Last day in CT. Wandered around the V&A and did some last minute shopping. Met L& M at
Ferrymans for light lunch. Last supper at the Cod Father in Camps Bay.

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Had a day out with old friends Dave and Renata. They collected us from the City and then travelled out to Wellington in the Wine Lands and visited a small independent distiller of grappa and brandy. Uplands has won many awards for their grappa and brandy. Bought a bottle of cask conditioned 10 year old brandy at a staggering 62 %.
Had lunch at Val de Charron vineyard known for it’s aged beef. A quick tasting at Schalk Bergers winery after lunch. Same family as the SA rugby player but actually his father runs the place. A little run down I feel. L&M out in the evening, we had egg on toast, great. Some bastard stole our hub caps.


Old friend David


Uplands still




Val de Charron winery

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Another day out to to the vineyards. Met Peter& Brigita, Cathy& Paul at Cavalli vineyard and Stud between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Lovely views once again and a super lunch. A serious amount of dieting and drying out required soon. A little retail therapy on the way at Gardens.




Panaramic view at Cavalli





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Trip to Kalk Bay and wandered around the harbour, galleries and shops. Light lunch in the Courtyard Cafe. Met up with Padouk’s Aunt and Uncle, Jane & Colin at Chapmans Peak Hotel in Hout Bay for dinner. Great prawns and oysters.


Pan view


B&W view


What a view


A very sensible view

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Great breakfast in The “Village Cafe” round the corner. L&M met friends for lunch and we went to Kirstenbosch Gardens. Proteas in bloom this time of year. Local Italienne for dinner called Villa 47. Absolutely fantastic food. Quality of food in Cape Town is unbelievable.


Protea Garden


Feeding on a Protea


Where’s the ant


Proteas in bloom


A young couple were being married at the side of the lake


Tree canopy walkway, the handrails etc made from “padouk” hardwood.



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13th November

Trip to Hout Bay and visited the craft market and food hall in the morning. Lunch at Katima’s in Hout Bay. Great sushi, sashimi, Thai and Vietnamese food all served buffet style. Eat as much as you want. Tom Yum soup exceptional. Watched F1 Grand Prix in the evening. What a great race in the wet. Hamilton won


Hout Bay craft and food market

Soup kitchen, great name

Soup kitchen, great name

Lunch at Katima

Lunch at Katima

Sachimi & sushi

Sashimi & sushi

A few deserts

A few deserts

The bits in the middle

The bits in the middle


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Lod and Em went off to see friends Peter & Brigita, Cathy & Paul. We wandered down to the V&A and  went to the Water Shed craft centre. Bought some bits and pieces. Next to the food hall next door. Lunch of 6 oysters  and hot smoked salmon washed down with a glass of Chenin. Watched England v South Africa rugby . Boys done good. Stuffed the Boks. Pasta and prawns at the cottage for dinner washed down with Kevin Arnold Shiraz from Waterford Estate what we bought yesterday after our tasting


Watershed Craft


Tea Bag Company


Oysters for lunch


We are 4 old farts from god knows where


The Mountain


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Trip to the V&A in the morning for a wander. Light lunch at the Ferrymans. Beluga restaurant in the evening for sushi. Irene and Em had a pedicure.

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Packed once again and now off to Cape Town for 9 days. Popped into Franschhoek on the way to arrange shipping of pictures. Went for lunch at Dornier wine estate between Stellenbosch and C T. Waterford wine estate next door so went for a tasting before lunch. Wine & chocolate tasting of two reds and a desert wine with accompanying chocolate. Lovely place.
Arrived at the cottage in the Waterkant about 4pm. Great views of Table Mountain from the roof terrace. Gourmet scrambled egg for supper.


Wine tasting at Waterford


Cape Salmon


Lunch at Dornier



Roof terrace, Waterkant

Roof terrace, Waterkant

Table Mountain from roof terrace

Table Mountain from roof terrace

No tablecloth

No tablecloth

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9th November 2016

Our cottage within the Burgandy Bourgogne wine estate

Our cottage within the Burgandy Bourgogne wine estate

Very relaxing day. Did the shops of Franschhoek Main Street in the morning. L&M and us bought some art each and will finalise payment and shipping in the morning. Back to the cottage for lunch and sunning ourselves around the pool in the afternoon. Botswana seems a world away now. Shame in some respects but the beautiful Wine Lands are something special. Dinner in Franschhoek in the evening.

Estate workers and tractor

Estate workers and tractor


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