I took an impulsive, unscheduled break in beautiful Tulbagh this week. I am home now, but I think I left part of my soul behind.
This is what I found there:
1. A wonderful friend with a wonderful cottage in the middle of nowhere, a sleeper couch, peace and quiet.
2. A lot of cows. Early in the morning, this one didn’t seem to want to have her photo taken. But I was intrepid.
I felt like a genuine wildlife photographer getting this shot. I’d silently tracked her a good 10 metres along the garden fence, and was rewarded by this split-second itch-scratch.
3. Apparently I was being tracked myself. Mia kept a beady eye on me from the roof.
4. A thousand mountains.
(Don’t worry, I won’t show you them all).
5. A little girl called Lila-Raine, for whom I made a quick headband:
6. A peacock who, with a display like this, must have mistaken me for a peahen. I was flattered.
7. Garden creatures that had my heart stopping with horror when I first laid eyes on them. Tina assured me they were grasshoppers, but they looked like prehistoric human eyeball-suckers to me. I kept my car windows tightly wound up at all times for fear that one of these things would fly or jump inside my car.
8. An amazingly gorgeous shop that belongs to Susan, Tina’s sister, in new premises in Buitenkant Street. More about the Marmalade Angel tomorrow.
Now you see why I didn’t want to come home.
To be continued…