We arrived in Cape Town from Paris via London on Saturday morning. Finding our Cape Town homes in good order, we decided to follow the lead of our friend Heinrich, who collected us at the airport, and head off for Bonnievale.
|Vineyards in Provence|
|Winter landscape in the Breede Valley|
Towerwater greeted us with an explosion of Narcissus under the oak tree. The rose-bushes and fruit trees were cold and in a deep sleep in a garden ready for pruning. The house was deliciously cold, shocking us out of the French summer into the reality of the Cape winter. We had no interlude into winter this year. We missed the days growing gradually colder, gently acclimatising one for the deep winter that lies ahead.
The days are cold and short and the blue skies above, deceptive. Saturday turned into a day of unpacking and laundry-washing while intermittently exploring the garden to determine what might be served for lunch and supper.
The observations confirmed that the onions are looking healthy and will be ready for transplanting in a month. The carrots and beetroot are ready for harvesting. They provided a rainbow of vegetables for the boys to harvest on Sunday. The peas looked cold and sorry for themselves. I now question the wisdom of my decision to delay their planting to just a few days before we left for Europe. The garlic, potato and sweet potatoes seem to be doing fine.
|Rainbow carrots and beet harvest|
Sunday started out misty and cold, but the day turned into a bright sunny one, luring us out onto the lawn for lunch.
Celebrating our visit to France, lunch was a Coq au Vin prepared in the antique bowls Keith bought at an antique market in Sault, Provence.
|Lavender fields in Provence|
|Lunch on the lawn|
The boys were tasked with removing the leaves from the carrots and beetroot and to separate them into heaps of vegetables for eating and leaves for composting. Clearly the harvesting had been far more exciting than the task at hand. The task proceeded with questions from the huddled group around the vegetables on the lawn as to why certain jobs get assigned to certain people.