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These are some of our featured art spots during the May Festival.


Rose de la Hunt (32)


Rose de la Hunt, an artist with a love of the beautiful and the mystical, will display oils, acrylics and pastels at Chalice cottage, Bree Street, Temenos.

Rose has been connected with McGregor since the early days of Temenos, through her longstanding friendship with Billy Kennedy. After serving for many years as director at Life Line crisis counselling centre in Cape Town, Rose was asked to take on Odyssey magazine, which she edited with creative artistry and integrity for close on two decades. At the same time she established The Wellstead resource centre, initiating and co-ordinating its varied and ever-multiplying activities, including the Art of Living Festivals. The Wellstead and Odyssey became an oasis and a springboard for thousands of spiritual travellers and explorers from near and far.

When she relinquished these responsibilities after a health crisis precipitated a new cycle in her life, Temenos became a much-loved alternate home base for Rose. During the past decade her cottage, Chalice, in the Temenos gardens has been a sanctuary for the deepening of her own inner journey, a crucible for profound transformative experience, and also a place of quiet creativity. A while ago, as a gift for the many visitors to the gardens, she felt inspired to create a small domed sacred space surrounded by luminous stained glass windows. Here the wayfarer is invited to ‘turn within’ to discover the treasure that is to be found in the sacred space within our own hearts.

NEW BOOK: Recently Billy Kennedy and Rose combined their creative talents to publish a book, Dreamfields of the Heart, which will be available for sale at Temenos by the end of April. Written with poetic simplicity by Billy and lovingly illustrated by Rose, this whimsical (and also true) tale of an open field of dreams, and of a beautiful dream that was dreamed into being, reveals the heart and essence of Temenos. A number of the original book illustrations will also be on display at Temenos.

Lords Guest Lodge (1)


A delightful venue to visit is the Lady Grey Restaurant at Lord’s Guest Lodge (formerly Trossachs); situated high on the hills just north of McGregor with a fantastic view over the surrounding countryside.

The friendly hosts here, Melané and Marinda Oosthuizen, have an interesting program arranged for the art weekend (30 April to 2 May): an exhibition of local artists and Afrifrans music, French cuisine paired with the appropriate South African wines. Although it will not be a live music show, it promises to be most enjoyable and the CD’s 1 and 2 will be for sale.

Besides the restaurant, which seats 50 people, Lord’s Guest Lodge also has a small chapel, with beautiful stained glass windows suitable for weddings, christenings, etc., a large hall for events, and several stone cottages for guests.

Booking essential
Marinda may be contacted at 023-6251881 or info@lordsguestlodge.co.za

Friday night fully booked

NG Church Hall (21)


On Friday 30 April @ 18h30, join us for CC&C (Crayfish, Cob and Comedy), a 3-course meal while the comedian David Butler will be performing the hilarious stories of the legend Herman Charles Bosman (Tickets R150p.p.).
Wine from Lords Winery available.

On Saturday 1 May @ 19h00 the David Butler show will be repeated (Tickets R60). This price includes a free glass of wine. Cheese platter @R20 and wine from McGregor Winery available.

Please book in advance.
Tickets and enquiries – Corli - 083 635 6775 and Werner - 083 38 417 38

Also join us for an “outdoor snoek and patats experience” on Saturday 1 May from 11h00 – 15h00. Wine from McGregor Winery available.


Music at the NG Churh
3 Musicians play different combinations of recorders, flute and piano including music by Pachelbel, Mozart and Gluck. Friday 4.30 pm; Saturday 11.00 am, 12 noon and 4.30 pm.
On Sunday 15h00, Pieter van den Berg will give a church organ performance in the NG Church McGregor to conclude a wonderful weekend filled with art. He will play 4 organs in one.

Secrets of McGregor's famous baker (33)


The lively, eager queue at McGregor’s Saturday morning market? They’re waiting for Hester van der Walt’s mouthwatering breads, rolls and pastries.

Now Hester reveals her baking secrets in Hester se Brood which takes us well beyond the mysteries of the sourdough mother and the enigmatic knack of kneading.

More than anything, this book reflects the magic of a life made by hand. With captivating illustrations by her partner, Lies Hoogendoorn, Hester se Brood speaks directly to both hands and heart.

After a career in nursing and community health Hester van der Walt moved to McGregor where she bakes artisan bread for the local market. She writes poetry and short stories. Hester se Brood was published in 2009. Go to this link for an interview by Janet van Eeden with Hester and her publisher, Colleen Higgs on Litnet.
Hester on Litnet

Lies Hoogendoorn (37)


Lies Hoogendoorn’s multi media work, including portraits and landscapes hang in private collections all over the world. She loves to create art out of play.

Her visual diaries have been known only to her closest friends until some of this work was featured in the acclaimed Hester se Brood which was published in December 2009.

Lies’s latest work which include a visual diary wil be shown at the La Scala Group Exhibition at Temenos Restaurant (spot 37 on map) during the McGregor Art Route 30 April -2 May 2010.

Lies, a proud McGregorite since 2001, is known for her many talents. She is the firemaker who co-creates delicious loaves of artisan bread which is sold weekly at the Saturday market. In the village Lies is perhaps best known for starting the tradition of a Dutch Oliebollen and Gingerbeer Streetparty on Old Year’s Eve.

Deli Shop, Bistro and Nursery (12)


A wonderful European style Deli & Bistro filled with lots of interesting "goodies", both to consume & take home with you.

We stock a wide variety of breads, cheeses, smoked fish, cold meats and pates, specialist meat cuts and fish, biscuits, home produce, frozen meals, jams, pickles & sauces, Belgian & English chocolates, specialist groceries, wonderful teas & coffees.

We have a range of beauty and bath products, kitchen gadgets & equipment, candles, crockery and linen.

At the back there is a small nursery and a shop selling garden accessories, CD's, DVD's and second hand books. A veritable Treasure Trove!!!

We serve breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas in our licensed Bistro - we specialise in home cooking & an international style menu.

During the art weekend cocktails will be served on the stoep.

Dragonfly Studio (23)


Karien has been in the jewellery trade for the past 29 years. She did her apprenticeship in Johannesburg. She moved to Cape Town 10 years ago where she worked for 3 jewellery stores.

Karien; ‘Than I had enough of the mainline commercial jewellery! And I moved to McGregor. Let the FUN begin!
Crazy off the wall funky ideas flowing through me to create rings and things in silver, brass and copper with semi and semi-precious stones! And this is only the beginning.........!!!!’

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