Where has all my sunshine gone . . .

I can just hear all the sympathy with that title!

So we left Franschhoek Sunday morning as we had approximately a 260 mile drive to our next stay in Wilderness. Going round the mountains and over the Franschhoek pass gave us a glorious view of the town and the valley. Our drive to the coastal town of Wilderness was leisurely, with stunning scenery but we soon found ourself looking at mountains with no tops, and driving through those cloudy coverings. The smell of the trees, and vegetation filled the car through the air conditioning – was lovely. Even though its the end of summer here, you can still see why they call it the garden route.

See a video from the Franschhoek Pass here

The town of Wilderness has some spectacular views as you drive down from the main road to the pass. If the cloud goes, I’ll get out and take some photos!

Our hotel is perched on the cliff tops, hence the views and the name. This time there are photos of the inside, not a video, sorry. However there is a video here of the views of the beach.

If I thought service was good at the last one, this one is even better, if possible. Everyone calls me “my lady”, I could get used to that! We get champagne and chocolates in our room. Beach towels, and if we decide to stay in and watch a movie on their Netflix, we get a courtesy tub of popcorn. In the evening we get a sweet treat on the pillow, and a mat on the floor next to the bed for when our delicate feet get up in the morning. We get hot drinks bought to the room half an hour before we want to breakfast, despite the fact that there are drink making facilities within the room. Nice touch is the tea light for those romantic moments that we share, well maybe 39 years ago!

South Africa is a big meat and seafood country, but we have found plenty to eat. However when we checked in, they knew we were vegetarian and asked the chef to meet us so that he could prepare special meals for us. I can tell you that after two nights, we have eaten like kings, and unlike me I’ve posted piccies of these as they are masterpieces on the eye as well as the palate.

So Sunday night and early Monday morning it rained and rained so when we woke it was cloudy, damp and the ground was very very wet. The hike in Plettenberg Bay was re-arranged for Wednesday. Thanks to Anne Gordon for the tip of the C P Nel Museum in Oudsthoorn. What a fascinating museum and highly recommended. We learnt not only about the local area, but about the growth and importance of the ostrich industry to the area. I also found the items in the school fascinating, particularly the change of school logo over the years – although they all retained the ostrich feathers.

They had a tribute to the Oudtshoorn Jewish community, and had rebuilt the original synagogue in the museum to preserve it. Allegedly they still use it for some weddings, even though there is a synagogue further down the street (we didn’t manage to get to that). There is a video of the synagogue in the museum here.

As we were in Oudtshoorn, a visit to an Ostrich farm is a must. Steven was right when he said this was so much better after the museum had taught us about the industry and the area. Ostriches are curious creatures, and although we learnt a lot about them, I’m still not sure I understand them🤣. The males are black as they sit on the eggs at night, and the females the lighter colour as they guard them during the day. Steven demonstrated the strength of the eggs by standing on them. Their shells are so thick that the unfertilised eggs are carved and painted into ornaments. They have named the ostriches and yes, that fancy white one really is called Maradona – I’m assuming the singer, not the footballer. For a video of some of the ostriches click here. I got lucky with some of the photo sequences of the ostriches. They appear in random order down below, so to be seen in sequence – click on the first photo so it enlarges, and then navigate using the arrows underneath.

Another bonus, the weather was glorious further in land so we had a beautiful day of sunshine, even though we went back to the mist in Wilderness. However we did manage to see the bright red of the mountains around Oudtshoorn – the colour reminded us of the valley of fire outside Las Vegas. This time however the red was interspersed with green vegetation – stunning.

Franschhoek pass, view of Franschhoek
Franschhoek pass, view of Franschhoek
Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Thank you, we will
Thank you, we will
Don’t mind if I do
Don’t mind if I do
Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
The little touches, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
The little touches, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
For the beach, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
For the beach, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
View from Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
View from Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Pool deck, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Pool deck, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Reception,
Reception,
Reception, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Reception, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Pool deck, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Pool deck, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Maybe not today, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Maybe not today, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Reception, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Reception, Views Boutique Hotel and Spa, Wilderness
Mushroom Garden starter, Views Boutique Hotel
Mushroom Garden starter, Views Boutique Hotel
Cauliflower steak, Views Boutique Hotel
Cauliflower steak, Views Boutique Hotel
Sweet potato Gnocchi, Views Boutique Hotel
Sweet potato Gnocchi, Views Boutique Hotel
Chocolate Garden - our favourite type of garden!
Chocolate Garden - our favourite type of garden!
Ostrich feathers in fashion - CP Nel museum
Ostrich feathers in fashion - CP Nel museum
Tools for ostrich farming
Tools for ostrich farming
CP Nel museum
CP Nel museum
Jewish community - CP Nel museum
Jewish community - CP Nel museum
CP Nel museum
CP Nel museum
Establishment of ostrich farming - CP Nel museum
Establishment of ostrich farming - CP Nel museum
Service times - CP Nel museum
Service times - CP Nel museum
CP Nel museum
CP Nel museum
Prayer for the Royal family - CP Nel museum
Prayer for the Royal family - CP Nel museum
Bima, with Rabbi Isaacs - CP Nel museum
Bima, with Rabbi Isaacs - CP Nel museum
Shabbas kettle - CP Nel museum
Shabbas kettle - CP Nel museum
Aron Kodesh - CP Nel museum
Aron Kodesh - CP Nel museum
Jewish section - CP Nel museum
Jewish section - CP Nel museum
Synagogue - CP Nel museum
Synagogue - CP Nel museum
Private doll collection - CP Nel museum
Private doll collection - CP Nel museum
Us, again
Us, again
CP Nel museum
CP Nel museum
Boy’s Schhol - CP Nel museum
Boy’s Schhol - CP Nel museum
CP Nel museum
CP Nel museum
School blazer - CP Nel museum
School blazer - CP Nel museum
Girl’s school - CP Nel museum
Girl’s school - CP Nel museum
School crests through the years - CP Nel museum
School crests through the years - CP Nel museum
Safari Ostrich farm
Safari Ostrich farm
Safari ostrich farm
Safari ostrich farm
Evils from the ostrich
Evils from the ostrich
Yes I'm cool . . .
Yes I'm cool . . .
C’est moi
C’est moi
Ugh, foul human
Ugh, foul human
This human tastes bad
This human tastes bad
. . . I am beautiful
. . . I am beautiful
Oy!
Oy!
I am Maradona . . .
I am Maradona . . .
Man balancing on ostrich eggs
Man balancing on ostrich eggs
. . . I am more beautiful than him
. . . I am more beautiful than him
Has he noticed my beauty?
Has he noticed my beauty?
Psst . . .
Psst . . .
Ostrich sizes
Ostrich sizes
Ostrich egg carving
Ostrich egg carving
Eggs . . . .
Eggs . . . .
Misty mountains
Misty mountains
Micro Garden starter, Views Boutique Hotel
Micro Garden starter, Views Boutique Hotel
Grilled Halloumi starter, Views Boutique Hotel
Grilled Halloumi starter, Views Boutique Hotel
Mushroom risotto, Views Boutique Hotel
Mushroom risotto, Views Boutique Hotel
Vegetable noodles, Views Boutique Hotel
Vegetable noodles, Views Boutique Hotel

2 Replies to “Where has all my sunshine gone . . .”

  1. The food looks AMAZING – are you going to try make it when you get back?
    It looks like you had a fabulous time meeting the Ostrich, rather than chickens perhaps you could get one of those to roam the garden?

    1. Sarah Isaacs says: Reply

      🤣I taught them everything they knew! Ostriches like deserts, not the swamp that is the northern UK

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