Black Horse Brewery

During our stay in Magaliesburg, we found Black Horse Brewery in a “things to do” brochure. I recognised the name from a post I’d seen on The Blessed Barrenness. Sharon had written about how fantastic the place is, so I knew we had to check it out. We headed to Black Horse late one afternoon for an early supper, and we weren’t disappointed (in the place, or the food). It’s a beautiful outdoor venue, with grass and trees so green, you feel a little healthier breathing that air. 😀

The name

Black Horse is named after their beautiful Friesian horses, whom Zee described as majestic.

{I later found that majestic is in fact how their horses are described on Black Horse’s own website too. Nice one my girl. 🙂 }

The horses were already being led back to their stables by the time we arrived, which is why I only ended up with one not so impressive photo of the very impressive animal.

The restaurant

There are tables at the top, not far from where you enter. There’s also a play area there, as well as a gift shop. A short walk down are the very relaxed, covered tables and couches, next to a trampoline for the kids.

Pretty much everything on their menu sounds delicious. It isn’t a big menu, but there’s something for everyone, including little ones. Their craft beers aren’t too bad either, according to Husband (beer isn’t my thing). I tasted the pink ginger beer when he did the beer tasting though, and that’s quite yum!

We loved everything about Black Horse Brewery… I mean I could’ve done without the bees that kept wanting some of my Coke, but hey what do you expect when you eat outside?… Seriously though, it really is a lovely place, with great food, pink ginger beer, plus a trampoline and so much place to run around and play, the kids won’t want to leave.

If you’re heading to Magaliesburg and thinking of visiting Black Horse Brewery, find out more on their website.

La Provence D’Afrique

On the first of January, our little family of three headed off to Magaliesburg. Most accommodation there was fully booked by the time we had started looking for something, which is how we ended up booking at La Provence D’Afrique. And I’m so happy that we did. It is very beautiful, very unique, and the service is top-notch. The hospitality shown by Jeremiah (manager/host), Tembani, Innocent, and the rest of the staff is truly commendable and much appreciated. These guys are some of the most hardworking, helpful, and efficient people we’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting.

We were supposed to have stayed in one of their double storey thatched cottages, seeing as we had a little person with us. After walking up the tiny stairs of the too-steep-for-my-liking staircase, we knew it wouldn’t work for me us, and made the move to La Provence with zero hassle. The room we chose was La Papilon (“that’s butterfly in French, mommy” – Zee). The room is pretty and cozy, and my only complaint would be that the water in the bathroom is crazy unpredictable – one second you’re waiting for it to warm up, the next you’re suffering burns to your skin as it suddenly fires up. It’s so hard to say anything negative about the place though, when there are so many more positives to it.

La Provence is built inside the old stone studio of artist and sculptor Charles Gotthard. We absolutely loved the concept of pretty, cozy rooms situated on either side of a French street café. On one end of the street cafe is a little French courtyard, which is what you see when you enter the building, and on the other end, three leather couches next to a fireplace – so cozy!

We ate dinner at La Provence the one night, and it was lovely. Jeremiah brought us our freshly prepared and delicious dinner, in a picnic basket (how charming?). Oh, and we ate at the street café – it’s not just there to look cute and French, you actually eat dinner there, with French music playing softly in the background.

Breakfast by the river each morning was also highlight of our stay. It’s such a change from what we all do everyday, and that in itself is refreshing. And the food was YUM too. 🙂

Speaking of highlights, La Provence has the cutest spa, built on a wooden deck, and the therapists, Gloria and Sina may just have magic in their hands. There are two treatment rooms in the Zen Forest Spa, and they offer a full body massage, back, neck, and shoulder massage, Indian head massage, and foot massage. Husband and I chose the hot stone full body massages, and I’m pretty certain I’ve never had a better massage – like, I’d take a drive there for the day, just for that massage! And, as I posted on Instagram, Sina even gave Zee her first not-too-hot stone full body massage – so cute!

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La Provence D’Afrique was the perfect place for the restful break we needed. It’s so close to Joburg, you could even drive through on a Saturday for a picnic by the river – they arrange a cheese and wine picnic basket for you.

If we do return for a stay, I’d love to book La Petit – this is the first room when you enter La Provence. It has so much light, and is very spacious, and all three of us loved the look of it. It’s just a pity that others had already booked it and were arriving the morning after we got there.

Find out more about La Provence D’Afrique here, or contact them on 082 900 8205 / outofafrika@telkomsa.net

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Our two new friends, Sahara and Sasha, either walked us to breakfast each morning, or met us there. They’re such gorgeous doggies, and Zee couldn’t get enough of them.

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Episode VIII has a name… and I heart it!

It was announced today on starwars.com that the upcoming film’s official title is Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

There’s just something about it, you guys. I love it.

Seeing Mark Hamill at the end of The Force Awakens was such a moment! And then in the first teaser trailer we were given a few more seconds of Luke Skywalker… ok, the same few seconds, just from his view this time, but still! (you can find me freaking out over this here 😀 )

And now the title seems to hint at the character playing quite a significant role in the next film – perhaps as The Last Jedi?… or perhaps as the one who trains Rey?… or maybe there’s already a small group of young Jedi he’s been training?… So many theories running around in my already exhausted minds (its been one of those days… my mind and body are feeling the effects of having no helper for almost four months). Why, oh why do we have to wait so long? 🙁

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is scheduled for release 15 December 2017.