Outdoors

White Water Farm: A beautiful rustic haven with its picturesque landscapes

Winter is the perfect opportunity to explore beautiful places within the Western Cape. And there is no better place than the Overberg countryside. This time of the year, it is peaceful and relaxed.

Still exploring this beautiful town of Stanford, our next stop over was White Water Farm. Just 10 km outside Stanford you will find White Water Farm, situated in the Kleinriver valley.

To our surprise this farm was literally next to Blue Gum Country Estate that we visited. So it saved us from driving a distance. As we drove into the farm, the girls were so excited to see the horses. The picturesque landscape with lush green lawns grabbed our attention immediately. As we pulled up in front of the reception area, two beautiful Rhodesian Ridgeback dogs came to greet us.

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Winter Getaway: Blue Gum Country Estate – The majestic location

June has been a bit of a roller coaster ride with everything that has transpired. As a family, we definitely needed a well deserved break to unwind, recap and connect. When the owners, Anton and his wife Tarryn of Blue Gum Country Estate approached me with the offer of a 1-night stay, Stanford became our destination of choice. It was the ideal place to escape to. Stanford is just 2 hours drive from Cape Town but with so much to offer.

Just outside Hermanus, situated in a hidden valley on the Klein River near the small town of Stanford. This beautiful estate is nestled by ancient Blue gum trees. The estate is a working wine and olive farm dating back to 1839, and a well establish private, family-run guest house.

This beautiful tranquil retreat is the perfect location for a couple’s retreat, family getaway or a wedding venue. With its majestic surroundings this little paradise offers a unique rustic yet sophisticated Overberg experience.

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Backyard cooking: Loving our Piccolo wood fired pizza oven

You guys we’ve made the best investment ever.  For the longest time I wanted a wood fired pizza oven. I mean who doesn’t want one after seeing Jamie Oliver cook in his wood fired outdoor pizza oven and displaying his culinary skills.

Then last year, after visiting one of the malls, I saw an exhibition of portable stainless steel Piccolo wood fired pizza ovens.  The design was perfect with its remarkable workmanship.  However how I visualised it, it never really fitted into our then backyard.  Needless to say, I took a pamphlet and a business card and headed home.

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Top 6 romantic cities and towns in South Africa

Planning your honeymoon, anniversary, proposal or just to whisk that special person in your life off to an unforgettable romantic getaway?  Then look no further than South Africa to find that special place.

South Africa has many hidden gems that can offer that unforgettable romantic experience. Whether you prefer a beach or luxury safari getaway or looking for spectacular scenic views, culinary cuisine or iconic tourist destinations – you will definitely be spoiled for choice.

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My Sunday Photo – Kraalbaai

Sunday Photo Kraalbaai

This week my Sunday Photo features the beautiful Kraalbaai. A hidden gem situated in the West Coast National Park. In order to access this beach you need to drive through the nature reserve. You sure to catch a glimpse of ostriches, tortoises, gemsbok and eland. However there are many more other wildlife in the park – so be on the lookout.

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My Sunday Photo – Sunset Llandudno

Sunday Photo Sunset Llandudno

My Sunday Photo was taken two weeks ago, capturing  the sunset over the ocean. We stopped at Llandudno whilst driving from Hout Bay to Camps Bay. Although the sun sets every day, we don’t really notice it. Unless you on top of a hill or mountain. It also instantly captivates you as you witness the sunset over the ocean. The view makes you want to reach for your camera to capture the moment. As the bright orange colour slowly fades; nature’s beauty mesmerises you. It brings a feeling of calmness over you. This display is over within minutes and then dusk begins to fall.

Have a blessed Sunday all!

Photalife

 


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My Sunday Photo – Volunteer Wildfire Services Open Day

Sunday Photo Volunteer Wildfire Services Open Day

This week my Sunday photo features VWS

Yesterday we attended the annual Volunteer Wildfire Services (VWS) Open Day held at the Newlands Fire Base. A fun filled family day with so many activities.  The activities included a demonstration of firefighting skills, rides in the firetruck, abseiling, a snake display, helicopter display, firefighting equipment, food stalls and later a foam party.

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My Sunday Photo – Lourensford Wine Estate

This week’s Sunday photo features the beautiful Lourensford Wine Estate.

A couple of months ago we visited Lourensford Wine Estate. Situated in Somerset West and is approximately 50km from Cape Town. Being one of the oldest wine estates in Somerset West, this estate is full of rich history and scenery.

Sunday Photo - Lourensford Wine Estate

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My Sunday Photo – Alphen Trail

This week my Sunday photo features the beautiful Alphen Trail.

We spent our Saturday morning walking along the Alphen Trail. Part of Constantia’s green belt, it is one of nine interwoven trails. Out of the nine, the Alphen is the most popular of the trails. Located in the Constantia Valley, it winds along the Diep River to the Constantiaberg Mountains. We started our walk from Alphen Drive but you can also choose to start the walk from Brommersvlei Road. Starting from Alphen Drive, you will notice the Alphen Hotel on your right.

Sunday Photo - Alphen Trail

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My Sunday Photo – Early Morning Swim

This week, my Sunday photo features an early morning swim at Dalebrook.

With Spring fully here, the weather has been pleasant.  On Saturday, however it was a bit overcast but the temperature was warm. The girls wanted to go for their first Spring dip. They woke up early and we headed off to Dalebrook Tidal Pool.

Situated between St James and Kalk Bay. Lying hidden on the False Bay Coast; beach goers often miss it during off peak seasons. Making it less crowded than the popular St James tidal pool.  However in summer, Dalebrook can get as busy as St James.

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