Agri Kultuur December / Desember 2018 - Page 51

their welcome note, owners Calla and Orla du Toit, say we are welcome to swim in and go for a paddle. We continue up - a steady incline but not too challenging. As we approach the top, we see a large cross we noticed illuminated the previous evening while stargazing. It was a little too soon to head back so we pressed on, past the cross, down the dale and climbed further. After about 5km, we stopped for our coffee break our legs dangling akimbo over the village of Tulbagh.   There are jars of home-baked rusks and biscuits in the cottage and a flask for just such an occasion. There too are elegant plastic wine glasses to take along to a picnic by the dam or to enjoy a bottle of wine in the hot tub. It felt as if we were on top of the world. We could see the snow-topped mountains and the beautiful valley beneath. In the far distance, a hint of Table Mountain which is, I’m told, visible, on a clearer day. At the site of the cross we decided to walk off-path to explore the very top of the peak for 360 degree views. And, on the way down, we explored a cave created by a rocky outcrop. Look out for the Protea Nana, elegantly described in Afrikaans as a Skaamblom, a shy blossom on account of its hanging head which hides its true beauty. I’d not seen this before. AgriKultuur |AgriCulture 51