It’s a brand new year with brand new possibilities. I’ve thrown away all the old food in the fridge (a rather frightening experience); donated my old clothes to charity; and did my best to clean the house. That done, I know turn towards the endless possibilities that the year has to offer.

It was such a busy holiday season that you’re probably thinking you need a holiday after the holiday, am I right? So much time is spent on keeping the family happy and shopping for presents, that your own needs are put on the back burner. So why not take a weekend break just for you!

Come to Stanford for the weekend and take full advantage of all the wonderful treatments we have on offer: massage therapy, yoga classes, facials, colour mirrors therapy. Laughing Waters Farm offer horse-inspired insight workshops. Have a mani or pedi at Vintage Beauty. Or if you are one of those people who feel guilty about taking time off, just think of it as perfecting the art of doing nothing.

Stanford is a truly spiritual place as it has three retreats in the area: Bodhi Khaya Retreat, Hearth & Soul, and Platbos Forest. Check out their websites for information on scheduled retreats or create your own retreat. Believe me, there is lots of interesting things going on in quiet little old Stanford at the moment. Check out the latest blog here.

For those who just want to enjoy the glorious summer season, there is lots happening this month. Beloftebos are having their Summer Sunday Picnic on Sunday 18 January. The annual Burns Supper is on Saturday 24 January at The Tasting Room. Come and celebrate your Scottish ancestry with a meal and yer haggis. On Friday 30 January, it’s the Stanford Sunset Market.

Don’t forget, you need to book now for Valentine’s Day! Score some points with your partner by bringing him or her to Stanford for the weekend and enjoying a romantic weekend away. We have some great accommodation specials and competitionsthis month so be sure to keep checking our Facebook page for details.

Be sure to take a photo with one of the frames hidden in the village and share it on your Facebook or Twitter using the hashtag #StanfordFramed. We’ll keep our eyes out for these great moments and share it on the official Stanford Tourism platforms! There are weekly prizes up for grabs, so check our Facebook and Website for more info in the upcoming weeks.

A huge congratulations to Philippa Murray, our beloved Stanfordian, who won theHomegrown Blogger Prize for 2014!

That’s all for now, folks. And remember, if anyone asks where you got your news, tell them you heard it through the Grapevine!

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