We have so far spent almost 3 weeks on our Cape Town shipping agent´s farm awaiting Henry´s arrival. At any given time he has always been about 2 weeks away!
Frustrations abound but the farm is lovely, we are made to feel like friends rather than customers and we are, afterall, in the beautiful Stellenbosch region of South Africa. James has stood at the door of our rondavel with a beer in his hand looking out over Table Mountain more than once commenting on how lucky we are to live the lives we do.
I have to be honest and admit that we haven´t done a great deal with our time! Our hosts kindly let us borrow one of their vehicles every now and again to go shopping, or do something more interesting, but we can´t abuse their kindness by going out too often.
Since finding out Henry is on his way to Durban before he comes back to Cape Town we have spent quite a bit of time working on a Hilux recently purchased by our hosts to make it into an overlander. Once finished, they intend to hire it out to other customers but the deal is if we help them with the work then we can use it for a couple of weeks first to tour the Garden Route whilst we wait for Henry.
First stop, the road-worthy test and registration documents.
It flew through! Just a service and some kitting out left to do.
We spent two whole days driving round the various mechanic and safari overland shops buying everything from fan belts and leisure batteries to teaspoons and saucepans ready to equip it for an expedition.
FB and Gumtree were scoured for a roof top tent and fridge and then James got stuck in at the workshop getting everything bolted in, on and around.
We hope to be ready to set off in the next day or two – watch this space!
In between times we have been making some good friends with fellow travellers staying at the camp site. There are all sorts of weird and wonderful overland trucks here, some more modern than others!
A day trip with friends down to Fish Hoek on False Bay was beautiful.
We cut across the Cape Peninsula to the west coast and followed the road through Hout Bay, Camp Bay and Clifton Beaches eventually driving the gorgeous Chapmans Peak Pass.
We have been treated to some breathtaking sunsets right on our doorstep, some of these taken from the door of our rondavel.
And we have company wherever we are at the campsite
We even managed to celebrate Easter in the style to which we have become accustomed!
But for me the highlight so far has been a trip to the Dylan Lewis Sculpture Park just south of Stellenbosch.
Set across a beautiful estate in a picturesque landscape surrounded by the mountains which make South Africa´s wine country so special. Hundreds of Dylan Lewis´s sculptures have been curated with pathways meandering between them. Everywhere you look you catch your breath as one creature after another sits proudly against the perfect, blue South African sky.
From big cats to birds to demons, there wasn´t one piece that wasn´t stunning.
The whole setting was spectacular, I believe the artist designed the park himself so is clearly as talented at landscape gardening as he is at sculpting!
Even the reception building was fabulous. With perfectly sized, light rooms, works in progress in the basement and big cats everywhere! If we ever decide to settle somewhere, our forever home would look very like this!
The iconic view of the park has to be this one, a powerful representation of human determination and power in adversity towering 20 feet over the lake.
Ok, enough of my oozing over art! Most of you won´t be surprised to hear that we have also found time to return to our beloved Franschhoek for another day on the wine tram! Sadly we had to change the booking four times before we finally made it due to a rather nasty case of stomach problems but when we finally got there we were not disappointed! They say never try recreating a perfect day but ´they´must never have been to Franschhoek!
James is even coming round to the idea of moving in and is considering turning to religion….
Next post in a couple of weeks. Who knows, we may even be full quorum of the Sidetracked team by then.
Until then….we´ll just keep watching those beautiful sunsets!