Arriving to a long table under tall trees that created dappled sunlight, the day started with a glass of their MCC in hand and a relaxed walk around the lawns.
We later joined the group at the welcoming table for a meal that consisted of beautiful food generously prepared by Chef Ryan Shell and presented on platters to share. It felt like a family luncheon. All paired to wine created by Winemaker Marlize Jacobs and hosted by their incredibly dynamic Marketing Manager Nicole Arnold.
The long table under the trees.
Setting of wine and water awaited us.
Such bright and fresh table decorations, just perfect.
At 3.30pm after pudding, coffee and casual chats, the Indian Runner Duck procession came right past our table, delighting in every way. There are 1071 of them and each is equally adorable. Hannes, one of the Flock Flagsmen took me for a walk around the area they sleep in at night, going out each morning to work in the vines, helping with pest control.
These cutest feet.
With the Flock Flagsmen.
We never got there as the unhurried life of yesteryear had time run away over lunch, but Vergenoegd also offer wine, olive oil, coffee or tea blending experiences as well as cellar tours and kids entertainment, picnics and tours.
Do also have a look at what they are arranging for Easter here. But most of all, go and get up close and personal with those adorable runner ducks. They really are the cutest things! A daily migration of birds is a site and sound to behold.
It was a most relaxed and lovely day, filled with authenticity, warmth and a delicious sense of home. Thank you all for hosting and spoiling us, we loved spending the day with you.
My new friend Roco, who really does think he’s human.
My beautiful Mom Shirley Bradnick, and me.
Showing just how much they love their birds, the Vergenoegd Waterbird Habitat Project has become a reality and has the support of numerous conservation bodies such as WWF, BWI (Biodiversity & Wine Initiative), Birdlife South Africa, Cape Nature, Landcare South Africa and NCC – Environmental Services. The collective idea is to produce a guideline document of how private landowners can rehabilitate existing water bodies on their property to make them the perfect habitat for all kinds of indigenous waterbirds. Starting on Vergenoegd with the likes of floating islands, they will create the ideal breeding ground for ducks, geese, raptors and migrating birds. It is definitely something that will have a major impact in helping the often rare species of birds that thrive in the Western Cape.