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 Cape Town Water Crisis simply explained

While small towns in the Western Cape make use of their own local water resources from their own mountains (like in Bredasdorp); Cape Town does not use the enormous amount of water of their own Table Mountain.

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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Aloe Greenii ….

…. originates from Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa but, unfortunately, due to mismanagement and poaching not a single genuine specie is left on and around the mountain; only hybrids. Even the one(s) at Kirstenbosch are, according to (DNA) research not the real ones. Ours (acquired at a nursery somewhere several years ago) is!!! Every now and than we take ‘spin off’ of the motherland and give them away to people in Cape town and surrounds we know…

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Earth Hour 2013 (revisited)

This morning I was looking back at the multitude of events organised in our little village during 2013; from horse- to dog shows, life performances of artists from around the globe, cricket day and Flocktober Festival, etc. Sometimes such an event attracts only locals and sometimes from all over.

My dearest event of 2013 is Earth Hour. It attracted only a few hundred people but there is more to it.

Stanford was the first place in South Africa to organise Earth Hour and since the PR-budget of a small village is nothing in comparison with the millions and millions Cape Town is spending to promote itself …. etc. etc. So World’s Top CopyCat City also had to organise this event (always wondering if there are people in Cape Town with original ideas) but that’s targeted on mass tourism; the main event being switching the lights of the Table Mountain off …. (for 1 hour ……)

Here in Stanford Earth Hour has still the intimacy of people who really care about sustainability and that makes all the difference. In the reprocessed picture you will see local ‘fire worker’ Anya and in the background local musician Danny in the Loop (Danny ‘runs’ on solar power!).

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