Thursday, 31 May 2012

The Winelands of the Western Cape situated inland from Cape Town enjoys a Mediterranean climate with winter rainfall, which is the reason this is an ideal situation for the vineyards and the many winefarms situated in this area.  The winelands are surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and many of the wine farms are historic homesteads built in the Cape Dutch style unique to this part of our country.  These buildings many of which are over 300 years old and have been perfectly restored and maintained.  These beautiful farms are situated, among many other areas, Paarl, Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Wellington and Somerset West and which have become world famous for their white and reds wines, brandy etc.  This is a unique corner of our country and I have tried to capture the essence of this beautiful area.  If you are interested please google images of Cape Dutch architecture etc. which you will, I am sure, find quite interesting.  These picturesque and unique buildings epitomise Fine Living.


13 comments:

  1. I love this. I can almost feel the vines growing in front of the building, all in nice regular rows, just after they've been pruned. I was tempted to use a glass of red wine to portray Fine Living, but it was a bit too similar to my Gin and Tonic for Fresh!

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  2. I love the mix of techniques you've used to create this image. You can sense the care that haaaas gone into the maintenance of this property somehow.

    And Linda F, I can see no harm in an alcohol based interpretation of each theme - just think of the research you'd have to do!!!!!

    Linda B

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  3. Absolutely delightful. Great choice and interpretation.

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  4. I especially like the colour scheme and the use of hand-dyed fabric.

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  6. Perfect, Patricia. I know and love this area. Franschhoek in particular is stunningly beautiful and I have always had a soft spot for Cape Dutch architecture. The whole area is well known for it's 'fine-living' - the wines are outstanding and the food is a wonderful mix of Malay and Dutch/Afrikaans.

    Hilary

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  7. What a beautiful spot! I love the way the path leads right into the doorway. Great interpretation of the house.

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  8. i too know and love this area (and what it produces). you have captured something very real - the hand dyed fabric is a good choice as are your use of stitches. i love your color grading in the border. beautiful. we will be in our little 'housie' in kommetjie in july - cannot wait!

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  9. Very evocative. It brings back memories for me too - a quilt festival in Stellenbosch and a tour around the area. It is so beautiful there and you have really captured that. Did you paint on those grape vines? They are really well done. Perhaps you could add a close-up of them for your post.

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  10. Would also like to see a close up of the grapevines! There is a very strong sense of the land and its bounty here.Beautiful piece.

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  11. What a special view with the mountains in the back! I especially love that you painted the grapevines onto the fabric and with an eye for perspective! Love the story!

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  12. It's beautiful, I would love to live near a vineyard especially with those gorgeous mountains in the background.

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  13. indeed it is fine living at it's very best - anyone who enjoys this as the norm really experiences fine living...ah a dream for most of us! Wonderful Mum, you did it again!

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