Ladies Day at Ascot is one thing, Marbella is another, and today, Ladies Day belonged the the Ladies at La Meridiana, and with not a whiff of horse poop, sweaty jockey shorts or bookie bull within a thousand mile area.
And all in the name of charity, the good ladies of Marbella donned their finest millinery, some borrowed, some last years, but mainly hand made or personally commissioned head gear that would make the most hardened Ascot Lady as jealous as hell.
The ladies all, and I mean all, looked fantastic, and even the token gents, how dare they even be there, looked the part in morning suits and other types of posh clothing I will never own, or at least admit to owning.
La Meridiana ha probably the finest outside garden dining area on the coast, Villa Tiberio comes close, but truly, no amount of fancy garden will make up for the worst lasagne this side of Emilia-Romagna.
In La Meridiana of course the food has always been excellent, along with the service, the venue, and their commitment to charity events, nope they ain’t my clients but hell they should be after that last bit of praise, no seriously I never had a bad meal in La Meridiana and nor do I expect one in the future, and for sure will be back again with the Wishlist in the near future.
Alison Botha of Lydenrust Guest Farm will be very proud of the Marbella Ladies who raised so much for her dream of developing a full-blown rural farm school to help the local illiterate community – preschool children and adults.
This is how the school started, words from Alison Botha:
In October 2011, my farm foreman, fellow animal lover and friend, Mr April Magagula, was senselessly murdered. He left behind a young family of which I took on the responsibility.
These are folk with very little and need all the help they can get. I now am in the position of having a waiting list of almost 50 preschool children for 2013.
As per suggestion, I am compiling a WISHLIST for the farm school. A lot of the items you may have lying around the house and no longer need. We are not fussy at all! As long as it’s still workable, we’ll make it work!!!
- Glue sticks
- Small scissors
- A4 Paper
- A4 Board for posters and painting
- Wax crayons……..
Whatever you may think of Marbella and it’s inhabitants, and don’t get me wrong, most are as handy as a chocolate teapot and as useful as teeth on a chicken, there are more than a few honest and very caring folk that have Marbella as their home and are more than happy to help those less fortunate than themselves, not a true Marbella trait I have to admit. One of those heroes is Esther Adan of Wishlist fame (an umbrella charity group) who is tireless in her work for the children’s homes on the Costa del Sol, and without her and her team, many many children would not feel the joy of Christmas, trips away from the home or just plain visits by like minded people to the the homes the are forced to live in. God Bless you Esther.
And if any of you out there wish not to be a chocolate teapot or meat eating chicken please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org and see how you can make a difference…It really doesn’t cost a lot to make a childs life worth living.
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