Clouds of Franschhoek

Every region in South Africa has more or less its own clouds. That has probably much to do with the different landscapes and climates. Here two of the typical clouds you’ll see more often in Franschhoek than in Cape Town or other places in the Western Cape.

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The Isle in the Theewaterkloofdam

The ‘Theewaterkloofdam’ is a gigantic natural water reservoir near Villiersdorp that supplies a significant part of Cape Town and surrounds. In the center of the Western part of this lake is an isle. Just a snapshot.

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Looks good…

Fishing 5 metres from the bank in a boat  with the bait towards the bank…. just wonder where they need the boat for. Maybe because it looks so good, professional, or what?

But the joke of it all: there are only very small fish in this water (‘Die Vlei’ in our village) and when the fish are getting less small… well there are plenty of ducks, and other water birds.

The license plate on their pickup truck says C(all) A(again) and that explains it all … 🙂 (CA = Cape Town).

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Dedicated to Brigid Taylor Jackson

Regular readers of this blog know that I’m not in favor of all those blog awards although I see the value of it for some bloggers. Andrew Harvard, a great Chef from Durban, recently dedicated a blog post to me and honestly I think it’s a great idea. So from now on I will every now and than dedicate a post to a co-blogger.

This blog post is dedicated to Brigid Taylor Jackson from the Greater Cape Town area. She loves her plants and everything that goes with this passion. And she loves bees… !!! And we know that Brigid adores this flowering cactus:

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TABLE MOUNTAIN FOR SALE

One of the worlds famous tourism attractions, Table Mountain, is for sale.

Businessman Friedel Sauer of Stanford Upholstery in Stanford has transformed Table Mountain into one of his creations and is convinced that there are people in Cape Town who surely want to acquire his ‘Piece d’Ameublement Artistique’.

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Just some shots along the lagoon

I can’t tell enough how privileged we are to live in Stanford (“Best Village Destination in South Africa”; for all who dare to discover the real South Africa beyond Cape Town). One of the ‘attractions’ nearby is the lagoon which is not only a bird lovers paradise but also a place to consider by travelers who prefer quality of life.

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A walk on the Green Side

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I just had to say something about an article in The Huffington Post; an American internet publication. I browse it every now and than and wish South African publishers would be able to put something like this with the relatively high quality on the net. That set aside; the author of the article was for 24 hours in Cape Town and she has been rushing about talking with one after the other PR-person. But she did a fine job given the short period she was there. And of course there were some comments; one of these a very nice one if I may say so myself.

Well … read for yourself:

“For the 24 hrs you experience Cape Town and surrounds it’s a remarkable well written article. You emphasize however all the positive sides of the Mother City and have visited the obvious tourist destinations. Hope you will have more time available during your next visit to South Africa. The real South Africa journey begins >100 km beyond Cape Town. It’s there where you find true personal hospitality and discover where Capetonians got their ideas from (Cape Town is known as one of the top 3 copycat cities in the world). And also from a budget point of view the ‘Hinterland’ is really cheap to stay and to travel in; surely in comparison with Cape Town. Having said that I must admit that once or twice per year we like to go to Cape Town just to experience a bit of city-hassle and than to come to realize that we are very privileged to live in a small village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai that was recently awarded with ‘Best Village Destination in South Africa”.

 

Stanford, 14 January 2013

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Ain’t this Hottentots God beautiful?

Insects, none domesticated animals alike, are not patient when posing for a photo shot.  What the people of Cape Town are for other South Africans is the Hottentots God for insects; Relax, tomorrow is another day…

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Ain't this Hottentots God beautiful?

Insects, none domesticated animals alike, are not patient when posing for a photo shot.  What the people of Cape Town are for other South Africans is the Hottentots God for insects; Relax, tomorrow is another day…

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Once upon a time…..

…. in a time when there were less speed-maniacs from Cape Town and Gauteng on the rural roads of South Africa, Frikkie and his wife Riana, so goes the story and South Africans are good story-tellers, drove in leisurely pace their Sunday afternoon ride through the country-side. The car was old, rattling and shaking a bit on the dirt roads but still moving forwards until …… somewhere in nowhere ….. the engine-block fell. The couple was almost home. Optimist as Frikkie has always been he said to his wife “No problem which can’t be fixed” and both tried to lift the engine in place again. But alas, it didn’t work out that way. They left the car after an emotional farewell and taking the registration plates off. The car is still there where they left it minus useful spare parts. These spare parts were taken out overnight and that is also typical South African.

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