Sunday, June 16, 2019

2019 Holiday - Route 44 and Robertson

And so on to the last section of our break.

We decided to take the scenic Route 62 from George through to Montagu, instead of using the N2. While this set us back time-wise because of the numerous Stop/Go road works along the way, the views were worth the sacrifice.

Because of the time delays, we decided not to stop along the way for photographs, and eventually got to Barrydale just after 14h00. It was our first official stop since having coffee in the Wilderness earlier that morning, and it was definitely time for a break.

We followed the signs to the Blue Cow Cafe, and took a few photos of the beautiful areas around there, had a cappuccino and a visit to the restrooms, and then left for Robertson.

The R62 takes one through Montagu, and I must say I was really surprised to see the lack of progress that had been made on the mountain pass. We were there almost two years ago and it really looks as if very little has been accomplished since then. More Stop/Go interruptions there caused us to fall even more behind,  so when we arrived in Robertson itself, we decided to detour, found their Pick n Pay, and bought some provisions for a light supper.

From there it was straight to the Orange Grove Farm, where we booked into the most luxurious accommodation we had on the entire trip. The cottage that we had selected was almost as big as our current home! Two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a dining room, lounge, and a huge kitchen, plus two patios (one with its own small swimming pool) that were fitted with built-in braais. Beautifully furnished and appointed, with everything one could ask for in the kitchen - gas hob, electric stove, large fridge, coffee-making machine, etc., etc.. An absolute dream and highly recommended!

View from the front patio

The facilities at the farm were truly excellent, and we spent most of the time at the cottage. Except for a tiny bit of exploring, and a trip to the Viljoenskloof wine farm for their boat ride along the Breede River.

We were quite sad to leave, but looking forward to being back home at the same time, and had a very pleasant an incident-free drive back to Somerset West.

A small selection of photos for this part of our journey can be seen here.

Friday, May 24, 2019

2019 Holiday - Garden Route

The second stage of our holiday was allocated to part of the Garden Route.

We spent two nights at the Heriot Manor Guest House in George - a really super stay! Great breakfasts, comfortable rooms, and beautiful gardens! While we were there, we took the opportunity to have lunch with one of our nieces who has recently got engaged, and some wonderful rain on the second day completed a delightful stay. The rain curtailed our activities a bit, but didn't spoil anything.

On the morning that we left (after the rains), we spent a short while at the Garden Route Botanical Gardens, which at this time of year were a touch disappointing. But been there, done that! Afterwards, we left for Plettenberg Bay, with a short detour into the Knysna Waterfront for some coffee and a walk around.

Once we had arrived in Plett, we drove around looking for a place where we could have lunch. After a Google search the night before, we were quite keen to try out the Corner Bistro, but after tracking it down, found that it was closed for lunch and only opening later in the day. So we ended up at the Lookout Deck, and had simple but beautifully prepared burgers - beef for Jacqui, and chicken for yours truly.

Then off to find our B&B - the Sea Breeze Guest House - another lovely find as a place to spend a few nights! Really great people, another beautifully appointed room, and again, more than one could eat at breakfast!

We spent most of our second day there at the Birds of Eden Sanctuary just outside Plett. The variety of birds species they house is just phenomenal, and every bird is a "rescue" bird! There were some interesting new entrants since our last visit some years ago, most striking of all being the Scarlet Ibis from South America. The bright red colour of the birds, as is the case with Flamingoes, comes from the carotene found in the crustaceans that form part of their diet.

Some of the images taken on this part of the trip can be found here. Click on the photos for larger versions.

Scarlet Ibis

Monday, May 20, 2019

2019 Holiday - Greyton

Jacqui and I are away for a few nights on our annual break. This year we are visiting Greyton, George, Plettenberg Bay, and Robertson.

While at Greyton we had the chance to walk through the Nature Reserve, and to attend their Saturday Morning Market. We also took a quick trip around Genadendal.

Some of the photos taken during the visit can be seen here. Click on the photos to see larger versions.

The photo below was taken at the Market. The lady in the picture is an absolutely amazing guitarist. The music she produces is soft and delicate - and haunting! I still can't get the tune of "Mr Bojangles" out of my head! The gentleman with the flute also plays other wind instruments, and we saw him later in the day performing at a restaurant for their guests.

The highlight of our market visit

Friday, January 18, 2019

TPS Entries - August to November 2018

The remaining photographs for 2018 have now been updated on the TPS page, in the 2018 section. Please note that there are no competitions in December each year.

2020 Holiday - Last days

Day 3 - Wednesday We woke to a very pleasant, though cold, morning. We again had breakfast outside on the patio, and were treated to the (we...