While international travel is still difficult I travel through the photo messages received from friends. Baptiste Quinard sent these beautiful images of Paris taken on a bike tour while listening to South African music.
Every year the South African wine industry and its supporters look forward to the Platter’s by Diners Club announcement. Overberg winemakers did well in bringing many stars home and I look forward to working my way down the list. Alheit Vineyards, situated in Hemel-en-Aarde Ridge, has to be singled out for the 5 five stars… Read More Platter’s Wine Stars of the Overberg
What will you find down by the water’s edge in Kleinmond’s Harbour? Sunset Cafe 🍦 for vegan, diabetic, lactose free and the usual ice cream. Roderick Resandt’s Vannie Hoek for freshest fish
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced last night that the borders are all open and the dreaded red list of no-go countries have been scraped. Swallows – it’s time to head home. 🇿🇦 Wine sales return to the usual hours of operation as allowed by the liqour license, giving cellar doors the chance to rekindle relationships with… Read More ✈️ Time to dig out the passports ✈️
Started the day with a Secret Sunrise experience at the dam. Everyone had their own headphones and tuned into facililiator Jill Lambert’s playlist. We moved to the beat while Stanford Valley woke up. Then breakfast! No oats this time but a lovely spanspek coloured smoothy. After this my stomach teamed up with my mind and… Read More Bounce Back – Stanford Valley Retreat Day 3
From Stanford Valley – 12kms from Stanford – there is a choice of hiking routes – all with exquisite views. I hiked the main track of 13.5kms from where there are so many other walks to do – a little elevation, some jeep track and varied fynbos. After a hike you could pop in at… Read More Stanford Valley Hiking
The day started with the realization that this is a retreat and not a foodie breakaway. A thought confirmed with a breakfast of cold oats dusted with a few slivers of almonds and topped with half a strawberry. It was spooned very slowly to provide the sustenance for the 13,5km hike that followed. The walk… Read More Bounce Back – Stanford Valley Retreat Day 2
This weekend there was a double rainbow over Onrus. Beautiful and not that rate. How does this happen? Light is reflected twice in the raindrop sparking two different reflections, coming from different angles.
Just the mere mention of the word retreat is enough to make me breathe out deeply! How we all need a calibration to our own True North in these weird times? When the option of a local retreat came in the form of a Facebook event, I was sold. Everything gelled and I got booked… Read More Bounce Back – Stanford Valley Retreat Day 1
Getting up at 5:30 to walk along the coastal path between Vermont and Onrus was rewarded with greetings from a curious African Clawless Otter – also called a Cape Clawless Otter. These nocturnal creatures have half webbed feet – hence the name clawless. Their biological name refers to this. Aonyx Capensis – aonyx means clawless… Read More African Clawless Otter