Baker’s dozen

I guess it’s never over till the curvy dame sings… We said goodbye for 2016 last week, but then decided on an additional edition of Bolander, and just as well… given all the news and views that came in between now and then.

So, here’s the (really) final hurrah, and wishes for a splendid, safe holiday period. It seems as if every year becomes more challenging, and 2016 has been no exception.

And the beaches are packed, the roads in every direction are busy, the malls are overflowing with shoppers, kitchens are hives of activity, and all the sentiments of fatigue, excitement, anticipation and introspection that tend to accompany this time of year, are in full force.

On Sunday evening I attended a concert at the Helderberg Nature Reserve, in sublime weather (there was a warm breeze, fleecy clouds, children playing on the hillside and dancing on the grass in front of the stage, and all-in-all an entirely fitting conclusion to the work year.

A highlight was the band’s rendition of Bob Marley’s No woman no cry, and watching some dear women friends dancing with their offspring in front of the stage; sheer love.

There are many excurions that are slightly more off the beaten track in the Winelands, and for those who wish to steer a clear berth around the madding crowds, try heading out to one of the reserves for a scenic walk or hike, or to the outdoor amphitheatres for a performance, or to an art exhibition or an arts and craft market, for some family-friendly R&R.

I’m also looking forward to more time with old four-legged friends, and celebrating special journeys, as some begin to draw to a close.

Carolyn Frost: Editor