Wine tasting at Babylonstoren

Wine tasting at Babylonstoren

One of the biggest perks about living in the heart of the wine lands is that I can go for winetastings in some of the most beautiful places. I am a big fan of taking day trips out into the country to explore a place I have never been before. I think of them as…

Members of the Edwin Willems Audience from Selwyn Park

Dancing in the streets of Stellenbosch

The annual Stellenbosch Harvest Parade celebrates the start of the grape harvest season in the Boland as well as the very popular Stellenbosch Wine Festival For me the festival highlight was the Blessing of the Harvest and the Harvest Parade. Early on Saturday morning I took to the streets of Stellenbosch along with what looked…

La Motte Winery in Franschhoek

La Motte Winery in Franschhoek

Situated in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Cape Winelands, La Motte is home to some of South Africa’s finest wines. But La Motte is niot only kown for its wines, it has an outside tearoom set between the vineyard and mountains, the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon with my family. This…

The Beautiful Babylonstoren Garden

The Beautiful Babylonstoren Garden

Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. It is one of the oldest Cape Dutch farms in the Western Cape. It has a fruit and vegetable garden of beauty and diversity, unique accommodation, fine food and a sense of wellbeing. Guests staying at…

Thyme or Chamomile Lawn

Plant a Thyme or Chamomile Lawn

In an effort to reduce water use and time spent caring for lawns, some gardeners are replacing their turf with thyme or chamomile! It is hard to believe that thyme is an ideal grass alternative. I would never even have suspected you could have a lawn of thyme or chamomile if I hadn’t come across them…

Haute Cabriere

Haute Cabriere, Home of Great Wines in Franschhoek

A friend told me that if I want to taste really good champagne I couldn’t do better than visit Haute Cabriere, ‘Home of Great Wines’ in Franschhoek.   Haute Cabriere became the first winery in South-Africa to dedicate itself to producing wines according to the Methode Cap Classique style, which is known in France as…

Spotted Eagle Owl

A pair of Spotted Eagle Owls in our Chimney

A pair of  Spotted Eagle Owls have made our chimney their home. The Spotted Eagle Owl is actually the commonest large owl in Southern Africa, occurring in a variety of habitats from woodlands to forest patches. During the day the two of them will hide in the chimney, only peeking out now and again.  It…

Sneaky little Yellow Hunter

A Sneaky little Yellow Hunter

Hot, Sunny weather, Good Food, Family and Great Friends, that is everything South-Africa holds for me. I have just moved to Stellenbosch in South-Africa where I am staying with my family on their small vineyard “Aan de Vliet”. Each morning after breakfast I go for a relaxing stroll through the farm gardens or around the…

Our first stop on our Road trip!!

Road Trip along the Eastern Cape Coast

On one of the lovely hot days this December my brother and I drove from Stellenbosch all along the coast down to Betty’s Bay. I rented a car for this road trip and the rental agency gave us a canary yellow little car. At least we couldn’t lose it in a huge parking lot!! While on this…