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November 11th 2014
Published: November 15th 2014
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Visited the Brampton wine estate this week, the setting is beautiful. Our table for lunch was set amongst the vines, can't get any nearer the grape except in the glass already squeezed though! We had a delicious tapas lunch and whiled away the afternoon drinking a very chilled glass or two of Rose and looking at the spectacular scenery of the mountains. It was a lovely spot and a very chilled out way to spend an afternoon. Life is good!

On Sunday we went to the remembrance service in town. It was held at the monument and the veterans and local cadets were on parade. It was a very hot day but we managed to get a front row seat in the shade. They played all the old time war songs whilst they were waiting to start, Vera Lynn was blasting out of the speakers with the White Cliffs of Dover! The service was pretty much the same as ours at home with the only difference being that they read out the names of all the people from Knysna who lost their lives in the two world wars and also the border war (must look that up, not sure where exactly that war was). We couldn't sing Abide with me as they sung it in Africans, the first line went like this "Bly by my Heer, terwyl die sake mar daal" you can probably tell why we just hummed along but it was good to be able to attend a service like we do at home, pay our respects and see it from a different perspective.

Went to a cook and look evening. It was held within a cookery school and is run by a husband and wife team. There were also guests from the wine society and the presentation was by the Cape wine master (what a job!) who gave a talk about wine, how they select the different ones and how that the different vineyards managed to obtain their awards for their wines, it was interesting and it obviously goes without saying they had picked some lovely wines for us to try with each course. The meal was five courses and each course divine, we had tastes of Thailand, a little India thrown in and the most delicious sirloin of beef, just melted in your mouth. All this was put together by the team working in an open kitchen, you were asked to go in the kitchen and ask culinary questions if you wanted and all dishes were cooked in front of you. The hostess was really funny, cracking jokes and full of very witter banter. The whole evening was relaxed very friendly and thoroughly enjoyable. Another place to go back to again!!!

Been on the ferry across to the other side of the lagoon, quite a short trip across about 20 mins and on the other side we got the transport to the top of the headland. The views from there are spectacular, you can see up the Knysna river into the lagoon and down into the Indian Ocean, it takes your breath away. From the top of the headland we could see humpback whales leaping out of the water, they were a long way off so the view wasn't great but it has made me more determined to get the fast boat out there to witness them close up. I maybe alone for that trip as Baz is not a great sailor, we will try for a calm day and hope for the best. We spotted sting rays, seals, lots of bird life and a couple of iguanas sunning themselves. We walked the 2.2km back to the ferry via spectacular view spots and caves. What can I say another great day out was had.

Christmas has come to Knysna, the decorations are all up this week, the checkout girls are wearing their Santa hats and the Christmas puddings, cakes and mince pies are on the shelves in abundance. It all seems a bit barmey as the sun is shining. It does bring a lump to my throat thinking about not being at home for Christmas, it's a very strange feeling and I keep trying to console myself with it's just one day!

Anyway enough for now, it's rugby today. South Africa v England so we are off to the pub for beer, ribs and chips, yipeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

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