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Friday, February 27, 2015

Here Comes the Cavalry – Welcome

Sadly Louisa Bowran our estancia manger had to leave us  (nothing last forever as they say) and  to take her exquisite smile to far of places to help save   other souls, break hearts and no doubt do a fine job for who ever needs her impressive management and horse skills. She did a great job for me here and I was sad to lose her but she did help me to choose her replacement and did a great job in doing so. So wherever the wind has blown you Louisa te lo agradezco.

David and his wife Cris (the chosen ones) who were living in El Salvador arrived to run the estancia over a month ago and from what I can see they look as though they have been running an estancia all their lives. They drove all the way from El Salvador with their truck and two little dogs to take up the challenge of running La Margarita. It was a drive of a month. They left on the 25th of Dec and arrived here on the estancia on the 21st Jan to take up the manager’s post. David is a professional chef and Cris is an administrator extraordinaire having worked for some top companies doing just that and making a super job of it. As a team they are amazing. It shows that they have worked together on other projects for years. They compliment each other and have fallen into the rhythm of running the estancia easily. David is of course in charge of the kitchen and with his cooking’s skills and his experience is making our menu even better. Together they are the perfect hosts their ability to make guest feel at ease during their say with us is impressive and their ability to solve problems is amazing. To say I am impressed is an understatement and if you decide to come to La Margarita I am sure that you will be as equally impressed as I am.
This is a big welcome ( a little bit late sorry ) to Cris and David thank you for coming and making it all look easy.    

This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho hasta pronto  

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Finding Yourself on La Margarita!

There are many many reasons why guests come to La Margarita I have found out over the year’s that I have owned and run it. Some come to ride the horses to gallop across the pampas as fast as they can, some come to enjoy the wide open spaces in the middle of nowhere, some come to see what life’s like in the gaucho pampas to see the gauchos in an  almost throw back in time setting.

Others come because they are just a bit tried of travelling and they want a peaceful place to call home for a few days so they don’t have to keep packing up their suit cases. And then some come to find themselves again. That’s what the celebrated Argentine musician Bernardo Rubaja did last week. He came alone and to us it was obvious he wanted to have some space. We gave it to him and after a few days he had a smile on his face. He stated to chat with us and joke about his life and where he was. In his hey day (he was a top musician in Jazz and New Age Music) he played with the best. He has had a great life living in California and playing music with the “A” team having a ball but time moves on as we all know. Gradually he made his way back to Argentina where he now lives.

One day I sat down with him on the white bench outside the main house. We chatted for ages about music, about kids, life, getting old and how it all goes so fast that sometimes we forget who we are. Bernardo said he loved the estancia; the freedom to think it gave him the peace to hear his thoughts and the energy to renew his spirit.  We spoke both in Spanish and in English and he said its great because he had forgotten that he spoke English. He also said that he had forgotten he was a musician in a funny way and that the estancia was bringing it back to him. He talked about the estancia and how we run like an orchestra. How he could hear the music in the organising of the estancia, the chords of the wind and notes of the animals. To me it was fascinating to hear this top musician talk in this way. 

Bernardo loved it here so much he decided to stay a further four days. When he left he said he would be back when he needed to renew again and I very much look forward to meeting him again. He then presented me with one of his latest recording (it was great) and off he went this top gent.

This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho hasta pronto

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

La Margarita - A kids paradise and of course for their parents as well!

Over the many years I have run La Margarita it never fails to amaze me in these days of Internet, Facebook, video games and Instagram how kids can immediately forget about these things when they get to the estancia. In the case of Ollie and Cameron the two children of the Walker family it was the same refreshing story.

Ben, their dad, sent me an email about a possible stay on the estancia in Nov 2014. I remember communicating with him about the children and I mentioned that there is no doubt that once kids got here they wouldn’t 

want to leave. Ben made the booking and a week or so later the Walker family arrived. The children immediately went about exploring the estancia with the staff. They looked for eggs from the chickens, said hello to the horses, played with the dogs and generally had a wonderful time messing around on the estancia while Ben and Adele had time to unwind and relax. The kids rode horses every day and mixed in with the staff helping them with some of their tasks. Both Cameron and Ollie were a delight to meet and so were their parents. The Walkers had decided to up and travel the world for a year with the whole family. What an adventure they are having. I can only say I felt envious of the adventures they had in front of them.

If you are thinking of upping the family and going on a world walkabout for a year but are hesitant have a look at the Walkers blog. No doubt you will be getting the atlas out and planning your own trip very soon

When the time to leave came as predicated the children didn’t want to leave and protested with tears on theirs faces that they wanted to stay. But of course leave they did and there is no doubt that although they have wonderful memories of the estancia they will also have some fantastic memories of the places they have visited
since  they were with us- what an adventure bravo for Ben and Adele in giving this wonderful gift to their children

Here is the link to the Walkers blog about their adventure and their write up of their visit to La Margarita: 

If you read this Ben and family thanks for coming to La Margarita and making us a part of your wonderful adventure. Have a wonderful time in New Zealand and try to say hello to my son who lives there!
This is David Cummings alias the English Gaucho hasta pronto

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

What a Fun Day We had at The Gaucho School

Last week we held another Gaucho School Event and what a time we had. Ceci a true female gaucho and a very good friend of mine came along to help supervise proceedings and what a job she did rounding up the cows with our students. We also had Luis a handsome and dashing gaucho if ever there was one who showed us all how to lasso in true gaucho style. He then proceeded to wrestle the calves to the ground and showed us how to round up calves and pen them. Our students were a mix of English, Argentinean and Australian and they all had a smile on their faces through out the day. Probably y the highlight of the day was when the calves

had to be rounded up. It always looks easy but it was soon apparent that it’s not as easy as it looks as the students had a go at it. Time and time again the calves slipped through posse and the round up had to start again. The barrel racing was fun as student raced against gaucho and Adriana a student from England nearly had a gaucho in tears when he nearly got beat by her! Still he won luckily and saved his pride for another day

We also at the same time had Fabien Couturier on the estancia.  Fabien is a   travel writer for best selling Canadian national newspaper La Presse. She had come all the way from Canada to write an article about La Margarita (our fame has spread far and wide) She had wanted to do an article on an authentic pampas estancia and choose La Margarita. She said on leaving that the gaucho school was one of the most exhilarating horse event she had seen and that our horses were just amazing. Truth is the Argentine criollo horse is a breed apart- they are wonderfully tough but responsive animals so it was no surprise that she loved them. Her article is due out in a coupe of weeks and I am for one looking forward to it.
We are planning another Gaucho School Event on the 8th Feb 2015 so if you are interested to know more just send me an email at and I will be happy to send you details. It promises to be just as much fun as last time and my very good friends and filmmakers to boot  Gaynor and Brian are coming all the way over from England to film it – can’t wait

This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho hasta pronto

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Delicious Danish Pasties

Argentina is a country that is full of Spanish descendants isn’t it after all this must be correct since it was the Spanish who conquered this country. Well its not quite correct. Sure there are lots of families here that have Spanish blood in them. But there are many families that count lots other countries as their heritage

Its what I love about Argentine its social history, its different tribes that came and gave Argentina a go, a place to try and make money, to settle down and raise a family.  Have a look at any map of the country and you will find clues of other nationalities that came and settled here.  The country can boast clans of many many countries here from Italy, Wales, Scotland, and Syria to Sweden, England, Ireland (well those Irish pubs get everywhere!) Russia and of course Israel to name but a few

Arne and his friends and family on La Margarita before visiting Tandil 
Many of those that came from these countries keep up the traditions of the mother country.  In some of the Welsh communities in Patagonia they still speak Welsh.   The Scots have strong community in the city of Buenos Aires and bag pipe playing can be heard in some parts of the city on certain nights.  The British dependents play cricket in Hurlingham south of the city and of course the Brits founded the wonder River Plate football team. There is a mosque in the city and the city holds the largest community of Jews in South America. It’s a tolerant country it’s a country mixed up for sure but a country mixing well with different communities.

Recently we had a inquiry from a group of 14 people from Denmark who said they were visiting Tandil about 150 kilometres from us. We were delighted they chose the estancia and when I had dinner with them I asked them why they had come to us and why they were heading to Tandil. They explained that they were visiting the area of Tandil as that is where their great  great great grandfathers had settled after leaving Denmark in search of land to farm . Wow what an experience that was waiting for them. I recalled seeing a programme called En Camino of the area around Tandil. It was about the Danes that had settled there and to this day there is a school that until just few years ago only took pupils who had Danish blood in them, it’s that strong the Danish community in the area.

It was great to talk Arne Rasmussen the group leader and his compatriots about their trip and what they hoped they would find. Certainly I am sure that they had a wonderful experience and I bet they even got to taste Danish pastries in the Tandil area

Thank you Arne and all your friends and family for making La Margarita a part of your experience here in Argentina it was lovely to meet you all

This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho hasta

PS Arne said the reason they had chosen the La Margarita is because they wanted to stay on an authentic estancia not a touristy one – we are so happy they came