The Museum

One of the finest educational museums to visit in the Western Cape, South Africa is the one dedicated to the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias (sometimes written as Diaz) in Mossel Bay. The nice thing is the lack of coffee corners, restaurants and ‘Made in China’ souvenir shops but somewhere hidden within the museum is a shop with locally made crafts related to the museum and the town. Coffee and food outlets are plenty nearby.

In the centre of the museum is a big hall with in it a replica of the vessel the explorer discovered Mossel Bay in 1588. Most pictures in this photo-gallery show details of this vessel. Lots of ropes… But there is plenty more of curiosities to experience!

 

 

Earth Hour in Stanford

Some turbulence in the sky.

When I looked this week into the festivities dedicated to Earth Hour within South Africa I discovered that it in fact had nothing to do with ‘carbon footprint’ and so on. It’s all about food, drink and parties and here and there, for one hour only, the lights are switched off such as those of Table Mountain. We kept it quiet in our street. The local municipality did not switch the street lights of as promised but than these lights are very low in energy use (contrary with those in Cape Town BTW). We just sat on the verandah in the dark and watched the movement above us. One of the neighbours went to Hermanus with the family to celebrate the Earth Hour party over there; seemingly not realising the ‘carbon footprint’ the car left behind ….. 😉

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Quinces

Although originating from South West Asia many people in this area think that the quince is native to this country (South Africa) but what can you expect in a country where even conservation officials and (local wannabe) politicians are not always well educated and approve the dump of asbestos and other hazardous materials in a nature reserve …. But whatever; the quince tree in our garden produces unattractive (for the eye) fruits but once these are peeled, cooked and blended they resemble the taste of a delicious apple sauce. Add a bit of cinnamon and it combines well with boiled potatoes and a steak. Bon Appetit!

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What a lovely lunch I had ….

… in good companionship last Saturday in the ‘Hemel en Aarde’ (Heaven and Earth) Valley near Hermanus in the Western Cape. This is a quick snaphot but I can assure you that lunch at Moggs Country Cooking is like Heaven on Earth … (2 pictures)

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