Peter and Gail Summerfield

Liverpool - UK

4 March 2007

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I met Peter and Gail at the Cape Town airport at 06h15. Having travelled with Peter on two occasions before it was very easy to identify him and Gail and we had lots to reminisce about as we set off on our Garden Route adventure

 

Our first stop was at Peregrine farms stall in Grabouw where we had a short coffee stop.

 

We stopped at Swellendam for a short stop at Swellendam yogurt factory

 

Enjoying a cheese lunch at Cape Vaccas

 

 

We had a fireside dinner at the Cape Vaccas Cottage catered for us by Katrien

 

Gail at the fireside at Cape Vaccas

 


 

5 March 2007

Drive to Knysna

 

On Diaz's caravel in the Diaz Museum at Mossel Bay

 

Posting a letter at the old postbox at the Diaz Museum

 

At the railway museum in George

 

We stopped in at the local furniture factory outside the Wilderness where Peter bought a walking stick as can be seen

 

Peter seems to be overwhelmed by the jumbo coastal oysters at the Oyster factory in Knysna

 

 

Gail enjoying dinner at Lush restaurant in Knysna


 

6 March 2007

Tsitsikamma

 

We started our day by visiting The Heads in Knysna

Peter at The Heads

 

Gail and Peter enjoying the view from the eastern head in Knysna
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Enjoying the view at The Heads

 

Having fun at the lookout point at Plettenberg Bay

Peter performing a heimlich manouvre on a rather unwilling Gail. JJ

 

On Natures Valley Beach

 

Gail enjoys the Indian Ocean

 

 

 


Peter watching a rather wet J Gail enjoying herself in the warm waters

 

 

Peter the clothes carrier J helps Gail the wet tourist J leave Natures Valley beach

 

At the Bloukrans Brdige

 

This "wise couple" did not do this madcap jump! JJ

 

We had a fabulous pie lunch at Thyme and Again (Keurbooms Rivers)

 

We had a fabulous dinner with Dell and Sancha at Firefly restaurant 

 


7 March 2007

Botlierskop

Travel to Cathbert

 

We made an early start and visited Botlierskop Game farm near to Mossel Bay

 

 

Gail with Botlierskop in the background

 

Gail photographing Peter

 

Leading to.....

 

 

The final product!  JJ

 

Off on safari

 

 

Close encounters of a LARGE kind  JJ

 

 

Meeting some giraffe on Botlierskop

 

After our safari experience on Botlierskop we made our way to Cathbert Country House (450 Km away) where on arrival we rested had a wonderful dinner under the stars and then went to sleep.

 


8 March 2007

Winelands and Kayamandi

 

 

Breakfast at Cathbert

 

We visited the Olive Shed for a olive oil tasting which Avril conducted for us

 

Peter says "ah yes I Iike this one" while Gail says "uh uh it aint so good". JJ

 

At the entrance to Ernie Els's winefarm

 

Doing a winetasting at the Ernie Els farm

 

Gail enjoying the spectacular scenery from the Ernie Els farm

Gail and Peter enjoying the Ernie Els winefarm
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Window shopping at Ernie Els

 

Gail and Megan from the Ernie Els farm enjoying the scenery from the wood maturation cellar

 

Peter measures up against Ernie's hand and footprints

 

 

Ernie vs Peter - No contest when one has a club and the other a glass in hand  JJ

 

We stopped in at the Cheetah Outreach programme on our way to Middelvlei

 

In the wine cellar at Middelvlei

 

Enjoying lunch at L Olive in Stellenbosch

 

Gail with the local Ikamva soccer team in Kayamandi

 

Peter having fun with the soccer team

 

Meeting young friends in Kayamandi

 

 

 

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Please click here to see video of the Peter and Gail enjoying some informal singing by the kids of Zone J
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Dinner at Les Bon Vivant in Franschhoek

 


9, 10 and 11 March 2007

Rest and relax

 

We travelled back to Cape Town on the 9th and after doing a short city tour I left peter and Gail at 40 Napier Street where they would spend the next 3 days resting and relaxing. On he 10th Bette and I met up with peter and Gail whereafter we went to Leinster hall for dinner.

 


12 March 2007

Cape Peninsula

We started our day by travelling along the Cape Peninsula and took this picture at Just Nuisance's statue when we arrived in Simonstown

 

At the penguin colony

 

Please click on the above picture to see how not to buy a penguin JJ
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Viewing Bontebok on the Cape of Good Hope National Park

 

At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background

 

Having fun on Chapmans Peak

 

 

Ascending Table Mountain in the cableway

 

Gail keeping track of the cableway via its shadow

 

Doing the Titanic on Table Mountain JJ

 

Doing the Table Mountain shuffle JJ

 

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Last bit of shopping at the Africa Cafe


65 photographs and 6 videos on this webpage tells the story that this was an exceptional and magnificent.  Peter and Gail were fantastic to tour with at all times. Peter's adventurous ways and Gail's ability to rein him in every now and then made this whole journey through the Garden Route and Cape Town an absolutely fabulous experience, not only for the two of them but also for me.  The good times we had while travelling never stopped and everybody had great fun at all times. This really was a grand tour for me to do with two very happy, friendly, upstanding citizens who wanted to enjoy as much of the Garden Route and Cape Town as possible. Overall I feel that we achieved this goal with great success.

 
WHAT A FABULOUS TOUR.

A HUGE, HUGE, HUGE THANKS
PETER AND GAIL


Received 23 March 2007

Hi Selwyn

Thank you for your e mail which I finally received at the weekend and many
thanks for the kind words expressed therein.

We have been back in the UK for a week now and have purposely waited until
now to reply to you. I wanted to review all the tremendous things we did and
saw whilst with you in South Africa before writing to you with my thoughts
and comments about the trip. I also wanted to let the weekendıs sport get
out of the way!!

So, weıre back after yet another tremendous trip to South Africa and once
again it was different from the two previous occasions we have toured
together ­ I still had a Liverpool supporter with me so itıs never totally
perfect!!

We both thought your itinerary was about right and especially the way you
re-jigged things after the atrocious weather on our arrival. It was a shame
we could not enjoy CV at its best but what an amazing place to recover from
the 12 hour flight. Knysna was, as before, another great stop over location
and the few hours spent at Botlierskop were very interesting.

The two nights spent at Cathbert and touring the wine-lands were very
special and of course the afternoon at Kayamandi was the highlight of our
trip before our arrival in Cape Town. Cathbert is in such a glorious
location that on our next visit we may well spend a few days there relaxing
and unwinding ­ it would be perfect for that. I so enjoyed the visit once
again to Kayamandi ­ so different from the first time you took me there back
in 1999 and it was so good to see the progress that has been made. It was
good to see Nosandile again and to meet Johannes.

The hard work put in by Pinky and the team at the centre was obvious to see
and the pleasure on the childrenıs faces when they were singing, dancing or
playing football was obvious. I was very interested and encouraged to learn
about the funding of English speaking children to attend school outside of
the township and the way that their progress is monitored by yourself and
then relayed to their sponsors.* Hopefully you will be able to resolve the
problem of import duty on gifts sent to you.

Cape Town was, as always for me, the most magical place to visit. The
accommodation at Napier Street was ideal, the location was spot on, the
weather was perfect. Retail therapy at the Waterfront, afternoon tea at the
Mount Nelson, dinner with yourself and Bette at Leinster Hall, the trip to
Cape Point and then up Table Mountain and finally dinner at the Africa Café
really allowed Gail to see Cape Town at its best. We spent our final few
hours at Camps Bay walking along the beach ­ heaven!! We were both very glad
that we did our tour that way round.

All in all a tremendous trip and one which both Gail and I will never
forget. We were both very grateful to you for all the work and planning that
goes in to making each tour so special for the Œtourersı - each one
personalised to suit the whims and foibles of the people involved ­ you
certainly had your work cut out with us two!!

Everyone who has seen the photos on your web site have commented on how much
fun we both appeared to be having and of course that is exactly what we did
have ­ lots of fun and laughs ­ as well as plenty of fine dining which was
another comment made ­ next time not so many photos of us eating and
drinking!!

So now a few lines about that great love of ours ­ sport.

Terrible about Bob Woolmer ­ I remember you pointed him out to us when you
took us to the Mount Nelson back in 1999. The news this morning is
inconclusive about the cause of death and a second pathologist has been
appointed.

Whilst on cricket I suppose I must mention Mr Flintoff and his antics ­ at
least the management had the balls to act promptly and make an example of
him. Listening to Atherton, Hussain and Botham on the TV on Sunday before
their match with Canada and their opinions were split. Hussain was totally
in favour of the disciplinary action whilst Botham thought it was a total
over reaction and Freddie's biggest mistake was getting caught!! I see they
have now fined the coaches who were also with the players.

South Africa and Australia are cruising along nicely and Saturdays game
should be essential viewing. Shame about Pakistan but what about Ireland ­
glory in the cricket but oh so close in the rugby. A great shame as I would
dearly love to have seen them win the six nations.

As for England the least said the better. An dismal display against a very
up for it Welsh side who took a deserved victory. I must agree with you that
the World Cup has got New Zealand written all over it at the moment.

Your red team are cruising along nicely and it is also poised for a Man
Utd/Chelsea cup final. Liverpool are stuttering a little and even Everton
did them a favour last Sunday by beating Arsenal at Goodison Park.

So other than Formula 1 which had a rookie on the podium last weekend that
just about covers the sport for the moment. The next few months bring an
abundance of great sport throughout the world which I hope is played in the
spirit we enjoy.

Selwyn, thank you once again so much for our tour. Gail and I had a magical
time and we both know it wonıt be too long before we return to your
beautiful country.

Love to Bette and you look after yourself.

Yours 

Peter

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Selwyn, I would be very interested to help one of the children at Kayamandi
with their education. I know you mentioned figures to me but if you could
firm up on these and also the mechanics of where to send some money etc I
would appreciate it. I donıt know how long for I could help but I understand
that every little bit helps in this situation.

I look forward to hearing from you in due course.

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Received  2 April 2007

 

Hi Selwyn

Just wanted to thank you personally for helping to make our holiday to South Africa so special. Pete had told me so much about the place and obviously I had seen photographs from his trip in 2004 but nothing could have prepared me for the marvellous time we had.

It would be difficult to say what stood out as most enjoyable, there were so many amazing places and thrilling experiences over the period of our stay, although obviously Kayamandi must rate as most memorable. I still cannot look at the photo's of those wonderful children without being overcome with a whole mixture of emotions, and I smile when I remember their display of ballroom dancing. I feel Kayamandi has had a lasting effect on me and was incredibly humbling.

As you know I endeavoured to keep a journal of our stay and as promised I will be sending you my 'take' on the Kayamandi experience when it is available, please let me know what you think once you have received it.

Finally let me say that yes, I now really do know why you call it 
'wonderful, wonderful new South Africa' and I hope that it won't be too long before we can see you and your beautiful land again.

THANK YOU

Gail

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