On a sunny yet overcast day we decided to venture out on a road trip to the Midlands. Our first stop was at the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market which was bustling with people. The Farmer’s Market provides an experience for the whole family – it has food stalls, homemade and handmade goods, activities for children and it is pet friendly. It is best to get there as early as possible as the later it gets, the higher the chance of the goods being sold out which shows that this weekly event is much attended and that the goods are highly sought after.
Our next stop was in Howick to see the waterfall. Our first priority, however, was to have some breakfast. A cute little place called “Ray’s cafe” caught our eye. Our breakfasts consisted of pork sausages, bacon, eggs, toast and chips and was reasonably priced – it hit the spot on a cold day. After we finished our breakfast in the quaint and homely cafe, we walked down the path passed all the little shops towards the waterfall. As we got closer the sound of the powerful gushing water captivated us and then we saw it – water plummeting down the 100 metre (approx.) rock face at full force. What an awesome sight.
As we continued with our journey, we decided to stop at the Piggly Wiggly Country Village which has a vast number of lovely countryside shops and restaurants. You can buy an array of goods ranging from homemade jams and chillies to bath salts and home decor to wines and woodwork. When in the Midlands, a definite visit is in order.
As the afternoon approached, our love of sweet things led us to Granny Mouse. A beautiful pathway decorated with trees led us to a well-covered parking area. As we walked to Reception we were drawn in by the surroundings – a calming water feature and an exquisite chapel surrounded by flowers. This place is an ideal location for weddings.
We were seated in a cosy lounge with comfortable wingback chairs looking out onto the countryside. It was so tranquil. We were served scones which were absolutely amazing and they were quite a large portion. The atmosphere was such that the stress of city living seemed to melt away and we sat enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside. Although we did not stay over at Granny Mouse, the place itself definitely intrigued us and soon, hopefully, we can go back – even if it is just for the scones.