Thursday, September 06, 2012

The great trek. Day 3 - Port Alfred to Calitzdorp

Port Alfred’s Waterfront and small boat harbour
Living on the water with your own jetty is a lifestyle to envy
Early morning light and mating ducks
Lynne’s Spur breakfast, a bargain at R19.95. The eggs were very fresh, something we don’t always see in Cape Town. The coffee is extra.
A beautiful heron on the dock just below us at the restaurant
Nanaga Farm Stall, just outside Port Elizabeth, has changed a lot since we were last there. It has been rebuilt, but they still sell awesome pies and some fresh, if sweetened, pineapple juice that cured Lynne’s sore throat.
The packed-full pies. You can buy them frozen as well. We shared a warthog pie and a venison with port pie for lunch.
Lots to buy in the deli
Nursery rhyme window that enchanted, also showing the pies
Their central courtyard
The dockside at Keurbooms, near Plettenberg Bay, where we had our lunch (Nanaga pies) in full sunshine for the first time in weeks
He wanted some pie crust
Our overnight stay in Calitzdorp at Spekboom cottages
James & Marie McIlrath have converted almost a whole street into the very comfortable accommodation
Our bedroom with a bath in it and a separate toilet
The lounge area and small kitchenette with French doors leading to the terrace and plunge pool
Another view of the lounge with a friendly visiting terrier
The second bathroom with shower  off the lounge
The lovely waterwise garden, plunge pool and super view of the far mountains topped with snow
The terrace, where the pergola would be covered by the vine leaves in summer giving shade
The row of different cottages you can hire, some bigger than others with different amenities
Most have Georgian architecture, one, privately owned and not for hire, is Victorian
The owners’ very friendly Great Dane
A view of the Spekboom ‘road’
The end of town and the beginning of the Klein Karoo
Centre of town with very pretty cottages
Our cottage, number 11, with Jack Russell
The dining room and Naked Lady pub in the reception house with John’s healthy breakfast on the table
The Naked Lady pub is full of interesting art and is a much frequented drinking hole for the friends and residents.
Photographs © John Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2012

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