On Tuesday, 12 May 2015, I joined my friends Glynnis and Max of the Pinelands Muse (our monthly community magazine) at another delightful event organised by the Children’s Hospital Trust: it was the annual morning tea for supporters, patrons, donors, and friends of the Circle of Life legacy programme.
On 22 October 2013, I had a thoroughly inspiring tea with the Premier of the Western Cape Province, Helen Zille, at the elegant Southern Sun Cullinan Hotel on the Foreshore. Well, sort of. The tea with the Premier bit, I mean.
The function, which was organised by the Children’s Hospital Trust, was a delightful Morning Tea at which Premier Helen Zille was the keynote speaker. The topic of her talk was the valuable contribution of the ‘elders’ to the community.
Two or three weeks ago, a blue-green boat with a strange cloaked figure sitting inside it suddenly appeared on the Black River, just north of the bridge where Raapenberg Road goes underneath Kromboom Parkway (or the M5).
Initially, I thought it was a fisherman, which struck me as rather peculiar: our urban rivers have become so severely polluted and toxic with chemicals in recent decades, that I’m not sure it would be safe to eat any of the fish living in those waters! When the figure was still in the same spot a day or two later, I realised it wasn’t in fact a live fisherman but some strange sort of artwork.
Last year, I wrote and submitted a number of articles to the Pinelands Muse community magazine and the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine, as well as the Equestrian Express and the Sawubona in-flight magazine of South African Airways, our national carrier. In order to update my CV at the start of January, I compiled a list, which I thought I’d share with you, in case you are curious.
Since October 2010, a glossy community magazine has popped into our postbox towards the end of each month (I wrote about their first anniversary here). Known as the Pinelands Muse, or just affectionately as ‘The Muse’, it focuses on the comings and goings in the neighbourhoods of Pinelands and Thornton, and it is a wonderful treasure chest of information about the fascinating people who live here and their unusual or exciting occupations, hobbies and travels to near and far.
Once a year in springtime, five brave residents of Pinelands generously open their gardens to crowds of curious visitors, as part of a fund-raising event organised by the Rotary Anns of Pinelands. Since moving to Pinelands about eight years ago, we have attended several of these Spring Garden Days, and they have always been most enjoyable and inspirational
An all-day Family Fun and Sports Festival was held at the Pinelands High School in October 2012, to launch their new Youth Possibility Centre. A Fun Run/Walk had been organised for Saturday morning, with different starting times for the various distances.
On 22 August 2012, a ‘ground-breaking’ ceremony organised by the Children’s Hospital Trust (CHT) took place at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch to celebrate the fact that they had raised enough funds to begin construction on a new Centre for Childhood Infections Diseases on the Hospital campus.
Some horrid person nicked the brass plate cover of our letterbox on Friday morning. We reported it at the Pinelands Police Station this morning, leaving our contact details and these two ‘before and after’ photographs. (See, sometimes there’s an advantage to taking so many photos!) When the friendly policeman at the Community Service Office asked…
Oooh! I have such exciting news for you all! Do you want to hear it? Do you? Do you? I am holding up the latest edition of the Pinelands Muse, and doing a little jig of joy. “Why?” you ask, a little puzzled. Do you realllllllly want to know? I dangle the magazine tantalisingly in…
As we had had so much fun exploring Cape Town and doing all manner of touristy things with mom-in-law and sis-in-law during their various visits in 2011 (for instance, have a look at this post), we were really excited when mom-in-law announced that she would love to visit us for Christmas and New Year. We…
On a typically hot summer’s afternoon, Saturday 14 January 2012, two intrepid adventurers on horseback trotted into town. Frankly, this is not the kind of thing that often happens in a sprawling urban metropolis like Cape Town. Barry Armitage and Joe Dawson, the main protagonists of a daring expedition known as The Ride – Into the Unknown, had ridden more than 2,000 km since they set off from the Dalton Private Game Reserve in KwaZulu Natal. They concluded their epic horseback journey at Oude Molen Stables in Cape Town.
A little glitch caused my post on the horse-drawn carriage tour to be published before it was complete! Sorry! I shall fix it up asap!
We took a drive through central Cape Town tonight to see the annual Christmas lights in Adderley Street. Our exploration coincided with an open-air concert and market in this street, which meant that it was blocked off at the Spin Street intersection (near the Company’s Gardens) and at the Strand Street intersection (near the Golden…
On Sunday, 20 November 2011, we joined a record number of 2517 people and 1736 dogs who participated in the SPCA Royal Canin Wiggle Waggle Walkathon in Tokai, Cape Town (Record numbers Wiggle Waggle for SPCA). The impressive sum of R250 000 was raised for the Cape of Good Hope SPCA, which is wonderful news,…