December 5, 2011
The view of the epic Table Mountain as we came over the hill from Saldanha Bay was fabulous – we were back in the Mama city again! We made our way down to Blouberg where we stayed with my friend Alison and her man Mark. Al knows me too well – as soon as we had said our hellos, she grabbed all our washing (which almost walked to the washing machine by itself) and we cracked open the cold savannas and had a big catch-up. AlÂ´s 12kg cat Beanz took a big liking to Dyl and didnÂ´t leave his side when we were at home although it didnÂ´t help with Dyls hayfever.. . Â It was a bit strange sleeping on a bed again and I almost moved my pillow and duvet onto the floor a few times. On one of the evenings we packed a little coolbag and popped down to the beachfront to watch another amazing sunset over the sea with Robben Island and Table Mountain as a backdrop. Gotta love the west coast! A big thank you to Al & Mark for having us to stay.
My sister Sarah had us round for a super lunch and my cousins Bex and Alex joined us too which was fabulous! We caught up on all the family news and of course, Sarah’s new bling-bling engagement ring! SarahÂ´s fiance Leith had had a massive night the night before and managed to sleep through the whole day despite the quartet of Shimwell foghorns.
Monday morning and we packed up all our clean washing and drove off into the stunning winelands through Paarl, Wellington and into Tulbagh. What a gorgeous part of the world! We camped on a little farm just outside of town and had 2 glorious days of wine, champagne and cheese tasting plus a tour around an olive farm and a lesson in making olive oil. In town we strolled down Church Street, one of the streets lined with old oak trees and ancient Cape Dutch homes (if I remember right there are 22 listed national monuments down that single street!) while enjoying fudge from the home industries shop. Such a quaint little place. All too soon we were back on the road heading for Cape Town.