Some of you may not receive my monthly newsletter so in case you are wondering why there are suddenly posts about Stanford in the Overberg, I am copying  the introduction to my last newsletter sent from Fish Hoek at the end of March …
This is the last newsletter to be sent out from Fish Hoek for as from April you will be receiving them from Stanford! The Scenic South is expanding to include Stanford and Hermanus as my hubby, Harry, and I are moving to the Overberg on 3 April.

Klein River, Stanford. Photo: Viv if Scenic South and Stanford Nestle-In

Klein River, Stanford. Photo: Viv

We have had 30 fabulous years in the Scenic South Peninsula, four of them in Kommetjie and the rest in our home on the mountainside in Fish Hoek, a house full of happy memories. Our three sons attended Bay Primary, Fish Hoek Middle and High Schools and have all done extremely well with the good grounding that they received. Their involvement in Scouts and the Fish Hoek Life-Saving Club has enhanced their love of sport, the outdoors and the ocean and we are grateful to the dedicated folk who encouraged and mentored them, both at school and in their extra-mural activities.

We have made special and lasting friendships through our sons’ activities as well as our involvement in our own spheres – work, this website, cycling, kayaking, art and yoga. We have wonderful neighbours that we will also sorely miss and have had great care and compassion from our Dr Lombard and dentist Dr Nieuwoudt who over the past 30 years have patched and put us all together again. Fish Hoek Vets have kept our dogs in good health …. the list is endless. Thank you one and all who have enriched and “added value” to our lives in this part of the Scenic South.

This is not a “goodbye” but a “so long”. Stanford is but two hours away and you will be hearing from me monthly in the “What’s up in the Scenic South”. To those of you who have contributed to the Scenic South on a regular basis, please keep your articles, photos and notices coming. If the flavour of the Scenic South changes it will only be for the better – a broader picture of life in the South as well as a larger audience to appreciate it.
Our home in Stanford has a self-catering guest suite accommodating two. It will be ready for guests from the 14 April and will be known as Stanford Nestle-in.

See pics and info about the suite on


Stanford Nestle-In self-catering accommodation.

Entrance to Nestle-In selfcatering accommodation in Stanford. Photo: Viv of Nestle-In

Entrance to Nestle-In selfcatering accommodation in Stanford.



There is exciting and prodigious birdlife in Stanford, the river is just 50m from our home (and it is very paddleable!), we are surrounded by good wineries and organic farms, top class restaurants, a cheesery and of course the Birkenhead Brewery. Plenty of reason for making a “draai” in that direction!

Warm regards


 It’s a wonderful world. You can’t go backwards. You’re always moving forward. It’s the wonderful part about life. And that’s terrific.
Harvey Fierstein