Elgin

Ultimate adventure with Cape Canopy Tour

September 29, 2016

Cape Canopy Tour, Elgin
Last week myself and a friend did something a little different and headed into the mountains in Elgin to put our fear of heights to the test! We joined Cape Canopy Tour for one of their adrenaline filled zipline adventures and had an unforgettable experience.

Situated in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve, they’ve partnered with CapeNature to take you into a previously inaccessible and pristine part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. Getting there takes less than an hour from Cape Town so this makes for an ideal day trip. The adventure starts with a safety briefing at the base camp and then you’re taken on a 4×4 drive up into the mountains. After a short walk through breathtaking surroundings and endless fynbos, you arrive at the first platform and slide.

Putting our nerves aside was more difficult than we imagined and for someone who has a mild fear of heights… well it was pretty scary! Each slide is an absolute thrill and mix of emotions, from being scared to death and too fearful to set off, to the high of flying through the air at top speed and arriving safely on the other side albeit a bit shaky! And then psyching yourself up for the next slide!

Cape Canopy Tour, Elgin
Cape Canopy Tour, Elgin
We had two fantastic guides who were incredibly patient with us and coached us along the way. There are 11 slides that will whisk you through the valley past waterfalls and dramatic scenery. Crossing the suspension bridge almost had me in tears but after that we took time out and had a refreshment break in the sunshine, enjoying the incredible views. With only a few slides to go, I finally got into the zone and started enjoying the thrill and rush of each one.

Cape Canopy Tour, Elgin
Cape Canopy Tour, Elgin
Our adventure ended with a rustic light lunch back at their café where we tucked into homemade pies from Peregrine Farm Stall.

If you’re wanting an adventurous day out and to experience nature in a unique way then I highly recommend you book a trip! And why not turn it into an overnight stay so that you can experience more of the Elgin magic.

MY TIPS:
Take a buff or cap (otherwise you’ll have be given a hair net to wear under your helmet. Not so good for photo opportunities!)
Take something warm, in can get chilly up in the mountains.
You’ll want to take photos so I recommend wearing something with a zip which is easily accessible so you can pop your phone in and out (or take a backpack)
Wear comfy shoes, there’s a short walk involved.
You need to book! Keep your group small.

Cape Canopy Tour, Elgin
Cape Canopy Tour, Elgin
Disclosure: My zipline adventure with Cape Canopy Tour was complimentary. As always, the opinions and thoughts herein are my own.

Accommodation, Elgin

Tropical bliss at Lothian Vineyards

September 28, 2016

Lothian Vineyards, Elgin
Last week I escaped to the beautiful Elgin Valley for a night and got to stay in the most incredible villa. With endless vistas of water and lush tropical plants, you’ll be forgiven for thinking this is Bali or some equally exotic location. Lothian House is in fact less than an hours drive from Cape Town and situated amongst vineyards, on the banks of the Palmiet River.

The house itself is impressive with striking architectural features and so many unique details. I loved all the greenery from the jungle-like indoor plants to the beautiful green living wall that greets you at the front entrance.

Lothian Vineyards, Elgin
Lothian Vineyards, Elgin
Lothian Vineyards, Elgin
Lothian House has six spacious en-suite bedrooms each decorated in their own style plus an exterior apartment with two en-suite bedrooms. The rooms each have their own terrace, creating many places to lounge and relax. Along with a jacuzzi, sauna and gym… this is absolute luxury. The house is rented out as a whole and is also available for weddings.

With its breathtaking setting and gardens, Lothian really makes for a unique wedding venue. Hop over and take a look at this awesome wedding that was held at Lothian recently.

Lothian Vineyards, Elgin
Lothian Vineyards, Elgin
Lothian Vineyards, Elgin
If you’re planning on visiting the valley, I’d highly recommend a wine tasting at Lothian. You’ll get to sample their wonderful wines and of course get to experience the Lothian lifestyle. Lothian wine tastings are by appointment only and can be booked by emailing info@lothianvineyards.com. As long as there aren’t guests, the tastings are done in the dining area overlooking the pool with those magical views.

Lastly Lothian is taking part in the annual Elgin Open Gardens which is highlight for both garden lovers and anyone who wants to explore the Elgin countryside. You’ll be able to experience the Lothian gardens and enjoy wine tasting, tea and sushi, with trampolines, a jungle gym and croquet for the kids. So add it to your diary, I certainly am!

Lothian Vineyards, Elgin
Lothian Vineyards, Elgin
Lothian Vineyards, Elgin

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Tapas and Styling Workshop recap

September 26, 2016

Tapas and Styling Workshop
I wanted to share a few images from our recent Tapas & Styling workshop that Karoline and I held. Karoline put together an amazing plant-based tapas menu and together we created some beautiful platters and dishes. We had such a fun and interactive morning with the loveliest group of ladies. 

Thanks to Mervyn Gers Ceramics for loaning us their gorgeous ceramics to work with and to Threads that bind us for gifting our attendees a set of their beautiful napkins. If you’re interested in joining us on our next workshop, please do get in touch!

Tapas and Styling Workshop
On our menu…
‘Oysters and Champagne’ – with oyster mushrooms, Campari ‘caviar’, candied lemon zest, micro greens & edible flowers
Seed crackers – with cashew yoghurt, radish, micro greens, black sesame seeds, basil oil
Beetroot Salad – with cashew yoghurt, basil oil, mushroom soil and beetroot powder
Malva truffles – dark and light with beetroot and raspberry powder, and dried rose petals

Tapas and Styling Workshop
Tapas and Styling Workshop
Tapas and Styling Workshop
Tapas and Styling Workshop
Oyster Mushroom textures
Tapas and Styling Workshop
Tapas and Styling Workshop
Malva pudding truffles
Malva pudding truffles
Tapas and Styling Workshop
Tapas and Styling Workshop
Tapas and Styling Workshop
Tapas and Styling Workshop
Tapas and Styling Workshop
sponsors
THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING SUPPLIERS:

MERVYN GERS – for the use of their beautiful ceramics
THREADS THAT BIND US – for sponsoring napkin sets to our attendees
PEZULA INTERIORS – for loaning stylish decor props

Image credits: Photography by Gabrielle Holmes / Nicole of Photo Kru Studios & Lana Kenney

Cape Town, Florist

Floral beauties at Lush

September 23, 2016

Lush florist, Cape Town
Yesterday I popped into Lush to collect some House of Grace macrame plant hangers. I haven’t visited in ages and the shop is looking so beautiful. Unusual pot plants, kokedamas and ceramic pots will tempt you, not to mention all the stunning flowers. Pop in for a visual feast or treat yourself and order a unique bouquet. 

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