A few weeks ago we had a long weekend here in South Africa. On Friday night we went to a gig and stayed out till 4am (when last?) and Saturday was spent having brunch with a friend, and chilling out to recover from the night before.
On Sunday morning SC suggested we go for coffee at Kirstenbosch. When he missed the offramp I was confused, and eventually he told me we were going for a picnic in Elgin.
Well past Elgin we stopped at a wine farm, Wildekrans. It’s about ten minutes from Hermanus. He stopped the car, saying he’s found a good picnic spot but I needed to help him with something. When we opened the boot, it was completely full, and turns out he had packed for a surprise weekend away!
SC packed not only an amazing picnic with French loaf, cheese, cured meat, strawberries, wine, and more, he also packed meat and veggies for a braai that night, coffee, tea, Lindt for dessert, and bacon and eggs for the next morning! On top of that he packed clothes for me, including a full and perfectly stylish outfit for the next day, toiletries, AND make-up. I mean!
After unpacking and marveling at our lovely rustic but comfortable cottage, we went for a walk. From the cottage you can see vineyards, fields full of sheep, and mountains. Walk five minutes and you get ocean views, too. Doesn’t get much better than that! We then settled down for a scrumptious picnic in the warm sun (cloudless sky, windless day- perfection). After a nap and a quick stop in Hermanus we made a big fire (there are tons of bonfire pits around for braaiing) and drank red wine as the sun set.
Braaiing was a treat in itself since we don’t have a braai at home. We ate outside on the porch with blankets wrapped around us, and afterwards we finished our wine by the fire, amazed at how many stars there are in the countryside.
The next day we woke up early to watch the sun rise with coffee from our porch, and went to Stanford for coffee with Robyn (we gate-crashed a family brunch because we’re hardcore like that) and then Thaya. We then headed to Hermanus for lunch which was a bit of a mission since everywhere has closed for winter. Toto, I don’t think we’re in Jo’burg any more!
Anyway eventually we had lunch at Oskar’s which had the bonus of being next door to my favorite book store ever, Hemingway’s. I picked up a gorgeous illustrated hardcover copy of The Wind in the Willows, and we celebrated with sort serve overlooking the cliffs and the ocean.
After a walk along coast we drove back during the most breathtaking sunset, ending off a perfect weekend.
I highly recommend Wildekrans as affordable accommodation is a gorgeous area, and I definitely recommend getting out of the city now and then for some quiet, fresh air, and down time.
Also, my husband is the BEST.
PS. These pics uploaded in reverse and jumbled-up order. Can I be arsed to fix that? Nope.