Results: Photographic Competition – Cape Town Photographic Society

Herewith the results of the photographic competition that took place during the weekend that the Cape Town Photographic Society spent in Stanford in celebration of their 125th anniversary.

Richard Goldschmidt’s photograph of the Kleinrivier is a great shot of one, if not THE gem, of Stanford’s tourist assets. The magical weaving of water, sky and mountains makes for a worthy winner. Richard’s prize is two nights for 6 at Eagleyes Guest House.

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Pat Scott’s entry of 5 (or 6, or 7?) different birds in one photograph illustrates the richness of Stanford’s Avian bounty. She wins the wonderful book Portrait of a Village by Stanford’s own Annalize Mouton. Hopefully its contents will draw Pat back to Stanford in due course.

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The third prize goes to Kim Stevens for her a lovely study of lines taken of the Mosaic Farm Jetty. A case of Stanford Wineries best will I am sure help cement an ongoing relation between Stanford & Kim.

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The weekend was enjoyed by all by all the photographers. Amongst many highlights, they were treated to a preview of local birdlife photographer Richard Masson’s soon to be released book, “A hundred Birds in my Stanford garden”. This book is a wonderful example of birding Stanford style and is an invitation to all birders to visit our area to see the ± 150 other species recorded in our area.

Eagleyes are putting together a special weekend to host at least four teams of four to enter S A Birdings big day on 27th November 2015. More on this later.

A wonderful, successful and memorable weekend in Stanford!

Hello Lindsay and Royd

How wonderful, successful and memorable our weekend in Stanford was. Thank you both for ALL you did to make our stay so special. Royd – you spent hours researching everything possible to add interest to Richard’s programme. Thank you for going the extra twenty miles! The club members have sent in so many notes thanking us, saying how varied and interesting it all was and commenting on your warm and generous hospitality.  Eagleyes was a fantastic venue. We were privileged to be the first people to use it!  (My apologies once again for the cracked bowl and the wobbly knife!)

I hope the Tourism people receive lots of amazing photos from our members.  I have a few and will send them in with Richard’s.

The weekend ended off with a relaxing and wonderful lunch on your stoep; thank you – it was just perfect!

Here is the photo you asked for – I hope you both approve!

Royd Frith with Penny van den Berg who worked for him in 1980

Royd Frith with Penny van den Berg who worked for him in 1980

Much love to you both

Joyce Goldschmidt

A MARCH MADNESS not to be missed!

March-Madness

With our Lodge now beautifully complete, and its magical eclectic garden in summer bloom there is much to go mad about. Stanford has never looked better, new eateries have popped up, old ones have gotten even better – Mariana’s, KC’s, Springfontein Eats, Stanford Harvest, Stanford Hills Tasting Room, Havercrofts, Madre’s & “much more munch” more.  Stanford Treasure Trove to be explored and birds abound (37 species so far in the Lodge’s garden). The braai is stacked with the very best rooikrans. Saturday markets are in full swing, breakfast at Tiffany’s (i.e. Coffee Corner, Graze, Stanford Table & Evergrine, etc.). The wine harvest has begun. Sample the best of the numerous Stanford vineyards with input from Stanford Tourism. It is also the perfect time of the year to go big on the Kleinrivier, Stanford’s own gem.

If you want to sample the essence of “Stylish Stanford” self-catering, now is the hour. To have a look at this new dimension in Stanford accommodation, go to www.eagleyes.co.za

EAGLEYES are offering the following March Madness two-night minimum specials.

•Full Lodge sleeping 10/12      R2 500 per night

•Tuinhuis sleeping 4                R1 500 per night

•Barn sleeping 4                      R1 000 per night

•Barn & Stables sleeping 6/8   R2 000 per night

All enquiries to:

Royd & Lindsay Frith.

admin@eagleyes.co.za

071 128 5533

 

History of Eagleyes Guest House

We are still in the process of researching exactly when Eagleyes Guest House (34 Bezuidenhout Street) had been built. At this stage all we know is that it was built in the early 1900s by either Hendrik Vermeulen or his son, George. The Vermeulens were a well-known Stanford and Overberg family and builders of reknown. You can read more about them here: The Vermeulens of the Overberg

The house was most probably built for Mr Pieter Stephanus de Villiers, known as “Apie”, of the farm, Bovendrift near Stanford, or for his mother. Apie was a well-known businessman in Hermanus and Stanford. In 1951, six years after the death of his father, Abraham Pieter Matthys, Apie, his mother, Martha Cornelia Susanna, and unmarried sister, Martina Cornelia Susanna (Tienie), went to live at 34 Bezuidenhout Street. Tienie de Villiers outlived both her mother and brother, and in 1979 when she moved to the old-age home in Gansbaai, the house was sold. In a letter (postal stamp on envelope: 5 March 1979) to Tienie from her niece, Gerrie, in which her last municipal account was included, Gerrie also mentioned that a certain Mr Otto’s sister-in-law bought the house from a Mr Thys Erwee. Who this “Mr Otto’s sister-in-law” was, is still uncertain.

 

In 1983, 34 Bezuidenhout Street was bought from another Mr De Villiers by the Pieters family, and they lived there from 1983 to 2013.

 

In 2013 the house was bought by Royd and Lindsay Frith who fastidiously renovated it and brought it back to its former glory under the watchful eye of renowned local heritage architect, Maureen Wolters.

The finished product

The finished product