Country Anniversary: Breakfast at Peregrine Farm Stall

 

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Hello lovelies,

If you’ve noticed I’ve been rather  absent around here lately it’s because I’ve been away celebrating my 4-year anniversary in the nearby valley of Elgin.

It was a very special time, so picture if you will: autumn days, winelands flowing out over hills and into valleys, country-scented air (that smelled of pine forests, orchards, freshly churned dirt, and country cuisine), shaded green farmland and cute animals, coupled with warm sunshine and crisp, cold evenings with clear skies.

Naturally, our stay at Old Mac Daddy in the middle of all of this was a dream come true. ^_^

So since I’ve been gone a while, I’m going to show, rather than tell, you what we’ve been up to – starting with our breakfast at Red Tractor Café  (found within Peregrine Farm Stall, in Grabouw).

Though we don’t visit often, the attached café restaurant at Peregrine Farm Stall is our go-to first choice whenever we have to head over the ‘berg.

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The rebuilt restaurant is very airy and free-flowing (and done, we think, in a style inspired by Brinny Breeze, the restaurant at Old Mac Daddy). With friendly staff, hearty food, and an easy-to-read blackboard for those seeking takeaways, we’re happy to report that the food is divine and oh-so-fresh! ^_^

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After sating ourselves and doing a quick trip through the shop to get some snacks, we walked the grounds and viewed the mini Duncan Roses nursery before setting off to find Old Mac Daddy (I cannot wait to show you pics of this beautiful spot!) ^_^

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We’re heading to Old Mac Daddy’s – a luxurious farm stay in the woods

Hi lovelies,
Having stayed at the Daddy Long Legs Hotel in Cape Town the eve before my wedding (thanks to my stunning sister Barbara), I remember being astonished by the artistically decorated rooms, perfect bedding, lovely views and friendly service – as well as the seemingly endless glasses of Method Cap Classique that were gleefully imbibed from the chic downstairs bar.My bridesmaids and I enjoyed every aspect of the hotel, from sipping bubbly on the terrace overlooking the lively city nightlife to curling up under a big fluffy duvet in a room that had decorations that were out of this world. It’s quite understandable that this venue has a very special place in my memories.It’s where I woke up a good 2 hours before my alarm clock on my wedding day, and trying to quell the butterflies in my stomach, browsed the various medical decor about the room before grabbing a shower. It’s where the first quiet knock on my door for the day announced the arrival of my makeup artist, aunty and mum. It’s where my pristine, sparkly wedding dress and shoes were revealed and I was dressed, as those nearest and dearest to me gave me teary hugs and kisses. It’s where my final coffee as a single lady was sipped, and it’s where my father and I had a quiet chat in a small hallway alcove, before we made our way to the Castle and my betrothed.

Finding out that the Daddy Long Legs hotel had a second accommodation that was hidden in a pine forest, not even an hour outside of Cape Town, meant that a stay at Old Mac Daddy has been on my books for a long while – though the timing has just never been right.

With hubby and I celebrating our 4-year anniversary this year, a cosy getaway close to Cape Town was what we were seeking and the search for a perfect accommodation began – from looking at seaside getaways, country and wineland stays, small town houses, and even a center city apartments, the one thing we had agreed on was that we needed somewhere serene.

When a blog on Old Mac Daddy caught my eye, all those happy memories from a night at the Daddy Long Legs hotel sprang to mind, and it was quickly decided that this beautiful haven in the country would be our chosen anniversary venue. Though, since they’re an incredibly popular escape I was half-terrified that my newly imagined getaway plans would be declined from a lack of availability. So just try and imagine the goofy grin that graced my face when I received a confirmation from them, a scant half hour after my enquiry for the Mills & Boon Airstream trailer, along with a polite query as to whether we’d like a massage!! ^_^

I’m absolutely over the moon as this caravan practically screams romance and seclusion.

So stay tuned everyone, pics and a blog will follow! ^_~

Hello March

Happy March lovely!

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Can you believe we’re already three months into the new year? Time certainly seems to fly these days, so don’t forget to take some time out for yourself  to just breathe, if you’ve spent the past two months running around.

Where I stay, March heralds in Autumn and the changing leaves, cooler weather, coats and tights, hot chocolate, starlit skies, cosy blankets, crackling fires, and the last chance to make the most of the outdoors before the winter rains strike.

Which is why March to me is a time of quiet serenity and introversion, and is usually when I take some time to myself to reflect on where I am, where I’m going and what I need to do to get there. So long forest and beach walks followed by some quiet time at home to write are what I’ve got planned for the coming days.

As the start of autumn is one of introspection, and since that I’ve been playing around with PicMonkey, I thought I’d share a few holiday snapshots with you that I’ve added some inspiring quotes to (and to pat myself on the back a bit, the second pic below is my own personal quote and current mantra):

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If the person above looks familiar, it’s because it’s my awesome hubby – he models well, doesn’t he? ^_^

I hope you have a stunning, inspiring and serene day further – and I’d love it if you take 30 seconds to comment and tell me which quote (or pic) you liked best.

Valentine’s Day: a Full Date Day of Fun

Hello sweetie,

I hope you had a stunning V-day yesterday! ^_^

This year for Valentine’s Day  hubby and I decided to go low key and instead of the usual chocolates, rose bouquet and a fancy dinner out at a restaurant (as per the usual social norm), we decided instead to have a full date day (with an interlude at home after breakfast, since hubby had to put in a few hours of work this weekend).

We started our date day with a breakfast atCape Farmhouse. It’s set in the middle of almost nowhere, and is a stunning country-styled gem with good food and a great monthly line up of musicians (we literally just missed seeing Arno Carstens – gah!).

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The breakfast hit the spot perfectly, and since there’s so much to see on the property, we decided to take a wander around and stop in at Red Rock Tribal shop and the sculpture garden, accompanied by Bandit (a friendly one-eyed German Shepherd who just loved getting a rub!) ^_^

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Then, to help walk off the  there was the sea-scented coastal drive with a few stop offs for photos – and we even spotted a Dassie family (aka the Rock Hyrax) safely crossing the busy road via a drainage system.

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Once hubby finished what he needed to for work, and I did a quick dress change, it was a bit too late for lunch so we decided to do a late brunch (or as I call it, lupper), at the False Bay Rugby Club. It’s quite a nice spot for burgers and milkshakes in the great outdoors  ^_^

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And that’s it from me for now.

What kind of Valentine ’s Day did you have? ^_^

Pay it Forward

Hello lovelies,

While I’m battling a rather horrible bout of glandular fever, resulting in time off work due to the pain and swelling, it’s given me plenty of time to think about how blessed and lucky I am in general.

So, to do something to remind myself that despite all the recent tragedies in the world and South Africa, there is still so much love and goodness out there – and that we should never let it get to the stage where we believe the bad outweigh the good – I’ve chosen to participate in the “Pay it Forward” initiative; which actually mirrors my general attitude towards others pretty much 100%.

In case you haven’t seen or heard of this, here is the original Pay it Forward message below:

“After all the recent terrible tragedies that have happened and are happening, this world needs as much kindness as it can get. I’m participating in the ‘Pay it Forward’ initiative: The first five people who comment on this status with “I’m in” will receive a surprise from me at some point during this next calendar year- anything from a book, a ticket, something homemade, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! There will be no warning and it will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy. These five people must make the same offer on their Facebook status. Once my first five have commented “I’m in”, I will forward this message to you privately, so that you can copy and paste it, and put it on your status, (don’t share it) so that we can form a web of connection of kindness. Let’s do more loving and nice things in 2015, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other. Here’s to a more enjoyable, friendly and love filled year!”

So for 2015, why not spread the joy and love yourself by sharing the above quote as your Facebook status – this way, you can see who amongst your friends is willing to take up such a great (and practically free) cause in spreading joy.

Wishing you wonderful Wednesday!

Sound the Trumpets – My NaNoWriMo Challenge has been Met

Hello hun,

After a frantic weekend of playing word count catch up, since I’d fallen quite far behind, due to one night of laziness, and the other nights filled with prior commitments, I was starting to believe those in my life who’d branded me rather lovingly, as “crazed” for taking on this challenge.

Not in the “she’s hearing voices” way, but more in the sense of having a sudden madness descend over me, as I mutter away to myself and my characters in front of my laptop, all alone typing furiously away to the soothing sounds of a string quartet, as my wonderful husband brought me cup, after cup of coffee (he’s an angel!).

The fact that I was a little over 10 000 words behind my word count goals at the start of the weekend, was what made me start to believe I would never finish the challenge on time, though I was determined to keep trying. And yes, this calls for a big le sigh at my time management (or ‘slight’ lack thereof).

You don’t know me yet, and I hope you will through my blogging journey on Rambling with Rose, but other people have often said, with a slight twinkle in their eye, that I can be surprisingly stubborn.

I, however, like to think of myself as persevering despite seemingly insurmountable odds – because in my mind, if you never try, and just give up, you’ll never know.

This was actually what gave me a push in the direction of a hidden reservoir of inspiration, strength and patience within me, that allowed me to weather power failures (thanks Eskom), having my darling (noisy) niece round, and my poor little laptop dying on me quite suddenly (which led to a frantic trip home on Friday night to my fantastic family – my father figured out after poking around, that the problem was with my power cord, not the actual laptop). All that aside, I can proudly state that I am, as of this afternoon, a 2014 NaNoWriMo winner!

Sound the trumpets, play the Imperial MarchFirefly Theme song, or Happy, and join me in popping a bottle of bubbly to celebrate this! Don’t you love my certificate below?! I sure do! ^_^

 

NanoWriMo winner certificate

Having reached the 50, 000 word goal has made me do a justified – if  slightly awkward (due to numb limbs) – happy dance when those beautiful words popped up on my screen, and I was cheered on by the touching video the NaNoWriMo team did for the WriMo winners (and “Woohoo” back at you guys!) ^_^

I’m nowhere near finished with my novel, but I have to say that I was surprised at how my characters took me by the hand, so to speak (don’t worry, sleep deprivation hasn’t made me lose touch with reality just yet) to lead me down the path they needed to take – which surprisingly, turned out to be in quite a few different directions than I was intending  – but I’m not complaining! ^_~

Right now, I feel giddy with happiness and am on top of the world (as in I can move mountains, or rather, that I’m a Big Damn Hero) for meeting this personal challenge. I can say, even with all the obstacles included,  NaNoWriMo has been a very worthwhile endeavor.

My excitement and happiness aside, how has your NaNoWriMo gone?