Escaping Table Mountain

Last Friday afternoon at 3: First Capetonians arriving within the boundaries of the Cape Agulhas Municipality for their weekend getaway in places like Napier, Bredasdorp, Arniston, Struisbaai and Cape Agulhas. Every Friday about 10000 to 15000 cars with registration plates of the Mother City (including suburbs) escape Table Mountain for enjoyment in the Overberg; the majority to Hermanus/Gansbaai, followed by the mentioned places and Greyton.

Snow on the mountains

Earlier this week. The mountains at the horizon are about 50 km (30 miles) away.

The grass is green; thanks to sufficient water management of farmers and municipalities in our Overberg region. Something the council in Cape Town can learn from. In the meantime virtually all pristine drinking water from Table Mountain (Cape Town) disappears in the Ocean…

The Company Gardens

The company Gardens in Cape Town underwent a complete facelift during the past years. The gardens date back to the initiative of the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. There are except for the reconstructed veggie garden nice walk ways and a collection of trees from around the globe. In many (botanical) aspects this garden is far more interesting than the touristic Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden at the other side of the Table Mountain. The Company Gardens are freely accessible for all. While Kirstenbosch is still ‘White dominated’ the visitors of the Company Gardens present a better reflection of the multicultural South African society.

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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