21 December 2021
After making sure our house was packed up, cleaned, and ready for holiday tenants we left Struisbaai at quarter to six on Saturday morning. We popped into Stilbaai to drop off something to a friend, spent an hour or so there, and then set off for George where we went to see our sister-in-law’s new home in a very beautiful retirement village. We took her to Padstal for lunch before we continued on to Plett arriving at around three o’clock.
Our kids have moved from Jubilee Farm where they lived for three years and are now in a lovely home just five minutes walk to Robberg Beach 5.
The weather has been a bit ‘off’ for this time of year. There has been quite a bit of wind and rain and the mornings thus far have been cool and misty. Nevertheless, the sun wakes us up early and before the crowds arrive we have been doing some lovely beach walks.
I also walked around the Longship neigbourhood and admired the lovely lush gardens. Everything grows beautifully in this warm temperate climate.
Yesterday Lauren and I made it to the shops before half-past eight. We did most of our Christmas and some grocery shopping. Lauren had a leg wax appointment and while I waited for her I went to a lovely little coffee shop called Bon Appetit where I had a coffee and read my book. When she was done we ordered more coffee and Eggs Benedict which was totally delicious. Because the town was ridiculously crowded by this time, we headed back home, deciding to complete our chores another day. So this morning after our morning walk she, Earl and I, were in town by 8 o’clock. We needed to get a few more gifts, and a variety of household items. I had been looking for a tankini in Struisbaai, Cape Town, and online without success so I hoped to find one in Plett. There is an awesome beachwear shop called Summer Sands near Central Beach and I was delighted to finally get what I was looking for there. We then went to have breakfast at the Beacon Isle Hotel.
The Beacon Isle Hotel is the best-known landmark in Plettenberg Bay. We spent a few holidays there in the late eighties/early nineties and loved it.
Beacon Island is at the mouth of the Piesang River and is built on the site of the first navigational beacon erected in 1771. It was made of a square block of stinkwood which was inscribed with the latitude and longitude of Plettenberg Bay enabling mariners to check their location and chronometers.
The first Beacon Island Hotel was erected by Hugh Owen Grant in 1940 and the present hotel was built in 1972.
What a pleasant morning we had and how lucky we are to live in such a beautiful country. Plettenberg Bay is full of tourists and holidaymakers at this time of year but there are enough pristine beaches to ensure that there is room for everyone. The town is buzzing but there are wonderful places to shop and eat. The secret is to get there early, find the hidden gems and just enjoy being in a place that has as much or more to offer than any other place in the world.