Monthly Archives: March 2015

Granny Mouse Gardens are creatively “Green”!


Granny Mouse Country House & Spa have recently added a touch of green creativity to their gardens with a small scale project undertaken by Gardener Mark Robson involving plastic bottles.
Robson decided to go ahead with this project after he noticed how many bottles Granny Mouse sent for recycling on a monthly basis and decided to re-use a batch of the bottles in an appealing array of garden art.

“I believe that recycling and sustainable living is important in being kind to our earth, so I wanted to do something that would add an extra eco-friendly creative oomph to our gardens. I found that the plastic bottles could become an art form instead of being seen as rubbish. The idea was inspired by the vertical garden created by design firm Rosenbaum and TV producer Luciano Huck for a program called Home Sweet Home,” Robson said.

Robson explains how he created this garden art replica with a South African twist:

1. Rinse each 2l bottle and remove the labels.

2. Cut a square or rectangle hole in the side of the bottle and ensure this hole is positioned facing up.

3. Then choose what colours you would like to use and poke a hole at each end of the bottle. Then thread the planters together in vertical columns using heavy duty gut or washing line rope.

4. Tie a knot below each bottle to ensure it remains secure or alternatively buy washers and tie a knot around each washer (2 per bottle).

5. Ensure each bottle is spaced evenly and fill with soil and plant your favourite herbs or flower seeds.

6. Poke another hole in the bottom of each bottle and water sparingly. The water that is used to irrigate the seeds needs to drain in order to function effectively.

This project is simple and cost-effective and allows your garden to have a modern eco-friendly look. This project can also be positioned in a shady area, as long as you ensure that what you are planting needs little light to grow- such as, basil, chives, horseradish, mint, parsley amongst others.

Wedding cake wonders: What to consider when choosing your cake


Planning a wedding can often be a stressful occurrence, because as a bride, you want everything to be just perfect. With that in mind, we chatted to Granny Mouse Country House & Spa Pastry Chef, Leon de Kock, to find out just what advice he gives to brides when it comes to choosing the perfect cake for their special day.

De Kock commented that, “Wedding cakes are such a passion for me, as they represent one of the celebrated formal moments that cement you as husband and wife, and for obvious reasons, you want the cake to be just perfect. There are however some fundamental elements that you need to consider when making your wedding cake decisions.”

Here are Chef de Kock’s 5 top tips for choosing your cake.

1. It’s up to the bride! Don’t let other people tell you what you want. It is your day, and if you want a particular style, flavour or design, then you can have it. There are no taboos when it comes to choosing a wedding cake type or style.

2. Always meet with the Chef yourself. You wouldn’t send someone else to choose your wedding dress, so why send someone else to meet with the Chef? It is important that the bride meets with the Chef, as he will discuss texture, flavour and decorations with you personally; so don’t just send an email.

3. What’s the climate? The location of your chosen venue and the venues general climate will affect your cake choices. If you select a generally warm venue, then your cake may have to be kept cool in a refrigerator, which is not suitable for some finishes. Butter cream cakes can be refrigerated, but if you’re using any plastic icing, refrigeration becomes problematic!

4. Compliment your menu. Review the menu that you have chosen for your guests, and allow your cake to provide different flavors to that menu. You want it to compliment the other courses on the menu.

5. Be prepared to pay a premium. This is not just an ordinary cake, so expect to pay a premium for your wedding cake, as they take time to make and often have very intricate details. If it seems too cheap, its probably going to look cheap!

With such knowledge on site, it’s no wonder that so many brides choose Granny Mouse Country House & Spa as their wedding venue. If you’re looking for the most idyllic and stress free venue, then contact the Granny Mouse Country House & Spa team today on (033) 234 4071 or and have the best in the business arrange your big day!