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Fri
31
Jan
FORDOUN CHICKEN NEWS

Written by Jon Bates, the Fordoun patriarch: Having free range chickens at Fordoun has been one of the most interesting activities on the farm. Not only do the chickens give us delicious healthy eggs, they also fertilize pasture and consume kitchen waste foods. We have three chicken ‘caravans’ which collectively house 250 hens which in…

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Mon
27
Nov
Fordoun… the red chested cuckoo – “piet-my-vrou”

The call of the red chested cuckoo (Piet-my-vrou) has been heard loud and proudly in the midlands this week.  The folk lore goes that this signals rain…. The red chested cuckoo is a vocal, medium sized bird that is difficult to spot in its preferred woody environments – it is also called a “shy” bird. …

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Mon
20
Nov
Fordoun … after the rains

Wow … the midlands is looking fantastic.  After the snow and rains of last week the sun is out (weak but out..), the days are crisp and clear and the air is pure and fresh.  The outdoors are putting their “best foot forward” and encouraging us to explore and experience it. The farmers of the…

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Mon
13
Nov
Fordoun … raining awards!

LUX wedding venue of the year … At present the wedding industry is booming  (blooming …) throughout the world, and in South Africa alone, is worth billions of Rands. The wedding industry encompasses venues and planners down to the caterers, flower growers and everyone in between. Every couple is looking for a new way to…

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Wed
1
Nov
Fordoun farm …

Sometimes sheep lamb during the most adverse weather you can imagine. I find that freezing cold and wet weather brings on the lambs. The last cold snap did not disappoint with new lambs arriving on Fordoun. However with the cold snap over and summer weather on its way, Fordoun is also having the last of…

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Thu
19
Oct
Fordoun … Peaceful and happy …

A brief profile of …Ntobeko (a member of the Fordoun Spa team) Peaceful and Happy is how Ntobeko describes the atmosphere at Fordoun Spa…. The head and neck house a large amount of nerve endings, and that is where Ntobeko works with her magic oils. She loves working with the Dr Ndlovu range of natural…

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Wed
11
Oct
Fordoun …Andile

A brief profile of … Andile (a member of the Fordoun Spa team) Andile will give you the perfect massage … at the perfect pressure. You are guaranteed to feel relaxed and ready to take on the world when she has worked her magic on you. For over a year she has been sharing her…

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Thu
5
Oct
A brief profile of Gugu ….

A brief profile of …Gugu (a member of the Fordoun Spa team) Passionate about skin care …. that is how Gugu sums up her 10 years of experience in beauty therapy. And she has beautiful skin to back this up. After studying at the University of Johannesburg, Gugu continued with her passion and brought her…

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Fri
29
Sep
Fordoun … spring is here…

5 reasons to love Fordoun in the spring … The beginnings of life that abound on the farm.  The snowy white new lambs that stick in their little nursery groups next to their dusty mums, the unsteady calves walking daintily next to their mums and the baby birds chirping noisily waiting for their food.   Making…

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Mon
25
Sep
Fordoun … changing seasons

Fordoun … the seasons are changing …. The midlands is known for experiencing four seasons in a day, and that has certainly been true for the last week.  We had summer weather, bordering on a heat wave, with lovely evenings … then hectic winds that ravaged our province from coast to berg…and this week it…

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Sat
16
Sep
Fordoun … spring is here

Fordoun … Spring “Spring is sprung …” is such a cliche but really describes this season.  It is the season of rejuvenation and renewal.  The land that appeared dead shows resurrection and regrowth.  Animals activities change as the babies start to appear.  The world seems to wake up after its long rest of winter. Spring…

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Fri
1
Sep
Fordoun – what’s happening ….

Fordoun – what is happening on the farm this week … The team have started their controlled burning.  Done after the first few rainy days and the start of the spring rains (usually after about 20 mm has fallen) controlled burning is an important grass management tool.  Out with the old and making way for…

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Sat
26
Aug
Fordoun … time-old tracks

Before the devastating rinderpest epidemic of 1897 and the introduction of the railways in the early 1900, ox wagon transport was the order of the day.  Due to their physical location, Fordoun was on the main transport route from the Port of Durban up into the hinterland.  Fordoun shows evidence of these “forgotten trails” today. …

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Thu
17
Aug
Fordoun … happy weekend everyone…

Happy weekend everyone …   from a chilly midlands …..

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Mon
14
Aug
Fordoun … perfect woman’s month treat …

If, like me woman’s day took you by surprise and bolted like the proverbial horse out of the stable, I  have 4 ways you can make it up to the special woman or women in your life:   Book a stay at Fordoun Hotel.   Fordoun Hotel and Spa offers luxury 5 Star Accommodation in Nottingham Road in the…

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Fri
4
Aug
Fordoun … myth buster …

Three myths about winter shattered by Fordoun …. “Nothing happens in winter” … Your first step will be too look at the Fordoun website www.fordoun.com and select one of the many activities in the area.  These range from mountain biking and fishing to flying and crafting, and of course there is the famous Fordoun Spa…

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Fri
28
Jul
Fordoun … unique ….

7 of the many facts that make Fordoun unique …. Fordoun is a working farm.  Along with its free range chickens there are the 120 head of angus cross Hereford cattle that need to be fed and looked after, bee hives that need maintaining, vegetable gardens that need tendering, and lands that need to be…

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Sat
22
Jul
Fordoun … national father-in-law day

It is not too late to make special plans for National Father-In-Law Day, celebrated on 30 July.  Dedicate this day to the father of your spouse, your father-in-law.  Spend the time bonding with your father-in-law and strengthen your relationship with the man who was significant in raising your partner in life. Whether it is fishing,…

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Tue
4
Jul
Friendly Forked tailed Drongo …

Friendly Forked-tailed Drongo. iNtengu is what the gardeners at Fordoun call it …. Mikstertbyvanger is the Afrikaans name and to the English people it is the Forked-tailed Drongo. This is the gregarious, medium sized, friendly bird that keeps you company while you are outside doing gardening and pottering around. Traditionally it is known for its…

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Wed
28
Jun
Fordoun … minimal carbon footprint …..

A buzz word used currently in media is your carbon footprint … and how to keep it to a minimum. Following this Fordoun believes in valuing our lifestyle by trying to live ‘greener’. One of the goals of Fordoun is that all processes form part of a sustainable natural cycle. Part of this process is…

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Sat
24
Jun
Fordoun … firebreaks have started ….

Andrew and the Fordoun Farm team have started burning the fire breaks on Fordoun …..      

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Fri
16
Jun
Fordoun … fire and fish

Forefront on a midlands farmers mind at the beginning of winter is the security of lives, land, and infrastructure. The frosts of winter have made the already dry grass, brittle and highly combustible, it has forced any remaining nutrients out of the stems and back into the roots.The highveld sourveldt lives up to its name…

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Wed
7
Jun
Meet Gladys ….

Gladys has been part of the Fordoun team for well over all 50 years… working in the gardens, cleaning the rooms … wherever she is needed. And a smiley ier, happy ier, keen to please lady you will never meet. If delight was a tangible force, it would hit you in the gut and double…

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Wed
31
May
Fordoun …. simply fabulous at any time of the year …

Some say we are in the height of Autumn, some think winter has hit us with a bang ….. regardless… Fordoun is beautiful during this time of the year. The avenue of Pin Oak trees as you drive off the public road is shedding its leaves at an accelerated rate. Rushing into winter. But this…

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Fri
26
May
Conserving Natural Beauty

In 2001 the KZNCF (KZN Crane Foundation) moved its head quarters to the Usher Conservation Centre outside Nottingham Road. This land had been generously donated by several concerned farming families from the area towards sustainable environmental projects. One of the substantial donations to this project was bequeathed by Lady Nora Usher and subsequently donated by…

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Tue
16
May
Following on …. Looking onwards and upwards

Following on from last week’s information: the ladies’ morning with guest speaker Lisa Bobbert to help raise funds for Aspens church mission to India, was a massive success. They managed to raise over R13 000. The community really pulled together and made this all possible. But, of course, it was the beautiful venue that made…

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Wed
10
May
Fordoun and surrounds … a symbiotic relationship

When you google a symbiotic relationship, it is divided into three different types. Following on from this, Fordoun has a mutual symbiotic relationship with the local community. Both parties benefit from the relationship.  And both parties are very happy with the relationship. The first example of these symbiotic relationships are the Fresh Fordoun Farm eggs…

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Tue
2
May
Autumn is a time to rest and recuperate … up-coming events at Fordoun …

According to SANBI (National Biodiversity Institute) March to May are the official months of Autumn in the Natal midlands.  Autumn is a time to recuperate. It is when the midlands change their colors to the deep reds, yellows and browns.  All various shades and colors. The avenue as you enter Fordoun is an array of…

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Tue
25
Apr
Joberg2C ….

have a look at what chef baked for the tea table for the J2C Clifton Notties stop …. it was donated to local Clifton Prtep School ….  

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Tue
25
Apr
The pride and pampered of Fordoun …

Fordoun Farm has many varied enterprises. New to the farm are the 150 layer hens. Living “the life”, in their luxurious double story, shade cloth, coop. The eggs are collected each morning, and used in Skye Restaurant. No Carbon foot print here! Any children staying on the farm are welcome to join in the egg…

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