Sunday, September 21, 2014

West Coast Wandering...

Recently hubby took a day off work and the two of us headed up the west coast. It was just what we both needed. Open road and no agenda.

It was San Parks week and the West Coast National Park had free entry for SA citizens. For the longest time I have wanted to visit there in flower season.

The lagoon stretched as far as the eye could see.

We spotted buck, zebra, ostriches, wildebeest and slow tortoises making their way across the park roads.

The colorful carpets of flowers were spectacular and we could see Table Mountain in the distance.

My favorite were the simple white flowers with purple around the centers.

We enjoyed lunch in park and made our way to Redelinghuys,
 seemingly in the middle of nowhere!

Our room was very quaint, decorated with flowers and most comfortable with an en suite bathroom with the softest white fluffy towels.

The mosquito net was not only pretty but much needed!

On Saturday morning we were shown by our host to our breakfast table on the main road in this one horse village. The locals passed by and stopped to chat as we enjoyed a hearty breakfast and coffee. 
It was delightful!

Later we drove through farm lands alongside a large vlei, teeming with bird life. Our destination, Elands Bay, a surfers paradise but also the tiniest village. We strolled along pristine deserted beaches and enjoyed lunch overlooking the ocean.

Back in Redelinghuys we drove around to look for the church.
 There is always an NG Kerk, no matter how small the village! 
We happened upon this delightful cottage with these murals.

In the early evening, a fire was lit and we enjoyed a braai with lots of fireside laughter and fun.

As it turned out, a colleague from twenty years back was also there with her family. 
We had a wonderful time catching up! 

On Sunday, hubby and I took a slow drive home . 
It was good to be back home with the kids after a wonderful time of rest and relaxation.

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