Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Hiking in the Mountains


Today I'm veering off from my typical Tuesday travel post. I'm sharing photos from someone else's adventure and not my own, because my daughter, Samantha, went on the adventure too. In August, Samantha was invited to join the hiking club on a 7 km hike up the mountains near our home. She stayed overnight in a stone cottage. They got there just in time before the weather changed. Strong winds and rain buffeted the cottage throughout the night. I think it was quite an experience! Of course, I felt like an irresponsible parent listening to the storm while safe in my bed.

All the photos were taken by Paul Richardson, the friend who invited Samantha, except for the group photo. In the group photo, she is the one in front on the right and he is the one in the middle with a grey jacket. She's also in the last shot, where you see her from behind, as they are heading back down the mountain.

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Tina Morley

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Goudini Spa, Rawsonville


Goudini Spa

Hot Mineral Springs
Warm-water Pools

Heißen Mineralquellen
Warmwasser-Pools


We did so many things in 2015 that I never shared about our stay at Goudini Spa in Rawsonville. It was Autumn and the surrounding vineyards were different shades of yellows, reds, and greens. Goudini Spa has natural hot springs rich with minerals, which flow into outdoor and indoor pools. There's also a fun water-slide for the more adventurous.

Four of us stayed for one night in one of the rondavels, a traditional circular African hut with a thatched roof. Goudini offers a variety of accommodation from camping sites to luxury villas with a four-star rating. The rondavels are very basic with 2-star and 3-star ratings. Each rondavel comes with an outdoor braai (barbecue). We barbecued the night we stayed there after having been to the indoor warm-water pool.

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Springfield Wine Estate


A couple of weekends ago we were in Robertson for school sports. We had time on our hands between Amanda's two netball games and so we went wine tasting. We were recently introduced to Springfield's wines by a friend who gave us two bottles of their reds. He told us it was his favorite wine in Robertson and that the estate was worth a visit.

We are so glad that we popped in on that cold morning. The sun came out over the valley and inside the wine tasting room a fire was blazing. We were very impressed with everything and would highly recommend it to anyone. There are lots of interesting tidbits for me to share, so keep on reading!

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As we drove into the estate, Felix, the Anatolian Shepherd greeted us. Actually, Amanda greeted him. He just lay there and allowed us to pet him. We also took a peek at his name tag. I later found the Springfield blog and learned that Felix has an important role at the estate. He guards his owners' herd of Springbok at night from wild animals.










Wine tasting at Springfield was a real treat. We could walk around and take in the views with wine in hand. Springfield Estate produces boutique wines using traditional wine-making methods. The present generation of winemakers is a brother-sister team, Abrie and Jeanette Bruwer. Most of their wines are fermented using natural wild yeasts found on the grape skins. This is a high-risk way of making wine and sometimes means losing an entire vintage, but they are willing to take that risk to produce exceptional wines.











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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Excelsior Wine Estate


Amanda recently played two netball games in Robertson. She's only in grade 2, so the matches are short and friendly and the coaches switch the positions the kids are playing when it's time to change sides on the court. We had almost a 3 hour gap between Amanda's first and second game, so we went wine tasting. We only managed to visit 2 wine estates, but it was worth it. We hadn't been to them before and we were quite impressed with what we saw. I have an earlier series of fabulous places to visit on the Robertson Wine Route with those links below this post.

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The Robertson Wine Route winds its way through 5 towns (Ashton, Montagu, Bonnievale, McGregor, and Robertson) and includes over 50 award-winning wineries, outdoor activities, and more! One of our stops was at the Excelsior Estate. The setting was stunning. We tasted a few of their wines and our favorite that day was the Viognier.













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