Last weekend gave us new occasions to discover Homtini’s surroundings, between the very authentic market of Sedgefield, invigorating strolls along the Indian Ocean and a very nice hike in the indigenous Millwood Forest reserve.
Sedgefield is a small city located about twenty minutes from the farm, where a big market is held every Saturday morning. The atmosphere is very different from the markets we are used to in France. It is very lively and convivial, with tables and wooden logs placed all around the area so that everybody have a coffee or taste some nice products. The offer is very varied, from the classical fruits and vegetables, cheeses and yoghurts, breads, pastries, all king of dishes, to essential oils or natural cosmetics… and on another area, arts and crafts creations (statues, jewelries, clothes etc.)
I was pleasantly surprised by the variety and the quality of the products that we could find and by this very friendly atmosphere. We went there with Margreta, the two Esther and Solène. Once the necessary shopping for the farm done, it was time for some nice tastings (for me it was an excellent muesli bowl and some very nice small pies which my taste buds still remember of!)
We then went for a stroll by the Ocean. Revivifying, wild and impressive: the water is cold, the sand goes deep under our feet, the colors keep on changing, the waves never stop rumbling… we came back pleasantly tired!
Millwood Forest Reserve
On Sunday, we went to hike with Solène in Millwood Forest Reserve, very close to the farm. Several hiking trails compose this tropical forest protected area, starting with a nice slope going down to a surprisingly dark river; but it is apparently the case of most of the rivers in the region as the trees give them this color.
We then went on in another splendid area, with vertiginously high trees. No sound but the songs of the birds and the wind in the leaves… a real piece of heaven. 16,8 km overall with the come back to the farm (just before strong rains), we felt nicely tired after this beautiful day!
New volunteers, a Swiss couple, arrived on Sunday. We have met around an excellent curry prepared by Jeremy. We are now quite a nice team! The week is going to be still varied, with the work in the fields, the plantation of new flowers in the bed (which feels good after so much time spent weeding!), the organization of a big barbecue (called “Braai” in South Africa) with all the staff at the end of the week to get to know more each other… a lot of nice moments to come!
TIPS & PRATICAL INFOS
Sedgefield market: from 8 to 13 every Saturday morning
Millwood Forest Reserve: R90 – 5,60€ for a one-day permit