|What a beautiful creature I am! How's this for my pose?|
YIPPEE!!!!!! We awoke to a cloud covered sky and a few spots of rain today.
I know many of you have been inundated with more rain than you can handle and others have been battling heavy snowfalls and all that this entails...so you might well be thinking I'm a little crazy to be rejoicing about our inclement day.
My regular readers will of course know by now that summer rainfall is a rare and precious commodity in the South Western Cape and so, for us, any hint of drizzle, however slight and any drops that make their way into our thirsty rainwater tanks, is truly a BLESSING. More so to me, as I interpret rainfall as a good omen and rejoice even more exuberantly, especially with it falling right at the beginning of a brand new year. Please click the read more button below to continue...
We had arranged to take my 94 year old father-in-law out to lunch today. Our destination was Skelligs Pub at the Erinvale Estate Hotel and Spa.
|One of the entrances to the hotel from the parking area.|
|A clever wall feature at the side entrance to the hotel from the parking area.|
This is reserved for non-smoking patrons and is a more refined version of the seating area within the pub itself. We ordered a bottle of the Ghost Tree Pinotage, one of the wines produced by Sylvanvale Winery, which belongs to the hotel group of which Erinvale is one of the portfolio establishments.
|A view across the parking area towards the little private chapel which is used for weddings. Very popular venue.|
My FIL ordered the grilled linefish served with chips (French fries) and a green salad; my husband braved the chicken curry (too hot for my taste!), served with rice, poppadoms and a selection of sambals and I had the fillet steak, with a blue cheese sauce topped with sliced green figs. This was accompanied by an assortment of steamed veg, a small side salad and a portion of chips. A basket of freshly baked breadrolls had kept us happy while we were waiting for our meal to arrive and sipping our wine. I was the only one to opt for dessert - my favourite, creme caramel served with fresh strawberries. We all had coffee to round the meal off afterwards.
|We saw these beauties on our way back to the car after our meal. The hotel rooms/suites are off to the right.|
It was still drizzling by the time we'd finished our leisurely meal, and was too wet to walk around the gardens, so we opted for the shortest
route back to the car, which was the way we'd come in.
I had not taken my camera with me, as it was raining. Miraculously, the drizzle abated once we were outside and I was able to take a few pictures with my mobile's camera, of a grouping of peacocks and a quick look back down the pathway area we'd just walked along.
On our way out of the gate, my husband stopped for me to snap a couple of pictures of the huge magnolia trees in flower, but unfortunately, I was not able to zoom in as my mobile (cellphone) does not have that function, so you aren't really able to see the blooms. They looked so beautiful, huge creamy cups against the dark green foliage.
|Magnolias gracing the driveway of the hotel.|
|This magnolia must be very old!|
|A roughly sculptured, bronze leopard poses at the base of the magnolias. A section of the main hotel is visible in the background.|
Unfortunately, I was not able to take any pictures of the gracious front entrance and main hotel facade. I hope to do so when we visit another time.
Now and then it is a joy to have one's table red with wine and roses.
~Oscar Wilde ~