Thursday, October 02, 2014

Franschhoek Uncorked

On Saturday, we took our English friend Terry to this Franschhoek festival. We collected our tickets and glasses from Babylonstoren, which gave us a chance to show him their amazing gardens. Unknowingly, we arrived at the perfect weekend to see their collection of over 5000 clivias in full bloom. It was a superb site. You can walk through the clivia wood and admire those they have planted, plus a good display of other unusual and beautiful hybrids in pots

Then it was off into Franschhoek in time for our lunch booking at Foliage. After lunch, we called in at Cabrière, who had such a fun event going on in their marquee. We tasted their wine and bubbly, had a bit of a bop to the band and threw some balls at a rubber ring in the lake to try to win a bottle of Ratafia. No, we didn’t get one. What a lovely way to spend a Saturday.
Walking through Babylonstoren
Past the spekboom maze, a lovely view of the mountains
Fields of lavender and thyme
A spring vineyard on the mountain
One of their barns
Pale yellow Clivia
Terry Rodbard in the Clivia tunnel
Some of the marvellous varieties of Clivia in their collection
The lotus pond
A bee harvesting pollen on a mesembryanthemum flower
Arriving at Haute Cabrière, we were welcomed by two enthusiastic young people
In the tasting room, talking to Hildegard von Arnim
Terry with Achim von Arnim
Hildegard looking young and fresh, recovering from a shoulder op
A moody view of the Franschhoek valley from Haute Cabrière

Lovers on the terrace
A DJ pumping out the music in the marquee
with help conducting the band
Cabrière takes their Klink nomination seriously
© John & Lynne Ford, Adamastor & Bacchus 2014

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