Friday, April 03, 2015
Thursday, February 26, 2015
The glorious Grotto beach, 15 kilometres of beautiful sand is 3 kilometres from our house.
Morgenster Olive Oil, voted one of the top Olive oils in the world. We discovered it last year on the Rovos rail journey.
Sunday, February 08, 2015
We are now staying in Hermanus, about 120 kilometres from Cape Town, the town is renowned for whale watching from June to December, when the southern right whales come in close to shore to calve. We shall miss this spectacle it being summer here but the beautiful coast line and coastal path which we walk each day more than makes up for it. We are enjoying this wonderful view from the house we are staying in, almost as good as the one at home!
The coastal path runs for 10 kilometres.
Our love of cats took us to the Drakenstein Lion park, a home for 34 rescued cats which are certainly now in a better place.
Food and wine are very much part of our holiday, the wine is I think is the second best in the world (after France of course) , we have been to the USA, New Zealand and Australia and the wines in South Africa are really quite exceptional. Furthermore many domains have exceptional restaurants attached producing stunning food at very good value.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Time for our winter break and as last year we return to South Africa where we can find the nearest existence to France as possible with great food, fine wine and wonderful scenary as well as friendly people.
We are starting in Franschhoek staying in the aptly named Maison Chablis. Franschhoek , we are grateful to the 277 French, known as Huguenots who landed in the Cape of good Hope in 1685 and were given land by the Dutch colonial government creating this gorgeous French Corner.
Our chambre D'hote Maison Chablis
The main street is lined with boutique's and many fine restaurant's, a number of which are feel obliged to try!
Friday, January 16, 2015
One of the many things we love about France is the importance of lunch. Another thing that we have taken from our move here is the wonderful people we have met and become friends with.
And what is better on a January day than a four hour lunch.
We started with home smoked Salmon fillet with tapenade toast, for main course an onion tarte tatin, pictured above.
accompanied by a bean and artichoke salad.
our friends David & Jane have an eye for setting the ambience!
And dessert followed, winter fruits with chartreuse ice cream.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Sunday, January 04, 2015
The end of December and early January have remained under high pressure with dry weather, for a few nights the temperatures fell to as low as minus 6 with clear skies by night and day when it warmed to about 11 or 12 although it felt warmer. However we have experienced some incredibly mild days, yesterday it was 18 in the shade mid afternoon and today in full sun our thermometer hit 38 degrees. Quite extrordinary compared to our experience in years gone by.
So on a perfect Sunday walking is order of the day and we set off for a pleasant 7k traversing up Chemin de Romanet into the hills and back to the village giving outstanding views.
There was only one thing for it on return, a glass of rose!