Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Sunday morning drive from Oudtshoorn to Calitzdorp for breakfast at Handelshuis then via Groenekloof to Knysna

A typical Karoo road, the Romans could have built this, it is so straight
Wonderful morning light on the hills
We followed rainbows all day. This is De Ou Pastorie. Looks a bit like the Russian Steppes
Storm clouds coming in. Our car parked on the side of the road while John takes photographs
Another wonderful rainbow
The interior of Die Handelshuis cafĂ© – we had several recommendations to have breakfast there
Lots of local charm and many fun signs
This one says it all
A nice arrangement!
The menu
Because of these Angels, Lynne kept calling this De Hemelshuis. Must have come from an old church.
John popped outside while we were waiting for breakfast to photograph the quiet Sunday streets
The local museum
The outside of Die Handelshuis
One of the many B and B’s
The lightest omelette in the world. Made by beating the whites till stiff and then folding in the rest of the egg. As fluffy as a soufflĂ©
The  Full House breakfast for Lynne. Superbly fresh eggs and very good Boerewors.
They obviously have some strange customers
When men were men and beer was beer...
The owner with two of her regular locals
A wild flower blooming on the side of the road
We took the route less travelled down the Groenfontein road on our way back to Oudtshoorn and onwards to Knysna.  There are lots of art galleries down this road and Peter Bayly’s farm and others
Having a look at art and pottery on a Sunday morning. We know the owners, they also have a gallery at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock
A nice view through the trees of Peter and Yvonne Bayly's home farm
Some locals on the road next to an aloe covered Kloof
A farm nestled in the hills. Many of the houses and farms are painted cream and white and have green roofs.  It looks very traditional and fits into the landscape very well
Down the steep wandering road. The surface had just been graded so it was an easy trip of just over an hour with very beautiful scenery
Full dams, rolling hills and high mountains shrouded in cloud on a chilly and wet winter Sunday
Such a thrill to see this raptor so close up. It was resting on a post on the side of the road and flew off as John pointed the camera at it. We saw so many birds on our trip to Calitzdorp. Definitely a place to revisit.
©John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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