Yesterday we went for a drive to a beautiful little town nearby called Franschhoek.
Watch the photo gallery in that link-you won't be disappointed!
A little bit of history of this town (if you care to read it, if not carry on further down):
The valley was originally settled in 1688 by French huguenot refugees, many of whom were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Olifantshoek ("Elephants' corner"), so named because of the vast herds of elephants that roamed the area.
The name of the area soon changed to Franschhoek, with many of the settlers naming their new farms after the areas in France from which they came. La Motte, La Cotte, Cabrière, Provence, Chamonix, Dieu Donné and La Dauphine were among some of the first established farms — most of which still retain their original farm houses today. These farms have grown into renowned wineries.In 1688, 176 French Huguenot ( French Protestants who were members of the Reformed Church who had to leave France or face prosecution for their religious convictions ) refugees fleeing from religious persecution arrived in this valley, this is where Franschhoek gets its name - translated it means ' French corner'.
Apart from Stellenbosch, this is one my favorite towns. Franschhoek is such a lovely little place. Surrounded by mountains, vineyards, streams, rivers, orchards of cherry, apple, almond and fruit trees.
We went to go and take a look at B&B's and Guest houses for our anniversary on the 10th October. As this year we celebrate our 10th Wedding anniversary! We have never gone away for our anniversary before, but I think 10 years call for a special treat!! Don't you?
So here are some photo's from our journey which lasted about 4 hours.
One of the places we looked at is Lavande La Franschhoek.
Very nice setting, tucked away at the foot of the mountains, nestled amongst the trees. Lavender bushes are in front of the little guest house which must be beautiful when they are in bloom.
Another place is this one-Auberge La Dauphhine
Very pretty place, lovely views of the paddocks and mountains.
I saw this and just love the little blue shutters!Just some cute places we found...I love the name of this one..."Cafe BonBon" so me! haha
Gorgeous orchards in bloom....
I just love the cow grazing....(Dara this one is for you!)
Another place we went to and we like this one the best-has to be the most expensive one hey??
It is gorgeous! Each little cottage has it's own name-Rose Cottage, Lavender Cottage and Olive Cottage. Fully equipped Self-catering cottages over looking the dam and the mountains!
And then we also went to look at this adorable place, which I like second to The cottages. It is called Clermont.
lovely little place.
You walk in through this adorable little blue gate. See the stairs? That is where you go up for the room which overlooks the mountains.
This is what you look out onto...Here is where you can sit and have your morning breakfast....
So what do you think?Which place would you choose???
Now for something else....I have this kit...it was a small freebie for a newsletter of mine...I think at the time it only had 6 papers and 5 Elements. Now it if HUGE.
You will get 20 papers and 20 Elements! IT was called "Purple Innocence" but I added some browns and blue's and pink to this kit now, and I am stuck for a name.
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COMPETITION: I need a name for this kit!! And hurry, cos I want to upload it to the shop this week. So I am giving it today (11th)and Tuesday (12th) and then I will choose a winner (if I pick one of the names that is!).
So please leave your name, contact email or blog address, a choice of ONLY three names per person please and no repeats-if someone gives a name that you thought of, and I choose that name, I will pick the first person that gave the name.
I will pick a winner who gets the whole kit for FREE !!!!