We are for the while resident in Betty’s Bay, an unassuming quiet village on the Western Cape coast, an hour’s drive from Cape Town. With the beach a stone’s throw away, the sea is always near and on a windstill night the waves reach us in our sleep.
Colleen and I, Walter,
have been lecturers at Stellenbosch University for many years, are now retired and are filling our days with creative stuff – Colleen paints and Walter, apart from writing, has taken up photography. We have six children between us and eight grandchildren, living in South Africa, France, Germany and Spain.

Through our blogs we want to stay in touch with that family of ours and with our friends around the globe – letting them know what we are up to. But also, beyond, we want to share our experiences, thoughts, texts and images with other, like-minded curious souls. The subject matter remains varied – just as life throws us the ball. We love to entertain, to cook, to have people around; to travel, to photograph, to be lyrical at times, serious as well as light-hearted if not frivolous. It’s all about that cosmic stuff out there.

With love
Walter & Colleen

9 thoughts on “About”

  1. Hallo,stumbled on your blog and found it very nice! Been living in Bettys for some 3 years now(close to silversands beach) my name is Brindley Pritchard. I am an artist that also give art classes and thought it to be up your street to ask you if you would be interested to comment on my art workshops I am hosting at my place this school holiday time. On the 7th July it would be a landscape workshop and on the 14th of July it is a portrait workshop. you can view my work on http://www.brindleypritchard.com

    I would like to here from you.

    Kind regards

    Brindley Pritchard

  2. Hello there,

    a very nich blog, I eenjoy coming back to the two of you.

    I wonder, how fare away is Betty’s Bay away from False Bay? I did a post with gorgeous pictures by Liz Hardman, all taken at False Bay.

    Hav a lovely weekend.
    Greetings from the far North

    1. Hi Dina, thanks for your comments. Your post of False Bay – the coast of False Bay stretches from Simonstown where Liz Hardman’s pictures were taken right round via Muizenberg, Strand and Gordon’s Bay to the tip of Hangklip (Hanging Rock) and Betty’s Bay is just a few kms further up the coast. It was and still is called False Bay because sailors often mistook it for the Bay of Cape Town which is just around the corner, a little further to the West.
      With greetings from the Cape at the tip of Africa
      Walter & Colleen

  3. Hello,

    I am a South-African dancer who worked with Tossie van Tonder in South Africa during the mid-80s; I now live in the U.S.A. Can you tell me where I might be able to obtain a copy of her new book, “, she of all people”? You may reach me at: bgbenington05@aol.com. I would be delighted, too, if you might forward my e-mail address to Tossie, I would love to reconnect with her — after all these years!

    Brian Benington

  4. Dear Coll, I only have this address, so must use it, to say thank you for your lovely long letter, but as you say and it is the same with me, our writing is also a little older. so what!! Hope when you move again the post will be quicker. I will try again. Love to you both from us all, Di.

  5. Hi Colleen and Walter and many,many thanks for the lovely days in your home! We are now back in Sweden and try to make the life go on here It is not yet cold (yesterday it was the some temperatur as on midsummer day Wonder if it is because the climate change!!!??)
    We are so satisfied with our trip to South Africa Had a fantastic time and met so nice people everywhere We forgot to take your e-mail adress so please send us a mail so we can keep in tough
    Brita and Ragnvald

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