babylonstoren

Babylonstoren

Ich habe Südafrika als Paradies in Erinnerung. Eine Landschaft wie direkt nach dem Urknall. Auf dem Weg nach Hermanus bleiben wir eine Nacht in den Weinbergen: auf einem Gut (Babylonstoren), in dem alles, was uns zum Essen vorgesetzt wird, aus dem eigenen Bio-Garten kommt. Lecker.

Am nächsten Morgen machen wir eine Gartenführung mit – und sind in Alice´s Wunderland. Gundula, die Gärtnerin zeigt uns wassersprühende Steine, heilende Kräuter, hängende Kürbisse, Insektenhotels, meterhohe Rosensträucher, working ducks (gegen die Schnecken) und stinking roses (Knoblauchpflanzen), die giftige Schlangen davon abhalten, in den Garten zu kommen. Wir riechen, schmecken, tasten, gehen barfuß auf Kamillefeldern, wer jemals in die Nähe kommt – unbedingt diese Führung mitmachen!

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Sorry dear ones, I truly didn’t mean to abandon you for so long…. but it turns out that working full-time, and planning a wedding, and moving countries all at once leaves not even a tiny window for Beloved Blog [beloved to me that is, I am not suggesting for a moment that you would be so impassioned by it]. So much has happened it seems folly to blurt it all out at once. Suffice to say I married the Loved-One and we are currently living happily ever after (if not a little smugly) in Paradise New Zealand having moved from no dice London. (I don’t really mean this - I love London and we are heading pack at the end of the year, but I just couldn’t resist rhyming paradise with no dice). We honeymooned in South America. Alpaca is now my favourite thing, in both steak and furry animal form (apologies to vegetarian readers). I’ll show you photos soon, (not of the steak I promise) just as soon as I can find where we packed the camera….

Anyway, as far as paradises go… this hotel in the vineyards of Cape Dutch, South Africa darn well competes. It’s called Babylonstoren. They grow all their own vegetables, the accommodation is 5 star but not remotely flashy, the home-cooked menu changes every day and…wait for it…. they have DUCKS!!! I would like to stay there please. Thank you very much. 

Thanks too, to YatzerBabylonstoren, the alpacas and the ducks.