Category Archives: Stories and encounters

A sign in a rubbish bin!

Liz at Lancaster has just received a new batch of house wine: a cabernet sauvignon/merlot  red from Stellenbosch and a Chenin blanc white.  These are very drinkable wines at reasonable prices R52 a bottle for the red and R45 for the white. Recently, we had guests who were off to Kruger after staying here and [...]

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Talking to plants works!

In November last year, parts of the Johannesburg Parks region were hit by a   devastating hail storm -  large hail stones fell with a ferocious intensity.  They shredded leaves of agapanthus and arums, as well large robust trees, and reduced every impatience and begonia plant  to a bruised and damaged lone green stalk.  Of course [...]

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From beaded cloths to philanthropic travel

One of the best things about running a guesthouse is all the interesting people we meet from all over the world.  One such person is Pat Walker who runs Cultural Explorer.  Pat, a remarkable woman with boundless energy and a wonderful sense of humour, runs tours to South Africa which focus on volunteer, cultural, or [...]

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International exposure for Jozi’s Neighbourgoods Market

          Urban Joburg responds to Monocle Magazine’s binary view of Joburg.  Love their description of what Jozi inner city has to offer:  ‘We’re a city where one can drink a strong espresso in ‘Little Addis’ before heading off to Fordsburg for a vegetarian biryani AND making a stop at Neighbourgoods for [...]

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Memorial service for Philip Tobias 20/06

The world renowned palaeo-anthropologist Philip Tobias has left an extraordinary legacy.  (See  http://lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/tobias-at-84-still-sharp-witty-and-engaging )  A memorial celebration of his life will take place on Wednesday  20th June at 5pm in the Wits Great Hall.  RSVP to 011 717 1327 or babalwa.july@wits.ac.za. by

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