The Cape of Good Hope: Day 1

 
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The holiday agenda for the week was penciled in as follows:
 

Saturday morning                           Leave PE 9am 

Saturday evening                            Supper with Ridgways – Gordons Bay

Sunday                                         Church Strand and then Lunch: Fairview Farm – Paarl

Monday morning                            MSA 1km walk – Strand beach  

Monday afternoon                          High Tea – Mount Nelson Hotel – Cape Town

Tuesday morning                           Shopping – Factory shops:  Cape Town

Tuesday afternoon                          Ice-skating – Goodwood

Tuesday evening                            Drinks at Costa del Sol (Strand) (HHH school mates)       

Wednesday                                  AlgoaFM from Waterkloof Farm and wine tasting

Wednesday evening                      Rocking Horse Show – Durbanville (Die Boer Theatre)

Thursday                                      Trip to Robben Island

Thursday evening                           Drinks at Forrester’s Arms in Newlands (Old Greys)

Friday                                           Head off to Montagu (wine tasting)

Saturday                                       Mountain trip (Langeberg) and Potjiekos Lunch (Protea Farm)

Sunday morning                             Return to Port Elizabeth

 (Plus a list of people to see and things to do – if time allowed!)

I will ink in the spaces later … (in the meantime, look at some of the pics on the previous blog!)

Day 1 – Saturday 1 October 2011

We had planned to leave PE at 9am. However, for the first time in years I overslept and only woke up at 8h45! But, the boys had packed the car and had everything under control, and we got away at 9h30.

The obligatory stop took place at the Storm’s River bridge. It would appear that even if you don’t really need to stop there, you do anyway. So we did, and filled up, not with petrol, but with dried fruit, biltong and juices – the padkos for the 700km ahead of us down the Garden Route.

Plett, Knysna, George … I sms’d Kobus and Tillie Wüst and Willem and Gretel Wüst to invite them to join us for lunch in Paarl on Sunday (it being Pera’s birthday on Monday).

Jacobus phoned back to say they were at their newly finished “Little House on the Karoo Prairie” (somewhere close to Ladismith) for the weekend, and would be unable to join us.

Willem phoned to say they were with friends at Still Bay (Stilbaai) for the weekend. However, as we would be passing that way on our trip to The Cape, he invited us to join them for lunch.

So, Mossel Bay, Albertinia, and then, just before two pm, the turn off to Still Bay …

As a high school scholar, I had spent many December holidays in Still Bay. Our neighbours in The Strand, the Ds Bombaai Van Rensburg family had a holiday house in Still Bay East, and often I had been invited along. I had even had an emergency appendectomy at the closest hospital in Riversdale one year!

The boys had never been to Still Bay before, and our hosts were staying in a house right on the beach in Still Bay West. Out of the front door, onto the beach – one could not ask for better.

So we lunched on the beach, and what should have been a short stop-over became two hours. As we were about to leave, two Cape Coloured hawkers managed to sell off some prawns to us, and we stayed even longer to eat the prawns directly off the fire!

The hawkers and our hosts had us in stitches of laughter – with the comment that “blue finned tuna was as scarce as rocking horse sh**t” winning the award as the best chirp of the afternoon!

Reluctantly, we left at 16h00 and headed westwards once again. Riversdale, Heidelberg, Swellendam, Riviersonderend, Caledon, Sir Lowry’s Pass and then HOME – the Hottentots-Holland basin: Gordons Bay, Somerset West and The Strand.

We checked in just after 19h00 at varsity friends Thomas and Marzeth Moolman’s holiday flat in De Beers Rd, Strand – our home for the coming week.

The luggage had just been off-loaded when we were picked up by Sebastian and Michelle for supper at Antonias in the Broadwalk Harbour Island development just outside Gordons Bay. Very similar to the Port St Francis area, this development is new and was not there in my childhood days. 

It had been a long day by the time we got into bed and quickly dozed off just before midnight.