Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Morning Trade

After threatening to go for months, we made our first visit to the Morning Trade a few weeks ago, meeting Rox, Jon and Isabella there for an early lunch.

The Morning Trade is situated in the Rivertown area, which seems to be developing a nice vibe, and is open on Sundays from 8:00 to 14:00.  There are lots of farm fresh goodies and artisan foods for sale.

I was very impressed with the quality of goods on offer - lovely baked goodies, cold meats, veggies, coffees etc.

My only gripe is that a couple of food items were sold out by the time we got there at 12:00ish.  I think we'll aim to be there for breakfast next time, instead of planning to lunch there as we did this time.

All in all, well worth a visit and we will definitely be back.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Highland Nook

Last weekend we went off to Highland Nook for what seems to be becoming our annual family week-end away.  This time we went sans Rox, Jon and Isabella, unfortunately.

The weather played some bizarre games with us on the way up (seriously, it was SO weird!):

But other than the crazy temps and a minor hail storm at Nottingham Rd, we had a lovely trip up and soon we were enjoying the mountain views:

There are many things I love about Highland Nook, one of them being that my precious Jackie-dog can come with us when we go there.  Jax LOVES her visits to Highland Nook, the endless fascination of things to see and smell..... and it all starts on the drive up:

She slowly morphs from pampered urban lap-dog, to farm dog extraordinaire!
And it's not only Jackie that undergoes something of a shift, it always amazes me how within an hour or two of arrival at Highland Nook, everything slows down and becomes a whole lot more laid-back.  I just love it, wish I could spend a weekend there every month!
There are 3 cottages at Highland Nook, we like to stay in Stoneage, while Dad and co. stay in The Croft (didn't get any pics of their cottage).
If I'd used my brain I would have taken a photo of our adorable bedroom, tucked upstairs, under the thatch.  Too cute.  I also failed to get a photo of one of my very favourite Highland Nook things.. the shower.  The houses only have baths, so we generally head up to the ablution block in the camp site for our showers (only a short little walk away).  The shower is a rustic, outdoorsy facility.  I adore it!  You can literally see the sky as you shower.  I have no idea why I get so excited about it, but I do!  Am kicking myself for not getting a pic.
Fortunately, before leaving home we had a good look at the weather report and saw that we were in for some significantly cooler weather than the 34 degree Celsius temps we left home in, so we packed our Winter woollies.  Saturday dawned very fresh... not quite as fresh as Paula (pictured below) would have you believe... but a crisp day nonetheless.

Aunty Wend in a worryingly "kappie komando" look....
So, what did we do all weekend?  Well we relaxed,

we read, we hung out at the dam,

we chilled,


Jax made some new friends!
we took some walks
oh the fascinating smells on these walks...!

and we braaied.

Utter bliss!
I was not asked to do this review or reimbursed in any way, these opinions are entirely my own.