DPP // 20

DPP // 20

For the first time in 23 years, Tobi gets to sleep in the master bedroom on holiday in Wilderness. He is finally a grown-up!

DPP // 18 // Secret Fairy Garden

Instead of spending another day in the hot sun, we decided to go on an adventure just down the road. It’s one of the beauties of the Garden Route – adventures abound. Between Wilderness and Sedgefield there is a quaint little collective farmstall and organic village. A sign at the entrance greets you with a friendly reminder “Your Local Needs You” – a descriptive summary of what you’ll find inside. Local artists and artisans come together to display and sell their creations here. Most of all, Timberland is a great break from the beach with kids. There is a giant jungle-gym, old tractor and even a tree-top zip-line. The wooden huts, open spaces, and wide pathways make it very family-friendly.

The highlight of the cooperative, though, was the secret fairy garden. For R5/person, you enter a lovely forest filled with fairies, pixies, dwarfs, frogs… They are hidden along the dirt path that circles around two small fish ponds. Making this adventure even more fun, was the people I shared this with. Astrid (Tobi’s sister) might be more excited about fairies than I am (crazy right?!), and Mia enjoyed it with all the imagination of a three year old.

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IMGP4131  IMGP4147 IMGP4140 After about an hour of exploring the magic of fairies, we headed to the restaurant for drinks and dessert. The girls had wine – Mia’s was appletizer in a wine glass – and Tobi had an “ice cold artisan home-brew Karoo ale”. A delicious end to a delightful morning! IMGP4177

DPP // 17


It was a day of firsts! Not only did our little niece, Tessa, finally settle into her new holiday surroundings – which basically means that she was a happy baby most of the time, rewarding us with quite a few smiles – but she also ate her first real baby food. It was butternut flavoured, and she liked it. This was after a very early morning attempt at eating baby porridge, which she let everybody, especially the sleepy heads (guess who?), know she didn’t like it at all. Small victories in the life of a three month old!