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It isn't easy to find somewhere to stay on a farm that is remote but still close enough to a small town to provide light entertainment when needed and supplies when necessary. I spent quite a bit of time on the internet before I found our little gem on a farm ...
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It’s the Ficksburg Cherry Festival, my cherry!
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Ficksburg didn't mean that much to me until I visited the pretty little town set on the banks of the Caledon River. It lies at the foot of the beautiful Imperani Mountain in the Free State, for those of you who didn't know, and I had only heard of it before th...
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Joostenberg Deli – a stop worth making time for
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Saturday was a day filled with new discoveries and interesting stops. We visited a local farmer, Erick, on his farm just outside Bloekomsbos, accidentally discovered one of the Stellenbosch jewels - Joostenberg Deli - and uncovered a gem of a garden centre jus...
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Picnicking at Harold Porter Botanical Garden, and sighting penguins
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Harold Porter Botanical Garden is a really pleasant surprise! In fact, it's one of the Cape's best kept secrets ... I had forgotten just how gorgeous the drive from Cape Town to Betty's Bay along Clarence Drive, known also as Route 44, is. We were to visit fr...
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A hop, skip and a jump to Pilgrims Rest

A hop, skip and a jump to Pilgrims Rest
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Getting to Pilgrims Rest from Johannesburg takes longer than you think it will. It shouldn't, as the obvious route along the N4 is pretty straight forward - Witbank, Belfast, Waterval Boven - but this is where it starts getting fuzzy, because by this stage not...
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Birds Boutique Cafe – on its way to becoming iconic in the city bowl
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A meal at Bird's Boutique Cafe is something of an experience, and if you haven't already stopped off to taste Mathilde Stegmann and her daughter's delectable dishes, then I would advise that you do. Set on the corner of Bree and Church Street in a building ...
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Bitten by the whale watching bug

Bitten by the whale watching bug
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We don’t realise how lucky we are in South Africa, and in particular the Western Cape, to have the mightiest of the marine mammals visit our coastline between every year. Countless visitors to South Africa come to our shores to catch sight of these gentle, but...
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Lunching at Parks Cafe Wynberg

Lunching at Parks Cafe Wynberg
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We don't get out much. No seriously, doing lunch is tantamount to a social occasion we manage it so seldom. When one works from home, lunch hour is something you snatch on the run whilst picking up the wee one and sprinting into the local bakery  double time f...
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The Earth Fair Market deserves a look see
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The Biscuit Mill's Neighbourgoods Market has set a benchmark for just how good food markets can be in Cape Town. When it began, some three years ago now, we were blown away by Justin Rhodes' and Cameron Munro's initiative, and the award-winning market now feat...
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Down the garden path … Cape Town Company Gardens
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In the midst of Cape Town’s bustling CBD, abutting the Houses of Parliament and Tuynhuys (the President’s Cape Town residence), hides an oasis of greenery, the roots of which extend across the centuries to tap into our country’s history – though most locals si...
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Community markets off the beaten track
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It's summer, the countdown to Christmas has already begun, and it won't be long before everyone is bitten, or smitten, by the market bug that sees us careening off on Saturday mornings, baskets in tow, to revel in countless delicious food markets, craft market...
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Rock-hopping in Bainskloof

Rock-hopping in Bainskloof
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For more adventurous types who don’t only go camping to sleep off the previous night’s Klipdrift or spend the weekend fantasizing about the return of their hair-dryer, I highly recommend camping at  Tweede Tol in Bainskloof and doing the rock-hopper trail alon...
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9 Constantia Walks – Discovering the Constantia Green Belt
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In Constantia's green belt there are no fewer than nine interwoven trails that provide inner-city walking that is easy to reach but nevertheless manages to give one a sense of getting away from it all, surrounded by the green leafiness of Constantia. The no...
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The Whales are in the Bay – Watch them in Cape Town this Weekend
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It's a good weekend, particularly this Saturday (provided the wind holds off), to get out to find the whales who are definitely in False Bay, this weekend. And don't assume that you need to go all the way to Hermanus to do so, although, admittedly in Hermanus ...
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