Struisbaai Holiday Day 21 Visit to Riverine – Breede River

It was cool and overcast this morning but the wind had dropped and there was no rain.   So there was no excuse – I had to get out there and run.   The wind was in my face on the outward route and I found it a struggle but coming back with the wind behind me was far more pleasant.  Still I missed the encouragement from the boys.   I did not reach my personal best but I did it a tad faster than Wednesday!

Mrs Yassin made us delicious omelettes for breakfast and Yassin decided that my housekeeping was not very good and gave the house a once over before breakfast was cooked.

Yassin at work

Yassin at work

Mrs Yassin's lovely brekkie

Mrs Yassin’s lovely brekkie

Earl and Yassin fetched two labourers and they soon set to work clearing the garden and preparing it for a facelift.

Preparing the new garden

Preparing the new garden

We left Yassin to supervise and went to do some chores in Bredasdorp and then drove to Rivierine on the Breede River to visit my sister, Tana and brother-in-law Brian.

Of course we did a spot of bird watching en route.

Flock of Blue Crane

Flock of Blue Crane (Our National Bird)

Steppe Buzzard

Steppe Buzzard

Driving toward Riverine

Driving toward Riverine

It was great to find my nephew Rob and his wife Katya were there too. The weather was glorious.  After soaking up some sun on the jetty we decided to take a cruise and to pop in on Brian’s sister and brother in law who live a few km further up the river.

Relaxing on the jetty

Relaxing on the jetty

Two River Princesses  - Cheers!

Two River Princesses – Cheers!

We passed other boats and I got soaked!

We passed other boats and I got soaked because of the bumpy wake!

On Pat and Tony's stoep

On Pat and Tony’s stoep

View towards The River

View towards The River

Pat and Tony share our passion for birds.  They have many feathered visitors to their garden including kingfishers and woodpeckers.    Pat has counted over 60 different species during this holiday.

Francolin with chicks

Francolin with chicks

When we returned Rob and Katya had lunch ready.

Lunch Alfresco

Lunch Alfresco

We spent a pleasant afternoon chatting and enjoying the fabulous weather.

Me acting like a Lady of Leisure

Me acting like a Lady of Leisure

On our way home we stopped for more birdlife on the side of the road.   There was a flock of 9 Denham’s Bustard.  As soon as we stopped they moved further away and some took to the air.

Nervous Denham Bustards

Nervous Denham Bustards

One obliged but was still not as close as I would have liked

One obliged but was still not as close as I would have liked

On the road between Bredasdorp and Struisbaai we found a flock of white storks.  One had also flown over Tana’s place at Breede River – and we teased Katya that it was a little early delivering her baby!

Two of the white storks we saw

Two of the white storks we saw

‘Min dae’ (few days) till we return to Cape Town, work and routine.  We are making the most of every minute!

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