Picking glistening red strawberries among eager looking greenery while stealing glimpses at the Outeniqua Mountain range in the distance and the pathway of icy white cotton ball clouds in cobalt blue skies. That was how we spent our 3rd morning of 2022.
With a head filled with concerns about the future and heart awash with the singular longing that emerges only when you realise you are about to loose something precious, you never fully knew you had, I decided to live in and for the moment. I heard the sound of my little boy as he cheerfully assessed each strawberry’s worthiness for his basket. I heard my mom chatting with my son and I saw my husband gently and methodically picking the berries in the row next to mine.
This moment in my life was set on the Redberry farm, just outside of George and not far away from the George airport. The main attraction is picking strawberries, bit this popular holiday-maker attraction has enough activities to keep you, your young ones and your not so young ones busy for at least half a day.
Among its attractions is the Southern hemisphere’s biggest permanent maize. If you do not keep your wits about you, you could just clock in an extra 10 kilometers on your smartwatch.
The Redberry Express is another part of the adventure. The little train departs from a quant station, with the highlight (according to my 4-year old) being the “long and dark” tunnel.
We had to bribe with ice cream to be able to move on from the rabbit hutch where the guinea pigs seemed more eager for our grass offerings than the rabbits. One can also buy carrots to feed the rabbits, from tbe farm stall.
There is a varied, stimulating and very neat play area for the kids. The spiderweb was the novel favourite in our case.
Adults can indulge in a bit of shopping at the Berry Boutique or the well-stocked farm stall.
Ah! And then there is the food. Apart from the ice cream and waffle stall, there are 4 restaurants/cafes. We chose Bounty Eatery (on the way back from berry picking) and thoroughly enjoyed our coffees and rooster koek meals.
We will hopefully return another day to experience the pony rides, pedal go-carts, bubble balls and bumper boats.