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^^ Bilbo Baggins seed cake.  Made with caraway seeds, this is surprisingly really good.

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^^ Pretty sunsets.

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^^ Fluffies

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^^ Magical forest hikes.

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^^ Carl really wanted a photo of him drinking some water.  What a weird request.

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^^ Vineyards in the distance.

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^^ I told him I didn’t want a photo of me drinking water, but behold!

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^^ A weird scene.  Dead trees among the living.

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^^ The textures of nature.

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^^ Another amazing sunset over the ocean.

How was your weekend? I’ve been taking an unintentional break from social media.  Things have been hard for us here.  We realised Cape town is really not for us, no matter how beautiful it is to other people I literally feel like I’m in spirit prison here.  My ears are always popped, I’ve got insane sinus face pains that feels like Cape town is trying to squeeze my head in and kill me, every time we’ve gone for a walk I’ve been caught on barbed wire, that’s completely ruined my clothes or been harassed by beggars drunk out of their minds, trying not to get shocked by low hanging electric wires has also been a problem for me and the smell is just horrible.  Being woken up the whole time by the fog horn like I’m in the heart of mordor has not been easy, I’m running on no sleep, constantly uncomfy and in a lot of pain, but this to shall pass and everything will feel a okay again.

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^^ Things on toast….A delicious German bread with tomatoes.  Is it still bruschetta if its on German bread? I’ll call it Gruschetta?

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^^ Woodland critters… Can you spot the squirrel?

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^^ Spot the squirrel…..Hikes and talks around deer park.

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^^ Weird little bridge over the little stream.

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^^ Lions head.  This is suppose to look like a lion sphinx.

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^^ Pierogi dough getting ready to be made into delicious polish treats.

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^^ Two different kinds of pierogies.  Sauerkraut and squash, equally as good.

Its been raining  here for the last couple of days, and I’m loving these cooler days.  Its finally starting to feel a tad like winter, I would call it late fall kind of weather, but this will have to do.  So bring on the hot cocoa and cuddly days, with wonderful hikes that don’t require me to die of heat stroke!

Cape Point

On Saturday we headed to Cape point, the drive there felt insanely long and it didn’t help that the gps maps lady, decided to take us on the craziest route ever created.  We were zigzagging going through the navy base, feeling really awkward driving through military housing and somehow we got to the bottom feeling like we just trespassed on everyone’s property.  We made it in the end and it was glorious.

Cape point  is the most south-westerly tip of Africa, covered in fynbos, beaches, and beautiful little hikes and picnic areas.  We kept having to stop thanks to ostriches thinking they are slow moving cars and refusing to get out of the road and some how finding their way in front of the car every turn we made.  There is also a lot of baboon warnings around, we actually saw a baboon right as we got there, just chilling eating a slice of pizza, not a care in the world, as I tried to take my camera out it started making a dodgy looking stride towards me, so of course I ran away screaming like a little girl, while the baboon ran the other way obviously confused.

Being the cheap people we are we decided to give the “flying dutchman” or the little tram that can take you to the top in 3 minutes a skip and the walk up was great! we saw cute little mice and I found out that all the learn mandarin things I’ve been using are all a bunch of liars! They say that Asian people never say Ni hao………Well we saw all the tourists and I constantly heard everyone saying ni hao.  Lesson learned!

Walking to the top is a treat for the eyes! Panoramic views of the ocean makes you feel like you’ve fallen into a painting.  If Cape town could be any colour it would be blue.  Blue like the skies and the water, it always seem like everything is just blending together.

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^^ ocean.

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^^ You can walk up all those little stairs.

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^^ Pretty little cove.

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^^ Flying dutchman

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^^ Baboons signs everywhere.  Not even close to the top.

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^^The lighthouse.

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^^Ostrich.

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^^ Pretty water.  It was really windy down here and I’m not one of those girls that look magical in the wind.  It looks like my hair is trying to kill me while my jacket slowly tornadoes around me.

 

 

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^^ Lookouts at Cape point.

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^^ nature all over the place.

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^^ Magical ocean.

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^^ Big tree.

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^^ Found these little wooden guys all over a hike.  I think its a fire prevention sign? You know what would work better? A real one.

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^^ Fluffies!

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^^ Proteas everywhere we go.

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^^ Placing a rock on top of this little tower.

Happy Monday everybody! How was your weekend? Mine was good.  We’re busy, busy,busy.  Trying to figure out our future, and what we can do now to improve things.  Life is a whirlwind over here and we are just hoping to make it out in one piece!  We had a fun weekend filled with a visit to Cape point, hiking and Asian grocery store visits. Here is to another week!

Silvermine Nature Reserve

On Saturday we headed to Silvermine Nature Reserve, after our initial plans didn’t work out according to plan.  Cape town has been giving me a completely Mordor feeling, like I’m Frodo and I finally made it to mount doom.  The fog horn that seems to be always going when I’m trying to sleep, the intense kelp smell and all the burn from the fires kind of give it that vibe.  Its still pretty and I am a big fan of Tolkien, so it will do for now.

Walking around the reservoir is really lively with everyone gathering around to have a weekend BBQ.  We decided to walk the other route which was just as easy, its a perfect hike for walking dogs and little kiddies.  The little flowers all over is a joy to see.  We ended the hike off with some crackers and chat.  Like all hikes should end.

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^^Little fluffies.

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^^ Pretty little bridge .

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^^ Beautiful water in the mountains.

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^^ Collapsed tree.

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^^ Cute little flowers.

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^^ I love me some yellow.

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^^ Hiking around silvermine.

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^^ Everyone is wearing blanket scarves and big jackets and we’re just like whaaaaa? Its boiling hot here.

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^^ Puppets at Kirstenbosch Craft market.  I want them all.

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^^ Hiking or casually walking around.  Same thing really.

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^^ In a place where every house has a large fence, barbed wire or electric wires, this house decided trees would be a better option.  I love it.

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^^ Nature making a break for it.

How was your weekend? we decided to go to silvermine for a casual hike around on Saturday.  As casual as walking in the blistering sun without any shade for hours can be.  We took some crackers  and had ourselves an impromptu  picnic on some strange rock formations, my bum is still traumatized from sitting on the rock seats!  We also decided to go check out Kirstenbosch craft market and secured ourselves a copy of the hobbit, to complete our collection!   I can’t believe the weekend flew by like this, next time I will demand it to stay longer.

Oh! I can definitely not forget that I had my first long drop experience and I can honestly say its just the worst!  The smell was horrible and I could see piles of poop while trying to pee.  It was an experience, that I hope I wont have to ever repeat.

Harold Porter National Botanical Gardens

I’ve decided to start being more proactive, well proactive in things I want to do, because come weekend Carl and I both get upset with our lack of knowing what to do and the typical I don’t know? what do you want to do? can test any relationship, no matter how great it is.

A couple of years ago I remember attending a wedding in Harold Porter, the venue and the wedding stuck with me even if I remember how uncomfortable I felt.  Being stuck at the kiddie picnic blanket will do that to you.  It just proves all advertising is good advertising…I clearly remember the beautiful mountains, little streams, and how it felt like something straight out of lord of the rings.  I didn’t realize it was 90 km away from us, so I was hoping that my memory did not let me down and it wasn’t going to be a completely imagined thing I made up in my head.

The scenic drive is well worth the trip, on one side you have beautiful mountain and on the other endless ocean, after seeing so many signs that said dangerous rock falls, I calmly told Carl I will be the rock look out for the remainder of the drive.  Being with a man that’s just as panicky as I am and drives the speed limit is just wonderful, I laughed so hard when we had a whole string of people behind us and Carl just looked in the rear view mirror and said ” I hope you guys brought snacks, because this is going to be a long, careful drive.”

When we arrived I was relieved to see that it was even better than I could remember.  Little bridges, streams, and mountains everywhere made me feel like I  was finally in paradise.  Children laughing running around and just having fun, gave it a touch of whimsy.  Even the frog that came after me and decided it wasn’t interested in Carl when I made a run for it added a touch of fun to it.  I recommend you take a picnic and just relax and soak up the beautiful scenery and the amazing smell of the fynbos.

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^^ Mountains!

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^^ I just love these proteas so much!

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^^ soft flowing streams.

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^^ Carl saw this mushroom in the beginning of our walk and I failed to get a glimpse of it.  We tried looking for it, but just couldn’t find it.

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^^ Mountains, streams and wonder.

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^^ I love this color.

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^^ Self timer photos are just the best.

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^^ a lot of the hikes were closed due to repairs, but we didn’t mind one bit.  Repairs are a good thing!

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^^ The drive.

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^^ more of the drive.

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^^ I seem to be smirking? Walks around Harold Porter Gardens.  Its incredibly beautiful! Even if a frog decided to chase me down a path.

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^^ Leaves!

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^^ Company gardens is beautiful but I’ve never been so harassed in my entire life. From the second we got out the car people were begging and just generally harassing us.  It felt like I was wearing a money dress or something.

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^^ Pretty proteas.

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^^ One thing Ireland was missing, was some man made objects to put cameras on for a quick self timer photo.

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^^ There are leopards in these mountains.

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^^ advice from nature…Flower everywhere!

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^^ a quick ocean staring stop.

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^^ Leaves.

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^^ Pretty smile.

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^^ Squirrels demanding food.

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^^ Butterfly in the vegetable tunnel.

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^^ Birds always find the weirdest places to relax.

How was your weekend? We had quite the eventful weekend.  Driving around the coast to have a picnic in the botanical gardens and visiting company’s gardens.

A walk in the forest – Newlands Forest

Since getting the car we’ve been planning our hiking adventures, but when Saturday started approaching and we had a large list of what kind of hike we didn’t feel like doing we started feeling kind of hopeless.

The kind of hike we weren’t interested in for the day was a hike that was in the blistering South African sun, anything that required us to pull ourselves up with chains to get over rocks, no heights, because I’m suffering from severe vertigo lately and something kind of mild.  We finally settled on Tokai only to get there and be turned away, being a little heartbroken we decided to stop at the Tokai market, only to go into the most depressing market I’ve ever seen. There was only 4 stalls and a guy trying to force coffee on us. So off we set with no clue what to do, but Carl, being the little problem solver he is remembered a interesting looking hike that we drove by.

Newlands forest is amazing! It checked all our boxes and was a wonderfully cool walk surrounded by beautiful trees and mountains.  Cute families taking hikes together, older people trying to stay fit and all the wonderful dogs.  I don’t know why all dog owners have to pull their dogs away from me when I’m obviously trying to lure it with mind control and just a look in my eye that says “lets play”.  Don’t apologize for your dog coming to me! I wan’t to stroke them all!

The views are to die for, the magical whimsical forest makes you feel like you’re a pretty, pretty Princess and the Fall leaves just create a wonderful feel.

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^^ For some reason I don’t think anyone lives here.

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^^ We get really excited when its not blistering hot and it feels like Fall! Leaves glorious leaves, how I’ve missed you!

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^^ What a view, the mountain is nice too.

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^^ I love the color of these leaves.

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^^A kaleidoscope of color.

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^^ Advice from nature,  Everything can be a beautiful flower.

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^^ Cape town has done horrible things to my hair.  Its darker and its always trying to take me back in time to the 60’s.

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^^ Confused hiking face.

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^^ I’m as big as a tree!

Howth Cliff Walk On A Windy Day

Howth cliff walk on any given day is not for the faint at heart.  Small paths, sheer drops, sharp rocks at the bottom and some thorny bushes just to get your adrenaline pumping, but Howth cliff walk on a windy day is a completely other story.  The cliff walk is a short walk from the dart station, up a road filled with beautiful houses with amazing ocean views, I stared in awe at these beautiful houses as we climbed higher and higher getting to cliffs.  When we reached the top all seemed great except for this nagging wind that started from nowhere, but I put on a brave face and said ” scared of heights? NO! not today”, I felt like such a warrior walking on the cliffs, surrounded by people, until the wind picked up even more and all I could see is me toppling over into the great abyss.  With small paths and people right behind us turning around was not an option, that day I was really happy to be wearing sunglasses, to hide my tears as I was crabbing along trying to make the best of it.  It’s extremely beautiful views and an amazing experience, but as soon as we could find a way to cut through the mountain, we took it.  Walking up the mountain it started raining and we were even happier with our decision to just half our experience.  Carl, was joking about the man on the dangerous cliff sign, saying it looked to much like him falling of the mountain, and made  him feel really uneasy.

Howth is a cute little fishing town, filled with fish and chips shops, cute benches to sit at right by the water and seagulls ready to catch any scrap you have.

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^^ Small island, spotted.

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^^ The beginning of the walk.

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^^ Beautiful cliffs and great places to roll right into the ocean.

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^^ Who knows what this sign used to say.

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^^ I love these flowers.

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^^ Pretty smiles.

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^^  Look at the bravery in my face.

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^^ Super windy.

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^^ I spy a little lighthouse.

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^^ Carl shaking his hair in the wind.

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^^ That little guy falling is the spitting image of Carl.

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^^ Land ahoy!

Sometimes when you face your fear, you get to see amazing beauty and that’s exactly what this cliff walk was all about. Maybe next time we will go on a less windy day.