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Hello lovely people,

As promised, here is a ‘quick’ overview of our recent contents team trip to Knysna and Plettenberg Bay.

Perregrine Restaurant interior

Overview of Itinerary and our trip

Friday

– Hubby and I left home at 06:00 and set out to Grabouw, our first stop along the way. We were going to meet up with Peter and Dani to get some warm food and a caffeine fix at Peregrine Farm Stall, before we started our 4 1/2 hour drive to Knysna.

Breakfast

The drive from our house to Sir Louwrie’s Pass flew by, but as we ascended into the fog covered peak, the rain started bucketing down, to the point where we could hardly see the road, let alone the dangerous edges of the mountain pass. We were lucky to have a truck in front of us which blocked most of the rain, but the slow crawl up and over was nerve-wracking to say the least. After a warm welcome and some great food, we headed out onto the road.

After 2 hours on the road passing farms, sheep, cows, valleys, mountains, watching the various shades of green and yellow landscapes drift past in succession, we arrived at our halfway point: the town of Riversdale  which is home to a jail from the 1800s called the Ou Tronk.

Where it once held prisoners, it now holds a wonderland of antiques, arts and crafts. It’s intriguing to wander through it, and view a beautiful courtyard with lollypop trees, antiques, store rooms and nicknacks.

Kings Gift1 (Darryn)

We finally reached Knysna and made our way to the beautiful cabin in the woods (Kings Gift).

mitchells gropu shot

From there, we raced into town to grab a bite to eat, before we began our Mitchell’s Brewery Tour and Tasting. Dave McRae, our host, tour guide, brew master, and beer aficionado, gave us the low down on how they craft their various beers and took us for a walk through the brewery. The tour was informative and entertaining, and once it ended, it was time to taste the fruit of the hardworking craft brewers. Round after round of beer was served to us by Dave and his lovely daughter Sandy, who certainly has her father’s quick smile and good sense of humour. The craft beers left me with impressions of bitter, sweet, malty, rich, creamy, sparkling, and definitely tasty! In no particular order, the beers we tasted were:

Michells-Brewery-by-Des clinking glasses

  • The Forester’s Lager which was my second favourite beer, was refreshing and slightly sweet.
  • The Bosun’s Bitter was good, but a bit too bitter for my liking, though my hubby and the other males with us quite enjoyed it.
  • The 90 Shilling Ale was also good, and Dave informed us that it’s often the drink chosen by those who are entering the Knysna Marathon (held during the Oyster Festival period) to carbo-load on.
  • Milk & Honey Ale was a dark-coloured ale that carried a faint scent of milk and honey, and left a slightly sweet taste behind.
  • The Mitchell’s Cider was the clear winner for me (yes, I’m aware it’s not a beer) as it was bubbly, carried the taste and scent of apples, and I could easily see myself drinking it at a braai with friends, or at a cocktail do.
  • The Raven Stout was my 3rd favourite, as (and please nobody shoot me) it reminded me a fair bit of Guinness, being both creamy, rich, and filling.
  • Old Wobbly Lager: I found hard to make my mind about this one, as there was nothing inherently wrong with it’s colour, taste, or scent, but I think perhaps because the alcohol content in it was rather high, it was one of my lowest rated tastings (do try it though, as you may like it).
  • Finally, there was Milkwood, which is a 1/2 Forester’s Lager, and 1/2  Bosun’s Bitter mixture. Though this one was unfortunately unavailable during our tasting, it’s a clear winner for the locals.

Mitchell's Brewery best photo

Our Whale Watching tour with Springtide Charters had to unfortunately be pushed back to Sunday morning, as when evening fell the lagoon waters were a bit too choppy to navigate safely out the harbour.  Instead, Evelyn (wife and co-owner of Springtide Charters) popped down to Mitchell’s so I could interview her while the others made merry inside with the local crowd.

She was a vivacious, bubbly person, who easily switched between making jokes, stating facts, and earnestly talking about conservation efforts of both the lagoon, and local schools, that I quickly fell under her spell and even today I remain in awe of her conversational prowess. A half hour later, with a notebook full of information, I bid her adieu, and headed back inside for my glass of Sparkling Mitchell’s Cider, and mingle with the ‘honorary members’ of Mitchell’s. The small crowd of locals who gathered at Mitchell’s most Friday nights were funny, interesting, and quick to engage us in conversation. As the stars came up we headed back to the cabins for an evening braai to replenish ourselves, before we all retreated to our separate bedrooms to try and sleep before our early morning start on Saturday .

Click to read about our Saturday adventures of walking with cheetahs! ^_^

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Hello from the back seat (Dani and Peter in front, Hubby and I in the back)

Hello from the back seat (Dani and Peter in front, Hubby and I in the back)

Gosh, this is starting to become a bit of a trend with me, isn’t it? What with sporadic posts every five months? 🙂

Some news from my end is that I’m back from the most amazing weekend trip ever – in which our company content team and partners headed up to Knysna for the weekend! We got to do a brewery tour and tasting, walk Cheetah’s at sunrise, visit Monkeyland and Birds of Eden, walk, feed and touch Elephants, and then ended off our Saturday of crazed rushing by have supper at the most amazing restaurant in Knysna!

All the details about the where and what’s at will be showing up here in text and pictures in the next week (our company blog is doing a Knysna week so all first-hand stories will appear there first), but for now, I’d like to tell you about a fantastic website my friend Lauren found (who by the way, is a competition guru) .

The website is called WinStuff  which basically says it all. The long description is that they’re a website with a current list of competitions offered by all kinds of suppliers and companies around South Africa (electronics, getaways, lifestyle and beauty, etc)!!! If you’ve never heard of them, do yourself a favour and head on over there now – all you have to do is answer brief surveys in exchange for an entry (it takes under 1 minute)!

Apart from that, things are well, hubby’s moved jobs to a new company up the road from my work, meaning we’re saving on petrol and driving time daily (plus, I get to do lunches with him again, yay!)

In the meantime, check out my Flickr account for some pics from the trip, and I’ll be back soon to fill you in on the incredible experience we had!

Ja ne till next time. ^_~

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Shocked by David Goehring(Flickr).

Shocked by David Goehring(Flickr).

So I was rather amazed to realise that two months have just flown by, without having updated here! I apologise to the readers out there … and honestly have no good excuse *bad, bad DOD*.

HOWEVER!

Two great things that have happened since I last updated:

  • My laptop has finally been fixed as of yesterday, after being MIA for the past five months. *Does small squee of joy* – so expect a few catch-up posts in the next week or two (if i can convince my mom-in-law to give it back for a bit ;p).
  • It was my one-year anniversary and my hubby spoilt me quite a bit! He printed up (on canvas) pictures from our wedding and placed them around the house. (Pics to follow). On Monday, he picked me up from work and brought along a dozen red roses, before whisking me away to Bardelli’s restaurant (a quaint little pizza-pasta place in Kenilworth) – which we last went to the night he proposed to me. *Happy sigh* I have an awesome guy! 😀 My gift to him, was a big ‘ol bag of biltong and a nice leather wallet … not quite a paper anniversary gift, but since it will be used to hold “paper” money, it sorta works out 😉

If you’re curious about what I’ve been up to, here’s the low down:

February

  • The Cruise on the MSC Melody from Cape Town to Namibia was fantastic! I highly recommend cruising if you want five star service, and an array of activities you don’t have to drive miles to (as it’s all on board!). I wrote a work blog post about why it rocked, which you can read here.
  • Namibia was awesome as well – a very stark contrast though to the scenery I’m used to. The streets were a lot wider which is awesome, and the view at the end of the road of looming sand dunes was pretty cool. I did attempt to climb dune 7 – but was wearing flip-flops. Bare feet on hot sand is not a good idea … so if  when we go back, I’ll make sure to wear closed shoes! We got to visit the hospital hubby was born in, as well as visit the lagoon. Next time, a 4×4-ing adventure would be fun as well!
  • Once we got back from the cruise, it was all good for about a week, with braai’s, visiting friends and family, and lots of kitty cuddles. But then the flu struck and put me out of commission for a whole week! To date, I’ve still got a rather disturbing cough so … a visit to the doctor is in order, but I just don’t have the time right now!! 😦

March

  • I was invited by a close friend to enter a belly-dance display with her. I haven’t really practiced at all since my return to SA in 2007, so a lot of work is going to be needed. Luckily, the event is only happening mid-May, so there’s some time to re-learn everything I’ve forgotten in the past five years … and having wrote that, I feel a little bit old. :p
  • We installed a ceiling fan in the bedroom, to combat the exhausting heat we’ve been having. However, now my kitty Pumba (who adopted me as soon as I met him) doesn’t want to cuddle anymore … he gazes up at the turning blades with terror before bolting out the door. He’s a bit on the tubby side, so to see him move as fast as lighting, kinda drove home that he hates it! We’ve been coaxing him back slowly bit-by-bit, but he’s still not entirely comfortable with it and leaves half-way through the night *Sad sigh*.

    My cute yet slightly diabolical looking (thanks for that Patrick G) little boy - Pumba

    My cute yet slightly diabolical looking (thanks for that Patrick G) little boy - Pumba

  • The two new kittens are fitting in well, although when we feed them morning and night, it’s like they’ve never seen food before! They’ve also developed the annoying habit of sneaking in below the older cats and munching on the food they’re eating … this in turn, upsets the older cats who swat them none-too-gently. Ay-yai-yai …Our solution thus far has been to put food into the kittens bowls first so they can munch, before feeding the older cats. Then a fun game of “Catch the kitten” ensues – as they’ll eat their food for about a minute before wandering over to the bigger cats bowl to try and steal a mouthful or two – but they still have food in their bowl!
  • The anniversary dinner as mentioned above was awesome! I highly recommend their Catalina Salmone pasta – little salmon parcels in a creamy sauce with tomato – heaven!! Their Figaro pizza is also delicious – though this time round Mr. got the Pablo – a simple but delicious pizza, which tastes even more amazing with their chili on the side.

So this is my lighting fast update on where I’ve been, and what’s been happening.

Some more random posts to follow soon!

Ja ne till then,

DOD ^_~

Taken while in Knsyna

Me (DOD) chilling at a mini-waterfall in Knysna - my awesome hubby took the pic

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