Remembering the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013

I wrote this article at the end of last year’s Tattoo at the Castle of Good Hope, but hadn’t put it up on my blog at the time. You can find some more stories and pictures of last year’s event here.

So, seeing that it is almost time for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2014, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to reminisce nostalgically about last year’s spectacular event.

And if you happen to be in Cape Town between the 6th to the 8th of November 2014, go and book your tickets at Computicket!

Preparing for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013

Yes, it is that time of year again! I can hardly believe how quickly the year has flown past, since the Lone Piper played his melancholy tune at the Castle of Good Hope, and the Final Muster of all the participants at last year’s Cape Town Military Tattoo filed out of the front arena, to the thunderous applause of hundreds of exhilarated spectators.

Capetonians – and lucky visitors to the Mother City – are in for three evenings of marvellous military music next week: The Cape Town Military Tattoo 2013 will be hosted at the Castle from Thursday, 31 October to Saturday 2 November 2013.

Newsflash: My Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012 articles have all been published!

Last week was a pretty hectic one for me: I was allowed behind the scenes of the CT Mil Tattoo 2012, which meant that I spent every free hour at the Castle of Good Hope, listening to awesome music, observing the participants’ diligent rehearsals, getting to know some great people, and in the process taking just over 6000 photographs.

A colourful spectacle by the light of the full moon: The dress rehearsal for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012

The Dress Rehearsal for the CT Military Tattoo took place on a rather windy and very cold Tuesday night, 30 October 2012. It was the first time that all the participants would take their turn on the arena in full uniform, and I was looking forward to capturing some nice close-up photographs of the action.

A march through the wind-swept city streets to promote the Cape Town Military Tattoo 2012

Capetonians and visitors to the City Centre were given a wonderful little treat at lunchtime on Monday, in the form of a march by participants in the 2012 Tattoo.

They marched from the Castle and back again via Strand Street, Adderley Street and Darling Street, followed by a convoy of impressive military vehicles.

(Almost) blown away: Preparations for the 2012 Tattoo continue

The casual phrase “I was blown away” took on quite a different meaning at the Castle of Good Hope on Monday morning. The famous Cape Doctor had been very busy throughout the night in the Mother City, with gale-force southeaster winds howling down from the top of Table Mountain and un-doing much of the work done by the ground crew and audio-visual crew in preparation for the Cape Town Military Tattoo 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.

Flowering fynbos, veggie patches and quaint cottage gardens: The Rotary Anns’ annual Spring Garden Day in Pinelands

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

Prancing ponies, colourful carts – and a braying donkey: Having fun at the Cart Horse Show 2012

Clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop… a line of cart horses from the Cape Flats came a-trotting down the road, pulling colourful carts of all shapes and sizes – elegant two-wheelers, traditional four-wheeler passenger carts, and rustic handmade scrap-metal carts. Some sported a fresh lick of paint and even their tyres had been scrubbed clean. That day, the carts were transporting family and friends and supplies for a picnic, instead of the usual awkward loads of scrap metal, building rubble and garden refuse.