PRIVATE runway at OWN RISK.

…but having seen it I’ll stick to the roads and my designated driver, thanks.

And that’s it for the moment. In short, Elim is a great day out if you’re in the area and you want to see some beautiful wildlife and enjoy some really good wines.
Hopefully, our next forray into Elim’s wine country will include Zoetendal and possibly some of the surrounding villages, possibly even generating a sequel to this post.


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