Comments: Day 2: SA 2018

Nice pictures, BW, the foliage looks wonderful! And so different than what we have around here - even in season.

Glad you made it safely and hope the water crisis doesn't hinder your visit too much.

Posted by Scoakat on 2 February, 2018 at 11:56 PM

Have a great trip. We're right behind you - arriving next week!

Posted by Tim W on 3 February, 2018 at 8:42 AM

Tim - oh, blogmeet in SA! Is this your first trip? Where are you going?

Posted by Blue Witch on 4 February, 2018 at 5:29 AM

Yes, first trip to SA. Cape Town, Hermanus, Stellenbosch, Sanbona. Fortunately we drink wine rather than water, so hopefully the drought won't be too much.

Posted by Tim W on 4 February, 2018 at 8:31 AM

Tim - Cape Town really is fairly dire water wise. It's hard to find shops with 5l bottles of water, and they are restricting to one per, per day. No more expensive than usual (£1.20), just rare. You can still buy smaller bottles easily. Before you come over, enjoy a good bath - you won't be having one while here!!! And practice shower on/shower off, soap and shampoo, shower on/shower off. I reckon we're managing to shower in about 3 litres each. Where we stay (Noordhoek, south of Cape Town), they are reusing grey water for everything. Suggest you plan to wait to wash clothes until you get away from Cape Town area!

Company Gardens and District 6 Museum (really makes you think) would be my must-sees, and the Museum with the Planetarium. As well as Kirstenbosch, if you like gardens (you can easily spend a day there - and the free walking tour is excellent, takes a couple of hours - see website for departure times). Table Mountain cable car gets VERY busy and there are very long wait times, and few parking places, but it's stunning if you strike lucky - otherwise, Signal Hill gives you a great view too - you can drive up there, it's free).

Do do the Constantia wine route from Cape Town. Our favourite vineyard is Klein Constantia - small, exclusive, mass tourism doesn't happen here, and you get a free wine tasting if you buy wine afterwards (unlike most of the others these days). They have just restyled the tasting room and opened a small restaurant 2 weeks ago. We've not tried it, but it looks excellent.

Hermanus is interesting - do go to the Saturday market between 8am and 1pm if you are there on a Saturday (mostly food, some crafts) - also go to Stanford - a few km east of Hermanus. A quaint old town - hidden gem, and the cheese farm near there.

Sanbona - reached via Route 62, in the Klein Karoo - my favourite part. You'll love it. Montagu (old worldy town, lovely quaint old museum) is worth a visit while in the area - Cape Dried Fruit (just outside the centre) where they dry the local fruit is good value (mango to die for) and you can bring a few kg home.

How long are you staying?

Posted by Mr BW on 4 February, 2018 at 9:52 AM

That was me by the way. I'm having to use Mr BW's computer because my (new one) is totally unusable.

- BW

Posted by Mr BW on 4 February, 2018 at 9:55 AM

Are those agapanthus really that colour?

Posted by Debster on 4 February, 2018 at 7:55 PM

Yes Debster, navy, with short bright light greeny yellow stems/leaves. They are amazing.

Posted by Blue Witch on 5 February, 2018 at 5:57 AM

And when are you coming to visit me in sunny Dorsetshire?

Posted by Debster on 5 February, 2018 at 11:52 PM

The navy agapanthus didn't have seeds yet Debster ;)

(but they did last year, and there may be some teeny navy agas in the polytunnel, but that doesn't guarantee that you'll get one when we do, keen gardener or not :))

Posted by Blue Witch on 6 February, 2018 at 5:50 AM

Thank you for the tips :) I've responded via email.

Posted by Tim W on 6 February, 2018 at 9:36 AM

Tim - I have replied to you, with some more Witchy Suggestions, but the BW email seems to be hot and bothered in this 36 degree heat (or maybe not set up properly...), so if you haven't received it, let me know here, and I'll try it again from a different e-address.

Posted by Blue Witch on 7 February, 2018 at 11:10 AM