|Newsletter - September 2013
By Terry and Michele Stewart
It felt like spring came early this year, our winter was milder and drier than the last few winters, and the days before September were warm and set the tone for what may be a hot summer ’13-14.
If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful venue to host your year-end function, a conference or team building please do drop us an email so that we can quote you on your specific requirements.
To all of you who took advantage of our Winter Special from May through to the end of August, thank you for taking the time to visit Bucklands, to view our reserve, to delight in the special sightings and capturing the moments on camera! A lot of our guests are return clients or guests who stay with us by recommendations from past clients, “word of mouth” advertising really does generate a substantial amount of visitors to Bucklands each year. So thanks to all of you that have referred us to friends and family, we really appreciate it!
If you would like to share your moments that you captured with us at Bucklands, feel free to share them on our Facebook wall - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bucklands-Private-Game-Reserve/149458038460302?ref=hl Similarly if you are on Trip Advisor and have some time to spend, please do write us a review on Trip Advisor. Trip Advisor is one of the largest sites used to view accommodation, and potential travellers use Trip Advisor to read reviews of each accommodation establishment. What makes Trip Advisor so popular is that all reviews are from past guests so the reviews are honest and genuine - http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g312557-d2275442-Reviews-Bucklands_Private_Game_Reserve-Grahamstown_Eastern_Cape.html
Bucklands Game News...
By Iain Stewart
We have been bringing Nyala in from Bathurst this past month. We have had about 5 separate lots delivered to Bucklands, these lots are small amounts of animals because they are being captured passively. The Nyala are being passively captured which is a much more relaxed type of capture because the animals usually go about their daily routine and once enough Nyala are in the passive capture area, the blinds are drawn and they are kept inside until they are loaded onto the game truck/trailer and ready for transport. The alternate forms of capture may include herding with vehicles or choppers which is a lot noisier and therefore more stressful for the animals.
We spent a few hours last month moving three Buffalo bulls from Graskop and onto the larger Bucklands Main portion of the reserve. These animals are monstrous and all hands are required to be on standby monitoring their breathing, keeping them cool and transporting them to their new location on the reserve.
Recent Guest Comments
“Baie dankie vir alles dit was ‘n wonderlike naweek. Sal defnitief weer kom kuier! Julel het ons spesiaal laat voel. Mag julle geseen word vorentoe. Dankie Yolande & Amy. Net die beste vir julle vorentoe. Liefde Die Oosthuizens.”
Rudy & Carlien Oosthuizen – PA
“You made our weekend so special! The food, the service, EVERYTHING! Thank you Iain and Yolande.”
Charles & Christine Metcalf – East London
“Thanks for the stay, had great fun with everybody. Had amazing game drives, just not such great weather. Thanks so much”
The Knights, Jos and George Guest – Port Alfred and Kasouga
“Thanks for the great stay, had a fantastic time”
Kayleigh Mileham – East London
“Fantastic time. Great trips and delicious food. Many thanks Amy and Yolande”
Andy and Judy Tyler – UK
Bucklands welcomes Craig Hamilton and Christo Koen to the Bucklands this month, both Craig and Christo are a welcome addition to the team.
September is Arbour month and the trees being highlighted in 2013 are:
Did you Know...?
Blossom Tree or Keurboom (Virgilia oroboides (common)
Cross-Berry or Kruisbessie (Grewia occidentalis) (rare)
Powder-puff Tree or Poeierkwasboom (Barringtonia racemosa) (rare)
"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago; the second best time it today."
I made these yummy fritters the other day and had to share them with you! Delicious as an accompaniment with your main meal or can be served as a dessert. These are also such a hit with kids and are worth that extra effort.
2 cups cooked pumpkin, or butternut if you prefer
½ cup cake flour
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspooons baking powder
2 teaspoons sugar
2 large eggs
oil for frying
cinnamon sugar, if used
Cook the pumpkin or butternut in a steamer or microwave until soft, cooked dry
Add all the dry ingredients and mix together.
This beautiful Malachite Kingfisher was photographed by Iain while visiting the river.
Beat the eggs separately and then add to the mixture bringing it all together until the batter almost holds it shape when tested with a spoon.
Heat oil to a medium heat.
Add table spoons of batter to the heated oil, take care not to place them too close to one another.
Fry until firm and golden on the underside, flip over and fry on the other side.
The fritters will puff slightly and keep their shape, but will deflate a bit as you take them out of the pan. To test for doneness press lightly on the fritters, if they spring back they are cooked. If some batter runs out from the sides, cook for a bit longer.
Serve warm, either as a side dish with a roast, or as a dessert with plenty of cinnamon sugar!
Photographed at Bucklands
This bird is known as the jewel of the African water bodies; it has deep brilliant blue, turquoise and russet colours which sparkle in the sunlight…