Greyton is a small village in the Overberg region with a permanent population of about 1,000 – swelling by almost four times that amount over weekends as Capetonians come out to their weekend cottages. An interesting statistic is that about 20% of the permanents hail fom the UK and have retired in Greyton. So much so, that the local grocer has special spot for such essentials as ‘Yorkshire pudding mix’.
It’s also a spot for the creative folk and the popular Saturday market showcases any number of handicrafts, eats and drinks.
Greyton can be reached from the N1 – turn off near Caledon and the village nestles 32km away.
We love going down to Kalk Bay on the Indian Ocean – not only because our favourite fish ‘n chips restaurant (Live Bait) is there but the shops are full of quirky things and, the characters!
A bientot – till we meet again (soon!).
The Bastide has been handed over to our guests for a few months and the wood shed is stacked for the wood to dry out in preparation for winter…
The net postings will come from Cape Town and environs for six weeks and then from Cape Cod in the USA.
France’s hiking trails – les Grande Radoneés – provide us with many interesting finds and opportunities to gather more knowledge about the area. So it was that we did our last Radoneé for Summer 2014 – a short uphill drive from Saint Saturnin les Apt and then a longer hike to the top of a nearby hill. Along the way, we discovered some ‘les aiguiers’ – a novel stone system used in previous centuries for purifying water.
These reservoirs dug into the rocks were meant to collect rain water and were used as drinking troughs for sheep. The reservoirs near farms were also used for domestic purposes (personal hygiene, laundry and watering of vegetable gardens). Some of them look like mere, open holes. Others were more elaborate and consisted of several cisterns or were protected by a dry-stone “lid” and could thus act as dew condensers. Most of the reservoirs in the Monts de Vaucluse were built in the 18th and 19th centuries, but some were dug even later, at the beginning of the 20th century.