• The Woodturners…

    Father and son team, John and Andrew Early have turned their obsession with the beauty of wood into award winning pieces, using only salvaged pieces of wood. Each bowl is turned from wet wood, left to dry for up to four years, then re-turned, sanded and waxed or oiled. “Pieces will continue to dry throughout their lifetime in a dynamic process that makes them ‘living' art works, says Andrew. Experience John and Andrew Early's beautiful wooden vessels and exclusive furniture, which is sought after by decorators around the globe, and which has earned them an Elle Decoration International Design Award and a Conde Nast House Style Award. 0723656270 www.andrewearly.co.za
  • Michael J Mawdsley Jnr

    Michael trained and worked as a goldsmith and jeweller for over 25 years before turning his mind and hands to sculpture - an almost inevitable move since at the core of all his work, the creative drive had always been the main motivation.

    The whole process of taking a basic idea through to a finished bronze requires the same creative drive and ability whether working as a creative goldsmith & jeweller or a sculptor and although Michael still produces jewellery, he finds the sheer physicality of the bronze art form more challenging and more satisfying.

    Michael’s sculptural work to date covers the triad of African Wildlife, the Human Form and the Local Flora. He has produced works from the very small, often to use as door knockers or business card holders, through to large, stand-alone works of art.

    If you are interested in commissioning a specific work, please either phone him on +27 (0)83 294 0107 to discuss.
    Michael John Mawdsley Jnr: http://www.vivavoce.co.za/

  • Rob Fowler at Corrie Lynn

    Corrie Lynn & Co. furniture has been in operation for more than 10 years. They specialise in custom-made furniture using a variety of different woods.

    Robin Fowler, a self-taught cabinet-maker has successfully been designing and manufacturing wooden furniture for a variety of clients all over South Africa. These clients include corporate businesses, game lodges, hotels, restaurants as well as individuals looking for something different.

    Robin has mentored and trained Corrie Lynn & Co staff to produce furniture from raw wood to the finished product. Staff member’s craftsmanship is recognised through labels attached to the individual pieces of furniture.

    Furniture Making Workshops
    Due to demand, Robin is now offering different courses in furniture making at his workshop at Corrie Lynn Farm in the beautiful Dargle Valley in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands.

    Courses have a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 participants to allow for individual attention.

    The courses vary from a very basic level for first time furniture-makers to more advanced specific courses on joints and specialised machinery. The price of the course includes all materials, refreshments and lunches.
    www.corrielynn.co.za
    0827895990

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How to spend a rainy day in the Midlands

The Midlands can be a beautifully mystical kingdom, as the mist settles in and the rain falls to the earth. Days like these are just beautiful for those who want to stay indoors and those more adventurous outdoors folk.

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Don’t let the rain ruin your plans. There are plenty of places to visit even on a rainy day in the Midlands.

Start your day off with a warm, hearty breakfast at Piggly Wiggly. Their cappuccinos are great and they have a cosy inside area to sit and relax in.

Meander along and be sure to stop in at Groundcover for those wooly sheep skin slippers to keep your feet warm at night. Tea and scones next to the fire at Fordoun is a lovely way to spend a rainy day, or maybe you’d rather enjoy the misty view from Blueberry Cafe, while nibbling on a delectable piece of cheesecake.

If you are need of a good pamper session then check into Brookdale Health Hydro for a day of relaxation, massages and other therapies. You may even fall asleep to the peaceful rain falling outside.

End your day with a pub meal at Rawdons Pub or a pizza at Il Postino, before heading back to the warmth of your cottage at Lemonwood.

Cosy up in bed, or next to the fireplace, with a good book or a cup of tea to end the day.

Sound like a perfect day to me!

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Valentine’s ideas in the Midlands

The Midlands is such a beautiful place to spend a romantic weekend. This Saturday is Valentine’s Day and year after year we see happy couples retreating to the KZN Midlands. There are so many places to visit and the date ideas are never ending.

So to help you out here are some romantic ideas for your Valentine’s getaway.

Candle dipping

Get creative and spoil your partner to a morning of colour and fragrance, while making your own candles.

Contact The Candle Dipping Shop at Piggly Wiggly: 084 381 8010

Antique shopping

The Midlands is FULL of antique shops. Visit the Patchwood Elephant where you will find Sentiments Antiques and sit down to a delicious cup of coffee at The Farmer’s Daughter next door.

Canopy swinging

The Karkloof Canopy Tours are a great source of fun if you are an outdoors person and enjoy a bit of adventure.

Contact: 033 330 3415 or 076 241 2888

Picnics

Pack a picnic and head to Midmar or a dam near to where you are staying. We have so many beautiful little dams in the area that we always point our guests to.

Lunch spots

Caversham Mill is set aside a beautiful waterfall and their menu is absolutely top notch. We also recommend you try Coach House, which is home to Terbodore Coffee Roasters.

Contact Caversham: 033 234 4524

Contact Coach House: 033 330 2380

If you’d like to book out one of our cottages and spend a romantic weekend in the Midlands give us a call on 082 052 6072 or have a look at our website.

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  • Pet Friendly @ Lemonwood Farm…

    Bring your dogs on holiday with you to Lemonwood farm!

    Canine Guest Etiquette
    A guesthouse owner's list of dos and don'ts - by Elaine Hurford

    •When you arrive - PLEASE leave your dog/s in the car. Don't let them out on a stranger's property until the host has given you the go-ahead. The resident dogs might not like it. It's best to meet on neutral territory OUTSIDE the gate where they can sniff and get to know each other, and then bring them into the property together.
    •Close gates behind you at all times! This is absolutely vital both in town (traffic risks) and rural areas (there may be farm animals about).
    •Bring the lead! I can't believe how many people travel with no form of restraint for their dogs. It's plain stupid.
    •If you are asked to keep your dog on a lead outside the room or cottage, kindly adhere to this rule. If your dog chases and harms the resident cats or ducks for example, you will have a very unhappy host. Remember that in rural areas some farmers don't hesitate to shoot strange dogs on their property. Sheep and ostriches present wildly exotic scents to urban dogs, and you do not want to go home with a corpse.
    •Bring your own dog bedding AND a big old sheet to cover sofas, chairs, beds or other comfy and tempting places to sleep. The dog will feel more at home and the host will appreciate the fact that your pooch hasn't left hair or mud on the furniture.
    •Feed your dog out of doors or in the kitchen / bathroom, preferably on a piece of newspaper, and clean up afterwards. Pick up dog poos and dispose away from the premises in a knotted plastic bag.
    •Travel with your grooming tool to brush sand and mud out of doors. Don't let wet dogs into the house - you know very well how smelly a wet dog can be.
    •Bring favourite toys and chews with you. It makes the dog feel more secure and prevents furniture damage.
    •Ask ahead whether there is an enclosed garden or patio where you can safely leave them while you go out to a restaurant or shopping. (Some owners do not make this clear in their Pet Policy.) It's not always possible to take your dog everywhere with you, and you can't leave a large pup indoors to consume the furniture and carpets - even for a minute.
    •Check ahead that the local vet will be in residence - or consult your latest edition of The South African Pet-friendly Directory to find out where the nearest vet is. Many small towns don't have a vet. You don't want to be stuck in an emergency and your host won't want to tend to emergencies at night or after hours.
    •If your dogs are diggers, they are best left at home until you've cured them. One remedy is to bury a ball of chicken wire in the hole and cover it with sand, or bury the dog's own excrement in the hole and cover it. Both are unpleasant finds for the digging dog.
    •If your dogs are barkers (and most dogs will start protecting "their" new territory very quickly), keep them quiet until a respectable hour in the morning, and on weekend afternoons. Even if they don't bark at home, you never know what exciting stimuli might be on the other side of a new fence.
    •Please keep your dogs from jumping at the hosts' small children or grandchildren - and for that matter on the hosts themselves! Your dogs may be very sociable but a lavish display of affection from a strange dog may frighten small children.