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A Simpler Kinda Life on Rosi's Farm

I have been meaning to share these for a while. They are pictures I took whilst staying on my dear friend Ros's farm in Sedgefield, near Knysna. There's something so nostalgic for me about farms. I spent a good part of my childhood on my grandparents' farm in Zimbabwe, riding my bike for hours, on dusty roads, through fields and bush, sitting by the dam pondering everything and nothing, listening to the birds and feeling so far away from any form of hustle, bustle and stress.Rosi's farm is gorgeous. It felt more "English" than the farms in Zim but it still gave me that wonderful sensation of calm and escaping from city pressures for a while. We had a fabulous time, laying on the deck on the lake, having hot showers outside with a view of the hills and fields, walks along the long dusty roads and tea in the sun outside.

Where we slept... Niiiice :)

Nostalgia right here people...

And how perfect is this little still life?

Sunshine through the trees and hanging moss suggesting stillness... and age... rolling stones... a new saying is in there somewhere... "Leave me alone to gather some moss damnit!"

*Sigh* Take me hooommme country rooaad! To a plaaacce I beloooong! West of Sedgfield, south of Knysna... Take me hooomme, country roooaad! Cough cough ahem... anyway, twas a lovely getaway and chance to look back and be grateful for my wonderful childhood. Over and out*

Vergelegen frolicking

I am blessed to live close to one of South Africa's oldest and finest wine estates. Situated in Somerset West, Vergelegen Wine Estate is a great place to eat, go wine tasting, explore and relax. Vergelegen appropraitely means "situated far away". Everytime I go there I feel like I'm away from modern hustle and bustle, modern concerns and stepping back in time. The beautiful grounds host a number of different places all in one. There's the octagonal garden, prefectly manicured and full of trees and flowers, the magestic homestead which has been redone and made to look as it would have done in the 1700s, the bridge over the stream, picnic area with high trees, the yellow-wood walk, old mill, library and even a herb garden.

Willem Adriaan Van der Stel, Governor of the Cape, was granted the property in 1700. He was the one who planted the famous, regal Camphor Trees which frame the front of the homestead. In 1917 Sir Lionel purchased the property for his wife Florence Phillips. Charles 'Punch' Barlow and his wife Cynthia acquired the estate in June 1941. The Barlow's resumed farming operations on Vergelegen and began planting vines on a small scale. 'Punch' Barlow's son Tom took over the running of the farm in 1966 until Anglo American Farms limited purchased the property in October 1987 and started growing vines on a large scale again. There are often grand events held there from the Celine Dion concert to visits from the queen many years ago. If you want to go somewhere different, grab a book and go lie on the grass at this beautiful establishment and just enjoy the tranquility.

My friend Lauren and I decided to go to the Rose Garden Cafe the other day to do some relaxing and frolicking. Happy days :)