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Bridge wins big at Booming Barrydale in Bloom

The best things in life are not things but rather moments and this statement rang true the instant it was revealed that Barbra Bridge had won a prize in the annual Barrydale in Bloom raffle draw on Saturday.

The organizers of the event were absolutely delighted that Barbra, who helped to put Barrydale on the map by organizing the first garden-safari in 2012, was a lucky winner.

“When considering just how important her role was in starting this fabulous annual event, it was so fitting that she won,” Bloom organizer Shane Petzer said.

Shane Petzer in full Bloom. Picture: Herbert Dark

With Barbra at the helm, Barrydale In Bloom has over the years raised funds in aid of the Karoo Animal Protection Society (KAPS), the Barrydale Library, the Barrydale Fire Service, the Clinic Garden and many other community initiatives.

This year all funds generated will go towards the Barrydale High School Vegetable Garden which aids the school’s soup kitchen.

Staying in the kitchen, Barbara’s prize consists of lunch or dinner for two at the Dung Beetle Pub and Backpackers, a meat voucher from The Butchery, and two gorgeous bottles of wine from Joubert-Tradauw.

Winning the prize turned out to be a rather exciting end to a slightly disappointing first day of garden visits for Barbara as her predominantly indigenous plants were not in their full glory due to the overcast weather.

For this reason she opted to open her majestic space on the second day as well – allowing herself slightly less time to get around to the 26 other gardens that were on display.

A family in Smitsville, Barrydale show off their flowers during Barrydale in Bloom. Picture: Herbert Dark

The overcast weather on the Saturday morning made for a rather cool official opening of the weekend’s procedures at the “Sniff the flowers” walk that was conducted by renowned farmer Kobus Joubert.

Fortunately there were many umbrellas at hand as Kobus took guests on a lovely stroll that started at the guesthouse Lentelus (love for Spring) and meandered through the Joubert fruit farm before it ended at the Joubert-Tradauw wine cellar.

During this scenic walk, Kobus presented the history of the area and explained just how adversely the recent drought had affected the farming community.

He gave great insight into the various methods that were implemented to save water on the farm and also demonstrated how certain fruit trees are inoculated.

The group then proceeded to the cellar where Kobus’ son Meyer (owner/viticulturist/winemaker) spoke passionately about the traditional processes he follows at Joubert-Tradauw in production of their Klein Karoo private estate wines.

At the conclusion of the interesting morning, visitors made their way back to town where they were able to visit the friendly market that was set up at Sorgvry House of Guests.

There they were met with great smiles and locally produced food products and artwork while the market also presented visitors with the opportunity to support a few good causes like the Barrydale Youth Desk.

Oh yes, and there were flowers everywhere. Especially on the Sunday.

The Barrydale in Bloom organisers would like to thank all residents who opened their gardens for the weekend.

And also a big thank you to Daisy De Wit aka Denel Honeyball for conducting the raffle draw.

Former Miss Bloom (2004) Daisy De Wit –

Without the following sponsors, this event would not have been possible:

* Barrydale Backpackers and Dung Beetle Pub

* Barrydale Hand Weavers

* Diesel & Crème and The Karoo Moon Motel 

* Joubert-Tradauw Vineyards

* Kaap Agri

* Karoo Lodge

* Mez Karoo Kitchen

* Mud Centre

* Magpie Art Collective

* OK Foods Barrydale

* Route 62 Stop 

* Sorgvry House of Guests

* The Butchery 

* The Country Pumpkin

* Swellendam Municipality

* The Makers’ Brew

* The Hub

About the author

Mickey Mentz

From my Barrydale base, my goal is to tell the stories of people and places on the picturesque R62. Ek het oor die jare 'n cappuccino verslawing ontwikkel en my hond se naam is Bella.

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