What better setting for a party than this beautiful meandering water feature. Although they may not have realised it at the time, Pierre and Annatjie Steyn created a tradition decades ago when they held what they termed the “English Party” on their lovely farm “Rietvlei” outside Smithfield..
This delightful sheep-farming couple believed recent arrivals in Smithfield whose home language was English should be recognised for bringing new blood into the local system.
That first party was a resounding success – as were those that followed: The event became a firm fixture on the annual local calendar.
Last weekend all the town’s “Engelse”, as well as some of the farming community, were once again invited to spend the day (and in some cases, much of the night) at Rietvlei, the Steyn’s farm.
Once again, the bright green lawns leading from the homestead were the setting for much hilarity as we all enjoyed the extraordinary hospitality of a couple who epitomise the generosity of local folk.
The main feature of the garden which the homestead overlooks is the beautiful, water feature. From the dominant high mound of artistically arranged natural concretion rocks, water gushes into the pools below.