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family friendly farm getaway

We recently spent the weekend at Landmeterskop, just outside of Stanford in the Overberg. It’s a working sheep farm, and each cottage has the most spectacular views of the valley. I loved the small touches in our cottage, it was beautifully decorated plus the beds were all made up with crisp white linen (for some reason, this is high up on my list of ticks when I’m choosing a place to stay). Each morning, we walked up with the kids to meet Tsala – the amazing assistant to owners Theuns and Valerie – who helped us feed the lambs, ducks, geese as well as collect freshly laid eggs for our breakfast. And in the evenings we did it all over again, plus we got to milk the goats and feed the pigs and alpacas! Although we were quite busy – visiting Stanford, walking to the dam to swim (not me!), walking to the other dam to row boats (not me!), driving up the mountain to watch the sunset, taking tractor rides, it was just so relaxing to be out of the routine of home.

I’d highly recommend you book soon, as Landmeterskop is popular, and it’s worth it.

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— Liza

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a portrait a month – february

Here are February’s portraits…

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Willow cuddling the cutest puppy with Bailey and cousin Lily

 

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James playing trucks on the beach – his happy place

 

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Bailey painting Ariel at Art Jamming

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Robert on his first visit to the aquarium on his 2nd birthday

 

— Liza

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taking it slow with kids (and a few monkeys)

Compliments of the season and a happy 2015!

Back at the grindstone after a summer staycation. There are worse ways to spend two weeks than perambulating leisurely around Cape Town taking in the sights. You can’t do much more than move at a leisurely pace when (it’s 30 degrees) and you have two small children in tow.

We learnt this lesson the hard way after a particularly exhausting excursion to the World of Birds last week. My sweet babes were so taken with a random neighbourhood cat sunning itself in the car park that it took considerable persuasion to get them through the gates and into the bird sanctuary at all. They asked continuously about this cat once inside and no enthusiastic diversion with Emu or albino pigeon could make them forget it. We saw again how utterly single-minded a 3-year-old can be.

W: “But I but I but I luf the kitty….”
Me: “Yes I know, but look at that beautiful, colourful parrot up there”
W: “Can’t like the carrot. I luf the kitty”

Etc.

In hindsight we should have purchased a map and planned our day strategically. Our little ones were hot and exhausted after the first enclosure (which was probably the least exciting) but we stubbornly pressed on. After a morning taking in what we could with two increasingly fractious toddlers we ended up at the monkey interaction enclosure.

The rules read (put everything away, zip up your bag, don’t shout, cry or yell, don’t touch, tease, squeeze the monkeys etc) we cautiously stepped inside. J immediately demanded his dummy/bunny combo and for the sake of peace I got it out my handbag (breaking rule number 1). No sooner had I handed it over when a tiny yellow monkey leapt off an overhead branch, grabbed it and shoved it into its tiny monkey mouth. Ryan launched himself heroically after the retreating primate as J fell dramatically to the floor and started to scream (breaking another rule) and W (in sympathy) followed suit. There was some fuss, but the bunny/dummy was eventually retrieved from the monkey without harm befalling either, but the most distressing part came when in all the excitement, J shoved his dummy back in his mouth. I hadn’t even wiped it (anyone remember Outbreak?) My mother’s Whatsapp message which just shouted “RABIES!!!” almost sent me scurrying to the ER, and we hurriedly left before we could annoy the monkeys and the tourists any further.

This day, as well as every other, taught me many new things about being a mum to toddlers. You can’t expect to do things at your pace. This is a frustrating lesson, but when we slowed right down and let them lead the way the excitement at new discoveries came naturally. You might not feel that you “got your moneys worth” when you only manage half an outing, but if they had a great time and left with memories and new experiences then you did good.

At bedtime, W tells me her interpretation of an experience we might have had days ago. She takes it all in and processes it at her own speed and the outcome is always delightful and surprising. It’s an amazing privilege to be a mum to these two fascinating little humans. All their quirks and habits that make them uniquely themselves. I have a feeling this year is going to be the funnest, silliest (most challenging?) one so far. Bring it on!

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— Emily

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lunch in the winelands // creation wines

This past weekend we went out to the Hemel en Aarde valley to have lunch at Creation Wines, a family day trip to end the holidays off in style. It was quite a drive (although beautiful) but well worth it when we arrived at the farm.

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Road trip views

We were an hour early as we thought it might be nice to walk around a bit before we sat down, to let the littles burn off some energy after being in the car for a few hours. At the restaurant – The Tasting Room –Francois greeted us and suggested we go down to the cellar to do some wine tasting while we wait. He was very friendly and full of information as he escorted us to the cellar. We sat and tasted a few delicious wines (and put in a few orders too) before Francois came back down again to let us know our table was ready early. Creation have cleverly included a kids’ playroom in the restaurant, with books, blocks, toys and all sorts to keep little ones busy. Bailey and Robert were running back and forth from the room to our table, while we sipped on more wine. It wasn’t all laid-back and relaxing though, we were also both up and down a few times to make sure Robert didn’t keep running out the front door of the restaurant.

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The wine tasting cellar

 

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Ruining the peace in the wine cellar

 

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Playroom for the littles

 

For Bailey we ordered the Kids Surprise Pairing – the sweetest idea, which she loved. To start, she had a few grapes to pair with some grape juice. Then some dried banana as well as a fish cake and a spring roll to pair with some pineapple juice. And to end it off, some mini marshmallows and biscotti to drink with flavoured milk straws. So fun! Robert’s a little young for this so we just ordered him a cheese, tomato and ham toastie – he pulled out all the tomato, ate that and nothing else. Sigh! For our lunch we ordered the charcuterie platter for two as well as a cheese board to share. Delish.

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Kids Surprise Tasting board

 

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Yum!

 

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At the front door of the restaurant decorating the steps with peach pips

 

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We would highly recommend a visit to Creation Wines!

— Liza

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lunch in the winelands // middelvlei

I’m always loathe to say we’re starting a new ‘series’ of posts on the blog, as it’s quite a commitment to keep it up but Lunch in the Winelands is beneficial on so many levels so here we go…

We’ve got a list of wine farms we’re keen to visit but never any time to actually go out there and enjoy them! A couple of weeks ago we finally got to tick Middelvlei off the list. We booked for the Boere Braai lunch – doesn’t that sound yum? Middelvlei is situated very close to the Route 44 market, so it’s easy to find. They’ve got a lovely big sandpit for kids as well as plenty of lawn for running around, goats and chickens to feed, scooters to ride, marshmallows to toast on the fire and even a tractor ride (by prior arrangement).

The food was phenomenal. We started off with homemade potbrood cooked on the fire and served with pates and jams. We then moved onto the main course of braaibroodjies (also cooked on the fire), chicken kebabs, lamb chops, green salad, potato salad and pumpkin fritters. And we finished off with coffee and creme brulee. A serious feast!

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— Liza

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“A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014”

Willow: Hanging with friends
James: Trucks are the flavour of the month
Bailey: Shelling beans from the veggie garden
Robert: Babe in the bath

— Emily

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“A portrait of our children, once a week, every week, in 2014”

Bailey: School concert. Yes, that’s my giraffe pulling a silly face
Robert and James: Helping their mamas shoot product for I Heart Vintage
Willow: Such a beautiful, sensitive soul

— Liza

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