An Ode to May

A personal Paternoster love story in words and photos by Fran Hepburn


I first arrived, following my heart, to live permanently in Paternoster in early May 2012. So I guess I am somewhat biased when I wax lyrical about this time of year in our beautiful village. But after a few years of living here, I know that it is not just me who loves the absolute perfection that is May in Paternoster, all the locals whisper about it being a secret special season only we know about. This is my effort to share a little snapshot of this magical time with you.

From December to April the village is full and bustling, so it is a stark contrast in May when things get all mellow and laid back – like a soft sigh of relief. The days start later as the sun only peeps over Kasteelberg to the East well after 7 am. There is a cool chill in the air and the village is often covered in a misty blanket serenaded by the distant hooting of the fog horn. As I make a cup of coffee and snuggle back into bed, I tend to daydream of Brigadoon and the misty moors of Scotland.









The days are still busy, which I know all you city folk will scoff at, but we do need to stack the wood in the fireplace & stock the wine rack! We don’t ever have traffic per se but in May, it is often just me and the street dogs heading to our respective daily toils.

The afternoons are a true blessing. The blustery winds of Summer have died away and the faintest salt-tipped breeze comes off the Atlantic ocean. Almost every day is the perfect day to take my Labrador Lula for a walk on the beach and luxuriate in the whole expanse of Langstrand all to ourselves.


There is said to be a special kind of soft light – the kind that the renaissance masters in Italy captured so beautifully before the advent of modern day photography. This is the light we see in May, most noticeably at sunset. It touches everything with an ethereal glow and because of the changing season, we get cloud formations that help create a spectacular frame for a Magical May West Coast Sunset.

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As the sun disappears over Bekbaai to the west of the village the evening chill sets in. It is time to slow down, light the fire and enjoy a glass of red wine while we wait for the bredie simmering in the oven. I exhale and am grateful for all my blessings.





Flower Season is here…

It’s Flower Friday!

For the month of August every Friday I am going to share some tips, introduce you to some natural beauties and give you the latest weather for flower viewing.

All over the West Coast from Langebaan all the way up the N7 the West Coast Wild Flowers are in bloom.


*The best viewing time is from 10:30 to 16:00

*Temp must be at least 18⁰C

*Sunny days

*Flowers face the sun so best to see the display with sun behind you, travel North first then South for the best view.

For more info contact WEST COAST FLOWER HOTLINE 072 938 8186

Get the Lastest Flower Updated 4 August here



The “reenblommetjie”/white rain daisy (Dimorphotheca pluvialis) *pictured below, is always one of the first spring annuals to flower on the West Coast. They are currently all over the Pilgrimsrust plots just before Paternoster, Bekbaai area of Paternoster and in the Tietiesbaai Nature Reserve that borders Paternoster. These annuals are adapted to germinate, grow, flower and set seed during the rainy winter and to survive the long dry summer as seed. The flowering season is from July to October, depending on the rain.

Locally we also called them West Coast Snow…so come and walk in the snow right here in Paternoster!



The weather changes all the time, especially along the coast, so please check for an update on

FRIDAY 5TH August                  11:00 to 16:00             Sunny 14⁰c

SAT 6th August                        11:00 to 16:00             Partly Cloudy 16⁰c

SUN 7th August                        11:00 to 16:00             Partly Cloudy 15⁰c

MON 8th August                       11:00 to 16:00             Sunny 15⁰c

TUES 9th August                      11:00 to 16:00             Sunny 16⁰c

WEDS 10th August                   11:00 to 16:00             Sunny 16⁰c

THURS 11th August                  11:00 to 16:00             Sunny 13⁰c


Download and print this useful map courtesy of Cape West Coast Tourism website.


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“Life, now, was unfolding before me, constantly and visibly, like the flowers of summer that drop fanlike petals on eternal soil.” ~ Roman Payne


Blog post compiled and written by Fran Hepburn for Stay in Paternoster

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