This girls’ trip, out a few kilometers from the city, was long overdue. For years we would always talk about going strawberry picking, but we just never could get to doing it. Finally, a vac week granted us the opportunity of taking this trip to Stellenbosch for a day.
On our way to Polkadraai Strawberry Farm, we were greeted with magnificent view of the Cape Fold Mountains. A breath-taking site the closer you approach the Hottentots Holland Mountains. We were surprised by how quick our trip was into the farm area. And of course the first thing we did when were got out of the Uber was to take pictures for the gram.
We each picked up our own buckets, The Harvester, from the store at R55. Just a heads-up, you’re meant to fill the bucket just to the brim, but some of these ladies had their cups “runth over“. Nevertheless, picking the strawberries was a breeze. We practically had the farm to ourselves and could choose from any of the rows filled with big, bright red juicy berries.
For those who have yet to go strawberry picking, the trick is to pull them off from the plant by the stem, so that they preserve their freshness for longer.
We wouldn’t, however, suggest eating them right off the plant, because you still have to wash the pesticides and earth off. You might see a few harvesters eating away at the berries. But just to be on the safe side, wait ti;; you get to a tap before you start munching away. Surprisingly, we had enough self-control not to attempt licking a single berry.
Last tip of advice is to pick every strawberry in style. Make it fun. Make them your own. Make yourself and the berry one. We promise that is the secrete to keeping sweeter for longer.
And of course we didn’t leave the site without taking more pictures. Before starting our blog, we were never as picture crazy as we are now. There was something about having this great site all to ourselves that gave us the confidence to take advantage of the perfect lighting on such a beautiful day.
Next location: Skilpadvlie Wine Farm
At this wine farm we were greeted with six different wines to taste. Two whites, one crisp rosé and two firm reds, both full bodied. Sharing our cheers to the great views of the vineyards, and most importantly, to feeling like we have our lives together based of the success of the day. We ended up purchasing a bottle of a dry red we enjoyed out of the six options we tasted. However, our favourite out of the six can only be found at the wine farm. All enough reason to get us to visit Skilpadvlei soon. We also didn’t get to take pictures at the vlei before we left because the sun caught up with us after our full bellies slowed us down. We had been on a roll with taking pictures until we had our plates in front of us. Luckily we all wore outfits that would accommodate the food babies we were nurturing and slowly bringing to life.
We each order the Tuesday Special. 400g of ribs with calamari, calamari heads, wings and chips. The second star on the plate, after the ribs, was the blue cheese dip sauce. At some point Farai and Precious would peek over into the three plates to see how far everyone else’s blue cheese was surviving. Of course these two finished their own dip at around the same time and dove right into Chantè’s plate and attempted to share the the sauce equally. Can you guess who had more of the dip.
Exploring the sweet things in life on this trip meant more than the strawberries, succulent ribs or the rosè; or even the waffles and ice cream we snuck into our food-baby bellies after rolling ourselves into the closest Spur we could find. Taking the time out from a five day vac break and allowing ourselves to enjoy a guilt-free trip. As friends whom study together, we have become accustom to going about our academic routine during the term and focusing on catching up on sleep or work during vac. Taking time out for ourselves was the sweetest treat we could have spoiled ourselves with during our vac week. We had the chance to share good laughs like embracing the amazing views of the vineyards and Cape Fold Mountains.
The sweet things in life are experienced subjectively by everyone. But for us, it had to be choosing to dip calamari, chips, calamari heads and ribs into a blue cheese sauce. On a serious note, taking the time out to recharge was important for us. It was necessary. We look forward to more days like this. Days where we have to force ourselves to take a break to truly relax without feeling guilty for not doing anything but relaxing. That, is part of the sweet things in life.