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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 »

Hilltop Camp at Hluhluwe / Umfolozi Game Reserve

Between the Hluhluwe / Umfolozi gate and Hilltop Camp, the bushveld reminded us of life where man has not throttled nature. As the dusty road ascended to Hilltop I felt a Carpenters song coming on. “I’m on top of the world, looking down on creation…” tra la la. While we were mere visitors, the permanent residents, Nyala, Samango Monkeys and ... Read More »

Blue that it took so long to discover Green Lantern Inn

Discovering the Green Lantern Inn, in Van Reenen stirred unadulterated delight. This joy was marred by irritation and disappointment. How could we have missed this gem before?! We travel the Johannesburg / Durban route at least four times a year. I don’t even remember passing the Green Lantern signpost previously, so daft as the establishment has been around for well ... Read More »

The Victorian Secret – should not be kept secret

first heard of The Victorian Secret in Benoni referred to as Victoria’s Secret. While it is a genteel and respectable establishment, the indulgence feels just a little naughty. When Mum visits from Durbs, I like to take her out for a treat. Previously we have been to The Margaret Roberts Herbal centre and Arum Symphony. This time we chose The ... Read More »

The Karoo Art Hotel in Barrydale

The Klein Karoo and R62 can be summed up with a string of Q words, quaint, quirky and quiet being a few. At dusk Barrydale glows with an ethereal light at the foot of the Langeberg mountains. The Barrydale Karoo Art Hotel embraced us with an abundance of tasteful quirky on arrival . Art abounds from innumerable paintings on the walls to ... Read More »

Discovering the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden

After mooching around the house in a brain melting heatwave, discovering Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden was a real winner.  Botanical Gardens have timeless appeal to us (we married at Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden in Jo’burg) and our favourite places to eat or drink are those with outdoor seating. Despite visiting the Western Cape annually for about 10 years, this was a special ... Read More »

A fairytale stay at the Arts Centre’s tower in Nieu Bethesda

Some things cannot fail to enchant the inner child.  Sleeping in a tower ranks way up there.  Staying in the tower at the Nieu Bethesda Arts Centre was magical.  We shuffled in, wet clothing clinging to us during a rare Karoo downpour. The lovely lady who greeted us, brought towels and led us into the adjoining priory lounge for a ... Read More »

Villiera wines in Stellenbosch

I haven’t bothered to write about the last few wine estates which we have visited.  They have been quite forgettable.  Vines in abundance, check.  Lovely old buildings, check.  Nice wine, check, and so on.  Nothing has stood out enough to be remarkable.  Just when I was beginning to feel that wine tasting is all “been there, done that”, we discovered ... Read More »

Light and shadow at The Owl House – Nieu Bethesda

Our daughter Acacia (5) called The Owl House in Nieu Bethesda “The God place”.  True art is spiritual, a link between mankind and infinity.  It is a bridge between flesh and blood and that part of us which reaches for more, even when ‘more’ cannot be named and pinned down. Helen Martins was a troubled soul, there is a tangible ... Read More »