A walk through the garden at Babylonstoren

The garden at Babylonstoren is one of our favourite places to be. It is a place of perfect serenity where you can almost see and touch the balance of energies love and respect for the land and the people who work it have created. Dutifully and carefully the garden is tended throughout the year. Smallest …

Miss Molly

Miss Molly, though a little overweight, is a handsome beast. Within the parameters of her species, one might add. Dogs and cats are lovely companions and so are steady friends. Pete and Toets are relations and such friends and when they invited us the other Sunday for a meal, we used the opportunity to capture …

The End of History

Living in Betty’s Bay for the moment, living in bliss for a while, where the Atlantic and the Indian Oceans overlap, and where at this time of the year, whales, sea otters, porcupines, baboons, leopards, francolins, guinea fowls, mongoose and a myriad of birds share sea and land with us, there is not much of an …

Mutually beneficial communities

Our children are questioning the wisdom not so much of our institutions but of our ways of living together as human beings on planet earth. We live, they say, wastefully and could share with each other so much more of our talents. How true is that and how so very naïve. Much of what we …

Little Camargue at the Cape – Rooisand Nature Reserve

A few kilometres outside Kleinmond on the road to the villages of Botrivier or Hermanus, turn right to enter a wetland area preserved as “Rooisand Nature Reserve” – little Camargue at the Cape. “Kleinmond gets its name from the ‘small mouth’ of the Bot River that seeks to enter the sea at the main beach. Part of …

Dreaming

Much has been researched in the last almost three hundred years about dreams and dreaming, yet, we still do not know where we go when we dream. Looking at early, biblical accounts of dreams in the history of dreams, we see their images and interpretations to be of another world outside the one we experience …

The red sands of the Kalahari

The sand grains of the Kalahari are covered with red iron oxide giving them their colourful sparkle and particular softness. Walking barefoot over the red dunes leaves your feet untouched and clean. We will return to the red sands of the Kalahari. With love from Colleen & Walter Bettys Bay, Tuesday 9 April 2013

Eastern Food Bazaar, Cape Town

Cape Town is just a good hour’s drive away from Betty’s Bay and it leads along one of the most attractive routes in the country. The views over False Bay are always inspiring and apart from weekends and holiday peak times the road is surprisingly open. A troop of baboons gathering in the morning sun …

A general Consensus about Grandparents

Nikki wasn’t too pleased with this addition to her pool early in the morning. Cute as the sight might be – proud parents presenting their off-spring to the world – Egyptian geese are great grazers and subsequently poop a lot like cows in a meadow – and would eventually have to be herded to find …

Snoek Run and Sushi

Last week the snoek (pronounced: snook!) [Thyrsites atun] were running in great shoals in the coastal waters off Kleinmond and plenty of fishing boats went out for a catch. The local fishermen enter the sea with their basic ski-boats without fear and often enough without adequate safety equipment. Strong currents created by two oceans merging …

Images – some of our favourites and why

Going through one’s collection of images, there will always be some that one holds for a moment longer. This one and all the others form part of the Stations of the Cross leading through the meadows of the village up to the pilgrimage church St. Ursula on top of the hill. The pilgrimage church (Wallfahrtskirche) is in itself a …

200 years of Grimm’s Fairy Tales

Arthur Rackham, Little Red Riding Hood A Father comes home from work one evening and asking his wife and daughter for the whereabouts of his son, hears that he has gone to visit relatives. The father is saddened by the news: “That was not good of him to not say good bye.” With that he …

The Jungle and I: Notes from Gabon

1670 map of West Africa by English cartographer John Ogilby. Depicts the African Gold Coast, Ivory Coast, and Slave Coast from Guniea south through the modern nations of, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Mali, Burkina Faso, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea and Gabon. Ogilby modeled this map after the 1639 Hondius / Janesson …

Game spotting – ways in the wild

One has a general idea of what it means to visit a game reserve. You get up early. Shortly before dawn. On one of the open Safari vehicles you need to dress warmly or you freeze your butt off even with lots of blankets provided. The driver/ranger is a trained and knowledgeable person, spotting game …

Pocket Power

Pocket Power is a South African racing legend. He ran 42 times, for 20 wins and 17 places and earned just shy of 10 Million Rand. He might race again, but has indicated to his trainer that he wants to rest and is put out to pasture for the time being. We visited him at …

Fairview

We had a special reason today to celebrate and went out to “Fairview” on the outskirts of Paarl for lunch. It is a most accomodating place any day or time of the year. Most deliciously, you are greated by a goat, goat-greeting from his tower above. Such is the vibe and the atmosphere there, the …

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 …

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 …

Under a blanket of drizzle

Sitting under a blanket of drizzle in our beach cottage. It’s supposed to be summer here. Alas, tourists will avoid our beaches. Which is a good thing. (Is it?) Or so we joke to each other: if you see three people on the beach, it is crowded. Our beach. As if. The francolins are breeding …