Better known around here as Bloemfontein was our next stop. Sally’s family farm is more of a weekend getaway for her family- so after a few days there, we headed about an hour north, to the big city, Bloem, where her family lives full time.
We had a relaxing morning at the farm, loaded up the car, and then headed out. First, we went to Sally’s house to drop our things off, get settled and meet her family. Their house was one of the coziest, warmest homes that I have ever been to. The second that we arrived, I asked her mom if I could move in. I knew I wouldn’t want to leave! The walls are rich wood and there are old cast iron fire places in every room. The kitchen is huge and open with windows that look out to the oasis of a back yard. There is a massive and fully equipped outdoor kitchen, a great sitting area and fire pit, a pool, wooden swings, and lots of wildlife. Sally’s mom had lunch (slow cooked lamb and veggies) ready for us…so we ate, again, and it was just as wonderful as it sounds.
For the rest of the afternoon, we explored around Bloem…and then headed back out for a very special dinner. Sally asked her absolutely adorable (and incredibly youthful) grandma to make a special “real” South African meal for Gavin and I. Not only did she prepare a MASSIVE feast, she decorated the table with a rustic African theme!
Dinner was comfort food at its finest, all with a South African twist. The star for me was definitely the roasted Kudu (a type of deer), but the lamb meatballs and samp (kind of like hominy) were close seconds. She also made pumpkin fritters, cauliflower with white sauce, honey carrots, rice, chicken, and buttery spinach with feta cheese. Needless to say, this meal stuck to the ribs…and it was such a treat!
We felt so welcome and like such a part of Sally’s family. They opened their home to us and welcomed us with open arms….and this was only our first day in Bloem!