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Butterflies on Helderberg Farm (2015-11-22) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 27 NOV 2015

The girls and I quite enjoy taking an outing to Helderberg Farm every now and then, and so the other day, when we found ourselves once again left to our own devices, we immediately decided to make the most of the great weather and head over there for some much needed picnic and play time!

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The farm, which lies at the food of the Helderberg Mountain on your way to Stellenbosch, is (as most of the farms in the area) old – with some of the buildings marked as being built in way back 1692!

The farm primarily produces wine grapes, but also produces a host of other produce including the ever popular strawberry. They offer a multitude of activities, including excellent picnic and braai spots, fantastic hiking trails, 4×4 trails, a tea garden, a kids playpark (with farmyard), mountain bike and trail running tracks, bird watching, clay pigeon shooting, paintball games, gravel karts, and even African drumming (if you are so inclined).

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After playing a bit in our normal spot, I decided to take the girls for a little stroll in Granny’s Forest (the farm has some fantastic woodlands, which apparently is home to quite a fair bit of wildlife – not to mention a massive Mountain Candlewood tree).

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Sadly, despite the fact that I was rather enjoying our shady stroll on what was a rather warm afternoon, the girls decided that this was definitely no fun – even if there were butterflies fluttering around wherever you looked!

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So I left it at that and we worked our way back, meaning that I’ll either have to a) wait for them to get older, or b) sneak back myself! :)

Related Link: Helderberg Plaas

Helderberg Farm on Heritage Day (2015-09-24) Photo Gallery 05 OCT 2015

Chantelle was working this Heritage Day, meaning that it was up to Jessica, Emily and I to figure out some fun for ourselves – so given the great weather this public holiday had presented us with, the three of us found ourselves spending some playful time frolicking about on the grass at Helderberg Farm!

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The two of them seem to rather enjoy themselves here, meaning I’m finding myself spending more and more time here – which isn’t a bad thing to be quite honest.

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(Seriously, I spend far too much time glued to my keyboard and screen during the week! #FirstWorldProgrammerProblems)

Related Links: Heritage Day | Helderberg Farm

Helderberg Farm on a Public Holiday (2015-08-10) Photo Gallery 14 AUG 2015

Great weather, check. Public holiday, check. Desire to be out of the house, check. In other words, I had the girls up and dressed pretty early on, and we were out the door just after 09:00am, heading off first to Builders Warehouse to get some DIY shopping done (Chantelle’s shelving is once again coming down, which translates to there being quite a lot of holes in the wall which needs filling!), followed by a quick round of clothing shopping in Somerser Mall – a completely impossible job with a toddler and little girl tearing about mind you!

With those chores now done and dusted, it was time for the fun part of the morning: a trip via the R44 through to Helderberg Farm!

IMG_20150810_114612 jessica lotter on a tractor at the kids play area at helderberg farm on the R44

Surprisingly, for a change I wasn’t pestered to let the girls feed the bunny rabbits – instead they had a quick look and then immediately headed back to the play area for some serious play time fun.

Clambering, exploring and running around – basically I just needed to pull up a chair and put my feet up – the girls were taking care of the entertainment part all by themselves! :)

IMG_20150810_114720 emily lotter in a pipe at the kids play area at helderberg farm on the R44

We popped into the shop for some chips and was quite surprised to see the till gone and the lady writing everything down in a book. Sadly, it turns out that they were literally robbed the day before.

Late Sunday afternoon, a couple of men posing as customers came into the shop, just before closing time, and asked the ladies on duty how much it would cost them to go for a walk. This didn’t work, so the men calmly returned to their car, retrieved guns and pepper spray and came back for the goods. They pepper sprayed the ladies, and after being unable to open the till (the ladies couldn’t help because they had been pepper sprayed), they simply grabbed the whole thing, ripped out the phone, and left.

So definitely not great, and according to the lady we were speaking to, the first time in the twenty years that she’s been working there that they have ever been hit. Yet another definite sign that armed crime is starting to pick up here in our beautiful Helderberg basin! :(

IMG_20150810_124406 helderberg plaas sign at the entrance

Of course, this all went completely over the heads of Emily and Jessica anyway, meaning that they weren’t deterred in the least in terms of enjoying their day – the end result being two very happy chappies indeed! :)

IMG_20150810_124207 jessica on the bridge at the kids play area at helderberg farm on the R44

Of course, plenty of photos with my phone camera were taken on the day:

On the way home, we stopped off for lunch and play at Waterstone Village’s McDonalds branch, and then it was finally back home for a little rest break for two slightly exhausted monkeys…

(Shame, because Chantelle did feel a little left out – she had to work on the day – the girls and I joined her for some late afternoon play time at Mondeor restaurant. This seemed to cheer her up, so job done! :P)

IMG_20150810_160746 chantelle lotter at mondeor restaurant

Oh, and a particularly humorous sight: Easigrass is a Durban-based company specializing in artificial grass, and have just opened up shop in the new Cape Garden Centre next to Mondeor Restaurant. For branding purposes, they’ve decked out their small company cars in artficicial grass – completely covered from bonnet to boot!

Needless to say, the girls quite enjoyed this sight:

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Can you just imagine having to wash and dry those? :)

Related Link: http://helderbergplaas.co.za/

Photo Gallery: Helderberg Farm on a Sunday (2014-12-21) Photo Gallery 22 DEC 2014

If you are looking for an inexpensive outing for the kids, then Helderberg Farm ranks right up there, although in truth it has a lot more going on than just it’s picnic area! However, because I have a four year old and a baby, I’m not exactly going to ramble on about that, seeing as all that we’re interested in for the moment is feeding the bunny rabbits, chickens and goats, and playing on the grass picnic area.

As expected, the farm was a little on the busy side thanks to a great combination of school holidays and sunny weather, but that didn’t stop Jessica, Emily and myself from feeding (or trying to) over-full bunnies with carrots, pawning off the remaining carrots to the goats, and then of course playing on the lawn.

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Turns out, Emily takes great delight in drinking her daddy’s grape juice!

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I’m Too Big for My Shirt My Life 19 OCT 2013

I had to laugh, but poor old Jess has properly outgrown all of her 2-3 size clothes. Today I got her all dressed up for our Daddy and Daughter day of entertainment while Mommy worked the Willowbridge Market, and the plain and simple green t-shirt that Jess had picked out to wear pretty much left the whole of the bottom of her tummy uncovered!

However, she was determined to wear this piece today, so we hopped into the car and after stopping off to purchase some baking ingredients for Chantelle, I made a detour off to the mall, where we parked, marched in to Pick ‘n Pay Clothing, grabbed a 3-4 t-shirt in the same shade of green, purchased it, and once outside the store, promptly whipped off the tummy-baring, offending top for the much better fitting new wardrobe addition!

(Full disclaimer, she made me buy a pink one as well).

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With her tummy now nicely covered, we were ready for the rest of the expedition, which saw us head out for some time spent at the Root 44 Market, playing in the play area on the slides and in the sand pit, not to mention wolfing down pancakes and listening to the live music on show.

Following on from there we also popped down to Helderberg Farm where we bought some carrots and feed and spent a decent amount of time strolling around and feeding the bunny rabbits, ducks, and rather vicious goats!

jessica feeds rabbits at helderberg farm

Oh, and there was even enough time before mommy arrived back home to still pop into the shops on our way home for supplies and booze (we’ve got visitors in the form of Retha and Miguel this evening), as well as spend some time crashing an endless amount of planes into the water in Battlestations: Pacific on the XBOX 360 – something that seems to amuse Jessica to no end!

Anyway, the point is that once we had gotten home and I threw her now very dirty clothes in the wash, I was forced to dig through her wardrobe to find something that fits her – the end result being that I had to settle on her new, just purchased this morning, bright pink t-shirt.

In other words, my little baby girl is definitely growing “up” quickly! :)

jessica goes down big slide at root 44 market

P.S. She went down the slide pictured above really, REALLY fast. Probably explains the expression!

Photo Gallery: Helderberg Farm Outing (2013-08-25) Photo Gallery 01 SEP 2013

A recent Sunday saw Chantelle, Jessica and myself enjoy a spur of the moment outing to Helderberg Farm, a popular spot along the famed R44 to Stellenbosch thanks to an abundance of activities on offer. As for the three of us, we simply enjoyed the sunshine, strolled around the area, played in the kiddies park, watched the rabbits, ducks and goats, and then enjoyed a light lunch while Jessica happily ran around.

In other words, a proper Sunday afternoon outing!

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