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Old Gaol Coffee Shop and Restaurant

We stopped the Old Gaol Coffee Shop and Restaurant for lunch after visiting The Fairy Sanctuary in Swellendam.


Getting there: from Cape Town side drive to the eastern end of the main road keeping your eyes open for the NG Kerk on the left; the Restaurant is across the street.
GPS Coordinates: -34.01797, 20.44720

The Old Gaol is across the street from the NG Kerk at the end of the main road of Swellendam.


Kloof Nek to Kasteelspoort along the Pipe-track

This is a super easy walk or run along the Pipe-track above Camps Bay; perfect for a lazy Sunday morning. We headed out to Lion’s Head on a Sunday morning but were put off by the crowds, so headed instead for an easy walk along the Pipe-track. We were rewarded with sunny views of Table Mountain, Camps Bay and Lion’s Head.

Getting there: park in the parking lot at the SANParks Table Mountain info center at the top of Kloof Nek.
GPS Coordinates: -33.94296, 18.39549
Distance: 6.4km
comfortable walking on easy-to-follow-trail

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Our version of SuzelleDIY’s Braai Pie

If you have not yet seen SuzelleDIY take a moment to do so now.

You are welcome.

We have now had two great successes making Braai-Pies at home. We have filled ours with spinach (homegrown in our veggie garden), feta and bacon.

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Sulina: the Fairy Sanctuary

Sulina, generally referred to as The Fairy Sanctuary, is an odd little place in Swellendam which will delight princesses of all ages!

Address: 37 Buitekant Street
Cost: R20 Adults; R10 Children (U13)
Hours: Wednesdays to Saturday: 09h00 — 16h30, Sundays: 10:00 — 16h00, everyday during school holidays: 09h00 — 16h30

Set in a quiet neighborhood street in Swellendam, Sulina is a private house surrounded by a garden with all things fairy. There is a shop selling all kinds of magical odds-and-ends.

Sulina, the Fairy Sanctuary, Swellendam

Sulina, the Fairy Sanctuary, Swellendam


CAPESTORM Ladies’ Disa Shirt

I bought Ms Cape-hike a CAPESTORM Ladies’ Disa Shirt to match my CAPESTORM Men’s Congo Short Sleeve shirt and we are now THAT couple in our matching CAPESTORM hiking gear.

Crossing the Goukamma on the pont

Crossing the Goukamma on the pont

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Cederberg Wines

I have visited the Cederberg Wines cellars twice now, and this time I was blown away by their wines. On our last visit they had their Bukettraube in stock, and now I know why they often run out!

Facebook: CederbergWines

We popped in at Cederberg Wines after a very wet, very cold hike up to the Maltese Cross. Clearly they mistook us for royalty as we came away laden with wine and more than slightly tipsy after being treated as such.

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Cederberg Astronomical Observatory

Cederberg Observatory, Dwarsrivier

I can find the Southern Cross and that is about it I am afraid. I am very keen to visit the Observatory — the altitude and remoteness of the Cederberg Mountains makes it an ideal location for star-gazing. […]

Asics Men’s Gel Nimbus 15 Road Running Shoes

Asics Gel Nimbus running shoe

After running quite happily in New Balance road shoes for the past few years, a new updated pair of xxx had me feeling decidedly uncomfortable, and I discovered that the medial post (part of the sole) xxx had been made with a new, harder material. This led me to a frantic search for a […]

2014/2015 ADT SeaDog series

Sea Dog logo

I did not get to too may SeaDog paddle sessions last season, but hope to pop in for a few this year.

Cost: R150 for 10 races;  R20 for one Facebook: ADTSeadog

The weekly paddling race that is NEVER CANCELLED.

Racing starts in October and runs through, every Friday, to December. Each race kicks […]

My Trail du Mont Rochelle 2014

Du Toitskop Peak beacon

This is trail running at its best: great turn out of people at a seamlessly executed organisation on new trail in a spectacularly beautiful mountain reserve. This is Ghaleed of Running the Cape’s second trail offering and has now established himself as an organiser who is doing all the right things. […]