Sunday, 1 May 2016

Our week on the South Coast

It seemed like forever since we had been to the seaside, so as April 9 approached I was feeling especially excited.  We set off on a crisp Saturday morning quite early, driving out of the city and out into the country.  We have had a devastating drought over the last several months here in South Africa, and so it was lovely to see the recent rains had brought some velvety green to the mountains and fields.  

We stopped for breakfast, and then carried on our journey until, after some eight hours we reached our cottage at Ramsgate on the KZN South Coast.  This is the view from the verandah, just beautiful!

The Cow Shed near Leisure Bay is our most favourite daytime eatery, and is always our first stop on our first day!  We sit on the covered verahdah which overlooks the Macadamia Nut trees farmed by the local owner.

I always have the Fresh Vegetable Quiche with salad and tomato relish, it is my favourite lunch, and my David had a Spicy Chicken Salad on Homemade Seed Loaf, very delish!

He opted for a sweet treat to follow, lovely Cheesecake with Berry Coulis!

We tend to eat out often when on holiday, so that we both are free of the usual household chores .. like dishes!  One hot afternoon we stopped at a new little shop called Coffee on the Square in Southbroom for a lunch .. on the right of the pic, the bougainvillea looking beautiful drapped over the patio ..

...  I had a yummy very thick vanilla milkshake 

and David had a very more'ish French Toast with bacon, banana and maple syrup!

Later we went down to Southbroom Beach and sat in the shade just gazing out at the shimmery ocean.

The deep blue ocean was competing with the bright blue skies, each trying to look more beautiful, impossible of course .. each breathtaking!

One morning we went for a long walk, all the way down the hill onto a pretty stone step path .....

and then on down to Ramsgate beach.
Our cottage is right near the top of the hill, to the left and just beneath the first tall tree!

Ramsgate Beach is a Blue Flag beach, very beautiful ..

Ramsgate is famous for The Waffle Den .... the most decadent waffles for every taste .. be it savoury or sweet, quite the most amazing eatery! 
My choice was an Orange Mousse with Chilli Chocolate Sauce .... does that not make your mouth water?

A shady spot with a comfy bench on the pathway from the Waffle Den towards the beach

where the very talented ladies of the area sell their wares, from beautiful beadwork to hats and bags and placemats, shell bracelets and necklaces.

A pathway along the beach took us to another small cove just along from Ramsgate.

After a few lazy days doing nothing much of anything, nice long walks, very yummy food, reading, doing crossword puzzles, and some crochet fitted in as well, time was approaching to leave our sunny seaside abode.  A post coming up soon with my seaside makes!  Here is one of the hats I made .. and wow! the Batman emblem was quite a challenge, but perseverance paid off!

I saved this photo for last, it was so very special an occasion!  Down at the Waffle Den, I met up with my my wonderful bloggie friend and fellow countrywoman, Zelna Olivier of Zooty Owl Blog!  As all our friends in Blogland might have now read, Zelna and her lovely husband Andre have relocated to the South Coast, and we could not pass up on the opportunity to meet!  We had waffles and chatted on and on .. so much to talk about .. and only an afternoon!  We will be sure to meet again when on our next visit to the fabulous KZN South Coast.

And so by far the sweetest Cherries on the Cheesecake were:

Zelna and me!

Thank you for popping by, always such a pleasure!
Pat xxxxxxxx


  1. Lovely post my friend! So glad you enjoyed your holiday - cannot wait till the next one!

  2. What a gorgeous seaside vacation you had! And so wonderful to meet up with your blog friend. We do that here. Did you buy some beads? Thanks for sharing. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  3. Such beautiful scenery!! So glad you had such a great time!

  4. How beautiful and peaceful. Those views are gorgeous. And all the food made my mouth water. But I liked the last part of this post the most. It's really great to meet with blogging friends!

    Hugs from California

  5. Meeting blog friends is fun! What a beautiful holiday you had, so relaxing, and what a beautiful place! X


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