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Open gardens, closed gates

Open gardens, closed gates
Many estates and wine farms open their exquisitely manicured gardens to the public (for a small fee) in late spring - normally during the months of October and November.

It's sad (though understandable I guess) that the gardens aren't open all year round. Wouldn't it be awesome to buy rights to quietly while away hours reading (or coding, in my case) under large oak trees on expansive green lawns bordered by colorful flowers?

I suppose that's quite idealistic, but a nice idea still - don't you think?

Open gardens: Lilypad pond baby

Open gardens: Lilypad pond baby
Don't you love lilypads? I think I need to make it an objective for us to create a pond with lilys at our house - they create such a serene atmosphere.

See this post for more about this photo and Rustenberg Wine's open gardens.

Open gardens: The grim Creeper

Open gardens: The grim Creeper
Creepers look pretty awesome, but boy oh boy, don't let them get out of control. We have one at our house and if I weren't keeping a chopping-hand directed towards it, I swear it would cover our house in a matter of minutes. Exaggeration perhaps, but still, there's some truth here. :)

See this post for more about this photo and Rustenberg Wine's open gardens.

Rustenberg Wines open gardens

Rustenberg Wines open gardens
It was by shear chance that we stumbled upon Rustenberg Wine Estate (map) and their open garden day.

On a whim, while heading down the Helshoogte mountain pass towards Stellenbosch, I took a right-turn and came across signs pointing to "Open Garden". After a few minutes we discovered the Rustenberg Wine Estate, parked, paid our R30 entrance fee, and started our walkabout at this gate.

I'll post more photos from the walk in my next few posts - hope you enjoy them!

Circle in a bench

Circle in a bench
This particular garden bench in the Company's Gardens (map) must be one of the least used benches of them all. Not because it's in an obscure place, not because it's particularly uncomfortable - no, this particular bench is located just below the perfect birdy toilet-spot. The closest half of the bench wasn't so bad, but the second half was absolutely covered in crusty white stuffs. Yuck!