Fountain challenge # 14 humans and animals on or in fountains

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Langebaan is not entirely devoted to the outdoors. For culture lovers, there are a Gallery in this square where the work of local artists, in various media, including paintings, sculpture and textiles are displayed.IMG_20160418_102310

Marra Square on Bree Street, right in the heart of Langebaan were I also found this fountain and a coffee shop.

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Fountain Series # 8 – April : Urban fountains

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Constantia Glen is ideally located below Constantia Nek, just moments from the bustling Cape Town city centre. DSC_0239This picturesque boutique wine estate produces ultra-premium, cool climate wines. DSC_0252Constantia is the oldest wine producing region in South Africa dating back to 1685.DSC_0256

Constantia Glen has a unique position cradled between the Constantiaberg and Table Mountain (World Heritage Site) ranges, with predominantly north-east facing slopes. This location allows for exposure to late afternoon sun, ideal for the slow ripening of the grapes.

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Beneath my Feet

Each Friday, WordPress asks us to look through our lenses in a different way. In the past, they have challenged us to get close. Gaze up. Peek out the window. Today, we have look down and document the world beneath our feet

Today I visited Delaire Graff Estate, nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch.

There are incredible views,  restaurants,  a winery, Lodges, beautiful gardens, a Spa, incredible artworks and luxury boutiques.

In the building I found a pip floor!IMG_7357

The floor consists of peach pips that are packed by hand onto a glued surface and filled with a silica sand and resin mixture, then sealed. The sharp edges of the pips are sanded off to expose the red hue of the pips and give the floor a natural wood feeling – making it warm, therapeutic and comfortable to walk on with bare feet. The floors are uniquely South African, natural and the design and color can be customized.

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Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #19

TOKARA is a picture perfect destination which has a unique combination of  wines, brandy and olive oils, a gallery of fine art, a restaurant featuring one of South Africa’s leading chefs as well as a delicatessen.IMG_6509 IMG_6510 This winery  on the R310 outside Stellenbosch, is nestled among vineyards and olive groves in the the Helshoogte Pass with  views across False Bay and all the way to Table Mountain.IMG_6533IMG_6532 041315ww_6Untitled I am also linking this post to Raewyn’s blog:  decocraftsdigicrafts,  for the five photos five stories challenge. This is the second round  of this challenge for me, and I would like any one that would like to join in this great challenge to do so!

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Alcohol

So, whats your poison? If you don’t drink that’s fine, this challenge can be any beverage that includes alcohol be it beer, wine or hard liquor. You can also do advertisements or establishments or how about vineyards or breweries or even distilleries…..

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DATING BACK TO 1685 and described as one of the world’s most beautiful wine estates, Klein Constantia is set amidst ancient trees on the upper foothills of the Constantiaberg, with views across False Bay.klein Constantia2
The perfect location for cool climate wines, Klein Constantia produces some of South Africa’s top wines, including one of the world’s best natural sweet wines, Vin de Constance.IMG_2222

Klein Constantia originally formed part of “Constantia”, a vast property established in 1685 by Simon van der Stel, the first governor of the Cape. This particular valley was chosen not only for its beauty, but also for the decomposed granite soils on its slopes, gently cooled by ocean breezes.

klein ConstantiaNapoleon Bonaparte, while in exile on the island of St Helena, enjoys the “les vins de Constance” daily, shipping 30 bottles over to the island every month. He even reportedly requests a glass on his deathbed, refusing all other food and drink offered to him.klein Constantia1

Klein Constantia’s Manor House

 

Containers at Neethlingshof

This week, we have to share our own vision of a container you find interesting. You can take the challenge as literally as you want — a box of chocolates, a broken bottle, your town’s water tank, an empty shell on the beach.

Wine barrels, especially those made of oak, have long been used as containers in which wine is aged.

Neethlingshof Wine Estate is steeped in history dating back to 1705 and continues to balance nature and wine growing in the Western Cape’s glorious Stellenbosch Winelands.IMG_2916

The Neethlingshof farm was initially called De Wolvendans (The Dance of Wolves) before it was acquired in 1788 by Charles Marais and his eighteen-year old wife, Maria, who immediately began extending the vineyards and building a cellar to make their own wine. When her daughter married Johannes Henoch Neethling in 1828, he became joint owner of the farm and the name was changed to Neethlingshof.

IMG_2912Always dressed to the nines, Johannes loved the good life and immersed himself in the community activities of Stellenbosch, earning himself the nickname, “Lord Neethling“.IMG_2913IMG_2914

It was Maria, a woman of amazing drive and vision for her time, who put the finishing touches to the decorations on the manor’s gable. The homestead where she lived is a beautifully preserved example of Cape Dutch architecture and today houses theLord Neethling restaurant. Maria also extended the vineyards to 80 000 vines and took on the wine making responsibility to become one of the first female winemakers of the young colony. IMG_2902

With her new found wealth she added a neighbouring 200 ha to the 197 ha she owned, running the whole farming operation with only the help of her two teenage sons and a daughter. Even after selling the property to her son and son-in-law, Johannes Henoch (“Lord”) Neethling, Maria stayed actively involved in the farming operations until her death in 1839 at the age of 68, deeply loved by her children for whom she had sacrificed everything. IMG_2908

Wine barrels, especially those made of oak, have long been used as containers in which wine is aged. Aging in oak typically imparts desirable vanilla, butter and spice flavors to wine. The size of the barrel plays a large role in determining the effects of oak on the wine by dictating the ratio of surface area to volume of wine with smaller containers having a larger impact.

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Combining the enduring beauty of the past with a modern and highly functional lay-out, the Neethlingshof Wine Estate is a space in which to relax and allow yourself the time to savour some of their wines.
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Signal Gun

Hooggelegen has been in the de Wit family for over five generations and one of the oldest family owned wine farms in the Durbanville area.signal gun

We had a delightful visit at this farm and was intrigued by the history.IMG_1852

Why is it called Signal Gun?

The VOC installed more than 50 canons on hills and mountains around the Cape to form a signal gun chain that could call the Burgher Militia to defend the Cape. This signal gun chain extended from the Signal Hill, Cape Town via Durbanville to Citrusdal in the North West, Worcester in the north and via Tygerberg to Suurbraak beyond Swellendam in the east. Some of these cannons are still used to fire on their farm , 300 years later, but only on joyful occasions.
The canon in front of the restaurant is the original one that was fired on top of Hoogeberg Hill. This is the hill right behind the restaurant overlooking the Durbanville Valley on the eastern side and Table Bay on the western side.IMG_1842
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