Irene dairy farm and Irene Village Mall

It was my friend’s daughter’s first birthday today and her party was at the Irene Dairy Farm which is an old functioning dairy farm established in 1895. Irene is close to Centurion and Pretoria. It was a warm and wonderful sunny day and family and friends met outside the Barn restaurant. The venue is open and spacious with lots of place for children to run around and play. There is a jungle gym, calves to pet, chickens and ducks roaming about and even a few swans on the dam. The Irene Dairy farm has two restaurants and a Dairy shop that sells fresh milk and cream as well as cheeses, pies, rusks, jams, biscuits and treats. Over the weekend they serve a buffet lunch. You can also bring a blanket for a picnic on the grass under the trees. It was a glorious and fun afternoon.

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After the party we stopped at the Irene Village Market to do some grocery shopping for gran. It is a shopping centre with a difference; it has a village feel with open spaces, fountains, trees and pieces of art all over. They also have a fabulous restaurant there called Karoo – Cattle and land which is a must to try.

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Rooi granaat, Loxton

I was totally shocked yesterday when my cousin sent me a message from Rooi granaat (Red pomegranate)  and I had to ask her what she was on about. It is a restaurant in Loxton and what surprised me even more was that I didn’t know where it was. I have toured SA extensively and have been trough most towns, even the one horse towns. Loxton is in the Upper-Karoo and even scarier is that I lived in the Karoo for several years growing up so how I missed it is a mystery. I Googled it and decided to put it on my list of things to see in SA.