Isabella

Ferdinand II of Aragon (1452-1516) and Isabella of Castile (22 April 1451-1504) Isabella Maria was born 29 April 2011 to Carmen and Gunther and if you look at her she has all the makings of a queen of kinds. Isabella Maria, our grand niece – commanding but fair and farsighted – born on the feast …

A Drive up Signal Hill

Kramats, as they are called in the Cape, or Karamats (in Urdu) – Muslim Shrines – are burial sites of Saints of Islam. There are a number of such holy sites in the Cape, reminders of the Dutch East India Company’s policy to bring slaves, convicts and exile defiant Muslim leaders from Indonesia and India to the …

Quince compote and judgement day

Misty days, cool nights but no rain. Rain seems to fail us where and when it is needed most. Storm and rain without end should have started by now. Now, not even a rumble. We are expecting a yearly, monthly, daily ration of regular occurrences – salaries paid, anniversaries celebrated, meals served and all that …

Bipolarity

Bipolarity is another name for a condition that has been with mankind since we left the tree-scape, entered the land-scape and began to roam the world.   It is a name for a condition within the conditio humana we all are subjected to and most of us have more or less under control.   It …

Sunday Lunch and Ink Cap breakfast snack

Our neighbours in Betty’s Bay and dear friends from Hamburg – our swallows – have flown back to Germany for the season. Every time we drive past their house we think of the lovely times we shall have again when they come back into their nest. But driving past we also watch their lawn for …

The Singing Bone

A dear friend of ours – Naomi – is on a yacht sailing in the Aegean Sea and our own memories of life on the Greek islands were refreshed, among others funeral rites which are foreign to most of us but are still practiced in Greece. After three or more years the remains of a …

The nature of the beast …

The animal nature within us – that is the animal part in the process of our becoming human within the general process of evolution in our world. For all who are critical about the concept of “evolution”, we might want to say that components of everything in this world, even the universe, are within us …

A Walk in the Garden

The Garden here is the Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay – a sister garden to the big one in Kirstenbosch. Whereas Kirstenbosch is splendidly spread out against the inland side of Table Mountain, Betty’s Bay Botanical Garden is beautifully laid out between mountain and sea. The fault lines here seem to run parallel to sea …

Mother’s Day

Thekla and Adam had a wonderful surprise in store for their mothers in Betty’s Bay. First, a long lay-in with coffee in bed. Then a super breakfast accompanied with a reading of a text they both had composed for the occasion and after breakfast a foot and hand massage! Here is the text wich they …

O’ Samma – O’ Bamma – O’ Daffi

Bring a man to justice as it’s done in Westerns – it is a good and noble thing. Hang him high, if need be, send him flying – not nice but satisfying. Ceauscescu, Mussolini. Pity that Adolf got away and one Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili, aka Stalin. To go in firing from the hip O’ Bammabammabamma, mowing …

Our man from Gabon – a man for the future

Born as the second-eldest of twelve in a small village surrounded by jungle, finding living quarters with the convent sisters while attending high school and later University in Franceville, Christian steps out of the rain forest in Gabon to do post-graduate work in South Africa and is now registered for his PhD in sustainable management of …