Another chilled day.
Even chilled days take on a rhythm of their own once you get into the vibe.
‘Early breakfast’ (for the boys) was coffee and biscuits. We decided yesterday to have breakfast at a local coffee shop, but we only got there just before noon – which was a good thing, as the kids, once they saw the menu, were in no mood for real food.
The one settled on an apple crumble waffle, while the other chose a more traditional waffle with strawberries and cream.
It was easily the biggest waffles I have ever seen and, though they could not finish their treats, I was surprised at how much of it they actually ate.
After the waffles, and a quick stroll through town, I settled behind my computer to get some more of the translation done, while the kids made drawings.
I had a very brief nap on the settee, before we left to get some coal (for the coal stove), and wood for the fireplace.
Neels (our Cocker Spaniel) who came along on the trip is a real ‘small town dog’. He seems to love the slow life – and, obviously, the treats the kids and I spoil him with.
On this trip I also started working on my dislike of red wine – I’ve just never been able to enjoy red wine. But, as it’s really the staple on the Camino (and my budget won’t really allow me anything other than the inclusive red wine served with dinner), I need to work on my palet.
I had a couple of glasses as I prepared dinner, and it wasn’t bad at all (although, according to those in the know, I chose a very ‘easy’ wine).
Dinner was spaghetti bolognese – all done on the coal stove (I’d love to have one of these in my own kitchen one day). Some evenings I really surprise myself with the meals I manage to slap-up. The boys agreed – it was a mighty fine spaghetti bolognese.
The sunsets here are awesome.
You cannot but fall it love with it.
Yesterday, I stumbled upon this ‘marker’ near the NG Kerk. I asked my friend Lourens, a surveyor, to shed some light on it, and he relayed an interesting tale, of how these appear all over the country, as geological survey beacons that, amongst others, indicate the hight above sea level.
According to Lourens these must have been done about 80 years ago, are very accurate, and are used daily by surveyors in their calculations.
He so happens to have a database of all these on his computer, and, from the info on the photo I sent him, he confirmed that the marker is 1707,092m above sea level.