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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!

All about the figs.

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A bowl of beautiful figs.

Figs. I love them.

Last weekend I was lucky enough to pick fresh figs off the trees on a wine farm in the area. Leipzig Wine Farm is situated in a beautiful area with mountains and views all around. It is situated in the Nuy Valley outside Worcester in the Western Cape. They have a fig orchard on the farm, and they opened it up to the public to go and pick to your heart’s content.

I love figs (have I mentioned that before?), so I jumped at the opportunity!

A few scenes on Leipzig Wine Farm.

As you can see, a beautiful place! And what about the sexy scarecrow on the bottom left? As far as I could see, she was not doing a very good job of scaring the birds away! 😀

So, now I had 2 kg of figs. Heaven. But those of you who know figs, also know that they go from firm to soggy as quick as you can say ‘fig!” I did climb into them and ate a lot while they were still fresh and firm, but yesterday I found myself with a bowl full of far from firm figs. (See what I did there? 😉 ) I had to make a plan. I came up with cinnamon and sugar roast figs. Or rather Pinterest did…

From the top left: preparing the figs, dipped in cinnamon sugar, under the broiler, done, and breakfast this morning.

Yum! It was gooooood… A first for me. I’ve had figs fresh off the tree, as jam, whole figs in syrup, dried figs, but never roast figs. I will do it again. I have some left over still, maybe I’ll make some custard to go with the rest of them this evening…

My happy places.

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“Home is where the heart is.”

Or not?

I think it depends on how you look at the saying. If you think it means that your home (happy place) is with the one(s) you love, and it doesn’t matter where, I don’t completely agree – that implies that you’ll be happy anyplace, as long as you are with your loved ones. If you mean that home is where your heart is at peace, then I tend to agree more. That implies that you can be happy there, whether you are with your loves or not.

I’ve lived in a lot of places in my life. Since I’ve only lived on my own for a while after my divorce, and in the last few years from time to time (for a few weeks at a time), that means that I’ve lived with my loved ones most of my life. And that did not necessarily translate to me being in a place where I was comfortable and happy.

And then you get to a place and you feel at home immediately. You relax, you feel as if you can breathe. You are happy. More so, of course if it is with loved ones – alone is never first choice – but your heart feels lighter somehow.

I don’t know if I’m explaining myself very well? But I do believe that one’s surroundings play a huge role in how happy you are. I think certain places can dull your spirit, lessen your creativity and make you miserable.

When my SO* is here, and we are driving around and exploring new places (which is something we do all the time because we both love this area), we always judge a place by the words “I can live here” – or not, whatever the case may be. You can feel it. Sometimes instantaneously.

So I’ve compiled a collage for you of some of my happy places and I had a very hard time deciding which pictures to use – I have too many!! I’m sure I could be deliriously happy in a myriad of other places (like the Italian or French or English countryside), but like most of us, I’ll probably never know, because we can only live in so many places in our lives! 😀

*SO – significant other

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!

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. 🙂