A Wonderful Weekend in Napier

A few weekends ago, we spent a glorious couple of days at my cousin, Sue’s, amazing “compound” in Napier. Sue is the warmest and most generous of people. Although she’s my cousin, she’s closer in age to my mom, and has honestly been my greatest support in South Africa. She’s crazy and fun and irreverent and unbelievably creative. Not to mention unapologetic — what you see is what you get.

The Overberg is another breathtaking part of the Western Cape.  Inland and mountainous, it’s covered with farms and small towns. Her smallholding, “Blue Gum Creek” is a little girl’s dream. She has a pony and a horse, and a whole lot of chickens. There’s a copse of blue gums that cut the property down the middle, and rather than a big house, the accommodations are made up of a couple of wooden cabins and some amazingly revamped old caravans. Sue does beautiful mosaics, and her favourite place is the dump, where she’s found old milk can, wheelbarrows, signs and dozens of other fascinating goetjies that are hidden all among the wildly growing plants. There’s an old dam that’s been turned into a veggie garden amphitheatre, and a great big plastic cow that sits and watches over the property.

What a wonderful place!

The road trip:

Sand Dunes On the road Sleeping bunny The Overberg Are we there yet? Wind Farm Beautiful sky

The Stables:

April feeding the chickens   Petting Blaze

Going to watch the sunset:

In the bakkie Chubby Charlie Sunset Watching the sun set Clouds Aaaahhh Sunset Sunset mama


Wheelbarrow Best breakfast around! Surprise Breakfast! Charlie Marietjie's Doggie Peek-a-boo! Dog


Driving to Gansbaai:

Cows in the Road Gansbaai Gansbaai ocean Gansbaai clouds   Pink wig

Back at Blue Gum Creek:

Sky The cow Streeeetch Charlie painting Ladybirds April painting Growing Josh and Charlie The Compound Oh So Boho! Caravan mosiac The Cabin Hello? Our cabin Mosaics by Sue Gaia The Blue Gums Animals Mosaics by Sue


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