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Here I would love to share with you our travels and adventures as international mushroom consultants. MEMOIRS about husband Pieter Vedder, who was a SCIENTIFIC PIONEER in Mushroom Cultivation Education. His practical handbook is in 9 languages and is called the MUSHROOM BIBLE: https://mariettesbacktobasics.blogspot.com/2020/08/modern-mushroom-growing-2020-harvesting.html

Friday, December 22, 2017

Part IX - BLAAUWKLIPPEN Homestead in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Wishing all my readers a Merry Christmas! 
On Sunday, November 24 of 1985, we were picked up at 10:00 from our Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch. It was Mr. Graham H. Boonzaaier with his Rolls Royce. First he took us to his historic BLAAUWKLIPPEN HOMESTEAD 1789.
Now it is the world famous wine estate BLAAUWKLIPPEN ←just click this hyperlink.
Here, husband Pieter is leaning over the half Dutch door of BLAAUWKLIPPEN
This photo I took of Pieter, standing in front of Mr. Graham H. Boonzaaier's Rolls Royce.
To the left is Mr. Boonzaaier's wife Patricia and their little daughter Libby and Mr. Graham H. Boonzaaier is in the center.
He toured us around Cape Town that day, will show that next!
We owe this gentleman a lot of gratitude as he gave us one of the most memorable tours of our lives!
He was a thinker and a visionary who did work very hard to restore this fine homestead to its 18th century looks.
Here is an extensive Pdf about the history from the beginning. BLAAUWKLIPPEN just click it. 
DE BLAAUWE KLIPPEN is Afrikaans, derived from Dutch.
Sadly, Mr. Graham H. Boonzaaier has passed away...
Don't know where Patricia or any of his children are. Maybe some of my readers do know?!
BLAAUWKLIPPEN's elaborate gables c. 1890
On Page 27 of this Pdf there are early 1978 photos being shown, courtesy Mr. Graham H. Boonzaaier.
Mr. Graham H. Boonzaaier shown next to the omnibus, with which visitors are taken on an enchanting ride of the farm.
It also reads: A special word of thanks to Mr. Graham Boonzaaier, who though not well, walked the farm once with me and supplied valuable information on how the buildings were developed during his tenure (1972-1999).
Page 75 shows a photograph of c. 1915 with the huge oak trees in front of the farmstead.
Page 84 mentions FIG 43 During Boonzaaier's ownership, the amount of land put under a variety of wine cultivars, expanded greatly (Boonzaaier c. 1982).
Page 85 mentions in the lower section: With great enthusiasm and a passion for quality and antiques, investor, thinker and visionary Boonzaaier set out to transform DBK (De Blaauwe Klippen) to recapture its proud traditions and heritage. Within a decade he upgraded DBK to one of the premier destinations for tourists to the Western Cape and Stellenbosch. Attractions included the winemaking process and cellar tours, the cheese factory, a museum of Cape country treasures, a deli restaurant, and an old carriage collection par excellence.
Page 87 mentions in the bottom section: By the late 1990s Boonzaaier's health was a major reason for selling the estate to Blaauwklippen Estates.
Page 88 shows the Blaauwklippen Homestead 1789
On page 90 at the top it reads: In June 1979 the lower part of the façade wall above the stoop was stripped (courtesy Graham Boonzaaier).
The other part shows the sash-windows (Room C) from the above drawing with rooms being alphabetized.
Page 91 shows the façade.
Page 92 with some more info about the previous façade.

Hope you enjoyed this piece of history in Stellenbosch.

Stay tuned for more about Cape Town in Part X


  1. I loved to see those historical buildings and people there. It is sad to loose a friend and missing the family.I have some like that. The second photo must be a good memory of them.

    Merry Christmas,Dear Mariette. Enjoy your time.

  2. Deaerst MAriette,
    lovely memories again ..
    I wish you and Peter and all your love ones a wonderful, calm and joyful Merry Christmas!
    Lots of Love and hugs and blessings, Claudia xo

  3. Hello Mariette, What a fine old house is the Blaauwklippen homestead. I am glad it got the accurate restoration it deserved. So many people would have eliminate the many small panes and installed modern, but non-appropriate windows!

  4. Liebe Mariette,

    erfüllte und friedliche Weihnachten wünscht dir

  5. Again, I am visiting you.
    Your new header is sooo lovely!
    Merry Christmas!

  6. Wishing you and Pieter a very merry Christmas and a spectacular 2018!! You are a special person.

  7. Soles Te service the rope gets tied to the machine, starting to pull it down he is cut the tee on the other side,Photo taken six days later, on November 12 and you cannot even tell a large Black Gum tree,
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Mariete Tobie i Twojemu mężowi życzę Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia orazSzczęśliwego Nowego Roku.Pozdrawiam serdecznie.

  9. Mr. Boonzaaier sounds like a very remarkable person. I sure hope you get to be reunited with his family. I look forward to the post where he took you to the Cape Town tour!
    Have a wonderful holiday weekend, Mariette!

  10. I'm enjoying these details of your memores Mariette. Very interesting to learn about places where I haven't been.

    Hope you have a Merry Christmas,

    Your blogging friend,

  11. Dearest Mariette,

    You have lots of wonderful memories of your travels. The restoration of the home is lovely.
    Merry Christmas to you and Pieter and happy holidays dear friend.

  12. I love seeing this series of pictures -- and knowing that they are personal to you and your husband as when you traveled there...I love also knowing the history of it all. These sort of informational blogs are a pleasure

  13. Liebe Mariette,
    dieses wundervolle Haus ist zum Verlieben - viele schöne Erinnerungen werden
    für euch beim Anblick wach -

    ich wünsche dir und deinem lieben Mann von Herzen gesegnete Weihnacht und Gesundheit und Frieden für das neue Jahr -

    ganz liebe Grüße - Ruth

  14. Uncle Graham's brother John was married to my mother's youngest sister Marie. They had two children Sean and Brian and were divorced many years ago. She later remarried Marais Neethling also a grapefarmer in the area. The family pretty much fragmented after this. I used to spend time there during school holidays picking grapes and assembling micro sprinklers and many other chores. He was a great business man indeed who inspired me. He also divorced later. I have fond memories of him and this superb venue.

  15. I knew Graham in Welkom in the early 1960's. Even then we knew that he was special. Great review of some of his accomplishments.

  16. Will definitely come and spend some time visiting Blauwklippen. It looks and sounds wonderful from all the reviews. Lowveld greetings Mpumalanga

  17. Hi Mariette, I am busy with research into our family history and are trying to get hold of the Blaauwklippen pdf mentoined but the link does not work. Could you maybe assist me. Appreciate Petri

    1. Dearest Petri,
      As most often, anticipating that those links will become obsolete over time; I downloaded the 2002 and another 2007 Pdf. If you would like to have me email it to you, please do provide in a separate comment your name and email and I will NOT publish that here.
      Hope this will help you out.

  18. Petri, the 1st and 2nd link now also goes directly to our story but it is different from those Pdfs I kept...


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