On the most beautiful autumn day imaginable,we drove to one of our very favourite venues,Grande Provence in Franschoek.Grande Provence is set in the valley amongst lush rolling vineyards and ancient oaks. A stunning modern garden lies next to the manor house and art gallery,and interesting sculptures enliven the garden. It was the birthday celebration of Heinz, with many German friends. They started with pink champagne (Grande Provence of course) in the garden beneath the eye of the resident barn owl (see pic). They progressed with great merriment to delicious food,singing and dancing.Our original booking of one hour turned into four hours-the guests could not get enough of the Hungarian Trio! Some brave ladies danced seductively on the table , and finally Heinz blew out his candles with the greatest gusto imaginable!The angel of Grande Provence,Nicole Bisschoff,ensured that everything ran smoothly,easily and beautifully,ably assisted by her charming waitrons. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!