Thursday, September 25, 2008

Cafe Blanca

It was a public holiday, Lea & Rem's anniversary, and Sally had come down from Stellenbosch - ofcourse we were going to go out!

A new place has just opened up in Grahamstown - Cafe Blanca. It's a cute little coffee bar/garden restaurant/cocktail bar in the garage and garage of Maxwells (a really expensive but beautiful restaurant, well atleast when you are on a student's budget :) ). We had to give it a try. I love it! It's like an upmarket pub without the scum, really nice atmosphere going too.

The Girls go for Tea

So all us first year God loving girls went for tea last Friday to a gorgeous little house that's been converted into a cafe. Stunning little place (Mom would love it with all it's nooks and crannies and beautiful garden)! We ended up taking over an entire room and dominating it with style.. Can't wait for the next one *smile*

Monday, September 15, 2008

Welcome Home

Midland Meander

Ahh… The Midland Meander! What a terrific day – a great way to spend your first day back home. It was Mom, Granny Claire, Pops and myself. We had no specific agenda besides brunch at Piggly Wiggly’s so we literally did do a meander, stopping at whatever tickled our fancy. We dropped by Peels Honey Shop and we were able to stock up on a few treats (myself for back home at Rhodes), a home store that specialises in wind chimes where Mom had the pleasure of picking one for our garden, and then lastly Nottingham Brewery. That dear brewery is just delightful! We refreshed ourselves with splendid beer shandys made with ginger ale instead of lemonade and their brand of light lager. Delicious! While there we happened upon quite a relaxing hammock-type chair that Mom could just not resist taking home with her. I’m glad I won’t be here when it’s hung up for I rather think I’d fall asleep in it instead of learning in it if I took advantage of it. I can’t wait to go back again in lush summer, or even spending a night up in the mountains.

Boknes Beauty

Wayne was able to fix my camera! That means I didn’t loose all my Boknes pics, yay! Now you can see for yourself why I am falling in love with the Eastern Cape. I hope you like landscapes cause that’s pretty much all the pics I took.. We also happened upon a whole community of periwinkles. You will also see just how string the wind was on our last day there, it near about blew us over! The interesting thing is that the same day these pics were taken it ended up hailing at camp as well as snowing roughly 30min out of Grahamstown at Hogsback – and it was the day before spring was to start!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Falling in Love with the Eastern Cape

Just this past weekend I had my first field trip. The Botany 102 class and myself went down to Boknes (a small coastal town just past Cannon Rocks, a little further down from Kenton if you don't know where that is) to study dune ecology. The work was tough but oh was it worth it..

I hadn't seen a night sky like the Boknes night sky in quite a while. God was deliberately showing us His glory it seems. It was stunning!! And I can't impress upon you enough how beautiful the day time scenery was. I'm falling in love with the Eastern Cape more and more! The beaches never cease to amaze me here. In Durbs you can see the beach stretch into the horizon where as along the Eastern Cape you never know what is around the bend. The dunes are a magnificent sight. And every so often you come across a river entering the sea - a much prettier sight than those in Durbs.

God is drawing me closer to His creation every day - something I will admitt excites me immensely! His wonders and splendour are beyond comprehension. I love Him for it!