At beginning of June, we thought we had record numbers for our Kleinmond trip and excitement was looming for our visit to the Dirk Ace Record shop – a nostalgic step-back in time! Dirk Ace has a collection of vinyl records; cd’s; old memorabilia; record players (& clothes) all of which we would be familiar with – music collections from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s!
We started off with 24 on the list and happily carried on planning – then along came the 3rd wave of Covid, with all its ramifications! We had many cancellations (mostly all Covid related) which we fully understand with the 3rd wave raring it’s ugly head in Gauteng with tragic proportions.
We did the coastal drive past Gordon’s Bay; Rooi Els; Pringle Bay; Betty’s Bay and arrived in Kleinmond at about 11h15. Dirk Ace had his selection ready waiting and even asked a friend to bring along a coffee machine, where for a donation you could enjoy a cup of coffee. Purchases were made and sadly not very many people lingered here to listen to the music (despite that we had hired seating for the group) – the shops around Harbour Road seemed more appealing.
At about 12h30 many decided that lunch was needed more than shopping and on arrival at Swing In Coffee Shop, the group was greeted with a welcoming cocktail!
After this a prawn and hake starter was enjoyed and then platters with a selection of different salty snacks (Meatballs; Chicken Wings; Calamari; Cheese Grillers; Crumbed mushrooms; Curried vetkoek; Ribs, Chicken strips and Mini pies! Dessert was a Nutella pancake with blueberry coulis – all in all it seems a “different, delicious type meal!”
The meal was served very efficiently by only one waitress with over-the-counter help from one or two others! This meant that we could leave the restaurant (reluctantly) by 14h30. Meant more ‘gathering’ at the favourite place along the N2 near Grabouw – Peregrines Farm Stall! Bags and bags of favourite snacks were bought to take home “For dinner tomorrow night”
Sadly, even though we left Peregrines at just after 15h40 with the traffic snarl ups along Somerset West / Baden Powell (where we sat behind two trucks for many kms (you could almost hear driver Kobus breathe a sigh of relief when they turned off the road to the right!!). We only arrived in Constantia by just after 17h00! Our second drop-off at Tableview was just after 18h00 (with a beautiful full moon coming up and lighting our way home).
Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.” — John Lennon.