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It’s Friday – again!

I cannot keep up.

Since it’s Friday, and I’m sure nobody feels like reading long winded stories and explanations, I’m going to keep it short and sweet.

Should you ever be so lucky to visit South Africa, please keep the ‘road less traveled’ in mind. That is where you find the treasures. In any country, actually. Yes, Cape Town is a gem and a must see, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are both gorgeous with lots of wineries and restaurants. But…

Robertson Wine Valley is one of the most underrated areas when it comes to tourism. Do yourself a favour, put it on your list of places to see when you come this way, you will not be sorry. The Langeberg District is beautiful, with more than 30 wineries most of which are producing world class wines. (I have mentioned some of them in earlier posts.) From here (Robertson) you can visit so many other places in the area – Swellendam (the third oldest town in the country), Montagu, the Overberg District (wheat, sheep and canola), Barrydale, etc.

Remember us! 🙂

(The pictures are of the general area, and a few vineyards.)

Rain.

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After the rain.

We had our first good showers of the season. (Before, we’ve had a few light precipitations – if there is such a word – I wouldn’t really call it rain.)

The night of the 5th, the Western Cape had RAIN. We measured 50mm, a farmer about 25km from us had 100mm, and he reckons there were places in the Overberg that had 250mm!!! Besides everything being properly soaked, there were some damage to roads as well. I’m not going to talk too much, rather show you some pics – we drove around to see the changes and the rivers coming down, as well as checking on some of the damage that was caused by the water.

Have a happy Friday, and a good and safe weekend! 🙂

River flowing strongly and much wider than normal after the rain.
Another scene after the rain.
Reeds washed up on the banks of the river (normally just a stream.)
Oops! Road damage.

Weekend well underway.

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My valley.

In the end, we did do something last night.

We decided that we needed to at least end the week on a positive note, so we went out to dinner at our favourite local restaurant. A good ending to a difficult week. 🙂

I’m not always sure how to psych myself up, or someone close to me, when things are really tough. Spewing out a few platitudes and mumbling a few well meant phrases of encouragement, really doesn’t mean too much in those circumstances. But it is mostly all I can think of. Once in a while I can come up with some advice, which is mostly a bit redundant, because I don’t always know enough about the real way things work in the business to offer any meaningful input.

I try.

Today was a beautiful day, weather wise. There is a definite chill in the air, but it was a clear, sunny day with blue skies. We pottered around the house, and then went for a lovely drive past McGregor and Bonnievale, two of our gorgeous neighbouring towns. Just what the day called for.

I’ve been craving a good bowl of curry for a few days now, so at the moment I am busy putting a mutton curry together. I am sitting at the kitchen table, glass of red wine close at hand, and the curry cooking away on the stove, while I entertain you with my thoughts. I might tell you more about that tomorrow, if it comes out the way I want it to.

At the moment I am very cautiously optimistic that this pandemic nonsense is slowly but surely moving in a positive direction. A lot of unnecessary crap has come out of it, like now South Africans suddenly need a visa to enter Ireland. I mean, COME ON!!! Really, and after everything has settled down that will not be changed back to the way things were before Covid, so why???? So many governments’ decision making makes absolutely no sense at all.

Tomorrow we might drive around and have a little braai (barbeque) somewhere. We’ll choose a route, and stop wherever we feel like it, and do a bit of a barbie. ‘Wors’ (sausage) and rolls – something simple and easy over the fire. We will have to be very careful where we do it, as the veld is very dry at the moment. All though we’ve had some rain, it has not been enough to change the fact that fires are a real threat.

I hope you have a lovely rest-of-the-weekend, and chat to you again soon. 🙂

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! 🙂