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There’s a Friendly Spar Wherever You Are… And A Fab GiveAway…

October 23rd, 2012 · 37 Comments

A couple of weeks ago we got a really surprising email… from Spar!!! And they were offering an offer to our readers that we couldn’t resist… They would let us try out their Freshline Range of Products, which consists of fruit and veg products as well as the bakery… And they gave us voucher to share with our readers in a GiveAway. There was no catch!!! Just a very pleasant surprise… Now we have been dreaming of a Spring Picnic for the longest time… ’tis the season!!!


Here is how it works: They provided us with R200.00 for a shopping spree and to try out their products, and they would give us a R300.00 voucher to share with a South African reader in a GiveAway…

We waited for a fabulous spring day… for a picnic… it has been too rainy, too windy, too chilly, too something… but we were not put off… and headed for the store…


Everyone got to choose their favourite fruit for a fruit feast…


And did they discover some treats… Don’t kids love granadilla’s and kiwi fruit and pineapples and peaches and melon…


And then we stopped by the bakery… Hmmmm there was so much to choose from!!! This was indeed a fun shopping experience!!!


Can you guess what they chose? Nope it wasn’t two lovely ciabbata – I chose those to go to make cheesy garlic bread to go with our dinner…


They chose pretzels!!! And was I so glad there was enough stock for everyone to have one!!! Because I tell you there is nothing worse than being one or two short…


So that was our picnic feast, that we had at the kitchen table with nice warm tea – because the weather out was just too inclement!!! The fruit was feasted on, the apples became a pie and the oranges juice… and we still had those garlic loaves for dinner. So I was quite surprised how far a R200.00 voucher could go… really we were quite laden!!!

The question is: Where is your favourite picnic spot?

So here’s how the GiveAway works:

For one of our South African readers we have a R300.00 Spar voucher, to spend at any one of their stores nation-wide.

And we wouldn’t want out overseas readers to feel left out… So join in and we will send one of you a packet of locally grown rooibos tea…

All you have to do is leave a comment and tell us your favourite, favourite, favourite picnic spot in the whole wide world… and mention if you are a local – or not so local reader!!!

This GiveAway works in the usual way, comment before the end of Sunday 28 October 2012, and we will draw and publish the winners after that. We won’t respond to your comments as I do on our other posts because we don’t want to be included in our own giveaway.

Our GiveAways are open to everyone: If you have won a GiveAway before never fear – enter away. If you live on the far side of the world – enter away. Good luck and happy commenting!!!

We wanted to say Thank-you to Spar for inviting us to join in with your Freshline Promotion… we were thrilled to play along!!! And thank-you to the Cape Quarter Spar for a fabulous friendly shopping experience, totally undaunted by eight kids and a shopping cart!!!

Disclosure: We were given a R200.00 voucher to spend at Spar to try out their Freshline Range of Products and we were given a R300.00 voucher as a GiveAway Prize on our blog. We were not paid at all for this review and the opinions were entirely our own, as usual!!!

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37 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Linda B // Oct 23, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I’m so glad I read to the end to see the giveaway for those of us who are on the other side of the world! My favorite picnic spot is the shore of Lake Huron in the upper peninsula of Michigan in the US.

  • 2 Willemijn // Oct 23, 2012 at 5:32 am

    favourite picnic place? How about the beach in Zoutelande, the Netherlands?
    We would love some Rooibos tea!

  • 3 blossoms in the sand // Oct 23, 2012 at 8:24 am

    my most favourite picnic spot.. mmmh.. tough one! i would say…on a beautiful fruit farm in Kwazulu Natal in SA, where we once stayed.. very high up – overlooking a small jungle – green everywhere, with perfect April weather! and of course – am a local.. is lekker =)

  • 4 aunty muffin // Oct 23, 2012 at 9:12 am

    My favoutite spot is still Kirsenbosch gardens; but of course the beaches are fine, too!

  • 5 Beth_N // Oct 23, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Local – has to be the KZN midlands Meander for me, love the peace and beautiful green outdoors.

  • 6 ellen // Oct 23, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Our favourite picnic spot is the tygerberg hill and kirstenbosch :o)

  • 7 Melanie Grant // Oct 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Seaforth beach in Sea Point is our favourite picnic spot, loads of grass near a beach where the children can run without losing site of them and normally some penguins and seals to keep us entertained.
    Melanie Grant´s last blog post ..Review: The Sewing Machine starring Sandra Prinsloo at the Baxter Theatre

  • 8 Jo // Oct 23, 2012 at 2:32 pm

    Fellow Cape Town resident here! My favourite picnic so far was with my hubby on the top of table mountain watching the sunset! The kids favourite spot is on the beach (Muizenberg or Fishhoek)

  • 9 Joanne // Oct 23, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Hmmm, for years I’ve dreamed of that favourite picnic spot and a few times I thought we had found it. But then last Dec we popped up to visit friends who own a caravan park in KZN and there across the river was the most beautiful tree, with the longest grass and a swing hanging from it. The view is of the river on the one side and the Drakensberg on the other. A day spent with kids picking wild black berries, swimming in the river and swinging with that view…. Finally our spot was found!
    Joanne´s last blog post ..Breaking the Silence

  • 10 irene // Oct 23, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Hmmm – local, ok. On Kloof Corner, overllooking Camps Bay at sunset.
    a bit further afield, though, in the Namibian Dessert.

    devoid of jealous eyes 🙂

  • 11 Jerusha // Oct 23, 2012 at 4:18 pm

    The best picnic spot is the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in my beloved Jo’burg. But my mom’s garden comes a close second 🙂
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  • 12 Cara Kapp // Oct 23, 2012 at 5:56 pm

    Our favourite picnic spot must be Kirstenbosch or on the beach at Kommetjie (the food can get a bit sandy there 🙂

  • 13 Reina // Oct 23, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Our favorite picnic spot in the autumn and winter is our living room carpet. One day is the beach, the next one a jungle and the next the moon 🙂 We would love to drink some rooibos tea on it 🙂 Thanks for the give away 🙂

  • 14 C is for Cape Town // Oct 23, 2012 at 8:26 pm

    Our favourite spot is deep, deep in Newlands forest. All mossy and gladey and sun-dappled-through-the-treesy…

  • 15 dhesh // Oct 23, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    If I had to pick a place close to home it would be the Botanical Gardens in Pietermaritzburg.

  • 16 Irma // Oct 24, 2012 at 5:41 am


    We dont need an excuse or special place for a picnic. Just throw some nice munchies and something to drink in the cooler and we’re of. Library gardens, our garden, parks, Anywhere we can enjoy the lovely outside!!

  • 17 Shells // Oct 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

    We love to go sit on the rocks near Kommetjie Lighthouse…beautiful. XxxX

  • 18 Love and Lollipops // Oct 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

    I do love picnics – any wine farm with huge big trees and some water nearby and I’m happy 🙂
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  • 19 Wendy Meijer // Oct 24, 2012 at 10:37 am

    Slangkop lighthouse is one of my favourite places to picnic at sunset
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  • 20 Kathryn (Becoming you) // Oct 25, 2012 at 8:44 am

    I am hoping to have a picnic for my husbands bday in Nov so would love to win 😉

  • 21 Rehana Seedat // Oct 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    My favourite picnic spot is Umhlali Flag Farm in KwazuluNatal. I’m from Durban. When I visit Cape Town I love a picnic at Signal Hill and Kirstenbosch Botanical gardens. I have tweeted this giveaway as well. Twittername: online61524

  • 22 Nici // Oct 25, 2012 at 9:16 pm

    Lower Silvermine area (where my fiance proposed!) surrounded by beautiful fynbos, the river that flows in season, the mountain to one side the ocean on the other, one of my favourite places to go 🙂

  • 23 Ray // Oct 25, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    Danger’s beach in Kalk-Bay! (Although not a fan of sand getting in my food…)

  • 24 Alex // Oct 25, 2012 at 9:18 pm

    Kalk-Bay park, behind the theatre, on a hot summer’s day 🙂

  • 25 Em // Oct 26, 2012 at 7:24 am

    we are so spoiled here in Cape Town…but on a wine-farm is special!

  • 26 @jellybeanie4 // Oct 26, 2012 at 7:55 am

    ok this might sound odd but my favourite picnic spot is the lush green lawns in front of Howard College at UKZN! Its high up, so the view is made up of the whole of durban and the harbour laid out in front of you, and on a sunny Durban day pure perfection 🙂

  • 27 Debbie // Oct 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    Tokai is our family’s favorite picnic spot. After a run/ride on the bike trail we enjoy a snack supper while the kids build tree forts or look for tadpoles.

  • 28 Doné // Oct 27, 2012 at 1:04 am

    Picnic spot…. mmmmm….. On the riverbank in Parys – Freestate! (South Africa of course)

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  • 30 uncle P // Oct 27, 2012 at 9:00 am

    watching the sunset on Chapman’s Peak!

  • 31 sands1978 // Oct 27, 2012 at 10:17 am

    Would love to win. In Edenvale, Gauteng

  • 32 Julia // Oct 27, 2012 at 12:50 pm

    I really like Wynberg Park or even Maynard Park in Wynberg. Plenty of shady areas and there is a park for the kids so I can be lying on the grass and watching them at all times. Beautiful photograph opportunities as well.

  • 33 Genene // Oct 28, 2012 at 1:26 am

    Botanical Gardens, Durban – where I met my hubby 25 years ago!

  • 34 Tanika // Oct 28, 2012 at 1:31 am

    SA: My favourite picnic spot is in the park opposite a house we used to stay in in PE. Lots of great memories were made there 🙂

  • 35 Di // Oct 28, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    Best picnics for me were in Muizenberg.

  • 36 Anita // Oct 28, 2012 at 6:21 pm

    Newlands forest is our best!

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