|Norman and Sheila|
|Norman and my father|
It was a very casual and relaxing day and we set the table down by the pool under the trees. Lunch was a buffet style starting at 12:30pm and we ended around 6pm - it could have been later
|I think an elephant is stalking Sheila|
|Sheila and Norman aboard the Blue train|
|Us with Norman at a restaurant in Langebaan|
|Us with Sheila|
|Norman and Sheila at Langebaan|
|vantage point on Signal Hill in Cape Town|
(Signal Hill is a landmark flat-topped hill located in Cape Town, next to Lion's Head and Table Mountain. Signal flags were used to communicate weather warnings as well as anchoring instructions to visiting ships in order to ensure that they prepared adequately for stormy weather while in the bay. Similarly, ships could use flags to signal for assistance if, for example, an anchor line parted during a storm.)
|Norman and Sheila on Signal Hill with Table Mountain in the background|
|2010 Fifia World Cup Stadium as seen from Signal Hill|
|Norman and Sheila with Atlantic Ocean in background|
After soaking up the views from Signal Hill, we climbed back into the car and drove past Camps Bay and through Bakoven to reach our next destination - The 12 Apostles Hotel, where we stopped for coffee before heading off to Hout Bay for Lunch
|Leopards Lounge patio at the Twelve Apostles Hotel|
By the time we reached Hout Bay the slight breeze had stopped and all that
was left was a hot summers day - little did we know that the temperatures would rise by almost 8 degrees to almost 40 over the next few days. Nevertheless, we parked our car in the parking lot near the Hout Bay harbour and walked to our restaurant - Mariners Wharf where we enjoyed our lunch on the outside deck overlooking the beach.
After lunch we took a stroll along the jetty to digest a bit of lunch and enjoy the sights of the fishing boats in the harbour. Then we headed back to the car for the next part of our outing - a drive along Chapmans Peak.
We left Hout Bay and took the scenic drive over Chapmans Peak, stopping every now and then at vantage points so Norman and Sheila could absorb the breathtaking scenery and views.
|Views from Wilderness vantage point|
|Evening View of Kysna Quays|
|Graywood Lodge in Knysna where they slept for the night|
|An evening out in Knysna|
|Sheila plaing with an ostrich|
|I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO SAY - A GOODTIME HAD BY ALL|
They arrived home on the 19th, tired but exhilerated. We had a few drinks in hte garden listening to their adventures and then all had an early night. The next day we left them to themselves only to hear later that they had met up with my parents again at Erinvale for an extended lunch.
20 January - some of the guests at Mooring House (including my parents and us) decided to head off to Bloubergstrand for lunch at a lovely venue known as On The Rocks.
|In the parking area outside the retaurant, Table Mountain in the background.|
|Molly, Tommy, Norman and Sheila under the gazebo|
In between all the sights and going out to eat we also had a little entertainment at Mooring House itself.
|The Green Room at Mooring House|
|Sperate Kitchen area of the Green Room|
|Norman and Sheila at Mamma Roma|
|Molly, Sheila and Norman|
|Molly and Tommy relaxing on loungers in the garden|
Later on in the early evening we held an informal cheese and wine get together down by the pool under the shade of the trees
The next 2 days we took a back seat and let the guests relax and do what they pleased, but on the 26 January we booked a picnic at Boschendal close to Franschoek - another beautiful setting and highlight to our guests holiday. The weather was perfect, food and wine good and company - as always - great.
Having left Mooring House close to 11am, en-route to Boschendal we first stopped at Hillcrest Farm for a quick coffee break and then headed off to the scenic beauty of the Boschendal estate.
We arrived at Boschendal first and Molly and Tommy arrived shortly after to join the picnic.
|Miriam chasing the cows so we could drive past and reach the river boat|
|Molly and Sheila snacking in Clifton Bay|
|Sheila at sea with Table Mountain and the soccer stadium in the background|
And that was the end of a holiday - hopefully one to remember. Norman and Sheila met my parents for a final coffe and to say goodbye and then cam eto the guest house to pack and have a last glass of wine with guests and ourselves and then they were off . Later I took Tommy and Molly to the airport and that was another goodbye - we miss them all - but had an early night.