I like long walks on the beach / West Coast National Park

The west coast national park is just a quick hour and a half drive away from Cape town central and oh, so amazing.  We  decided to go for a weekend adventure and see what all the talk is about with the spring flowers and we were surely not disappointing.  During flower season the whole park is filled with wild flowers all over,  if your heaven is a flower covered paradise I bet you will think you died and went to heaven, but today’s post is not about the flowers, I wish it were, I just can’t get all those flowers out my head, but its about the amazing beaches in this park.  When people say they like long walks on the beach, they must be talking about west coast national park?  Walking on long stretches of deserted beaches with the gentle waves lapping at your feet will make anyone a romantic.  I felt like I was in a romantic novel walking on the beach while holding Carl’s hand.

Next time I think we will definitely make a weekend trip and stay at the park, there is just so much to do and not enough hours in one day to fully experience this park, especially when you forgot to fill the car up with petrol/gas and you don’t know if you will ever make it out of the park.  Don’t worry we found a gas station.  I took a little piece of the park home with me thanks to the ridiculous amount of beach sand that was leftover in my shoes,  once you get sand in your shoes you will never get all the traces out again.  Now, I carry little pieces of the park with me every time I lace up my trainers.

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^^ leave behind only footprints.

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^^ Carl had a lot of things in his hands, that’s how this semi formal photo happened.

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^^ How can you not be mesmerised by the ocean with a view like that.

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^^ So many footprints, but we didn’t see any people.

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^^ Baby’s first beach trip?

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^^ even the sunlight was magical.

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^^ Seagull….always such posers.

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^^ Flower season is here!  During August and September the Western Cape is alive with the most beautiful flowers.  Fields of flowers!

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^^ Traffic jam! All because of this little guy, who was surprisingly fast.

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^^Happy to see all the flowers.

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^^ Standing in a field of wild flowers is amazing! Hence, the excited look on my face.

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^^ We decided to try the shipwreck hike….We never made it to the shipwreck..It started feeling horror movie-ish when we saw 3 dead seals, 1 dead penguin and a sand castle embellished with bones….

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^^ When people say they like long walks on the beach, I guess they’ve never been surrounded by so much dead.  Carl still looks good on these sandy white beach.

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^^ Baby skinny jeans, because if you’re not going to shove your baby into the cutest little skinny jeans ever created, what kind of parent are you? Baby skinnies from H&M.

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^^ We got our first set of cloth diapers, I also realised that I might be a nightmare.  My sister asked me what if I have a boy and I responded by telling her color does not define gender and my child will not grow up in a hateful environment, where inappropriate comments create a confusing environment.  She stopped speaking to me after that.

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^^ Walks on the beach.

Flower season has hit Cape town! This might be the most beautiful time to be in Cape town, all the wild flowers are popping out all over and we couldn’t wait to go check out the West coast nature reserve!  It was the most incredible experience ever being surrounded by so many colorful flowers, walking along deserted beaches and worrying that we were going to run out of petrol/gas! We forgot to fill the car up and the reserve was way bigger than we expected.  We started stocking up on baby things, like wet wipes, diaper liners, cloth diapers and all those wonderful things, we are starting to have quite a haul! 

This weekend was really exhausting and I feel like I’m still recovering from it, being out till 7 o clock at night is just crazy to us now! #oldpeopleproblems   How was your weekend?

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Yes, a blurry photos, but out of the hundreds of photos Carl takes 80 % of them has a finger in them,  is blurry beyond believe, or just looks odd.  He’s getting better, at taking photos so I’ll give him that.

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^^ Forest walks, it doesn’t get better.

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^^ i was trying to put the camera away, but Carl wanted to take a photo.  Photo pose time.

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^^ A little bit of green popping out.  Can you find a four leaved one?

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^^ Cute little mushroom.

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^^ A waterfall popping out.   Not seen, the man and his dog in the river, why? I don’t know.

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^^ Roots everywhere.  We should really start taking lessons from nature.  Endure no matter what.

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^^ Pretty flowers.

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^^ Leaves everywhere.

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^^ I was ranting about the fact that I can’t find pants that fit me and it was so easy to find good looking pants in Ireland.  This looks like his stop talking about pants face.  Even my workout pants started slipping off on our hike.

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^^ Sandwich break!  German Rye bread with a butterbean spread and lots of salad.  Really Yum!

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^^ Carl approves!

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^^ Lilies popping out everywhere!

How was your weekend? We’ve been house hunting with not much luck here, everyone seems to want 2 months deposit, the rent and the soul of your first born child. Its not like we’re buying! We just want to rent a house, nowhere else we’ve lived has given us so much nonsense.  In Ireland we just paid cash, gave them the deposit and we secured the place like that.  In Joburg we only had to pay the deposit to secure the place, but our Realtor is the most helpful British man around, he told us its harder to rent in Cape town, because of the relax living here, people apparently just forget to pay rent, and completely trash the places.  I’ve never heard of anyone just forgetting to pay rent, it just seems obscene!  We still have faith and hope that we will find the perfect place for us.  Hopefully soon!

 

Beach Days

The one thing about Cape town that everyone should know is, that everyday is a a beach day here.  Its never that cold, even on the coldest day all I’ve needed was a thin jumper and maybe a scarf, because scarves bring any outfit together, right?  And sometimes there is no need for a jumper at all! Cape town really struggles to do winter, its always trying to force its hand by showing signs of summer.  I’ve really enjoyed all the flowers out and the butterflies dancing from one flower to another.  Even on the dreariest day, the sun will come out eventually and blind you with how blue the sky is.

Over the weekend we headed to fishhoek beach,  its got a wonderful little walk way that’s just filled with amazing scenery everywhere you look!  Except when you pass a really old, extremely sun damaged man, sun bathing in the tiniest speedo you’ve ever seen, then you try not to make eye contact while shuffling away fast.  Even the beach is beautifully sandy and not that packed; it just seems like the best place to play around and build some sandcastles.

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^^ Sandy beaches in between the mountains.

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^^ Everyone looked so happy playing around.

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^^ Kelp and blue ocean.

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^^ walkway smiling and awkward feet.  I don’t know how I always get my feet in these obscene positions.

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^^ I could totally write a novel here or a screen play.

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^^ Happy Carl.

Have a great Friday guys, eat some fries and have a wonderful weekend.

 

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^^ Such an expert at walking over a stream that he can strike a pose.

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^^ Hikes all over the show.

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^^ an picnics afterwards.  I really prepared for this one! Raw veggies, salad rolls, crackers, dip, chips and my favourite of the moment.  Sparkling water.  So good.

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^^we saw these little guys while being lost.  The cutest little alpacas ever, just acting like dogs, walking around someones garden.

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^^ Pretty little flowers all around.

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^^ The bees were loving these flowers, I can’t blame them they look tasty to me too.

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^^ Beautiful beach days.

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^^ Clear ocean with minimal kelp.

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^^ This was actually a really hot day, but I was already committed to the beanie ( bad hair day) and the scarf was just meant to be.

How was your weekend? Get up to anything fun.  We’ve been neighbourhood scouting, looking for an area that’s more us and out of the city. It turned out to be a really fun adventure,  seeing alpacas, finding the best shop in the world that sold spaghetti squash and we even found a falafel shop.  Obviously its been a great weekend, hopefully its a sign of a good week!