Outdoors

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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My Sunday Photo – Bantry Bay

We spent a lovely Sunday afternoon in this affluent suburb of Bantry Bay. After spending a lovely family lunch at the President Hotel, we took a walk from Bantry Bay to Sea Point.  I was once again reminded how blessed I am to live in such a beautiful city with breathtaking views. Whilst there I captured a few photos of my beautiful surroundings.

My Sunday Photo - Bantry Bay

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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.

Photalife

 


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