We took advantage of the rainy days in Bonnievale and decided to take a road trip to George. The mission was to buy an identical fireplace to the one in the sitting room of our cottage in Woodstock. Keith saw the fireplace at an antique shop on our previous visit. We could unfortunately not buy the fireplace at that stage as the bakkie was already fully loaded with Cape Regency dining chairs. The fireplace has the exact same design pattern as the existing one which in itself was a rare find.
|Near Heidelberg, Cape|
The road to George was a pleasure and we stopped repeatedly so that I could photograph the undulating green wheat and yellow canola fields. We decided to take a detour to Mossel Bay to eat seafood overlooking Munro’s Bay, which is named after Keith’s maternal ancestors who settled there in the nineteenth century.
With the fireplace securely in the back of the bakkie and a copy of 'The Cape Kitchen' by Dr Mary Cook next to me on the seat, we headed off to Calitzdorp via Oudtshoorn. We wanted to buy some Bo-Plaas 8 year old brandy. With very little time to spare before the cellar was scheduled to close, I phoned ahead and asked the proprietors to wait for us. They graciously agreed.
With the rain falling on the Cellar roof, we had a brandy and port tasting. We bought some excellent brandy, port and moscato. We then headed back to Towerwater via the Huis Rivier Pass, Barrydale and Montagu.
|Huisrivier pass between Calitzdorp and Ladismith|
After a great trip taking a circular route along the garden route and the Klein Karoo it was exciting to return to Towerwater.