The changeing rhythm of Stellenbosch remain a constant charm, no matter what the season. In the heat of summer the legendary oak trees bring welcome relief to desperate heatwaves. In winter their stark silhouettes allow the sun to warm our cold bones. Spring will blow your socks off when the thousands of trees sprout their new leaves. And let's not forget our autumn, one of my favourite months. The leaves come down by their zillions lining the streets and side-walks. OK - I know there's mess involved, but really, when the northern wind lifts and swirl them - I just want to be a child again and kick and jump in piles of these leaves.
Yesterday was a perfect early winter's day to take a short drive on one of my favourite routes, the Jonkershoek Road. I so loved my visits to Una van der Spuy at Ou Nectar and paused briefly at the gate reminiscing.
Its autumn in the Western Cape and the leaves were pouring down like confetti on my car - the smells of autumn always intoxicate me a little. Anyway, here are a few pics of a morning drive, a brief stop at Postcard Cafe (which sadly was closed as it was Monday), and I was so desperate for a cup of coffee. I did take note of the wine-tasting spot on the water's edge for future reference though. Right now, I needed coffee - not wine. Find them on Facebook too.
|Near Old Nectar|
I just had to pull of the road for a moment
Sadly closed on a Monday but pefect spot for a few photo's
|Still at Postcard Cafe|
Follow the Boardwalk for the perfect winetasting spot
|Winetasting on the water's edge|
|View towards car park. |
So happy about the duck swimming for the photo
|Have to come back here for some wine tasting. |
Such a pity - no coffee and scones
|Got to go find coffee!|
|Back towards my car. |
See that? A castle on the hill?
|Side view of Postcard Cafe|
|Will have to find out about that castle|
|Vines starting to change colour. Castle in the distance.|
|Mountains and lake equals tranquility|
|Delightful owner of Verbatim, Julie Kidd|
|Books books books and a cute little red couch|
|Wish I had more time to linger|
Other visits to Stellenbosch here and here and here and here