A summer’s day walk-about in Kalk Bay


Kris, Anni and Leo are visiting us for a month and what better occasion than to use Valentine’s day to do an outing from Hout Bay via Chapman’s Peak to Simon’s Town along the coast to Kalk Bay. The weather was perfect, the mood festive and Leo, the little fellow all bright-eyed filled with curiosity.

In Simon’s Town we enjoyed a late breakfast with a view of the naval harbour.
Anni photographing and Kris studying the menu.

Along the coastal stretch from Muizenberg via St. James, Kalk Bay and Vishoek to Simon’s Town runs a busy railway line used by daily commuters into Cape Town as well as tourists. The station site below drew our attention by its clear definition of lines as did the harbour view across the roadworks.

The main road, presently being reconstructed, is dotted with boutiques, decor shops, antiquarian shops for books, china, fabrics, shoes, clothes, bags from Marocco, genuine African artifacts and wonderful collectables, not all necessarily cheap but stylish, even avantgarde as well as fairly priced, a real collector’s world – and an excellent choice of restaurants to cater for all pockets and persuasions of taste and Weltanschauung.

Asking for permission to photograph him the quick-wit replies: “The photograph is free, but for the autograph you have to pay!” Laughter here is always in the air.

Farida at “Kalky’s” – excellent never failing service with a big smile!
Permission to photograph generously granted.

In a somewhat sombre mood – nearly all boats out at sea. He allowed to be in the picture.

Valentine’s day is very much a Western thing and frowned upon not only by Islamic teachers but also seen by some as a typically capitalist form of exploitation. Apart from that it is used by many as a fun way of making a renewed declaration of one’s sympathy if not love.

In Hamlet Ophelia ruefully refers to Valentine’s day:

To-morrow is Saint Valentine’s day,
All in the morning betime,
And I a maid at your window,
To be your Valentine.
Then up he rose, and donn’d his clothes,
And dupp’d the chamber-door;
Let in the maid, that out a maid
Never departed more.
(William Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act IV, Scene 5.
Courtesy of Wikipedia)

And so, often, a little sadness can be attached to this day where the one you love or cherish is absent or non-responsive.

Well, we were so lucky that day to have many of our loved ones near-by.

With love from
Colleen & Walter
Betty’s Bay, Friday 17 February, 2012