A couple of weeks ago I wrote that we had bought ourselves a Wild Card… and now we have to use it!!! So we decided that once a month we would do something a bit more than home maintenance and we would head on an outing a bit further than home. So we carefully waited until it was about 400 degrees in the shade, and headed for a drive in the country. So our first exotic outing on our Wild Card was Jonkershoek and a picnic at Assegaaibosh, which is a great Nature Reserve just outside Stellenbosch!!!
The whole drive over we worried we would be too late for a spot. On the website it says they only accommodate 60 folk a day and we are already ten of the quota. Needless to say when we got there, there was not another soul in sight… The rest of the world was probably at a local Wine Farm being barraged by persistent direct sales people: “If you would like to lose weight now, then ask me how?” Trust me, the rest of the world made a mistake! You would rather take a little drive down the road to here:
Rolling lawns, down to a river for splashing in…
Nothing like icy mountain water on a boiling hot day…
And it was roasting!!!
But nothing a picnic and some cool green trees couldn’t remedy!!!
For some, like Mr. Oblivious, it meant a serious nap…
For others it was hide and seek (more seeking than hiding):
An impromptu show:
Figuring out North and South:
Face hunting in the craggy mountains:
Bird watching for the very keen eyed!!!
And wandering… Oh look what I found!!! I could give up my sea view for a life in the country if this was where I was headed… A beautiful old house big enough for all of us, cool in summer, warm in winter… huge shady oak trees and a wide stoep (South African for verandah)… and a river for messing around in running by!!! Yes this would definitely work for me!!!
Moving on!!! As we were leaving I noticed this spot…
And I can tell you that in the olden days when I was young those houses were tents:
And I spent many a summer day messing around in that same river… (yup that’s me in the middle)…
We used to go there on school camp when we were in Primary school… (that’s me on the right!!!)
And how my teachers survived I don’t know – one teacher per grade – 45 kids in each grade, from grade 3 to 7… Mad roaming around in river beds and on mountainsides… How on earth did they keep track of us, let alone feed us for a week every summer!!! I shudder to think of the logistics!!!
But it was brilliant to take our kids to a place I had been in the past and I am so looking forward to next months outing, somewhere new and interesting on The Wild Card Menu.