Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Summer Holidays - Part I

 

Road trip to Montagu, Oudtshoorn, Knysna, Albertinia and Swellendam; with the Scandallions, CRV, Nikon and Patience. Almost off to an incredibly bad start when I discovered in Montagu that I had left my camera at a restaurant in Worcester. A friend went back there the next day and picked it up for me - one sleepless night later! Pure platteland human kindness, decency and honesty. Thank you.

 

In Montagu we had a very enjoyable family visit and South African braai late into the night. I got tired long before the deep-in-their-seventies generation! British visitors and Afrikaans plattelanders chatted a "hond uit 'n bos" - it was like the Anglo-Boer War never happened!

 

In Oudtshoorn we met up with more family, and visited the Cango Caves and the Rust en Vrede waterfall - a very beautiful mountain "oasis" in the semi-desert of the Klein Karoo.

 

In Knysna we stayed in an "eccentric" B&B right next to my old chilhood home, which had been changed beyond recognition. We had sundowners at The Heads and dinner at the Waterfront (not a good meal). Because the B&B had no WiFi we ended the evening having red wine and Irish coffee at a pizza place where H had to sort out her sister's visa for her US trip. Almost choked on my cream when the power went off for two minutes and the British owner (or manager?) said to a Dutch couple: "Welcome to Africa!" The next day we had a good breakfast at Pannekuk on Thesen's Island before heading out for Albertinia.

 

After a light lunch at a delightful coffee shop in Albertinia we completed the day's stretch to Swellendam, where we had booked accommodation at the Old Thatch guesthouse - highly recommended, and the German owner, Karen, is a super-friendly host who made us feel very much at home. After a braai and a very nice meal we played some games and chatted, before turning in for a good night's rest.

 

The next morning we stopped off at one of the many berry farms in the area before heading back to Cape Town. On the way it started raining quite heavily and we stopped for a lunch of bread and soup in front of a log fire at the Orchard farm stall. From there it was a short drive over Sir Lowry's pass and back to Claremont. 

 

I had a great time and enjoyed the trip very much, and everyone else assured me they did so too. What a fantastic end to 2011!

 

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