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Sep
24

A Brand New Entrance

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Another job we completed this winter was to open up a new driveway on the northern edge of the property. Instead of turning into the usual dirt road to the front of the house on Border Road, turn right onto Central Road about 80m past Border Rd.
This entrance services the tenants and we use it for bigger functions  . the idea being we don’t have loads of cars in and out past the main house any more. A quieter and less dusty  life for us. The main house in this picture is right up on the horizon at the ‘top’ of the property.

 

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Aug
15

The Big Stage. TEDxCT

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We were more than surprised when we were asked by TEDx Cape Town if we’d consider talking at their prestigious annual event in Cape Town’s magnificent Town Hall.
It took us seconds to say yes, and weeks to hone Cannabis legalisation into 15 minutes.
Supporters coached on every aspect of public speaking; mannerisms, slides, message, wardrobe. We learned many things about the art or oratory and about ourselves.
It was a nerve wracking experience but we think we pulled it off……
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Aug
07

Water Management

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water tankFor over 20 years now this 5000l tank has served as our water storage. The trouble is, for the last couple of decades, the tank has just been high enough. It always was just far too low.
For those of you who have ever stayed in a Jazzfarm cottage for the weekend, you’ll more than likely remember the complete lack of water pressure in the taps. Running around in the shower didn’t help either.

As soon as one third of the water had drained out of the tank, there would be no hot water in the main house geyser, the geyser having been ingeniously installed about a metre lower than the top of the tank – the tank that was inherited on arrival in 1994.
It was always one of those (massive) jobs we were always going to get around to.
And so we did.

 

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Our fearless neighbours at the welding works helped us to recycle some old second hand steel and we erected another 5000l tank on top of the existing old fibreglass old timer.
The result has changed our standard of life somewhat here at The Jazzfarm.
No more waiting 20 minutes for a bath that gets cold in the winter and no more running out of water because the tank dropped by  a few hundred litres.
It’s amazing what you get round to in the end. Even after 20 years…..

 

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Jul
20

Winter Maintenance

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Winter is a time for repairs and general upkeep here at the Jazzfarm. Many of you will instantly recognise our lounge in the photo but you will have never seen it so empty. The bi-annual floor sealing and polishing mission is always quite a logistic. If you know this room, you know how full of stuff it normally is.

It’s always worth the hard work in the end

We spent the last week grouting and replacing cracked tiles in the highest impact area in the building – the stoep. It always amazes us how big the stoep area actually is without all the furniture. Routine maintenance is the key to keeping the Jazzfarm up and running. The main building is over 60 years old now, but still standing up to the fiercest of summer thunderstorm squalls.

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Jun
10

Fire, Fire, Everywhere

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While we were boldly going where no Subaru had gone before, a fire ripped through the bottom potion of The Jazzfarm, taking out new trees and and anything polythene or fibreglass in it’s way. It was all over in 20 minutes and we got the photos while we were on the open road.

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May
20

Karoo With A View 2015

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After supporting the Global Cannabis March in Cape Town, we disappeared into the wide open majesty of the Karoo. Windows wound down going nowhere slowly. Neither of us had been to Meitjiesfontein so we holed up in the Lord Milner for a couple of days and dressed for dinner.

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Our movie making days seem like long ago. It is nearly 2 years since Jules worked on a movie set and almost a year for Myrtle.
Maybe that’s why she’s so good at being in front of the camera, after all the years on set behind the camera.
The SABC studios are the backdrop for the latest interview. The Dagga debate rages on – and this episode featuring Myrtle in Johannesburg and Advocate Robin Stransham Ford in Cape Town discuss the legal aspects of our Constitutional Challenge.
All in a days work….

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Aug
09

The Sacred Geometry of Aloes

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As of August 2013, the Jazzfarm had not suffered any real frost damage all winter. The short term positive effects of Global Warming perhaps. One consequence of the mild winter has been our aloes all flowered and weren’t decimated one night by sub zero temperatures. Some plants we have never seen in full cycle before.
The Jazzfarm bees have been feasting on them for weeks. Aloe flavoured honey will be a thing to look forward to in spring.
The sacred geometry of Aloes from budding to flowering to fruiting has been a joy to watch, and well worth capturing on ‘film’.

Sacred Geometry of Aloes

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Aug
09

August Sweat Lodge

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We have just managed to squeeze in a Sweat Lodge in August. We don’t know where the time goes and our weekends seem to get fuller and fuller. So on the last day of the month, the 31st, we intend lighting the fire and inviting you all round for another purifying two hour session in the darkness.

Jules will be pouring this Lodge. It’s been a while. As this lodge structure evolves it seems to us the ideal number is 26 passengers, so we’ll stick to that number. So book as soon as you can, the places get snapped up quickly. We’d like to enter the Lodge at 6pm, so get here for 5pm to enjoy some refreshments, the Jazzfarm garden and spend some time collecting your thoughts and intentions.

Supper will be served on completion of the Lodge. There will also be a ‘Giveaway Blanket’ ceremony before supper. Please bring a small something or other to give to the blanket and received another something or other from someone else. Make sense?

Price for the evening is R200. You can pay by EFT (preferable) or cash on the night is all good too.

Banking details:
Jazzfarm Trading (Pty) Ltd
Nedbank  Current A/c 1328044793
Branch: 132-805

5pm for 6pm Saturday 31st August 2013 @ The Jazzfarm

See you there!

Mar
02

Rhodes Reflections

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After our ground breaking Dagga Couple tour around the Eastern and Western Cape, we took time out from the DC and the Jazzfarm and put our Jules and Myrtle hats on. To celebrate such an unusual event we decided to head way off the beaten track to Rhodes in the Southern Maluti mountains. On an arbitrary Thursday at the end of February we entered Rhodes after the twists turns and concentration of a 70km dirt road.
We pretty much had the village to ourselves and what a tranquil experience it was. Thank you to the staff at Walkerbouts Inn for cooking for us and making us comfortable. We literally had the whole Inn to ourselves and recommend it to anyone who is prepared to head off the beaten track a bit….

Rhodes Reflections

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