The Colourful Bo-Kaap of Cape Town

The Colourful Bo-Kaap of Cape Town

The Bo-Kaap is definitely the most colorful part of Cape Town and a great place to explore. I think I wouldnt mind living in one of these brightly coloured houses either. This part of the city, situated on the slopes of Signal Hill above the city center was formerly known as the Malay Quarter. They have a lovely view over the city…

slanting trees

“Cape Doctor” the creator of slanting trees

“Cape Doctor” or “die Kaapse dokter” in Afrikaans is the local name for the strong, persistent and dry south-easterly wind that blows on the South African coast from spring to late summer. Although the wind smites a wide area of the sub-continent, it is notorious especially in and around the Cape Peninsula, where it can be unpleasantly strong and…

St George's Cathedral

Cape Town’s St George’s Cathedral

The beautiful St George’s Cathedral is situated right at the entrance to the Company’s gardens right in the heart of Cape Town. This Cathedral is also the starting point for the Cape Town walking tour. As I arrived early for the tour I got to have a look around the Cathedral. The building of the cathedral…

Feeding the Pigeons of Cape Town

Feeding the Pigeons of Cape Town

One of the things that stand out vividly in my memory of my childhood holidays was feeding the pigeons in Durban with my grandmother. She used to collect all the breadcrumbs and crusts for days before we arrived and then take us out to the beachfront to go and feed the doves. I used to…

white squirrel

A Squirrel as White as Snow

Have you ever seen a white squirrel? I haven’t so when I spotted one in the Company Gardens here in Cape Town I ended up stalking it for a while until I could capture it on film. At first I thought it could be a rat and got quite excited when I realized it was…

Squirrels

Squirrel Antics in Cape Town

I just love squirrels they are these crazy little creatures that are always buzzing around with way too much energy. They are super inquisitive little creatures and here in Cape Town they have taken over the Company’s Gardens. This garden is perhaps the Central City’s most favourite outdoor space and certainly feels like our very…

Moss adds a sense of calm, age, and stillness to a garden

Weekly Photo Challenge: Texture in Nature

We are surrounded by textures man-made or natural. Moss has such a warm, soft almost furry texture. The above moss I found in cracks between the paving stones in our garden. Moss adds a sense of calm, age, and stillness to a garden scene that is hard to achieve otherwise. I love that clammy feel of moss on the ground against the…

The Joy of having a Pet Chicken!!

The Joy of having a Pet Chicken!!

When I was young having a pet meant you had a dog, cat or maybe a goose. I have never actually thought of getting myself a chicken as a pet but seeing the joy my nephews pet chickens give them I am definitely rethinking my definition of a pet. Each chicken has a name and…

Haute Cabriere

Haute Cabriere, Home of Great Wines in Franschhoek

A friend told me that if I want to taste really good champagne I couldn’t do better than visit Haute Cabriere, ‘Home of Great Wines’ in Franschhoek.   Haute Cabriere became the first winery in South-Africa to dedicate itself to producing wines according to the Methode Cap Classique style, which is known in France as…

Spotted Eagle Owl

A pair of Spotted Eagle Owls in our Chimney

A pair of  Spotted Eagle Owls have made our chimney their home. The Spotted Eagle Owl is actually the commonest large owl in Southern Africa, occurring in a variety of habitats from woodlands to forest patches. During the day the two of them will hide in the chimney, only peeking out now and again.  It…

Sneaky little Yellow Hunter

A Sneaky little Yellow Hunter

Hot, Sunny weather, Good Food, Family and Great Friends, that is everything South-Africa holds for me. I have just moved to Stellenbosch in South-Africa where I am staying with my family on their small vineyard “Aan de Vliet”. Each morning after breakfast I go for a relaxing stroll through the farm gardens or around the…

The last rays of sunlight reflecting of the water and bringing with it a cool breeze

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea and Sunsets

There is something about sunsets and beaches that make me feel close to nature. It is as if you get a glimpse of the magnificence of nature through a sunset over the ocean.  Walking along at the stretch of beach at the harbour in Richards Bay on a lovely summer evening in December. Sitting down watching…