Saturday, February 20, 2016

A Weekend in McGregor

What better place to go to for a chilled weekend away than McGregor, the small and picturesque village in the Riviersonderend Mountains? McGregor has recently gained publicity and fame for its beautifully preserved 19th century architecture and relaxed atmosphere among the vineyards (and olive groves). This is where family of ours live, and so we had a nice 'naweek kuier' at the van der Colffs.

In between activities like 'kuier', swimming and braaiing-on-the-cob (and braaiing and braaiing....thanks oom Corrie), we went 'housewatching' on bicycles, drank milkshakes, watched the (absolutely ancient) 1973 classic Jonathan Livingston Seagull movie (I think an older generation will appreciate this), and had a Valentines Day lunch at Rhebokskraal Olive Estate.

The fabulous house at Rhebokskraal. 

Typical McGregor houses. 

The Old Post Office. 

A 'stoep' (porch) is a very South African thing. 

Some people have vineyards in their backyards....

...others have cows. 

Milkshakes! 


Swimming at oom Corrie's Xtreme Gymnasium Pilates Studios (McGregor has a Pilates Studio, surprise). 

Checking on the horses - a daily chore. 

Valentines Day family dinner at the farm. 

Barrels of olives in storage. 

On the way back, we had a quick scenic detour to the little town De Doorns, which lies in the very green Hex River Valley. 

Scenery through the Du Toitskloof Pass, the old road through the Du Toitskloof Mountains before the Huguenot Tunnel was built. 

Thanks for reading! Here's a heart-cloud I saw on Valentines Day (with a little imagination). 

4 comments:

  1. 'Heartcloud' met nogals 'n fyn suggestie van 'n pyltjie?

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    1. Dalk het daar 'n vliegtuig deur die wolk gevlieg... xx

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  2. Ek sien 'n hondjie onder die hartjie ;)
    Julle is 'n klomp Jonathan Livingstone seagulls...!

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    1. Ek ook!
      Hahaha hopelik net nie so deurmekaar en abstrak soos hy nie - dis 'n vreeslike filosofiese fliek. Ek meen, ek kan hom opsom in 'n paar kort sinne. Daar was 'n seemeu wat gevlieg het; toe vlieg hy nog...en nog. Toe duik hy..! Toe val hy in die see. Toe vlieg hy nogsteeds! O_O

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