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The last of our Cape Holiday – Part.10

This will be the last post of my Holiday Series… 😦 I am again going to share only a few photos… We had a great time with friends, some awesome travels, unforgettable memories, some bad experiences & great days… I am looking forward to the next time that we will be able to have another holiday…!!! 😀 I hope you enjoy these last few photos!!! 🙂

On a special lookout bench... overlooking the ocean!!!

HDR sunset - taken from a stand that we are going to own someday... 😉

There are three stands up there…. huge stands… (way above what we can afford)… But these views stole our heart…. we want to build our house here someday!!! I could end my day with this view & silence!!! 🙂

New Year 2012 - HDR sunset

Big BIG big jelly fish... My foot for scale!!! 🙂

January 1st views... So peaceful!!!

& I’ll end this holiday series with this photo… For a wonderful holiday… For getting back home in one piece… For great friends… even better memories… & what would hopefully be an unforgettable 2012!!! 😀

Heading into 2012... What lies ahead??

Relaxing in Glentana – Part.9

Over the next couple of days we didn’t really do anything significant… But we sure did have a good time relaxing with friends… Enjoying the beach… Just generally hanging out!!! 🙂 So, today I’ll only share a few photos taken over those few days!!! 😀

Ultimate relaxation...

Panorama - our cafe hangout...

Panorama - The most beautiful sunset EVER...

Awaiting my arrival at home...

Happy times...

A great view of our beach...

Through the polarised lens...

Our past time (even on the beach)... Sudoku...

From my point of view...

Panorama - A great day on the beach...

Hope you enjoyed these few photos!!! 🙂 **

Exploring the Winelands – Part.5

You can’t have a visit to the cape without visiting the Winelands!!! There are enormous amounts to choose from, so you really need to have an idea of which ones you want to visit!!! (May I just add that we LOVE wine!!! Red red wine it makes me feel so fine… 😉 )!!! So granted, I haven’t tasted wines from many countries, but I really think that we have superb wines in South Africa!!! In which case I consider us lucky!!! 😀

He-who-thinks-he’s-boss claims that Delheim is his favourite winery of all time (which is awesome btw!!), so naturally, Delheim was a must on our list. He also chose Kanonkop. My choices were Fairview & Lourensford (of which the latter was a bit off track from our chosen route). Don’t worry, I will describe these farms as I go along & add links if you would like to see more… 😉

 Our first stop was Delheim. As it was still too early to quite start drinking wine, we went to the restaurant and had a yummy brunch!!! – – – suuuuuuuper expensive though – – – This was our view from our table… Pretty gooooood right??

View from our table!!! Gorgeous!!!

This really is a beautiful winery & if you ever get the chance to visit, leave Delheim for your last stop… you know what they say: best for last!!! 😉 After our delicious foodies we were ready to tackle our first wine tasting. As we entered the cellars, we were drawn to the back of the area where they kept their wines… – – – Just want to say that I took all these photos with my little snapper – – – who wants to carry a big SLR around the whole day?? For a while we roamed around there… started chatting to one of the girls that work on the farm & soon learned a lot of the farm, its history & its wines…

Isn't this how a cellar should look like??

See my comments on this wine below!!!

We took our seats at a vacant table and started browsing the wines that we could choose from to taste… Immediately we started with their flagships – – – bad idea – – – because we ended up walking out of there with 3 of their flagship wines: the 2007 Vera Cruz Shiraz (which we compared to their normal 2007 Shiraz… let’s just say that compared to the flagship, I can’t believe they sell 😀 ), the 2007 Grand Reserve (which is a 95% cabernet, 5% merlot blend) & the 2010 Chardonnay Sur Lee!!! We are usually not big white wine drinkers, but this Chardonnay was something from another world… According to our informant (;)) all these wines can be shelved for another 4-5 years (at which point they will be at their best!!!) I can’t wait to open these bottles in a few years… 😀

Wine tasting list!!!

Upon leaving the cellar you walk past this: a window with spider webs that is as old as 35 years!!! Sooooo cool!!! This is their piece of preservance, a window that have not been cleaned in 35 years!!! Delheim has so much character!!!

Last views of Delheim!!!

 Our next stop was Kanonkop. We were utterly disappointed!! 😦 It was sooooo commercialized (unfortunately many of these wine farms are…)!!! You went into a really fancy area, stood (yes, that’s right, you can’t even sit) & tasted wine & then you would buy – or not… We didn’t buy… after Delheim their wines was – how can I put this nicely – way to dry for our taste?? 😉 The only cool thing about Kanonkop was this white “couch” – – – He-who-thinks-he’s-boss claims it is extremely uncomfortable – – – I never sat on it!!! 😀

Kanonkop couch!!!

 We then stopped at quite a few farms on the way… Warwick – commercialized, Simonsig – commercialized, & a few other of which I can’t even recall the names… At this point we were craving an attractive cheese platter… Now, where can we go that we can get wine & cheese?? … Que Fairview… 😉

I have mentioned that I am a huge fan of pretty much ANY cheese…. blue, yellow, sweet, spicy, old, soft, hard, goats, cow… you name it… if it’s cheese – I’ll eat it!!! 😀 That is the main reason why Fairview is one of my favourite wine farms to visit – It caters for my cheesy side!!! Although also (just) slightly commercialized, it has such a wide variety of cheese that you can taste, eat & buy for very very cheap… – – – My kind of place – – – 😀 & it is a very very truly beautiful farm!!! 😉

Our cheese platter - view 1!!!

One of their goats sneaking a peek at us!!!

Cheese Platter - view 2!!!

A piece of garden in the shape of our flag - how cool is that??

In relaxed mood...

Goat scratching against the wall!!!

Cheese Platter - done!!!

South African garden!!!

Ending our day on a cheesy note!!!

He-who-thinks-he’s-boss ate so much cheese that until today (which is a month later), he still do not want to eat cheese… He did not feel good – – – not feel good at all – – – 😉 I for one, can’t comprehend how that is possible… but nevertheless!!! 😀

 That excursion took the whole day (unfortunately) & we did not have enough time in the day to visit Lourensford as well… But I will tell you more of this winery on another days story!!! 🙂

This will be all for Exploring the Winelands!!! Stay tuned for the next part (Part.6) of our holiday!!! Thank you for reading & have a lovely evening!!! 🙂 **

Farm Views & a (temporary) Farewell…

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyy!!! Today. Officially. I am on Hoooooooliday!!!! Super psyched to start enjoying it!!! 😀 😀 😀 Tomorrow we are starting our three day road trip down to Cape Town, where we will be until after Xmas!!! We will then head south along the coast up to Knysna until just after new year…. We will then unfortunately return back home to get started with the monotomy that is work… 😦

I am conveying my apologies so long…. because my posts will be few over the next 3 weeks… But… I will be having great stories to share & (hopefully) wonderful photos to share!!! Oh my word I’m excited!!! 🙂 Promise to pop in at least once a week!!! 🙂

I want to share with you a few photos that I took on a farm last weekend (one of the busy ones!!)… Hopefully you’ll like it as much as me!!! 🙂 **

I realised halfway through posting these photos that I did not watermark it….. oh well!!!!! 😉 I hope you all have a great time in the coming three weeks…. whatever you do, be safe & considerate… & have fun!!! Lots of fun!!! 🙂 **

Jack & the… Stalk??

I had fun yesterday with my dslr… for a change!!!! 😉 I’ve been so caught up with my new snapper, that I have completely neglected my super special dslr… 😦 Here is two of my shots that I took of the (I think it’s a Yasmine/Jasmine) plant!!! It may be intertwined with another plant, thus the uncertainty…. But nevertheless… 😀

I don’t know which I like more…. But of this I am sure: I LOVE manual focus!!! The amount of control that I have over what I want to capture is super fun!!!! 🙂 **

When Nature & Technology runs parallel!!!

I’ve got another shot from below that I want to share with you!! A telephone line and a …. tree!!! I wanted to get your opinion on which one you like more…. but, I think I know which will get preference – – – Everyone’s comments was similar with the previous similar post!!! 😀 Here is what I think you all would like more… (I like it more this time round as well!!!) 🙂 **

Any suggestions/comments/opinions?? Or… if you want you can just say ‘Hi!!’ 😉 **

To put a little colour into the post… here is the colour version as well!!! Because it is only a blue background… there is a bigger contrast (& leaves a bigger impression) in black&white – – – I think!! 🙂

My first HDR attempts!!!

Ok, so I’ve been seeing HDR everywhere (& if I may add – – – LOVING the results!!!)… Not knowing what HDR is, I started doing a bit of research about it… I think I’ve got the basic idea, so while I was walking with my dogs (obviously camera in hand!!!), I decided to see if I can shoot anything that I can experiment with!!!

Ok, so these ARE NOT GOOD… but I am quite excited about HDR because:

1. If I were to use a tripod (instead of doing 3 handheld shots… I know I know, but I wasn’t planning this) these would already be better…

2. I L.O.V.E the clouds!!! 😀

3. This is a new skill that I can learn, practice & develop!!! 😀

Without further ado, I present my three (handshot) HDR’s:

Subject 1

Subject 2

Subject 3 (My favourite!!!)

As far as the watermark goes… Thank you so much for all the feedback!!! I’m going to design one that is true to what/who I am – – – so hopefully I’ll replace my boring initials with a proper watermark sooner rather than later!!! 😀 **