We’re still experiencing long grey, rainy days in the Overberg countryside and we’re still spending our nights next to a warm toasty fireplace with a glass of red, but the sun is waking and raising it’s warm face on our…

If you scratch at the surface and gently peel away the antique layers of flaking paint that this quaint, picture perfect village seems to be made of, you will find something quite unexpected. Right at the centre of Suurbraak, an…

“Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric,…

You’re excitedly unpacking the boxes from the car at your new house in the countryside, the lady from next door pops over “just to welcome you to the neighbourhood”. She’s holding a dish-towel-wrapped bundle of freshly baked bread and an…

In Grootvadersbos, the reward for distance, strength and stamina is heightened by a feeling of having travelled a million miles from where you came from. No dogs barking. No crowds chatting around the next corner. No hum from the city.…

This is not the kind of dream you could get away with if you lived in the city. It wouldn’t be possible to rescue these animals and then think “I’ll just take them home and pop them in the back”.…

If you live in and around Swellendam, then there is a very good chance that you have met this wonderfully, kind human being. The English lady with the mischievous twinkle in her eye. Always radiating vibrant energy that crescendos on…

Some traditions are worth preserving. The indulgent feeling of a quiet, blissful afternoon with friends, sipping tea from dainty cups, enjoying delicate sandwiches and delicious treats in an elegant country setting is a wonderful and restorative escape. Picture yourself sitting…

Home to approximately 360 species of birds, Swellendam is the definition of a birdwatcher’s paradise. If you’re outdoors there is very strong possibility that a bird or two will be included in your field of vision. And on any given…

On mornings like these the winter sun shimmers on the surface of the calm sky surrounding you, as you slice into the mirrored mountain, like it was made only of watery gold. Diamonds dance inside your vision, as water droplets…

It’s difficult to pass by Swellendam without looking twice. From a distance the little clusters of buildings tossed out onto the hills and valleys at the foot of such a picturesque mountain, look like some kind of lovingly painted dream…

“Despite all I have seen and experienced, I still get the same simple thrill out of glimpsing a tiny patch of snow”. – Sir Edmund Hillary Bright snow dusting the peaks of the Langeberg mountain range in Swellendam, after a…

It’s such a huge part of your life here, that it permeates into everything. It’s such a subtle thing to notice, that sometimes you can forget to be aware of it at all. It’s just a feeling. A background kind…

It feels like the most beautiful privilege to throw a few items into your backpack on a Monday morning, lace up your boots and walk out of your front door and up the road, through a forest and onto a…

Usually there would be World Games Day, where each grade selects a different country and then produces food or invents games inspired by that land and culture. Imagine a carnival of global flavours and tastes and small town families connected…