Tangled in a tree with a crystal glass.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, Last night, I opened a bottle of wine, very Shirley Valentine I was. My husband came home and gave me a strange look. Apparently coming home to me drinking wine is a new thing. Well, it is…. and I quite liked it! Last winter I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the McGregor, Robertson and Bonnievale area in the Cape. One of the many wine farms I visited was the Van Loveren Wine Estate. What drew me in, was the stories that surrounded the estate. I’m a sucker for a story, do read it … Continue reading Tangled in a tree with a crystal glass.

A Tumbleweed dancing in the light of the moon.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, It was cold the day I arrived at Tumbleweed Cottage in McGregor. A crisp kind of cold where you don’t shiver, but you would not say no to a mug of the coffee from Strictly Coffee in Robertson which I had become accustomed to while visiting these little patches of vibrantly alive dorpies. Besides, I had discovered a true gentleman with a winning smile in the owner, Hanno Schwartz. I rate a feeling of belonging highly on my scale of returning. My head always thinking too much, with a heart born from sentimentality, which my also be the death of me. … Continue reading A Tumbleweed dancing in the light of the moon.

Get your kicks on Route 62*

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, Founded in 1853, Robertson (named after the Dutch Reformed Minister Dr William Robertson) lingers in the long shadows of the Langeberg mountains, gently persuading the Breede River to share in the bounty of the land. Today, Robertson is a sleepy little town by night but as as the largest of the neighbouring towns of McGregor, Ashton, Bonnievale and Montagu which all fall in a 160km radius of Robertson, supplies are mostly collected from Robertson. I was invited to join Mira Weiner from McGregor Country Getaways for a boutique breakfast at the very stylish and excessively upmarket restaurant under the watchful … Continue reading Get your kicks on Route 62*

There are things about a small town that you can’t necessarily quantify.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, “This town of churches and dreams; this town I thought I would lose myself in, with its backward ways and winding roads leading to nowhere; but, I found myself instead. – Magic in the Backyard (excerpt from American Honey)” ― Kellie Elmore Have you ever read a book so enchanting that you didn’t want it to end? Or perhaps you had a love affair that you knew in your heart would end, with unlimited lingering, sentimental memories, but in the end you would have to part? It is that feeling of wanting to keep … Continue reading There are things about a small town that you can’t necessarily quantify.

Midnight train (thoughts) to Georgia (nowhere).

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, Some general news… after midnight… Just go with it. *  Can you believe at the end of June,  I’ve been banting for a year!? Many kilograms and cm’s later,  it is one of the best decisions I have ever made. I’ve reached the point where I can say *we* live a low carb lifestyle. I have never thought of it as a diet. Weird how the brain works. * The scale has not been my friend lately but I’ve had a good week. Is better for my mental health not to weigh myself all … Continue reading Midnight train (thoughts) to Georgia (nowhere).

“The Spice of Life!” – My @Tripadvisor review of @DCTours_za cc @CombrinkD

“The Spice of Life!” Darren from DC Tours hosted my husband and three teenagers for a day of wine tasting at Backsberg (“Backsberg has been chosen as one of the Top 100 Wineries of the Year by Wine & Spirits Magazine in New York“) and all the flavours of relaxation at the introduction of The Spice Route (” … a sensory feast for today’s connoisseurs of craftsmanship and authenticity”) in Paarl. Darren communicated clearly and accurately before our trip, making sure he understood our needs, giving tips and ideas, as well as on the day which included updates on expected … Continue reading “The Spice of Life!” – My @Tripadvisor review of @DCTours_za cc @CombrinkD

2014 – Year End Quiz – @RichSimmondsZA pls RT

Dear friends and other interesting creatures – As my December tan is busy peeling off, so the days of the new year is racing forward …. I put this quiz together in 2008… so if you complete it, link back to me please? I would love to read about your year. 🙂 My answers for the past few years to the quiz can be found here: 2013 – Year End Quiz Answers 2012 – Year End Quiz Answers 2011 – Year End Quiz Answers 2010 – Year End Quiz Answers 2009 – Year End Quiz Answers 2008 – Year End … Continue reading 2014 – Year End Quiz – @RichSimmondsZA pls RT

#DiscoverYourJourney with @capephototour cc @Safari365 @JohannMSmith

Dear friends and other interesting creatures, @capephototour is offering a HUGE discount for all who wants to join me on our the Peninsula photo tour and #DiscoverYourJourney on 27th December 2014. The departure point for this event will be 09h30am from The Cape Milner Hotel – 1 Milner Road, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. A very special price of R600 per person wanting to join! (The Chase the Sun Peninsula Tour usually costs R1 500 per person!) You can get the discounted tickets by clicking on this link:  NocturnalWenchyDiscoverYourJourney  The Peninsula Tour includes: lunch in kalk bay entrance to boulders entrance to Cape point sunset on Chappies You … Continue reading #DiscoverYourJourney with @capephototour cc @Safari365 @JohannMSmith