Unexpected Joy!

First the confession- I am guilty… Mea culpa, mea maxima culpa… I have lost my muse for blog writing. It has been months and even years since I wrote regularly. Now I am down to one follower, thank YOU, oh patient one!  But I really want to share this…

Yesterday we drove around in our district. We live in a beautiful part of South Africa. Outside our town there is an antique store on a farm- Oude Werf, It is about 2.4 km from the main road on a spectacular gravel road.

And then we saw them for the first time. I have heard about them from the owners, but they are quite good at hiding. I only had my phone with me, it is not nearly photography  club beginner standard photos. But good enough to share the feel of the moment…

The two baby giraffes…


Yes I know, it was nearly noon, the light is harsh. I had to zoom with my Sony Xperia, pixelating is a problem… but just say Aaaawwwe… .

And nearby- their parents and a friend was visiting around a clump of grass…



It was such joy finding these moments on our way to a coffee and antique shop outside our town. Winter is beautiful around our part of the world as well.

Misty Mountains rocks!

Our youngest had to play rugby for his school in Louis Trichardt today, a town 260 km away from  us. He wanted to travel with his team, staying with friends last night and leaving at 03h00 am with the school bus.

So my wife and I decided to make it a nice breakaway. We booked at Misty Mountains for Friday night.  The place is aptly named, as we drove through the thickest cloud of mist I have ever seen, with visibility cut short to only single meters ahead. It was really scary driving there, as South African rural drivers with unroadworthy vehicles abound. Vehicles suddenly looming out of the dark without any lights on, sometimes travelling at ridiculous speeds considering the low visibility,  that really scares me in our country.

But the B&B really proved to be great!  When we arrived, we found out that they did not have dinner options, and we really did not want to drive back through the dense fog to town. The owner  of Misty Mountains came to our rescue, telling us about the restaurant at the Mountain Inn Country Hotel not too far away.  We went there for dinner, and that was a real joy! It has an old English charm, with the table properly laid for a seven course meal. The prices were surprisingly affordable. I had a grilled pork neck dish, and my wife the Thai curry chicken. The food was excellent. We ended our meal with a cheese platter and some Dom Pedros.

We enjoyed the stay at Misty Mountains a lot.


The owner also farms with proteas we discovered this morning when the fog lifted. Proteas are South Africa’s national flower.




We also enjoyed visiting the town of Louis Trichardt.

As a huge supporter of non- franchised coffee shops we discovered and enjoyed Hennetjiesnes Coffee Shop (The Hen’s Nest), serving Lavazza coffee. The ambiance and service in this coffee shop is a delight! Remember to visit them whenever your road trip in South Africa reach Louis Trichardt on your way to Messina and onward to Zimbabwe…

The rugby match did not go our way…