It was difficult to take the photo as the grapes hang high above me on their trellis, and are mostly hidden by the large vine leaves.
Planted many years ago, six little cuttings struggled to get a root hold in the ground. One fell by the wayside when it had to be dug up to make room for the automatic security gate. The other five have flourished, and produce much needed shade throughout the summer months.
Year after year these vines produce copious amounts of the sweet white Hanepoot grapes, providing a feast for birds, mostly starlings.
Do I make my own wine you ask? Nope. Far easier to potter down to the local shops and pick up any number of excellent South African wines, for R35! (3 US dollars, 2 pounds.)
Vineyard in early summer. This is where excellent South African wine begins.
The mountain range at the back is like an elephant lying down, with its trunk towards the left. There is a cave that you can climb up to, right where its eye would be. The cave is called – wait for it – Elephant’s Eye Cave!!
It was a grey, over-cast, cold, winter’s, summer’s day – you get these in Cape Town – so unfortunately the light was bad. Still, you get the picture?
I Live Here
I live here. Well, when I say here, I mean, I live in the area – not actually in the Cape Dutch house!