Green season in the Overberg

Cape Winter

A time of the year full of secret surprises. Despite possible gales and relentless rain, the green season is a special one, and well worth considering for a quiet getaway to the country.

A brisk walk along the river with soft, misty rain on your face.  Sultry clouds billowing over the mountain in a deep charcoal sky. Russet leaves clinging to the nearly naked trees. Smoke from cosy chimneys spiraling into the evening air. Red wine, fires, soft music and muted conversation.

An easy stroll on a clear crisp morning to the heart of the village reveals a buzzing busy heart to this village.

It's market day and traders display their wares on the hotel verandah.  Decadent tarts, handmade pies, creamy feta, organic vegetables, salami, ciabatta and pesto. Your basket fills with an instant picnic to be enjoyed later on the banks of the river in wintry sunshine.

Village. Vintage. Victorian. Collections of treasures from  long ago evoke happy memories of carefree childhoods. Classic cars congregate for a hearty breakfast after an exhilarating country drive. Freshly baked croissants, pain au chocolat and creamy cappuccino fill the gap before lunch.

A short drive to a local winery for a tasting - wine or grappa? A leisurely afternoon gazing at serene views of mountains, vineyards and contented horses in lush pastures. City buzz and every day cares seem oh so far away.

Shadows lengthen and evening chill seeps through. A welcoming fire and comfy couch seem a good spot to watch the game. Enticing aromas of wood fired pizza and a pint of locally brewed beer round off the perfect winter’s day.