December Roundup: What we did last month

A Blonde and a Beard

We have been very quiet on the blog this December, clearly been having too much fun. December was quite a busy month for us, it was also our first month of being “homeless” although our family and friends have taken great care of us.

Here’s what we got up to:

Sunset drinks and snacks on Signal Hill

Signal Hill, Cape Town

We packed a picnic and headed up to Signal Hill with some friends to watch the sunset over the Atlantic Seaboard and the ocean. Signal Hill is quite a popular spot to watch the sun set, so we walked along the path to find a quiet spot. We unpacked our picnic basket and made ourselves comfortable to watch another one of Mother Natures wonderful moments.

Ate at Thali

Thali Cape Town

We had a delicious meal at Thali (meaning – an Indian style platter made up of a selection of various dishes) in Park Road, Cape Town. An Indian tapas restaurant by the well-known chef Liam Tomlin. We got there early and had a drink at the bar before moving to our table for dinner. The concept is the same as Chefs Warehouse (Laim Tomlin’s other restaurant) Tapas for two, with the option of having vegetarian only. The restaurant has been beautifully designed, the food was all very tasty and the service was great!

Visited Riebeek Kasteel

Villa Augusta

We woke up on a Monday morning in Cape Town, with the wind howling and cloudy skies, so we decided to set off in the direction of the sun. This took us to Riebeek Kasteel where we spent the night at Villa Augusta and the day lazing around the pool and exploring the little town. There are some great coffee shops, restaurants and a must is the Gin and Tonics at the Royal Hotel. See full post about Villa Augusta here.

Turned 30

A Blonde and a Beard

The Blonde turned 30 in December so we decided to do a small road trip up to the Garden Route, stopping in Matjiesfontein, Ladismith, Prince Albert and finally ending in George where we spent the rest of the month with family and exploring the Garden Route.

Visited Matjiesfontein

Matjiesfontein

We loved Matjiesfontein, we just spent one night there (which we think is enough) and stayed in the Lord Milner Hotel. Such a fun little town, great as a couples getaway or with a group of friends. See full post about Matjiesfontein here.

Stayed in Ladismith

A Blonde and a Beard

We needed to find somewhere nice to stay between Matjiesfontein and Prince Albert and after much Googling we came across Mymering Guest House. Mymering is just outside Ladismith and is a wine farm with various accommodation options. We checked in to the Elizabeth suite, which is set high up on the mountain with views of the valley and a private plunge pool. Breakfast was served at their restaurant, with chickens running wild, two French Poodles lazing on the stoep and many different birds bathing in the bird bath. Farm life at its best!

Spent 2 nights in Prince Albert

Meiringspoort

From Ladismith we drove through Oudshoorn and De Rust (a quaint little town where we stopped for a delicious Sunday lunch). We then took a drive through the magnificent Meiringspoort where we stopped for a quick swim in the rock pools and a shower under the waterfall. (Well worth the short walk to the falls)

Prince Albert

When we arrived in Prince Albert it was 43°C, so we headed straight to our accommodation, a self catering house called Repos Trouvé. Luckily our accommodation had a pool so of course this was where we spent the rest of the day. Whilst in Prince Albert we visited Gay’s Dairy Farm where we bought some delicious cheese and yoghurt (you have to try their Black Cherry yoghurt, its SO good). Prince Albert has some lovely gift and craft stores and restaurants, so make sure you take a stroll up the main road.

Dog Walking and cat cuddling SPCA

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We currently don’t have any pets (because we are moving overseas) so whenever we are in George on a Wednesday or Saturday, we head to the SPCA to take the dogs that are up for adoption for walks. After the dog walking we head over to the cats and kittens and spend some time cuddling and playing with the adorable creatures. We have to admit, it’s quite difficult leaving without adopting a cat or dog, but we know it’s not the right time for us and seeing the enjoyment the animals get from our small bit of time we spend with them really makes it worth the effort.

January is our last month in South Africa, so we are trying to spend as much time with our friends and family as possible and see as much of this beautiful country before we jet off to Australia.

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