May is the month for Mothers. Firstly, Mothers Day on the 10th and then throughout the rest of the month all sorts of different groups holding Pink Ribbon Breakfasts to raise funds for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.
This year will be our fourth Pink Ribbon Weekend. The first year we just held it on the Sunday for breakfast but now we have extended it to run on Saturday and Sunday all day so we can raise a serious donation for the NZBCF.
A special Pink Ribbon menu runs alongside our usual menu and 15% of all sales from the special menu go into the donation pot. We are also running a raffle with 4 prize draws and for a gold coin donation you can take a pink ribbon and tie it to the White Tree of Remembrance on the terrace. For extra fun there is a Guess the Number of Spots game and Pink Lady apples for all guests.
It is a lovely weekend to come for breakfast, lunch or morning/afternoon tea and really do some good at the same time.There are not many families in NZ that haven’t been affected by cancer in some form or other and this is one way we can help in the ongoing challenge of finding ways to mitigate it.
So gather your girlfriends, put on your pink and enjoy some time out over breakfast or lunch this weekend ( book a table at jesterhouse.co.nz/contact ) while helping the NZBCF to help those fighting this sinister disease.
School holidays are a fun time at Jester House as we run a free school holiday activity for all our younger guests. As Easter marked the beginning of this school holidays we ran with the Easter theme and held an Easter Egg hunt. Over the 2 week break we had had over 550 children take up the challenge and hunt for eggs and then enjoy an Easter treat from us.
While they were munching on their well earned treat they could then design their own Easter Egg and go in the draw to win a Jester House T-shirt. There were many entries and some fantastic designs.
The lucky winner was Olivia from Christchurch and she was thrilled to win, she wanted to come here straight away and collect it! Rather a long drive for that so we will pop it in the post and when it arrives she will be the most stylish girl in town.
We have a free holiday activity each school holidays. If you would like to know what is coming up you can either check out our Events page on the website or sign up to our Birthday Club and you will receive our newsletter and a free meal on your birthday. You can sign up on the Eat For Free website page.
We love seeing the enthusiasm of the children as they race around the garden and hearing their squeals of joy as they discover the next hidden treasure. It brings a big smile to our faces too.
Last year Steve and I explored Sri Lanka over our winter break.It was a fantastic 4 weeks and I can throughly recommend Sri Lanka as a wonderful holiday destination. One of the main reasons for our choosing to go there was my interest in tea.
Not being a coffee drinker I am always seeking out places that offer a proper tea experience, not the tea bag in a latte cup thank you very much! I am after loose leaf tea in a tea pot and a fine china cup to drink it out of. Not too much to ask I think but it is amazing how few places fit the bill. The most common excuse I get when I ask about their tea service is “there isn’t enough space for all those tea pots and then we have to deal with the leaves.” This leaves me somewhat puzzled when you consider how much space and effort is involved to make a cup of coffee.
I digress, this in not a rant about trying to find a decent cup of tea but an introduction to the Dilmah Watte Single Region Tea promotion we are having over the next 4 weeks. We have choosen this range of Dilmah teas and matched them with some of our tasty sweet treats so that you can Enjoy a Cup of Kindness.You will also have the opportunity to win a delightful Dilmah Tea Package when you order a pot of this delicious tea.
We like to build relationships with our suppliers and while in Sri Lanka we were fortunate enough to visit the Dilmah Kataboola Estate in Nawalapitiya near Kandy. We were treated to an extensive tour of the tea gardens and the factory and it was wonderful to see the passion and dedication put into producing the best tea possible. This estate has for the last seven years produced the finest tea in Sri Lanka. We completed our Dilmah experience by visiting the factory in Colombo. Here the tea is tasted (an exact science that is more tricky than it looks), selected for different markets and packaged. We felt honoured by the hospitality extended to us by the Dilmah team and are now more knowledgeable about the production of tea.
While at the factory we were lucky enough to meet Dilhan, the son of Merrill J. Fernando, founder of this family business. For twenty one years the Dilmah family tea company has embodied the vision of its founder, to take tea grown and harvested in Ceylon, pack at source and ship directly to consumers. This ensures that the earnings from Dilmah remain in Sri Lanka to be shared among the workers and the community.
Merrill J. Fernando’s desire was to make his business a matter of human service. Today Dilmah is recognised as the world’s only genuinely ethical tea. Steve and I felt very inspired by the Dilmah company ethics and practices and are incorporating similar practices, on a somewhat smaller scale, into the Jester House business model.
Share a Pot of Kindness – relax with a friend, a pot of Dilmah Watte tea and the problems of the world disappear. A simple pleasure, worth its weight in gold.
Everybody loves Easter. It doesn’t come with the stress of Christmas, there is a 4 day holiday, long enough to go away and relax and there is of course all those delicious chocolate Easter eggs and hot cross buns. Steve, Harriette, Pip and I have always been lucky enough to be visited by the Easter Bunny who has hidden eggs in our garden and delighted us with the thrill of having to hunt for them.
With this in mind we have created The Great Jester House Easter Egg Hunt which started on Easter Saturday with a hiss and a roar as over 50 children throughout the day hunted for the beautifully painted eggs hidden in the garden. They recorded their finds and were then treated to an Easter cookie that they munched while designing their own Easter Egg in the hope of winning a Jester House t-shirt.
It was wonderful to see the children rushing hither and yon looking for the eggs with other children or their parents helping them out when they got a bit stuck not being able to find that last one. The designs they have drawn are gorgeous and inspiring.
The hunt will continue through the school holidays giving the children a fun activity to do while their parents can sit and enjoy a relaxed coffee.
Happy Easter/School Holidays to everyone from the team at Jester House.
This lovely watercolour painting of our home was spotted in a Nelson op shop by some Jester House customers. They mentioned it to the shop staff who rang and told us it was there.
Steve popped in to check it out and was thrilled to find not only a painting but a very fine painting of our home as it was in 1999.
Under a dome of silence,Lance Trolle, our fabulous local picture framer framed it up and Steve gifted it to me for Christmas. I was over the moon, firstly because he had managed to surprise me ( a very difficult feat ) and secondly because it is such a lovely painting.
It is quite hard to read the signature and we would love to know the provenance of this work.
If this looks familiar to you or you have any further information to add to this story we would be thrilled to hear from you.
From my office I look down over the car park. Sometimes this is not a good thing as I witness some truly unbelievable parking maneuvers. On the positive side I also get to see some amazing vehicles pull in.
The eels at Jester House are usually rather feisty but with the lack of rain and such warm temperatures they are anything but. The creek they reside in has slowed up to a very slow trickle and the water is rather warm from an eels perspective. You can still feed them in the morning but just don’t expect the usual stick wrangling that goes on when feeding these magnificent megafauna under normal conditions.
In the heart of the Tasman region the Boot offers the ideal setting for unwinding from the hurley burley of life.
It is also ideally placed to explore all the bounty this area has to offer – beaches, mountains, Abel Tasman National Park, wineries, galleries, cafes, golf courses, the city of Nelson and quaint villages and towns.
The Boot is a fully equipped stand alone cottage. Downstairs in the lounge there is a comfy couch in front of the open fire. The kitchenette has tea and coffee making facilities and a mini bar. The tiled bathroom is equipped with toiletries, soft towels, hairdryer and a shower built for two.
Up the spiral staircase you’ll find the bedroom with a regal queen-sized bed, dark curtains for late morning rises, and a Juliet balcony with views into the courtyard and across the pond.
The courtyard itself is a sheltered outdoor space surrounded by a fragrant garden, ideal for soaking up the Tasman sunshine on sun loungers or enjoying long evenings of alfresco dining by the fire.
Fine Nelson Art, fresh flowers, candles, complementary chocolates, a stereo and no television complete the romantic scene.
Breakfast of your choice is delivered to your door any time before midday.
Hard to describe in a word but, DELIGHTFUL. Why wouldn’t you want to stay?