Gone are the days when it was all downhill from middle age. Oh yes, you can still be nifty at over fifty. Now, people are staying younger for longer (by one means or another) and retiring later (Raymond Ackerman retired aged 79). There’s life in the old dog yet but it helps if someone else does the organising. This is where Pangea comes into it. No, it’s not a panacea to perk you up, or a dating club, it’s a tour company with a calendar of events that make your toes tingle.
How about this: Dinner with Legs; a four course dinner, dress code 1920s, with each course eaten at a different surprise location like Kalk Bay Pier (weather permitting I assume). A chauffeured vintage car to transport you between courses tops it off.
Keeping the grey matter going (not referring to hair colour), there are writing workshops, like the one in Robertson from 7-9 June, hosted by none other than novelist Finuala Dowling! How about the Cradock Literary Tour – back by popular demand – in celebration of Olive Schreiner, from 27 September – 1 October?
Then you can dabble in Indian cookery in the Karoo alongside flamboyant chef Reza Mahammad (22-24 July), who comes all the way from England to startle the townspeople of Prince Albert. There’s photography in Oudtshoorn under the guidance of Jackie Murray of Stellenbosch Art Academy from 2-6 August, and an historical Tale of Two Cities, taking in Paarl and Tulbagh, 16-20 August. Go clay pigeon shooting, grape harvesting and dine and cycle the Swartberg Pass.
I don’t think you need to be over fifty to fancy doing any of these. Count me in; I’m coming, first stop the wardrobe to find something elegant enough for a vintage car.