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You may have been the first child in your family to ever fail a maths test (according to Dad). Or the only one to write off a car (according to Mum). Such "accomplishments" are ones we choose to hide in the collective family skeleton cupboard. But some firsts are worth shouting from the rooftops — like fig picking at Hoogwater Cottage in Wolseley. A two-hour drive from Cape Town, this farm encapsulates country living in its most naturally glorious state: adults lazing around on blankets snacking from cheese platters, children carrying buckets of proud pickings, leaves rustling in the breeze. Make it a summer filled with scrapbook-worthy memories. The ones we want to collect.


Fig picking and family picnicking.
The photos will make for a dreamy scrapbook.
R43, Hoogwater Farm, Wolseley
4 Feb., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cash only.