Seeing the point of Sea Point, Cape Town. A new lifestyle

Like many people, we had given emigration half a thought thought over the years. We never thought we would. Then we did. We packed our bags and made the vast 16 km journey from Rondebosch (in the leafy southern suburbs of Cape Town) to the foreign Atlantic Seaboard! Those who know Cape Town will know…

Finest fresh fish in Cape Town – every day at Kalk Bay Harbor

Despite so many world class restaurants with fresh seafood on offer – nothing really beats watching the fishing boats come in… and choosing your dinner! Every day, around the world, fresh fish is landed, but the daily ritual at Kalk Bay Harbour feels uniquely Cape Town and extra colourful. We recently spent the weekend at…

I’m on the top of the world…

Looking, down on Creation…. With apologies to fans of the Carpenter’s from the ’70’s..but I can’t help myself… it’s a very fitting song to sing as you taste through the fabulous wines on offer. Take the R320 between Hermanus and Caledon, up the Hemel en Aarde Valley (iTranslate: a very fitting name of “Heaven and…

Legendary Jack Nicholson turns 80 today!

Brilliant actor, too many movies to mention them all, but the one for us that really defined him was the one that inspired the name of our blogsite: One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest. It is going to be released this year to celebrate and mark his 80’th. His many one liner’s are brilliant, one…

Plett, 2 must do’s

Think chilled long barefoot lunches with sandy feet, think wooden tables with benches, think spectacular views, think cheap and cheerful food and wine, think “I wish this would never end”, think Plett! 2 institutions you must do – 2 wooden decks, one on Central Beach, the other on Lookout Beach * On Lookout,  The Deck…

Break your diet with a Bomba

Any real “Banter” would run a mile to avoid what we drove miles to find…  the legendary BOMBA on the deck at Enrico’s in beautiful Keurboomstrand. No holiday in Plett is complete without a pilgrimage to Ristorante Enrico. Open for lunch from 12, the crowds gather early,  ready to race for one of the many…

When does a great meal turn great?

“Excuse me, my chicken livers are rather burny” – me… “Yes, you ordered the peri peri starter!” – waiter, smiling,  (what is it about peri peri that you don’t understand stupid woman!!) “I didn’t realise they would be so hot, could I perhaps have some yoghurt or creme frasiche to dull the sting?” – me,…

Plett, more than just beaches and cocktails!

Too much sun maybe? Time to do something different… Like taste wine! So we headed towards Keurbooms to taste and have lunch at our favourite, Bramon, but instead, turned left at these promising signs.. A quick 5 km up an easy gravel road and we find 3 little treasures, Redford Lane, Kay and Monty’s Vineyard…

Why Victory is Especially Sticky Sweet!

Before 12? When on holiday, hell yes! When does an obsessive, compulsive attitude to superstition become a form of cheating? As someone who habitually throws salt over my shoulder and only walks under ladders on Friday 13th carrying a black cat (with a rabbits foot), seeing a shiny penny on the lawn this morning was…

Sunset in the Hemel en Aarde

With fun days and holidays beckoning, I have been encouraged to dust off my blog site… Still finding my way with tech and other difficulties, but here goes…a quirky view of life in the slow lane!

A mind blowing Riesling treat at Dr H Thanisch vineyard and cellar

After an email intro from Bartho and Sune Ecksteen, we were met by Barbara and Erik Rundquist at their new modern cellar at the outskirts of the village. Badly needing more space and the tiny area in their ancient cellar not allowing for expansion, they are combining ancient tradition with modern growth and vision. They…

German hospitality rocks!

In doing all the fun planning for this trip I found a wonderful source of information, Sabrina! Not only did she help us with bookings for the Mythos-Mosel festival but gave us personal recommendations and introductions to many wineries and restaurants and told us what to avoid! Over the past few months we wrote to…