Outdoor fun with the family was on the agenda last Sunday. It is winter here, but we’ve only seen a handful of really cold days. Sunday turned out to be a beautiful warm day and that just begs for some outdoor activity. It involved loads of adventure too — perfect for students on holiday.
Sure there is a story behind the story and it goes like this …
A while ago our eldest daughter, Bianca, can home with a mountain bike. It wasn’t too long or her sister followed suit. My family love spending time outdoors and that did it — Layne didn’t waste any time getting himself a bike and Daegan got one for his birthday last week. I’m the only one still considering my options, but the die is pretty much cast!
A very proud Layne with all the girls
Although we live in the city, there are quite a few nature reserves in close proximity. The closest being Groenkloof Nature reserve — a mere 15 minutes drive from home — where most of last Sunday was spent. For those who have bicycles, there are loads of tracks ranging in level of difficulty; for the more reserved bunch, hiking trails. The rest stay at the base and see to refreshments. A typical session lasts around 45 minutes and their return is marked by teasing, comparison of speed, moaning about wounds (yes!) and hunger pangs. Vast quantities of fruit and nuts are consumed before they set off again.
Daegan, Layne & Illanka taking a break at the top. The zebra in the background wasn’t their only animal encounter. They also came across a giraffes, waterbuck and wildebeest in the reserve.
Daegan, waiting for the pack to catch up.
Zane & Bianca back at the base after round 1
Illanka getting a hug from mom (that’s me!); cellular phone in hand ready to add a few pictures on Facebook. Talk about (almost) live coverage
Riding makes you hungry and they arrive back in time for the braai - the South African version of a barbecue. Late afternoon arrived too soon and with that it was time to pack up.
Needless to say, the evening was spent nursing aching muscles and several scrapes. Too much adventure and fresh air sent them all off to bed rather early. But not before planning the next adventure…
Along the tropical belt of KwaZulu-Natal, nestled amongst the palm and giant milkwood trees lies Teremok Marine, a luxurious five-star boutique lodge. Teremok Marine Boutique Hotel and Spa is one of those rare places with a wonderful history but is thoroughly contemporary.
Built in the late 1950’s, Teremok was intended as the holiday home of a Russian traveller. Aptly named, as the word means ‘little hideaway’ – and a hideaway it certainly is. Situated just a kilometre from the hustle and bustle of Umhlanga village’s shops, restaurants and popular beaches, Teremok is a haven of tranquillity nestled among ancient milkwood trees.
All eight suites are unique in design, layout and feel with small subtleties like individual scent and mood-music, creating an enchanting atmosphere. Each suite translates some of the house’s heritage through decor and art. The attention to detail and commitment to making guests feel at home is evident throughout — a feast for the senses indeed. We stayed in the Zodiac Suite and were totally enchanted, but it is certainly worth dragging yourself away from your suite for the delicious breakfast served alfresco or for a truly indulgent treatment in the Spa.
Teremok is the perfect combination of all the things that make for a fabulous break.
via houseandleisure.co.za; http://www.teremok.co.za
I’ve always wanted to visit Babylonstoren and if I could have my way it would be this weekend.
Babylonstoren is a Cape Dutch farm with vineyards and orchards surrounded by the dramatic mountains of the Drakenstein Valley. Roughly 60 km outside of the city of Cape Town, South Africa, it has an exceptionally well–preserved werf dating from 1690. The garden is at the heart of the farm. It was inspired by the Company Gardens of the Cape, where for centuries ships would replenish with sweet water, vegetables and fruit at the halfway station between Europe and Asia. It also hales back to the mythical garden of Babylon.
The garden lies behind the main house and borders the guest suites. Every one of over 300 varieties of plants is edible. The garden is divided into fifteen clusters spanning vegetable areas, berries, bees, indigenous plants, ducks and chickens and includes a prickly pear maze. Gravity feeds water into waterways from streams into the garden as it was done for 300 years.
I can imagine wandering around smelling indigenous herb gardens, blossoms and flowers from whatever may be in bloom. Can you think of a better way to spend the afternoon than at the glass enclosed restaurant or under the Plain trees in the courtyard?
This gorgeous home on Ibiza, Spain had me longing for hot summer days. The indoors are calm and serene. The outdoor areas are wonderful and very inviting.