The first evening rehearsal of the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013

After all the bands had had an opportunity to go through their routines in the front arena during the day, it was time for all the different acts to be assembled together into a well-structured programme, with one act flowing nicely into the next.

A long hot day of rehearsals for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013

When the early morning mist curled around the buildings and streetlights of Cape Town, creating a slightly eerie atmosphere, it gave no indication that it would become such a hot Monday. By mid-morning, the heat of the sun had burned off the mist, and a brilliantly blue sky was bringing out the ochre-yellow hues in the walls of the Castle of Good Hope. By midday, everyone was looking for shady spots to shelter from the harsh sun, and glancing hopefully towards the western skyline, where just the hint of a cold front was starting to appear.

The Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival 2013 at Vygieskraal Stadium

On a blisteringly hot Saturday, 19 October 2013, Vygieskraal Stadium in Johnson Road, Rylands, Athlone, was the venue for an exciting annual interschools event: the Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival. I had been to the 2011 festival in Vygieskraal and the 2012 festival in Florida Park (see photos and reports on those links) and was rather looking forward to this year’s event, as it is always a colourful spectacle – and a great photographic opportunity. 🙂

As Cape Town is battered by a severe hailstorm, we build our first-ever little hailman!

It was a very wet weekend in Cape Town, with torrential downpours blocking stormwater drains, flooding streets and causing dams to form at the side of the road. Gale force winds tore the limbs off trees and carelessly scattered them everywhere.

This afternoon, it suddenly felt as though the temperature had plummeted another couple of degrees. And then the hail began to fall.

Walking around with Flat Kathy: An introduction to a magical world?

It is not easy to walk around with Flat Kathy.

For all strangers, or rather, people whom Flat Kathy hasn’t yet demanded I introduce her to, she is simply a sheet of sunshine yellow paper on a stick. With a couple of buttons and some woolly hair sewn on. She is, I freely admit it, “a bit odd”.

Flat Kathy’s new blog is flourishing

It was only a couple of days ago, that I told you about our visitor from overseas – Flat Kathy. She arrived here from Nova Scotia, Canada, last Friday.

She immediately asked me to help her create a blog for her: And much to my amazement, she has been a prolific writer, having just published her 21st post. At first, she was keeping me very busy with all her dictation, but now I just switch on the laptop for her, and let her tappity-tappity away as much as she likes.

Defeated by the sun-baked mountain slopes of the Swartboskloof and revived by lunch at Hillcrest Berry Farm

With Richard’s sister T, an avid hiker, visiting us last week, we thought we would treat her to a lovely hike in the Jonkershoek Nature Reserve outside Stellenbosch. We ourselves hadn’t done any hiking in a long time, and honestly felt a bit daunted by the prospect of a too-long trudge through the mountains and the veld. We decided to explore the Swartboskloof-Sosyskloof trail at Jonkershoek…

Looking back on an exciting year of being published!

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.

Preparations for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 (Updated)

I popped down to the Castle of Good Hope in central Cape Town yesterday to take some photos of the preparations happening behind the scenes of the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012.

As you can see, things are starting to get quite busy, in anticipation of the start of the CT Mil Tattoo, which starts next week Wednesday, 31 October and runs until Saturday, 3 November 2012.

A colourful and thrilling display of marching skills: The Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival 2012 at Florida Park in Ravensmead

On Saturday morning, 20 October 2012, I made my way to the Florida Park Sports Ground in Stroebel Road, Ravensmead. I had been asked by WO2 André van Schalkwyk of the SA Army Band Cape Town to take some photographs of their performance at the Western Cape Schools Drill and Marching Festival 2012. I had attended and written about last year’s festival in Vygieskraal Stadium, Athlone, and was looking forward to what promised to be a very exciting event.