an instant of life captured for eternity

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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!

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.

Boulders Beach

Over the weekend we went on a little adventure drive. ¬†With a car at our disposal there was no stopping us! We decided that the gps lady on Google maps was trying to get us to drive into a river, ¬†so we turned her off and just got to places the good old fashioned way, by looking at all the road signs and hoping you don’t miss one! We had the idea of going to Muizenberg to go have a look at the vintage changing areas, but things started progressing and somehow we ended up at boulders beach. ¬†Everything was just so close! It all just felt like one long town.

After all our fast exploring we decided to go find the penguins! So off we set going the completely wrong way and leading a whole bunch of tourist astray.  When we finally realized nothing was on this side, we turned around, watching more people go the way we came from.  We managed to find the penguins just chilling around the board-walk! Penguins are just the cutest, they are like little babies dressed in tuxedos just waddling around! We even saw a Mommy penguin feeding her baby.  They have a barrier between you and the penguins and very strict signage that warns you of the danger of biting penguins.  So I was quite happy to see these little guys from a distance.

As you continue on the little wooden path you get wowed by the amazing beach. ¬†The clearest blue waters, penguins swimming and 540 million year old granite boulders! God’s creations are truly amazing. ¬†Next time I want to have a swim with the penguins and hope they don’t bite my toes.

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^^ Kelp seems to be the national smell of Cape town. ¬†I’m not a fan.

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^^ Penguin just taking a nap.

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^^ Clear water and a penguin cleaning himself.

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^^ The water still looks beautiful even with all that kelp floating in it.

 

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^  We had a crazy storm on Friday.  When I say I crazy, I mean winds up to 150 km! The aftermath was quite intense, we even found a dead seal on the beach.  It really bummed me out the whole day.

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^^ We woke up one morning to this.  The moon still huge and the sky a purpley, blue colour.

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^^ Trying to keep your eyes open in this amazing brightness proved to hard of a task for Carl.  If you look at the beach you can see all the seaweed washed up.

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^^ This is my it smells so horrible face. ¬†The after storm smell is just so horrid. ¬†The seagulls don’t seem to mind.

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^^ Pretty coral.

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^^ The aftermath.

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^^ I Think Carl’s new glasses looks perfect on him. ¬†Just the right size.

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^^ I’m just a small eyeball in this giants world.

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^^ Sea foam.  I later googled this stuff only to find out that its basically seaweed poop all frothed up to make this weird foamy mess.

Things are finally starting to settle in.  We feel more at rest and ready to take on the world.  How was your weekend?