Ericas at KirstenboschIt wasn’t the most fabulous weekend, as far as the weather was concerned (and there I thought summer was around the corner).

Rain washed out the Constantia Country Market on Saturday, and Sunday couldn’t quite make up its mind about what kind of day it really truly wanted to be.

And so it was that I missed the record-breaking surfing at Muizenberg and the nearby International Kite Festival, both of which I’d planned to check out. C’est la vie.

Still, I did make it to brunch with the girls at the Kirstenbosch tea-room on Sunday, followed by a few hours of wandering around the gardens, taking photos of the spectacular spring flowers and lolling about barefoot when the sun eventually did make its presence felt (all ten minutes of it).

Breakfast at Kirstenbosch is something I’ve done a few times now, and it’s something I highly recommend. The tea-room serves a full English breakfast (R36), complete with hash browns, the tastiest bacon I’ve ever encountered in a restaurant, and your choice of toast (including 100% rye or even corn crackers for the gluten-intolerant).

If, like mine, your appetite isn’t at its greatest that early in the morning (ie any time before noon), try the mini-breakfast (R26) – it’s the same thing, only half the size (though not quite half the price).

You can also choose to upgrade your eggs to free-range (they really do taste better), for a small extra cost (R2.50 per egg), something I’ve not encountered at very many breakfast spots.

The main entrance to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is on Rhodes Drive, Newlands. Entry to the gardens costs R27 for adults (if you’re a member, which costs R213 per year, you get in free).

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