JULY……A CRACKLING FIRE,A GLASS OF GORGEOUS RED , A SPICY BREDIE AND YOU
Divine July is here. Crystal clear mountain air, perhaps some glittering snow on the omnipresent Riviersonderend mountains maybe, McGee and I, sitting on the stoep, contemplating, and no, not my navel, can’t see that far…. a superb Shiraz. This is lifestyle McGregor and it is addictive, believe me. The intense heat of summer is but a distant memory and its time for fires burning gently in the grate and a bubbling pot of fragrant Bredie on the Dover stove or maybe in your potjie. Lots of gossip (that got your attention,didn’t it) and snippets of “What’s Happening Aggie” to share with you in our petite and gorgeously charming village.
The Aloes, Proteas and Sunbirds are dazzling at the moment. You would swear blind that Atholl, who is our local theatrical impresario, has got something to do with the current extravaganza and explosion of colour and accompanying razzmatazz. Aggie has it that there is a new theatrical wow coming up, from fabulous Atholl and his talented cast of McGregorites in the months ahead………..Can’t wait!
M&M…..A Gourmet Celebration Of Delicious Morsels From Farm To Table………………
McGee, who is an inveterate shopper discovered this gem of a “farm store” tucked away next to “51” in Voortrekker Street. Recently founded by Sue and Brenda……it specialises in crunchy organic vegetables, still laden with morning dew, free range eggs from Pip’s local McGregor farm. They have sourced other culinary delights from Jenny’s Jersey Dairy Farm from just outside Robertson in a hidden valley, which only a few locals have discovered. These gorgeous doe eyed Jersey beauties produce the most mouth wateringly creamy milk and can you believe it, Jenny also makes genuine clotted cream…….last time I saw clotted cream was in Cornwall UK, yonks ago…..try it on fresh scones with strawberry jam and Jenny’s cream. Beyond gorgeous! When I went there for the first time, fresh wholewheat bread had just arrived and the shop was filled with all the exotic boulangerie scents of freshly baked bread…..just heavenly.
Delicious pre prepared meals by some of McGregor’s finest chefs are also available for guests who are disappointed that they cant go out for supper at the beginning of the week…… M & M is the ideal start for our visitors to stock up on culinary goodies for their break.
Getting To Know Our New SAPS Station Commander,Captain Luke Dixon
Photo Credit: Nasifa Sulaiman,Network 24
A warm McGregor Welcome to our new Station Commander………Captain Luke Dixon joined the police service at the tender age of 33 in Jan 2003. He had previously been a reservist and had loved the work. He was bored with a sales career. When the opportunity arose he grabbed it with both hands. He did his basic training in Pretoria at the police training college in Pretoria West. He then started his career at Simon’s Town SAPS working in Uniform on the complaints desk. After about 2 years he was moved to the crime prevention environment where he discovered his true calling in the SAPS. He was then promoted to Sergeant in February 2006 and worked on the trains between Simon’s Town and Cape Town. He was stationed at Retreat Railway Police. While he was with the railway police, he fulfilled various roles. Crime prevention mostly but worked as a department head after receiving death threats from criminals who work the trains, not easy being a policeman. He spent a short time at crime intelligence. In October of 2009 he was promoted to Warrant Officer. In 2012 he returned to Simon’s Town SAPS as a shift commander. In 2014 he became the Visible policing commander at Simon’s Town SAPS. He was responsible for all the uniform members and crime prevention. In October 2018 he applied for the post at McGregor SAPS and got the post and was then promoted to Captain and became the Station Commander for McGregor SAPS, a post that he currently holds. He is passionate about policing and truly believes that he can make a difference in the community he serves. He strongly believes in community policing and has recently re constituted the McGregor Neighbourhood Watch (If interested in joining, contact him or his team at the Station). He loves that each day is so varied and different. His charming and supportive partner of 2 years Jody moved with him to McGregor. Fortunately Jody’s job allows her to work from home. She works as an inbound travel agent specializing in Botswana. He plays a mean guitar and rides his two motorcycles in his spare time. Jody also rides motorbikes and has one of her own. He reckons that one can never have enough motorbikes. They have 3 dogs, a great Dane, an Australian cross/cattle dog that they got from the Swellendam SPCA and a cheeky little sausage dog. You will probably meet him in the street, walking home after his shift is over. He loves his calling and enjoys life to the full. He looks forward to the work that he and his dedicated team can do in the community, to make it safe and secure for all its residents.
Who Is This Little Person Called MacGee?
By now,you will have noticed this loveable little scruff of a thing,popping up in the most unexpected of places.Whether tasting a newly launched wine or supporting Max and the McGregor Warriors or having fun with the kids.Well…….nobody is quite sure of where MacGee came from,but local legend has it that if you take the Road To Nowhere and you reach the end,there is a hidden path that leads to a little corbelled cottage in a forgotten and hidden valley.Reputedly,Mr and Mrs MacGee lived in this quaint home, a long time ago and they used to weave and knit the most beautiful creations.These very creative pieces were much sought after in times past,right throughout the village and beyond.Rather like the fairy story of Pinocchio,one of there pieces fell out of Mr MacGee’s, pony and trap and bumped and jumped down the mountainside.When this bedraggled little thing eventually came to a stop,a curious Dassie named Magical Koos idled up to it and by way of introduction,waved a magical paw over the poor little darling………voila and a mystical, Ag Nee, moment later,transformed this little woolly creature into a living,breathing miniature marketing dynamo with the name of his forebears…..MacGee had arrived.With a skip and a jump onto the back of a passing,cantankerous Hadeda, he arrived at the Tourism Offices in McGregor…..with a thunderous knocking on the panelled doors, nearly scaring the living daylights out of Shirley and Rhowena,MacGee had a dramatic entrance…..by way of introduction.he had plucked a few gorgeous Proteas from Barry’s Farm, which he graciously presented to them,utterly charming the bemused ladies .He now has a small office out back,near the museum,where he plans his many adventures and forays.This story is completely true and he continues to this day to surprise one and all,with his stupendous and amazing feats of marketing nous.
Well Done McGregor Rugby Club
Fantastic News…………McGregor top of the log after 7 matches.
McGregor Rugby Club currently competing in the StreekUitdaag Competition of the Boland Rugby Union where they won 6 of their 7 games against some really tough competition
They are competing to be Promoted to the 2020 GrootUitdaag. the highest competition in the Boland Rugby Union.
Lets give them the support they deserve……………………Goooooooooooooo McGregor Rugby Club!
Wacky Wine Weekend “Wined Up”
June 2019 and another wingdinger of an oenophiles delight.The village was packed with devotees of Bacchus,merrily making their way to another talented winemakers offering.
Jacie Oosthuisen being his normal genial self giving Wacky Wine guests a barrel tasting innings at Lords
McGregors foremost Garagista Ilse Schutte packed in the crowds at Bemind to try and taste her sublime wines and our very own McGregor Steel Band was there to entertain
Who said that the Wacky Wine was just about wine,Glenn Bryant and partners were tantalizing the taste buds with their exceptional Six Dogs hand crafted gins paired with their own branded, Swiss styled chocolate at Sue Walkers Grape Divine,the one and only, fabulous wine emporium in town
Guess who was out racing over the Wacky Wine….Max and his indomitable McGregor Warriors showing the other half how it should be done ….Viva Warriors
Lords Launch Their Fabulous 2018 Pinot Noir
Jaci and team launched their 2018 Pinot Noir at Lords Winery with a Pinot matched menu,created by chef extraordinaire,Tess,assisted by “trainee kitchen assistant Schalk”Fabulous food and wine
Just look at those Pinot happy faces Yum!
Schalk introducing the next delicious course
Croquet On The Green In McGregor
The latest,”fast paced” sport to capture the imagination of the genteel souls,young and the not so old of McGregor, is Lawn Croquet,launched a couple of months ago by residents Carol and David Knox.
Croquet is thought to have started in France in the 17th century, and the earliest record of it in Britain was of a game called “Paille Maille” being played next to St James’ Palace, hence the name Pall Mall.
It became one of the sports crazes of Victorian England, with national championships played at Wimbledon, which is still known as the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, and still stages matches.
If you are interested,pop on down to the Green on the Church Square and you will see the game being played on any given day of the week…Carol and David would to get you playing.
A little bird whispered in MacGee’s ear the other day that those culinary creative fellows,Kurt and Andre are opening a fabulous eatery in the old Karoux premises one of these days.One can never forget the fun and great fare that those two pioneered all those years ago and the restaurant that bears their names.Welcome Back Fella’s….let the fun begin…..watch this space!
MacGee’s Wine Of The Month
MacGee came up with this brilliant idea,just now………He was sitting on the terrace up at Lords,where he had been invited by Louwrens to taste the launch of the new Lords Rose 2019……….why not invite all wine makers in the Village and immediate surrounds, to introduce their latest offerings to all and sundry, through the medium of the McGregor Newsletter.
So, please Winemakers,please let us know when you are going to launch or have recently launched a new wine and we will feature it right here…..thats what Louwrens did.
The Lords Team are very excited to announce the release of Lord’s Pinot Noir Rosé 2019, produced from hand-harvested Pinot Noir grapes grown at 500m above sea-level; in a cool climate and lime-rich soil. The dusty Pink colour and the delicate flavours of the fruit will intrigue you with every sip and swirl. The ongoing drought in the Western Cape has brought about reduced yields, which in turn means a higher concentration of fruit and flavours.
Delectably fruit driven, with a crisp acid base, this wine is sure to enthral the avid rosé drinker and convert the uninitiated.
This gorgeous wine is selling fast…..only 2500 bottles made
Go on, pour a pink …….hic (Really MacGee}
There is always something happening in our fab village,please let us know and we will always endeavour to get it into this newsletter.Please let us know about your wine launches,so that we can include them here
Lots To Come Links…..
The fun never ends in our neck of the woods with the Run2Nowhere Weekend (31st August and 1st September); the Ride2Nowhere Weekend (6th to 8th September) and then the McGregor Magic Open Gardens / Heritage weekend (20th to 23rd September).
Some other links / contact details that may be of use to folk who like to plan ahead:
Where to stay – accommodation options
Wahnfried programme of films and live cultural events
Temenos Retreat – for retreats, workshops etc
McGregor Wine Meander – for information of wineries in and around the village
Arts and Crafts – art galleries, pottery studios and so much more
Mind and Body – yoga, massages, Qi-gong, retreats, hiking clubs, walking
Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve for walks, bird hides (wheelchair friendly boardwalk), braille trail
at the courtyard musical events
Poetry in McGregor Festival Weekend (23 to 25 August 2019)
McGregor Magic Open Gardens Festival Weekend (21 to 23 September 2019)
Millstone Pottery high-temperature wood-firing jamboree (18 to 20 October 2019)