Day 153 156 - SA, Mossel Bay - Easter in Style

Trip Start Nov 09, 2008
Trip End Jul 02, 2009

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Chateau Eugene

Flag of South Africa  , Western Cape,
Friday, April 10, 2009

Oh happy days waking with no hangover after a whole day at the cricket, especially when we had to be up at 6.30am in the hope of being packed and on our way by 8. This was somewhat hampered by the car keys going missing. Things were pulled out of cupboards, bags were emptied, lounge room searched, car checked and cleaner blamed for moving them. They eventually turned up in the pocket of Oliver's jeans. Yes I too thought this would have been the first place to look.

So with keys found it was a mad rush around the flat to pull things out of the bakkie and load up only what we would be passing onto Leon and what we would be able to bring back with us on the bus. How many outfits does a girl need for 4 days? A lot.

Everything we weren't taking was jammed into spare cupboards at Sarah and Martins. Once again we seem to have acquired an awful lot of stuff. A few trips to the post office will be required on our return so be warned Bree, some packages will be arriving!

Sarah and Martin were doing a warm up run for their half marathon on the 12th so we were due to leave with them at 8. Thankfully they got the time wrong so we were granted with a much needed extra half hour. It took us that long to just load up all the booze we had bought for the weekend!!

Can't thank Sarah and Martin enough for letting us stay with them for the two days, well me for two days, Oliver just the one ;-). Was great catching up with them, especially in their beautiful apartment. Much more relaxed than a noisy hostel.

Managed to hit the road at 8.30 on the dot. First stop was Gordon's Bay for our first McDonald's breakfast which, as expected, was horrible followed by the lookout up at the pass. Much clearer this time round so views were gorgeous. Unfortunately some got more than they bargained for when the wind caught me unawares and blew my dress up. It was so strong it blew our insurance papers out of our car and Oliver had to scamper down the hill to fetch them.

From there we got back on the N2 and continue on our way to Mossel Bay, passing through Caledon and Swellendam. Just passed Caledon we had to pull over to fix the bakkie tarp. Whilst doing this another car stopped and a lady got out to ask us if we knew where Caledon was and more precisely Caledon Prison. Had it made the Top 10 Must Sees I'm sure we would have been able to help but funnily enough it hadn't.

Ended up arriving at Eugene's place in Mossel Bay or more so the wee town of Klein-Brakrivier just outside, at 2pm. Very long drive made even more so with holiday traffic, a zillion police and stupid people not pulling into the emergency lane to let you overtake. Morons. Plus Oliver also wanted to do a bit of a spring clean before handing Leon back his beloved bakkie, which we told him had been involved in a slight accident and as a result we would be driving down in a hire car. He was very pleased to see the gates open and us in his bakkie.

After unloading in "our room" we headed over to the main house to have chats with Eugene's fam before moving down to the bar... and I ain't talking about no shelf in a room, I'm talking an actual proper bar, separate room with pool table, bar stools, music, big wooden table and benches - the works!! And all just underneath the main house. How cool!!!

As it was Eugene's 35th birthday he had a heap of people over so that was us for the rest of the day and night. People came and went, we played pool, had a massive braai, sang, drank, tried to speak Afrikaans and generally had a brilliant time. Finished up just after midnight I think. Great night.

We ended up staying the whole Easter long weekend, along with Leon, which was just lovely. Bit hard not to when the house comes complete with a heated swimming pool, beach volley ball Court, 30m flying fox, quad bikes, ocean views and lovely lovely people.

Those also staying the weekend were Eugene's parents, two of their friends, one of his brothers, his wife and their two adorable little girls (maybe 5 and 8) who were just as cute as cute can be. Right little water babies with blonde hair and olive skin. You couldn't get them out of the pool or off the little quad bike which they kept hooning around on.

We drove into Mossel Bay quite a few times for food or drinks or both. Great ocean basket kinda place right in the harbour with uneven tables, fishing nets and other higgled piggledy stuff strewn around. Brilliant food.
Eugene fishes A LOT so spent some time down at the sailing club which is situated on the beach at the end of the bay. Would sit out on the deck sunning ourselves drinking cold largers watching people bring their boats in. There are some very clueless skippers out there!

One night we ended up at a barn kinda place with restaurant, bar, dance floor - massive family venue with kids of all ages running around which we thought very odd. Turns out anyone is allowed in, just not allowed to drink and they don't have to be accompanied by an adult to enter which we found quite strange. Imagine that in Australia or England... troublesome teenages running around drunk after stealing half empty glasses from tables. It just wouldn't happen.

There was a rather attractive girl there with her parents... she was pretty hot and of course kept the boys entertained for ages. Turns out she was the winner of SA's X Factor and there to sing. I was amazed she could just sit having dinner with her folks and not be disturbed. So she gets up and starts singing, I'm sitting with my back to the dance floor. Oliver tells me to listen to the music and imagine what kind of dancing they're doing. So I do, then turn around.... totally NOT what I expected. Everyone - young and old are out couple dancing - folk, ballroom... proper partner dancing waltzing around the floor. Hahaahahahaa I could stop laughing. Just not what I expected to see at all!!!! Brilliant.

Later on in the evening two lads plucked up the courage to speak to her and one of them asked her to dance, proper taking her hand any everything. Bless. Whoever is in charge of her marketing has done extremely well. In her posters she's an ordinarily looking short brown hair girl... now she's this buxom long blonde hair knock out. Her parents must be worried sick.

What else did we do for the rest of the time? Met up with some of Eugene's friends for dinner at a Cuban place, went on a bit of a pub crawl watching rugby, swam in the pool with the girls, had a game of beach volleyball - Eugene and I coming out the victors. Oliver unfortunately couldn't play due to his shoulders. Had a few swings on the flying fox.... my legs nearly scrapping along the ground due to it being made for the girls and not adults. Worth a try. Ate delicious breakfasts with everyone each morning. Lovely way to start the day.

Had possibly the yummiest steak ever one night. Oh it was divine. Marinated and cooked to perfection. I'm totally braaing when I get home... BBQ's are so last season. Hahaaaaa. Tried Ox tail which was surprisingly nice.

Were treated to the freshest oysters ever one day. Seriously it was like a drug deal or something... Eugene's brother called up someone who confirmed they had the goods and instructed us to meet them at a petrol station. Upon arrival there was a trade of cash and goods between cars before saying goodbye and driving off. Left in our possession were 24 of the biggest fattest oysters fresh out of the sea only an hour or so ago. Yummo. Couple that with a cheese board and you have yourself one fine lunch.

In between all that we relaxed which was LOVELY. Watched E on TV.. oh gotta love it. Saw the last episode of Girls of the Playboy Mansion (top viewing) and caught up on Sunset Tan. You gotta love the trash. Eugene just laughed at me.

Boys watched a lot of sport. Oliver not happy that Australia lost the cricket. Not good, especially when staying with an Afrikaans family!! They loved it.

Unfortunately all good things have to come to an end and as we were booked into our hotel in Cape Town on the Monday we had to leave ;-( Cannot thank Eugene and his family enough for their hospitality. Thoroughly spoilt.
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