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Last-minute ‘mini adventures’ in and around our ‘hood

Not a day goes by that I don’t thank my lucky stars that we ended up living in the beautiful Cape Winelands. When we first decided to move out to Somerset West, I honestly wasn’t looking forward to it, and I didn’t think that I would ever grow to love it.

The plan was always to stay for a year or two, then move back to the Peninsula the minute Beanie started going to school. It’s been almost four years now, and we’re still here… and I’m enjoying it more than ever. I love the fact that we’re close enough to the city, and that it takes roughly 40 minutes to get to the centre of Cape Town. What I love even more, though, is the fact that we literally have nature on our doorstep. It takes us about five minutes to get to the nearest beach, we can see the Helderberg mountain from our lounge, bedroom, and office windows, and Stellenbosch is a 15-minute drive away. It makes impromptu mini-adventures that much easier to do; especially on a public holiday or long weekend, as you can enjoy a meander through the beautiful countryside – enjoying the scenery and quaint coffee shops and padstals as you go – without having to stress about securing last-minute accommodation.

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Both The Husband and I woke up itching to go on a little road trip yesterday, but we didn’t have the foresight or planning skills to take full advantage of the long weekend. Instead, we decided to head out to Stellies for a quick cup of coffee at The Blue Crane and Butterfly (best coffee in Stellenbosch, hands down), then headed to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve for some fresh air on a whim. In the end, we decided not to go into the actual reserve (I’d worn heels and failed to pack a pair of flats for ‘just in case’), but we drove around the area, taking in the beautiful scenery, and stopping at various parks along the way so that Beanie could get rid of some pent-up energy.

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It might not seem like an incredibly fun-filled or action-packed day out on the surface, but we all arrived home feeling as though we’d explored a new area, with our inspiration tanks (is there such a thing?) feeling fully topped up, ready to get back to our desks this morning. Best of all? We didn’t have to drive very far, and it didn’t cost a thing (apart from our coffees and some fuel, of course). We enjoyed it so much, I think we might just head out to do it all again tomorrow…

DRESS | H&M

SHOES | Zando

SUNGLASSES | Prada at Sunglasses Hut

  • Ah that sounds like a lovely little adventure. There are so many beautiful places to explore and soak in some nature vibes around here!