Travel through Wellington and over the slightly scary Bainskloof Pass and you finally reach a place known simply as Tweede Tol. It’s not that far out of Cape Town but once you get there, you do feel somewhat deep in the mountains. It was here that I shot Nicci and Brendan’s wedding back in 2008. This time though, I had Helen and the kids in tow for a spot of camping as well. We arrived just before dark, put up the tents and then I went off with the kids to refresh my memory of the area. As we climbed across the river bed I realised that I must have completely lost the plot at Nicci and Brendan’s wedding. I suddenly remembered carting all 120 people or so down and into the river for the big group shot. It’s not the easiest of walks in high heels and how some of those guests made it I will never know. Exuberance is a wonderful thing. We took it easy on Friday night, had a braai, everyone froze and it was off to bed early. On Saturday morning we were all up bright and early, did another scout around with Nicci and Brendan and then off we went. To say that the water in those mountains is cold is an understatement and I must say, I quite enjoyed watching Nix and Bren shivering their butts off. But hey, it was their idea to do the waterfall/river thing, not mine so there you go. As the sun said its evening goodbye, Bren made a cracker of an ostrich potjie and your favourite SA Idol and mine, Mr Mark Haze and his good wife arrived for a spot of good old-fashioned conversation around the fire. Nicci and Brendan, I think we need to make this an annual event – even if next time you decide not to jump off a flipping waterfall. But then knowing you guys you’ll probably ride off the edge on mountain bikes next time. I give up.

Tweede Tol

Tweede Tol

Tweede Tol

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