Summer is over

IMG_4689FriendsNow in Cape Town its just water everywhere and the hint of snow on its way to our highest mountain tops. Council workers try and hold back the mud slides – created by the fires that swept through our mountain ranges in summer. Like cats we all retreat inside curled under blankets. Moods change and therapy might even be needed. Winter is here and its not going anywhere the trees were slightly confused towards the end of May when summer held on for longer than usual. Loosing all their leaves then showing a new bud here and there.  The Cape is one very wet place in winter and when the sea decides to put on a display of power we all rush down and watch as it lashes the coast.

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Cape Argus Cycle Tour – Ready Set

Cape Town’s Biggest Event – March  8th IMG_3591

Each year over 40,000 keen cyclists from hither and thither converge to partake in this epic 109km pedal. The scenic circular route starts in the City Centre, and snakes its way through the Southern Peninsula and past the Atlantic Coast before coming to an end in Green Point.

http://www.timeout.com/cape-town/features/415/festivals-events-in-cape-town (for More Information) 

How Cape Town Gets ready for this international event

Stands start going up on corners all over Cape Town Streets, Toilet  get dragged around and randomly placed along the route. Colourful Coke tents go up, strategically placed.

Some Cape Town residents hate this day when they are barricaded into their homes for hours while Cape Town raves and given half a chance they will regal you with stories of unfairness.  Others take full advantage and drag their braai equipment, family and extended families and stereo sound equipment out making a full day off it. People dress up for the day, make posters and are prepared to get up at 5 am or earlier and wait for the first ridIMG_3604er’s and helicopters to hover overhead. People scream, clap, shout,  dance lining the streets of Cape Town for one day until they can hardly speak.  Lucky shops along the route make money as they keep the hordes from dying of thirst.

The Cyclists themselves make the day for everyone: The brave dress up in the weirdest outfits and share their passions, Save the Rhino and more. Some brave young girls take to flashing and Cape Town goes mad. It is a photographers paradise for one day.

Event Info

Quick Factscape-argus-cycle-tour-attractionsincapetown
  • Event Date:  8 March 2015
  • Entries Open:  26 September 2014
  • Distance:  109km
  • Charity / Corporate Group Entries:  Click Here
  • FAQs:  Click Here (currently being updated)

http://www.cycletour.co.za/index.php/information/

Most beautiful picnic spot in Cape Town

The Noordhoek Common any time of the Noordhoek3day

This is one of Cape Town’s best kept secrets when it comes to having a beautiful picnic. The children love the freedom of the wide open spaces and the large trees. There are one or two benches but otherwise bring along your camping chairs and some picnic blankets.

If you need to park your vehicles on the common you will need permission contact NEAG. Otherwise there’s plenty of parking on the verge around the the Noordhoek Common.

Just across the road we have Sun Bird Riding school with Jenny and her ponies. I am sure if you contacted Jenny and asked her for pony rides on the common you can come to some agreement on the day of the birthday.

The grass is lush and green and there’s shade under the large oak trees. In the beginning of summer and throughout winter there are fresh water streams with tadpoles.

Just across the road is the farm village with freshly backed cakes, buns cool drink and more if you need to purchase extra’s for your picnic. For grandparents joining they can recline on a chair under the shade of the trees.

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Book Fair in Cape Town

South Africa’s premier exhibition for the  literary and publishing worlds to gather and trade.

The MoonI recall standing one day observing a very well known artist put some finishing touches to his painting. Standing just in front of me were two men watching him and admiring him making admiring sounds. The artist stopped stepped back and started to talking to these two men. One could see that they came from disadvantaged backgrounds by the way that they were dressed. The artist introduced himself to them shaking their hands then started a long conversation about art and passion and business. One of his sentences stood out for me. He told them clearly that they were to paint for themselves, paint for the love of painting and the passion inside them. Not to paint for money because if that was their sole purpose they would never ever make great artists. It was inspiring and sobering to hear this, it is the same for all art.  In order for anyone to spend hours and hours, days, years and a lifetime on a craft can only mean one word – Love. I have heard so many bloggers and writers lamenting that they are not making money and struggling and that is the other side of the coin. But once you start this journey of writing or any art you owe it to yourself to also study the art of business and marketing as it goes hand in hand. You cannot have an awesome product stuck in some corner and expect people to know its there. You have to shout from the roof tops that you exist. Don’t become despondent, talent will only get you 50% of the way there determination will carry you over the finishing line.

So get out there and join other authors and writers – Come together – Mingle chat – Encourage each other.

This is The Programme – For the Book Fair

Click here to download the programme for Saturday 14 June.
Click here to download the programme for Sunday 15 June.

The South African Book Fair is the largest public celebration of the written word in sub-Saharan Africa.

Extract from http://www.thebereed.co.za/southafricanbookfair/exhibitors/

Why exhibit?

Nothing delivers a greater, more measurable return on your marketing investment than exhibiting at an expo that brings your target audience directly to you.

The South African Book Fair has become the best platform for the exchange of information and trade in the business of publishing. In addition, the event provides a rare opportunity for the public to interact with some of the greats of the literary world while attending book launches, book signings, literary workshops and forums and many more.

Exhibitor profile

  • Agents
  • Authors
  • Book Stores
  • Book distributors
  • Corporate companies
  • Digital publishers
  • Electronic book suppliers
  • Industry associations
  • Libraries
  • Publishers
  • Sundry items and accessories associated with books and publishing

Be part of the next exhibition

To apply to be an exhibitor please contact Louise Barry Taylor at 011 549 8300 or send an email to louise@ThebeReed.co.za.

The Naughty Baboons

IMG_4018Another day in the Cape

That afternoon we drove up to the car park at Cape Point, and missed the huge sign on the left that might have saved us our lunch had we seen it.  The car park was packed with cars and buses it was summer and the tourists were out in full force.  We climbed out and walked around for a while looking over the cliffs at the water below.  It was around lunch time and knowing that the shop charged tourist prices we still decided to buy some takeaways. We had to stand in the queue like everyone else.

Having finally been handed our parcels I passed a packet onto my daughter she was 7 at the time. On our way to the car we were accosted by two baboon that appeared from out of nowhere. They saw an opportunity and recognized a smaller human being with a food parcel. They started running toward my daughter who by now had seen them and holding tightly onto her packet she ran screaming towards the car. Unfortunately they outran her and tried to grab the packet out of her hand, but this little red head was not giving her lunch away that easily. A tug of war took place bursting the packet open sending our lunch flying.  The baboon quickly grab the stash and scrambled up the slop before the monitors had time to reach them. Just then I noticed a smaller baboon hanging onto the front window of the car playfully sticking he’s fingers through the window at my mother in law sitting in the front seat.   We had hardly recovered when I heard a person screaming from behind us, a baboon had seen the parcel sticking out from the rug sack on her back, and jumped onto her back to wrestle it from her.

The monitors were now out in full force cracking their whips on the ground and all these naughty little creatures scattered for the hills.

Just another day out in the country.

It was years later that we really got to live with the baboons for 2 years but that’s a whole new blog.

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Wine Festival Franschoek – 7th February 2015

Wine Festival Franschoek

Snowmass-Wine-Festival-2013Date : 7 February 2015

Where: At Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards from 12pm to 5pm.

Where you will find fine foods and excellent wine.

Surround yourself with the pleasures of this picturesque valley. This is for serious wine lovers and those that enjoy a hot summer in the country. Take in the historic architecture and stunning natural scenery of the area.

Includes: Wine Expo, Sporting events, Concerts and a delightful array of food.

For More information see below contact details

(Extract from Whatsonincapetown)

The annual festival showcasing the top local rose, white and MCC wines.

Venue: Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards, R45, Franschhoek
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Cost: R 120 ( incl. tastings and tasting glass)
Dress: white

Tel: 021 876 2861
Email: info@franschhoek.org.za
Website: franschhoek.org.za

Butterfly World for Children and Families

Butterfly World Cape Town

photo-of-a-dog-with-butterfly-on-his-nose-hd-dog-wallpaperAnother delightful adventure for children, walk amongst the butterfly’s. Free and flying around you. Buy something to eat while you are there, great place to spend the day with the children. I see that they know have a spider room, fantastic for those little one’s interested in spiders, my son has a passion for learning everything about spiders.

So it looks like an all round adventure for everyone, contact details below. – Prices blow – Children Under 3 FREE

(From whatsonincapetown)

The largest free-flying park for butterflies in Southern Africa. An enclosed garden offers an array of colourful butterflies which flit around visitors. Other attractions include a reptile bay and spider room, for the more adventurous visitor.Refreshments and light meals are available from the Schmetterling restaurant.271768_original

Venue: Route 44, Klapmuts (near Stellenbosch and Paarl)
Time: 9am to 5pm daily (except Christmas Day)
Cost: Adults R 58  |  Children R 33  |  Families R 149 (2 adults,2 children)  |  pensioners/college students R 53  |  Children under 3 enter free

Tel:  021 875 5628
Email: esther@yebo.co.za
Website: www.butterflyworld.co.za