The drive to Napier was a neon trip – swathes of acid yellow canola contrasted with luminous green wheat fields, a sky heavy with cloud, lambs lolloping in the fields and everything shiny and scrubbed by the rain. And then there is the visual feast that is Halfaampieskraal. I first read about it in a VISI magazine in 2008 and I’d set my heart on it being our wedding venue, but unfortunately they couldn’t accommodate our gang. It’s a family farm that’s been around since 1790 and they have sheep, wheat, canola, barley, geese – and fantastical charm and style. The old school house has been transformed into four beautiful guest rooms, and everything has been considered – the linen, outside shower, fresh blossoms, eclectic mix of antiques, crystal, silver and food, oh my god the food. Alles is baie flippen lekker ja. Footnote – I left my #$&*% camera at home, so these phone pics don’t do the place any real justice at all.