I’ve marveled to you before about Knysna’s delightful countryside. Surely we’re one of the few towns in the world where one can drive from beaches to forests to farmlands within 15 minutes?
This morning, when i delivered the weather report to my Facebook subscribers, i told them to, “Enjoy this fab day!” I got to take my own advice when Nicky from Sweetart Events took me for breakfast in the green, Rheenendal countryside a.k.a. the Rheenendal Ramble.
It was a sunshiny morning, a nice respite from the chill as our seasons shift from Autumn to Winter.
Our first stop was at Spookasem Tea Garden where we had tea and cake. Well, i had Amanda (from Buenos Aires) which may look like tea leaves but is actually an alternate made from the yerba mate plant. It was too bitter for Nicky but i enjoy new experiences (and the novelty is that you get to drink it through a straw that contains a filter.
The shop, itself, is fill of little wonders, from vintage dresses to dolls, that add up into something specially bigger. Stefanie was an informative hostess and, since it was so early, we were lucky to be joined by strangers who, through conversation, felt like friends.
A 3-minute drive away found us at The Red Barn. With it’s small dam, manicured lawn, macadamia trees and wooden building, it possesses a charm hard to beat.
We settled for treats on toast which we shared on our plates; mince and relish versus hummus with mushrooms and feta – yummy.
The quotes on the walls in the toilets are loveable e.g. “No man is lonely while eating spaghetti – it requires so much attention” and “You never know where to look when eating a banana” 🙂
Owing to our early start, which had actually begun at Chaplin’s Bistro in town where we’d met a teacher and her boyfriend for coffee, we were back by 12.30, wondering how it was possible that we still had so much of the day to go.