Owned by a man called Colonel Hardy during the early 20th century, the area was originally a Robusta coffee farm rivalling the neighbouring Karen Blixen Coffee Farm. Colonel Hardy owned all the water rights for that area, giving him a certain advantage over coffee production.
It seems like only yesterday that Hardy was known as the beautiful but slightly wild cousin of Karen. I am sure we can all remember the pokey convenience shop opposite the post office there, with its limited stock and limp vegetables. Maybe it is just my nostalgic memory, but they always seemed to have a great selection of ice cream and sweeties, however!