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A Sunday bike ride.

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What a sight!! How beautiful is this? The coastal road in all its glory!

I know, I know, it is already Tuesday.

But I want to post some pictures from this past Sunday, because I enjoyed it so very much. And also, I don’t have anything profound to say at the moment…

We did a wonderful roundtrip – from home, we went through the Overberg district which is a beautiful area with rolling hills and wide open spaces, and it is well known for sheep, wheat and canola production. Onwards from there to the seaside where we had an early lunch in Hermanus where whale enthusiasts from all over the world go every year to do some whale watching. Onto the coastal road from Hermanus right up to Gordon’s Bay, and from there over the mountains and back home again. A 400km trip in total, and the perfect way to spend the day. 🙂

So, without further ado, onto the pics…

Wide open spaces of the Overberg district.
Coastal road.

It does clear the cobwebs, riding on a motorbike… And then I feel ready for whatever the week can throw at me!

Happy days are here again.

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A scene between Villiersdorp and Grabouw in the Western Cape.

A new week has begun.

And I am a happy camper at the moment! 🙂 My significant other arrived Friday evening around 8 pm., and we’ve had a busy weekend of looking for and buying some of the fittings needed for the reno of the guesthouse, as well as exploring and visiting a ‘new’ town (this time one of the oldest towns in the country, Tulbagh, ca. 1699) one of our favourite pastimes. We also managed to fit in a quick visit to my son. The weekend flew by!

Having lunch with Daisy at Hussar Grill in Paarl.

The builders have arrived, and they are just about to start doing some of the walls that need to go up to change the one guest cottage into two separate units. Happy days! I am at once very excited and very nervous. I’m quite sure it’s the right thing to do, so I’m hoping that we manage to do everything in the time I’ve allowed for it, and that we don’t have too many hitches in the completion of the task. And most of all, I’m hoping that everything looks professional and beautiful when we’re done – I don’t want anything to look scruffy and rushed.

I’ve once again realized that life is so much more fun if you don’t have to do it on your own. Sharing the everyday things with someone just makes things so much more manageable and less daunting.

There is a definite change in the air – autumn is well and truly here! I love having to cover up, especially at night. Being too hot to sleep has never been my favourite thing, so snuggling in under the duvet is a treat and a half!

Vine leaves turning red on my son’s veranda.

Good luck for the week ahead, I hope it meets your expectations! 🙂

A beaut of a day…

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Stilbaai/Still Bay

I loved today.

We started the day slowly. Woke up, had coffee, and something to eat. We then decided to take a drive somewhere, explore some more of the area we live in.

We did a roundtrip of about 400 km’s, through some beautiful countryside. We stopped for a while at Stilbaai (Still Bay) for a walk on the beach with Daisy – it was absolutely gorgeous!

We saw some places we’ve never been, and loved the new scenery and beautiful towns. We did Robertson, Swellendam, Heidelberg, Riversdale, Still Bay, back to Heidelberg through Jongensfontein, and back through Swellendam to Robertson.

First part of the trip…

Traveling , exploring, discovering new places – these are some of my favourite things to do, so I love days like today.

I hope you are having a wonderful weekend too!

My place.

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The beautiful town of Robertson.

I thought that I’ll introduce you to my place today.

‘My place’ is a town called Robertson, in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, about 150 km from Cape Town. It is quite a large town, but still has that small-town feeling, which is part of the reason why I chose to buy a house here. The other part is that it is a beautiful area, and I feel very at home here. (It is a major wine making area, that might be why I feel so at home 😉 )

But I’m not going to do a huge amount of talking, I’ll show you in pictures what this area looks like!

My street.
Part of my back garden.

The rest of the pictures are of the general area, and I’m not going to explain too much – I’m sure you’ll see why I love living here!

A picture I took yesterday afternoon, after we did some unintentional bundu bashing!
Jacaranda trees.
About 10km’s from my house – in the mountains.
Winelands.
View from the cemetery.

Don’t you think it is a gorgeous place? I’ve got tons more photographs of this area, so be warned, you will see some more in future!

If you would like to know more about this town and the area, please have a look at this page, and you will get an idea of what you can do, where you can stay, and how you can thoroughly enjoy your stay here (bird watching, mountain biking, motor bike tours, olives and olive oil tasting, and so much more!) Also take a look at my Wine Wednesday posts which, of course tells you a little bit more about the wine aspect of the Robertson Wine Valley.

Until next time, stay safe, be happy and keep on planning your next trip! 🙂

Wine Wednesday (5)

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The view from the tasting deck at Springfield Wines.

I may be wrong, but it seems you guys are not really into the Wine Wednesdays? Do you want to know more about the wine specifically? Please let me know…

Nevertheless, today we are visiting Springfield Estate, just outside of the town Robertson in the Robertson Wine Valley, about 160 km from Cape Town.

I tasted their Miss Lucy wine about 4 year ago when visiting a friend in Pretoria, and loved every sip. Then I bought a house in Robertson, and discovered that Springfield is right on my doorstep! Happy days! 🙂

Springfield wines are really quality, delightful wines. Each and every one brings something to please the palate. The setting of the farm and tasting deck is peaceful and beautiful, and the ideal place to unwind and chill for a while. And best of all, the tasting and cellar tours are free!

Visit them virtually, and see what they are about. From the very first paragraph of their website, you will know that you are onto something good – ” – our need for perfection is driven by our honour – it is our honour that ensures that we will only ever release a vintage that has greatness, and nothing less.”

Amazingly, the farm has been in the hands of the same family since 1898, now flourishing under the vision of the 9th generation of French Huguenot descendants, who arrived in South Africa from the Loire valley in France in 1688.

Their philosophy is to make wine as naturally as possible, and quality is more important than quantity. Six delicious whites to choose from, and five amazing reds. As you browse their website, click on each of the wines to read more about their wine philosophy, and the wines themselves. If you ever come across Springfield wine, treat yourself to a bottle or two, you will be so glad you did! And visit them if you are ever in South Africa – worth a detour.

The cellars.
Wine tasting at Springfield.

Wine lovers, I hope you are starting to realize that the Robertson Wine Valley is worth a visit. You can spend a week here, easily, to visit all the estates and enjoy the beauty of the area, and the hospitality of our people.

Please note, I am not getting paid for this post – it is my own attempt to promote the area I live in because I think it is worthy to be ‘on the map’.

Until next time, keep calm and sip a glass of wine. 🙂