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Saturday Spot: Groot Constantia and a Hearty Hunt…

February 15th, 2009 · 6 Comments

So we decided to go on a picnic to Groot Constantia, since we haven’t got round to it in ages and it is one of our favorite spots. There is a perfect picnic spot in Cape Town! Have a look at these rolling lawns and views as far as the eye can see.

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Little smidgens of wildlife and vineyards for ever…

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Admittedly, the last time we stopped by there there had been a troop of baboons playing havoc with the picnickers and hence the long gap between visits as the mother person gathers her heart from her feet and braves the spot again.

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So folks, this is Groot Constantia, a stunning spot in the Constantia Valley. It is a 350 year old Cape Dutch wine farm in the middle of the Cape Peninsula and just the perfect spot for a picnic – we thought!

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In the past when we have been, the rolling lawns have been packed with people having lazy picnics and folk playing ball games and kids running and playing – but today the lawns were strangely empty. Needless to say those big white boards are up and say that you may picnic on the grass if you have bought a picnic from the restaurant. The thought of digging out the coffers for a wine farm priced picnic for nine of us subdued our spirits somewhat and we went for an amble instead.

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Anyway, we felt a bit like the Berenstein Bears on their Picnic and went home and had our picnic round the lunch table… needless to say we need to find another beautiful picnic spot…

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In the meanwhile we went on a hearty hunt to lift those very subdued spirits. Inspired by one of my favorite craft books ever:

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This book is packed with the most beautiful and inspiring hearts: paper mache, beads, dried flowers, lavender even baked hearts. The challenge was set – go and hide as many hearts as you can and low and behold we had a fun afternoon searching for little hearts that were sneaking up around the house!

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That’s it. And we are off to brainstorm another Best Picnic Spot Ever.

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Fifi // Feb 16, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Hello there!

    It is so good to meet another South African homeschooling mom who uses Sonlight!
    You have an awesome blog! I would love to get to know you and the fam better!

  • 2 se7en // Feb 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Hi there, nice to meet you too! I popped over to visit your blog… We all loved the grade 5 projects my son did last year. He kept choosing the food ones – everyone benefited!

  • 3 Aunty Kathy // Feb 17, 2009 at 4:15 am

    Oh, how I wish I could have ambled with you. Miss you more all the time. I close my eyes and see the beautiful blue sky and smiling faces all around. My heart is still with you all.

  • 4 se7en // Feb 17, 2009 at 7:34 am

    Lovely to hear from you… It was a most glorious day, disappointing picnic, but a wonderful amble through cool green trees!

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