A Picnic Date in a Forest

The other morning we set of to have a romantic picnic date at Tokai forest picnic area. ¬†The picnic area is just amazing and is a great place to run around and act like a kid again, or let your kids be kids. It was a cooler day and just the perfect weather for a lovely picnic surrounded by larger than life pine trees, fat squirrels running everywhere and little flowers popping out all over. ¬†I felt so under prepared sitting there with our little salad rolls, popcorn and one measly orange, while everyone was bbq-ing away a storm. ¬†If I had binoculars I would have been ogling out everyone’s preparedness and delicious food.

It was a perfect day to be out in nature and just enjoying each others company, ¬†I don’t know what it is about a nice cool South African winter ( Its like Autumn or Spring for the rest of the world) that makes me so giddy and just want to go explore and picnic everywhere. ¬†I couldn’t wipe the smile of my face, while sitting on the tree stump bench, eating my popcorn and watching my selfish husband find some crackers in the bag and not even offer me one, while he devours the whole lot. ¬†Next time I will definitely bring a little baggy of wood to make a fire and really cosy up to this beautiful weather, hopefully next time Carl will share a cracker with me.

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^^ Sandwich enjoyment face.

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^^ The cutest little face.  The picnic area is perfect for bbq-ing (braaing).

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^^ Nature is so cute.

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^^ Picnic food ready to be devoured.

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^^ Larger than life trees.

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^^ Yummy popcorn face.

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^^ Surrounded by trees.

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^^ Pretty little flowers everywhere.

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^^  a squirrel leftover picnic food.

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^^ Pretty green.

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^^ The yummiest, softest bread around.  I used the same knife that I was cutting swiss chard with to cut the bread, less dishes, but a lot of weird little green pieces on the bread.

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^^ It would seem that Alice was already here.

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^^ Big trees.

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^^ Unprepared picnic days.  We were still hungry after our treats.

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^^ Carl makes a pretty handsome knight.   Imagination has no age limit.

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^^ Little pops of colour.

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^^ Popcorn eating.

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^^ Little flowers and some rubbish.

Hey friends! I hope all my Canadian friends had an amazing Canada day and all my American friends had a wonderful Independence day! ¬†We’ve been busy, busy, busy, trying to figure everything out, but in between all that we still had some time for a little picnic date. ¬† My weather headaches are still here, sometimes stronger than ever, but nothing a good old slice of freshly baked bread can’t cure. ¬† Here’s to another week, lets make this one even better than the last.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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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.

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!