It is the Whale season; they can be seen almost on a daily basis, some close into shore others further out to sea as they pass by in front of our home. Large tails and flippers are gracefully displayed together with large plumes of water sprayed high into the air at various intervals.
October is the month when the village “Hermanus” attracts thousands of people who come to observe the whales that gather there annually in great numbers. It is a place, a sanctuary that these beautiful creatures choose to birth their babies.
There is a sense of anticipation in the air. Where ever I go Christmas is beginning to be promoted; amazing to think that it is less than three months away.
Soon the silly season will bring forth a frenzy of shopping activity together with an influx of tourist as we go into our high season.
It makes me think; it is time to start baking some Christmas cakes which I like to give as gifts to close friends. I just love the smell of heady spices that send their wonderful fragrances wafting throughout when baking Christmas fare. On checking the pantry I see that I need to do some shopping for additional ingredients.
November/December also brings the company of more friends who fly into Cape Town for a short break or extended holiday, a joyful time of sharing, catching up and entertaining.
I was so force fed on the traditional Christmas routine as a child that I no longer follow the norm of cooking a turkey, instead I like to serve seafood platters accompanied by beautiful salads, fresh breads and light deserts which also suites our climate.
My home will not be brimming over with immediate family because this year Dominique and Cameron will spend Christmas with their father in Durban Natal; they are planning a get together of a large gathering of friends and family somewhere up in the Drakensberg which should be a lot of fun.
So my lovely blog friends, what are your plans for Christmas?