Outdoors

My Sunday Photo – Hout Bay

This weekend we headed off to Hout Bay.  If you have never been to Hout Bay, and this is not directed at Capetonians, it is a seaside town near Cape Town.  However, if you live in Cape Town and don’t know where it is situated or have never been to there – shame on you.  Hout Bay is nestled between mountains and sea, which creates a valley feel to this town.

If the weather is good, it gets quite busy in Hout Bay.  Locals and tourists flock to this seaside town and stand in long queues to enjoy fish and chips from Mariner’s Warf, Fish on the Rocks and Snoekies.  But we’ve discovered a gem in Muriel’s Muchies – fresh grilled or fried fish and calamari.  And their ice creams are the best.

But it’s the view that captures my attention whenever I visit Hout Bay.  Walking out onto the harbour and taking in the sight of the blue sea and majestic mountains – it is something remarkable.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

The lookout from the harbour onto the start of Chapman’s Peak Drive.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

There are charter boats that will take you for a cruise to Seal Island, Duiker Island and Chapman’s Peak.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

This picture captures a seal in the water. In Hout Bay seals come into the harbour. The local fisherman will feed them pilchards and they will launch out of the water to grab it.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

Captured in the picture above is a fleet of fishing boats docking in the harbour. The Hout Bay fishing industry is known for its tuna, crayfish and snoek. Walking out onto the harbour, you notice that the life of a fisherman is not easy. The lines on their faces and their rough hands paint a picture in your mind – that this life is not for the faint of heart.  For them it is the only way of survival, an income to put bread on the table.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

The picture above captures an older fishing boat that sank in the harbour.

My Sunday Photo - Hout Bay

As you walk to the other side of the harbour, you will find Hout Bay Yacht Club.  Boasting a fleet of yachts that are docked in the harbour. You immediately pick up the distinct contrast of life of two very different classifications of living.

Besides walking on the harbour and boat trips, Hout Bay is also known for it’s beautiful white sandy beach, bird watching, art and craft markets, horse riding and kayaking. If you are thinking of visiting Cape Town, please make sure you head to Hout Bay – you won’t be disappointed.

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My first herb garden

I never thought of myself as having green fingers, although both my parents seems to have a knack with growing plants and making the most beautiful garden with rose bushes, lushes trees and a vegetable garden.  Somehow gardening was just always so intimidating to me even a first herb garden, perhaps because whenever I attempted to plant something it would die on me.

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A Weekend in the Slanghoek Valley

Spending time as a family is very important and we do not realise that we are so pressed for time during the week with all that is going.  I want my children to experience the outdoors and experience the beauty of what our country offers. We live in such a beautiful province and we are blessed with beautiful beaches, mountains, game resorts, wine farms and country side so why not explore it.

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Our first glamping experience

When I was a child, my parents enjoyed taking us camping and whilst I never really enjoyed it I didn’t really have a choice in the matter. To be honest camping was never really my thing, and back in the day there was no such luxury as air mattresses so sleeping on the ground was a killer. Coupled with wind and sand, camping does not sit well with me. My husband on the other hand simply loves camping.  He has fond childhood memories as camping was a family tradition for them during the December holiday period.  Having our own children we realised that we want them to experience camping and it would be for them to decide whether they like it or not.  Their school introduced the camp-out fundraisers, and it was an instant hit with them.  Even though the school camp-out was just a one-nighter, they loved the idea of sleeping in a tent. I made a deal with them, I would only go camping if there would be some comfort in it for me.  I don’t want to struggle with setting up a tent for more than an hour, I don’t want the schlep of packing in bedroom- and kitchen essentials.  I want it to be a stress free experience.  Just pack in what is needed and head off.  So in March this year my family and I discovered the pleasures of glamping. For those who don’t know the term glamping is more like glam camping with all the essentials and a few luxuries thrown in. Our first experience was at Ou Skip Resort  in Melkbosstrand.  Their bush camp tents are fully equipped with beds, bedding, bar fridge, two plate stove, kettle, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery.

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