Saturday, December 31, 2011
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
We were brave and took 4 children!
Owls, beautiful and eerie all at the same time.
Various species that we met along the way.
Feeding the penguins (and a greedy gannet).
The majestic eagles/birds of prey.
The funny flamingo's!
A wallaby, mierkat, squirrel monkey, rooibok, terrifying tortoises and millions of guinea pigs (I think they were multiplying before our eyes!)
Four cousins and their Aunty!
Sunday, November 6, 2011
Then we headed to the South African Naval Museum hoping to find out more about Just Nuisance but only found many other very interesting things (Just Nuisance was part of the Royal Navy so we found him in the next museum!)
Still in search of Just Nuisance we plodded on to the Simon's Town Museum, home of the Royal Navy memorabilia, this was also a great little museum and best of all, lots of info about Just Nuisance!
Saturday, October 15, 2011
At home in England she takes part in a number of sports such as cycling, horse-riding and also rock climbing. So while she was here she was keen to take the girls to City Rock, Cape Town's indoor rock climbing center in Observatory.
They can climb from the age of 5 so Niave was just old enough, silly me thought she wouldn't cope with the rope climbing and so she spent the first part being very frustrated at not being able to climb as high as she wanted to go in the "bouldering" section, after a few tantrums and a couple of meltdowns we finally managed to convince her to wear the special shoes that they hire out and when she tried the rope climbing in the "auto-billet" section she was like a duck in water!! Niave is a climber and looked somewhat like a natural attached to that rope dangling half a metre above my head!
Abigail went straight to the auto-billet rope, she had been once before with a friend and felt comfortable there. She was exhausted at the end as she really had a good workout, her arms must have been aching!
It was very interesting to see the differences in personality, Niave gets frustrated, voices her frustration loudly but will NOT give up, Abigail persists quietly to a point and then wants to give up. She did very well though as Bev pushed her to persevere and she did - far more than she would have on her own.
It is a great outing if you have "climbers" and an excellent activity to develop shoulder girdle strength - a common area of concern with children who have low muscle tone and struggle to sit at a desk (i.e. the children who end up lying on their work!).
Abigail - "roped up" and ready to go.
Bev and Abs having a go.
Niave having a turn on the auto-billet rope - the picture of determination!
In this section Bev was attached to Abigail and "held" her up or brought her down manually as opposed to the auto-billet where it happens automatically - obviously!!
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Never the less she was born in 1941 so that makes her 70.
When you think back to 1941 and what the world was like then it is easy to understand why many people from that era find today's world so confusing and overwhelming, they were born before television or FM radio, before penicillin or polio shots (not to mention the plethora of vaccines that is available today). They were born before computers and cellphones (never mind computers on cellphones!) before credit cards, laser beams and radar, even before the ballpoint pen!
Before dishwashers (!), tumble dryers, electric blankets and pantyhose!!
Before man walked on the moon.
They had never heard of house husbands or computer dating; dual careers or daycare; electric typewriters or artificial hearts, guys wearing earrings (let alone wearing earrings in your nose!) or... yoghurt!
Before pizza, McDonalds and instant coffee!
In those days grass was mowed, coke drunk and pot was something you cooked in.
They were born before commercial airlines and ATM's. Books were made of paper!
Wow, how things have changed! Some "older" people may feel overwhelmed but others like my mom take it all in their stride!
To celebrate this momentous occasion we had a lovely breakfast with family and friends at a lovely venue in Stellenbosch called Hudson's.
Some pictures of the day:
The beautiful people!
And some of the wildlife right there on the farm:
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
...it was time to hunt for sweet treasure in the dark and settle down for a DVD.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Saturday, September 10, 2011
We stopped just above Muizenberg with the surfers and kite surfers enjoying the windy conditions far below.
We saw quite a few whales, they weren't as close as they had been a few days before due to the choppiness of the water but we saw some tails, some flippers and some breaches.
My camera doesn't do it justice, this is the splash after the breach!Whale watching is so funny, you stand there for ages and then everyone gasps in awe for a couple of seconds and then again you wait!!
After we'd stood in the wind long enough we drove down to Kalk Bay and went in search of an afternoon tea spot, we found it in The House of Pancakes and Waffles, service wasn't great but the pancakes were yummy.
After stuffing our faces we took a walk over the road to the harbour where we were entertained by the seals and the fishermen and indeed the dead fish on sale at the market there!!
The colourful fishing boats in all shapes and sizes make an interesting backdrop to this truly Capetonian place.
The seals were so sweet and really "performed" for their "audience", the girls were ecstatic when one lay on his back, flippers up and "clapped" for us! Easy to see why they are such an attraction at sea world type venues/aquariums, they seem to be natural actors!
When a fishing boat came in and brought with it a flock of seabirds it was time to go as we were "blessed" with some offerings from above!
Thankfully this time Niave succeeded in not landing in the water, albeit because I was holding onto her for dear life - there would have been no easy way to "fish her out" as there was in the tranquil pond at Greenpoint, and she does like to hang over the side of the harbour wall doesn't she!!!
On our way back to the car we met this fellow who has to be the most unique piece of beadwork that I have ever seen!