We were awakened by the cheerful chirping of birds (far better than a noisy alarm) and it puts me in an instant good mood!
We’ve headed out to the porch with a cup of coffee to watch the birds moving quickly from tree to tree … it almost seemed as if they were in a playful mood this morning. We are unfortunately no bird experts (and even worse at taking pictures of these energetic creatures), but we’ve managed to take a couple of photo’s and just enjoyed watching them.
Since it was another sunny day (and our last one here at Rondegat), we’ve decided it was time to take a walk in the dam … no, that doesn’t sound quite right … let’s rather say a walk in the floodplain 😉.
It felt quite surreal walking here … knowing that during winter this area is flooded with water and it then turns into a proper dam!
I was quite surprised to see the bottom of this dam – if you didn’t know it’s normally covered in water, you would be forgiven to think it’s just a normal hiking path.
Once we’ve looked back towards our cottage, we were mesmerized by the scenery – it was beautiful to see the floodplain with the stunning Cederberg mountains in the background.
Throwback to 2018:
Now, just in case you’re doubting our story that this is actually a dam … we have some evidence of a previous visit back in 2018. It was just after winter and we’ve spent a fun weekend here with friends …
It was now quite hot when we’ve reached our cottage again – the weather really turned out wonderful for our weekend away.
We were also surprised to find a “guest” on our porch … the owners of Rondegat did inform us that one of their dogs will sometimes come down to the cottages to see how the visitors are doing … which was indeed the case. I can’t remember his name now, but he was a great companion and spent the rest of the day with us.
We’ve decided to make another fire and have a “potjie” lunch (a dish prepared outside in a cast iron pot over the fire). I must admit, we were quite happy to have some of the trees’ shade over the “braai” (barbeque) area, because the sun was now really hot!
After our late lunch, we’ve headed to the bright swimming pool … now was a good time to cool down a bit!
After a relaxing time at the swimming pool, we’ve headed back to our cottage. It was such a wonderful day – a bit of everything … walking, sitting next to the fire and enjoying the swimming pool. We could not have asked for anything more today!
What a great weekend we had here at Rondegat! This is a place that quiets your mind … where you experience absolute tranquility and made you appreciate life just so much more!
For the last time, we’ve sat on the porch and watched the sun goes down.
Many thanks to the owners of Rondegat for giving us such a wonderful place to relax and enjoy nature. We will definitely be back!