Wednesday, March 27, 2013


 Vergelegen Homestead showing firstly the view through the octagonal garden, then with camphor trees
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Vergelegen Estate

Monday, March 25, 2013

















 The Huguenot Monument at the end of the main street in Franschoek.











We found this lizard in the old graveyard, just pottering about. It looks like a blue headed agama but it has lost its tail.



Huguenot Memorial Museum

Sunday, March 24, 2013






Haute Cabriere winery with it's fabulous view of the Franschhoek Valley. The sundial represents the four things that go to make good wine: sun, soil, vine and man.
If you are lucky enough to visit when Achim von Arnim, the famed proprietor, is present you may be treated to a display of sabrage, when he lops the top off the champagne bottles with an historic sabre.


Haute Cabriere

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013





















At the Delaire Graff Estate they have some very posh tasting rooms and an exclusive restaurant. The vines stretch out across the hillside surrounded by rugged mountains.



Delaire Graff Estate

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Boschendal Manor House 1812

Back view, now visitor entrance
Beautifully restored and showing some lovely original features of a house of that period. It is built as an H-shape and has yellowwood ceilings, floorboards and doors set in teak frames.

The H-shape
The front facade

























Boschendal Manor House

Monday, March 18, 2013

The fountain at the entrance to La Motte and a reminder of where we were on the hillside.





La Motte

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

The Bell

It was rung to call the workers in from the fields - at lunch and end of day




Babylonstoren

Friday, March 08, 2013

Malachite sunbird, nectarinia famosa, enjoying nectar from the flowers of schotia brachypetalum, common names include weeping boer-bean, huilboerboon, tree fuchsia and African walnut.

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Mon petit chou

Produce from the Green House is used to produce delicious meals in Babel as well as the Green House Café.




Babylonstoren Green House
Babel Restaurant

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Sunday, March 03, 2013

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