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Lambert’s Bay the first stop on our Spring flower trip to the West Coast and Namaqualand

The first day of our spring flower trip included a visit to Clanwilliam and ended spending the night in Lambert’s Bay. Isabella’s restaurant overlooking the harbour, proved to be the axis around which we gathered for tea (for the in-laws), beer (for me) and later a family supper.  Sea weathered fishing boats stamped with that special West Coast essence posed ... Read More »

Kamieskroon and Namaqua National Park Spring 2016

We paid the price for morning dawdling in Lamberts Bay, arriving at Namaqua National Park at 4pm on 4 Sept.   It seemed almost too late to enter but were advised that cloudy weather forecast for the following day would render flower viewing redundant.  Gazanias had already tucked in their petals as dusk approached.  Still cheerful daisies blanketed the landscape in a ... Read More »

Hondeklipbaai a rough diamond on the mystical west coast

The personification of Honneklipbaai would be Shane MacGowan from the Pogues.  A diamond in the rough, a place where dreams dress as scruffy diamond mining boats. Visiting Hondeklipbaai was part of our flower seeking journey.  Entering the town we pulled disgruntled faces on being met by shabby houses strung together with overhead power cables.  Hardly in line with the quaint coastal ... Read More »

Oh my Darling, a town in bloom

This morning I’ve been walking around singing “Oh my darling, oh my darling, oh my garden of delight”, I’m known to walk around singing and making up my own words to real tunes.  I’m sure you can find a clementine somewhere in the town of Darling but at this time what you will find in magnificent abundance are wildflowers.  I’m ... Read More »

Clanwilliam wildflowers in Spring 2016

Our 2008 spring flower trip birthed a longing to revisit the West Coast and Namaqualand.  On 3 September 2016 this desire became a reality.  Soon after leaving Cape Town roadside flowers greeted us. Making it to the final day of the Clanwilliam flower show, displays in the Church whet our appetites for the journey ahead. At the Ramskop wildflower garden ... Read More »

Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve Yellowwood Park

  When grey or windy weather thwart beach plans in Durban, visiting a nature reserve is our favorite outdoor activity.  There must be about 10 nature reserves dotted within under an hour’s drive from central Durban. One grey day on our last Durban trip we chose to revisit the Kenneth Stainbank Nature reserve in Yellowwood Park, sort of between the Bluff ... Read More »

Heidi on audiobook, making a gentle homeward journey

A delightful visit with family in Umdloti inevitably drew to conclusion.  While in transit we listened to the audio book Heidi (free download here).  Thus influenced by this charming tale, I shall in this instance imitate the style in which the sweet tale was narrated. We dragged forlorn heels away from the gentle hills of Natal, seeking any excuse to ... Read More »

A touch of divinity at The Little Church Tea Garden in Van Reenen

  In 1999 my father married Charlotte at the Little Church in van Reenen. It seats 8 people and is the smallest consecrated church in the Southern Hemisphere. When the minister walked in to the full church with guest spilling out the back door, to conduct the wedding ceremony, he exclaimed “Hallelujah! It’s a revival”. Caught up in wedding festivities ... Read More »