Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Not-a-spectacular-sky .. just plain blue with clouds peeping over Table Mountain just before it wafts over the cable car house.
This is for you Marcelle .....
For more beautiful skies, visit the Skywatch link ..
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
There is a small roadside stall beside the main road near Champagne Castle Hotel where the women sit all day and every day, with nimble fingers, making baskets of all shapes and sizes .. from large laundry baskets .. snack platters and bowls .. trays .. trinket baskets, from large to small to teeny tiny ... mats ... waste paper baskets ..... etc ...
This little one is one of my favourites and I bought for Elaine years ago for her 'rings and things'. I love the tiny little lid with tiny handle ...
When we first started going to the Drakensberg area, all their basket ware was made in natural grasses and shades but over the years they have added colours .... the colours seem to be nylon which is a pity to add an unnatural fibre but that's what they do ... I suppose to make them eye-catching.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Several sculptures are scattered around the 'mall' ...
Art Gallery is up the slope in this rondavel ...
Beautiful 100% woollen rugs are woven here by local women ....
.... and sold in the shop called the Hand Woven Rug Co ... or made to order and delivered locally and/or exported around the world ...
Friday, February 20, 2009
I have added the photo below to show the whole range viewed from the Champagne Castle Hotel at the foothills of this magnificent mountain range. The highest peak - or what appears to be - in the centre is Cathkin Peak 3149 mtrs .. to the left of it .. the flat bit is Champagne Castle and is actually higher but it's behind so appears lower .. that's 3377 mtrs. To the right is Sterkhorn after the dip which is Gray's Pass. Then comes Dragon's Back - not very clear in this photo - so let me add another photo below this one to show the beautiful sharp peaks of Dragon's Back.
The little 'blob' in the centre of the photo is the Sphinx which I featured last week - that's where hubby and I got to on our mountain walk. Spectacular!
Dragon's Back ....
Thursday, February 19, 2009
A 'little belated birthday gift' from our Colombian friend who came for dinner last night.
Now, how can anyone resist not having one, after all that ... so my explicit instructions were to pop one in the mouth and ... don't chew ... let it melt .. s-l-o-w-l-y and enjoy the deliciously indulgent flavours ... yu ..mm..mm..yy!! Oooh! Ahh!! "Nice?" ..need he ask! "Mmm .. deeelishish!" still savouring the soft creamy insides having enjoyed the soft dark chocolatie outer layer while it melted s-l-o-w-l-y ! .. "and then comes the after-taste" he said .. mmm - yep .. got that too !
To have/eat/melt-in-mouth one of these delicacies is "best with a glass of a good chilled champagne"!! I was told. We didn't have the chilled 'champers' but had this excellent red Bordeaux wine ...
Have just looked up this on the website - 2004 bottle was awarded the Decanter South Africa Bordeaux Varietals Trophy for 2008 and the Caylon Trophy for the best Bordeaux blend for 2008. Its a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc matured in French Nevers barrels for 25 months. Yum!
This is the friend - not the bottle .. but the person - who couldn't make it to our braai/bbq on Friday evening and actually spent the weekend sampling one of our hospitals! Thought he would like to compare it to a hotel room, he said! He has recovered and I knew he would love a dinner of lamb roast with roast potatoes and veggies. I was right! He did enjoy it and for his pud' - I made his favourite - chocolate eclairs, filled with fresh organic whipped cream (thought I would get the organic as it's healthier!!!) and topped with chocolatie chocolate !!!
Pssst !! ... have a whiff ....
Look .. but don't touch !!
Mr T .... I will be waiting in anticipation for my 'red dot' on South America! I have been amazed, truly amazed, ever since starting my blog a few months ago, at how many 'hits' I have got from different corners of the globe! It has been overwhelming and encouraging! Thanks to all of you!! But I now need/would love a 'red dot' on South America on my little teeny tiny map! I have told him about my blog so I will be waiting ....... patiently!
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Connor's actual birthday was today - 16th - so there was more fun. Cookies, a special birthday crown and friends at school this morning .... and then I made him a 'Granny's special' birthday cake for this afternoon. Poor little sausage had a temperature and did not want any birthday fuss .... until Papa came home .. and then Mommy came ... so we could finally light his candles and open his prezzie from us .......... tomorrow's blog .... (still have to download photos!)
Sunday, February 15, 2009
It was extremely difficult choosing photos for Weekly Winners this week, as between the two of us, we took loads of photographs.
Hope you enjoy the selection ......
Steps to ......
Blurry birdies! Caught in the act!