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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 »

Perfect Cherry Pie

After watching Twin Peaks, I set out to find the perfect Cherry Pie recipe.  This is simple and easy yet absolutely amazing.  I only make this about once a year as cherries are expensive but it is one of my favourites.   This time we bought cherries at a very good price from Veldskoen padstal in the Cape, Hex River. ... 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 »

David Bowie tribute poem – Shine on Blackstar

If I could escape mental chains rigid with rust Discover elements which rise and combust Only then could I honour Bowie the man but he is a blackstar and I simply am All that I have Is my black lump of coal To burn for the one who ignites the soul Until fire turns to ashes and, ashes to dust ... Read More »

Starman waiting in the sky – coming to terms with a world without Bowie

Outside the world of instant communication, David Bowie was still alive in my world, the day after his death.  On our road trip, drought parched Karoo scenery assaulted my field of vision, myriad deaths surrounded me, brown grass bereft of life, skeletal antelope, warthog brave with hunger grazed on bended knee.  Bowie was still alive in this world, his death had ... Read More »

Foster’s Manor and Nostalgie restaurant in Oudtshoorn

On our extended road trip from Jo’burg to Cape Town some wonderful treasures were discovered.  The encompassing  feeling at Foster’s Manor in Oudtshoorn is one of nostalgia. Appreciation was tinged with regret that we no longer live in a time where craftsmen took real pride in what they created, even the term craftsman is generally rendered obsolete. I uttered many ... Read More »

A magical time at the show Fairy Dust with Vicus Cruywagen

What is childhood without a little magic.  In 2013 when Fjord was 6 he wanted to go to a magic show.  I bought tickets for an illusionist show over an hour’s drive from home.  I gave myself a great parenting pat on the back, but oh what an epic fail.  The show was fun for adults but not in the ... 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 »