We’ve been at Montagu Park since February 1, and have met some really fabulous people that have been doing the permanent thing for years. Our next stop is Riverside at Klein Brak, on the advice of some of the couples we’ve met here.
Montagu is such a fabulous little town; the service you receive is very different from what we’re used to. Everybody is just so keen to help. When our car battery gave up the ghost, they were here in a shot, installed a new one, and checked for other problems. The same goes for the car servicing; the people here go beyond what is expected.
We went on the famous tractor ride at Protea Farm at Burger's Pass just outside Montagu. Exciting, but scary as hell; the steep incline to the top of a mountain 1 500 m high is not for sissies. I’d heard that they’d used the tractor since 1985, so I just prayed that the brakes had been serviced recently.
The potjie lunch after the ride was great. And what can I say about the vetkoek in the area except that it tastes like more? ...and I’ll have to watch it or I’ll look like one in no time. The Saturday market produces stunning game- and chicken pies, filled with meat, meat and more meat.
Now it’s time to start sorting and cleaning for the next stage in a week’s time. I’ve done a fair amount of walking to town and around, so my son will be impressed by the muscled calves I never knew I had, or would have.
- Pam Allen