Sunday, April 26, 2015

Hip, hip hooray...I was back at Heia Safari Ranch today.


It has been a while since my last visit to Heia,
but I was glad to be greeted by this zebra outside our bungalow door.
Aside from the wonderful food and great hospitality,
Heia is well known for the zebra that live on the property.
Usually they can be found drinking out of the swimming pool.
However, this one decided that it wanted a snack before going for a drink.


My favourite view while lying on the bed in our bungalow.
For some reason I find it comforting to look up and count the poles.
I am in awe of thatch roofs and how they are constructed.


This family had been for a bike ride
but stopped to watch the giraffe family feeding...


Lady, the older female of the family
in the late afternoon sunlight


Even the Aloes take on a magical glow...


Sunset...


I scared a flock of Sacred Ibis,
and they took off as I approached.
Their are n predators at Heia,
and that means that birds often roost on the banks of Lake Heritage.


Lake Heritage as the sun disappears...
Another end to a perfect day in THIS part of Africa


Ibis in silhouette...


The Frans Richter dam wall,
with Lake Heritage.


A bit late in the day to kayak,
perhaps tomorrow?


A couple enjoy the view from the dam wall...


The admin buildings on my way to dinner...


Someone checking in?


The reception area makes visitors feel like they are in a game lodge


The inside of the bar is sort of an inverted thatch roof.
How it was constructed is testament to the artistry of the thatcher.
And NO, the leopard was not shot by any member of the Heia family.
It was donated to the owner when he built the property back in 1972


Time for dinner?
Yes please!


Chicken was just part of what was on the menu.
I have been coming here for more than 40 years,
and I have never had a bad meal...


It was somewhat chilly to sit outdoors,
but I am certain that this area will be filled tomorrow.


My accommodation for the evening.
All of the 50 bungalows are identical,
just the views from their verandas vary.
Good night from Muldersdrift...


This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

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Elemental Cafe...we try a new eatery in Linden.

A new restaurant recently opened around the corner from our house.
Having seen Facebook comments about it, we decided to give it a try.

This space has been used as a restaurant in two previous incarnations.
Some of the previous fittings have remained,
but the entire shop has had a makeover and
the current decor is new and fresh in blue and white.

They do cook with "heart"...
And the staf are frindly and helpful.
It is a family run business, which makes it "hands-on",
an important aspect in the food industry.

It has a wonderful "all day" type menu...
As a vegan/vegetarian Cafe,
it does not offer meat, chicken or fish.
They do serve cheese and eggs.
Diners can substitute tofu for feta should they wish to


"Wapple"?
I like the name.
We did not try a smoothie on this occasion,
but we will be back.

The wall art and signage adds character to the seating area
All the art work and signs were done by Sean Arthur.
Give that man a Bells!

Seating for all ooccasions..
For the children ( this table has a granite top so that they can "build-a-pizza"),
The exterior benches reminded us of seating at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
Just a pity that the sea is more than 1400km away.

This "beaded" curtain is made up from re-cycled plastic parts.
Mainly bottle caps and bottles

Muffins or cookies...
Does it really matter when they are delicious?

Some of Sean's signs.
Provides reading while awaiting a meal

The outside area with the new upgraded play area.

Separation by age...
a good thing so that the really small ones
don't get hurt by the more boisterous older children

This is what my wife decided to try...
A salad with quinoa, beetroot, carrot 
and spinach, with a citrus vinaigrette.
Carolyn felt that it lacked crunch,
and discussed this with Cafe owner Skye.
The decision was the addition of Feta cheese and sunflower seeds
to give it the "missing" element...
and they were correct.
One satisfied customer...
and the kitchen staff might make an addition to the recipe

My Black Bean burger with French fries.
The burger had sprouts and Feta Cheese as well as Rocket...
all of which I ate with relish...literally and figuratively 
As a carnivore I did enjoy it.

Cheese cake for dessert...
The first mouthful did not fill me with joy,
HOWEVER, when I added the berry sauce to the next fork-full...
BIG YUM...

And to round off...
 Cappuccino with the freshest biscotti I have had in a long while.
Overall the meal rated a 4/5.
But that being said, this is still a trial phase for this establishment,
so the food can only improve as the recipes are tried, tested and honed to perfection

Some of the signage both indoors and out.
Yes there is "free" Wi-Fi but you have to log-in to an MWeb site.
I was unable to do so, but I will try on our next visit.

Aside from food, they have a range of products for sale.
Tea, coffee, nougat and even something to keep baby happy 
while the parents are having a meal.

To find out more about the Cafe, 
visit:

This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

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