“Another day at the office”: The CHPA mobile clinic at Boland scrap yard – and tracking down a fleeing horse in Khayelitsha

Three mornings a week, the Cart Horse Protection Association of Cape Town opens the doors of their Epping premises to offer veterinary and farrier services to the cart horse community of the Cape Flats (see previous post). As this is not sufficient to deal with all the horses who have to be shod, dewormed, tetanus-injected,…

Half-price Horseshoes for Cape Town’s Cart Horses: Farrier Day at the CHPA Epping Clinic

When I arrive at the clinic of the Cart Horse Protection Association in Epping 2 on Monday morning, 18 June 2012, organised chaos reigns. There are horses and carts and people milling around everywhere. Today is an important occasion: It is Farrier Day! This means that the first twenty horses, in good condition, will receive…

Healing the Body and Spirit of Cape Town’s Cart Horses: The CHPA’s Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre in Gordon’s Bay

On Sunday morning, 17 June 2012, Richard and I drive out to Somerset West/Gordon’s Bay. As part of my research for the Feature Writing Course I am currently enrolled in (see my previous post), I have arranged to meet Louis Joubert, the manager of the Cart Horse Protection Association‘s Recovery and Rehabilitation Centre at Firlands.…

In solemn celebration of our fallen heroes: Remembrance Day at the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital

Update: An article I wrote about this event was published on the Reserve Force Division website. Here is the PDF document. On Friday, 11 November 2011, military dignitaries in their regimental uniforms gathered on the premises of the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital in Rondebosch, to pay tribute to the fallen heroes of wars…

A fantastic evening’s entertainment: The Military Sunset Concert at the Castle

Update: An article I wrote about this event was published on the Reserve Force Division website. Here is the PDF document. This evening, the Military Sunset Concert 2011 was held at the Castle of Good Hope in central Cape Town, under a cloudless blue summer sky. When the big imposing gates of the Castle opened…

Pollen season – and beautiful pigeons on the recently mown grass verges

Haa-a-a-a-a-tchoooo!!!! Every year during springtime, there is a conflict between the local residents of Pinelands who want to keep the beautiful wild spring flowers on the grass verges flowering in our neighbourhood for as long as possible, and who thus get mightily upset with the city council when their squadrons of mowers come roaring down…

The demise of the wasps

Remember the wasps that recently made their home in the hollow cross-bar of our washing line? We’d been very much in two minds as to what to do about them… Should we allow them to stay, potentially build an even larger nest, and face an even greater risk of getting stung? Or should we pay…

I made it into the People’s Post and onto the Reserve Force Division website!

Yep, two recent articles I wrote have appeared in the People’s Post and on the Reserve Force Division website. The People’s Post is a weekly community newspaper, of which several editions are published around the Cape Peninsula, with content tailored to the different neighbourhoods. The Reserve Force Division is part of the South African National…

Photography Course in Simon’s Town with African Light Photography

In 2009, I attended an Introduction to Digital Photography course run as part of the after-hours Continuing Education programme at the Pinelands High School. A group of around 15 of us got together for an evening lesson once a week for three weeks, and at the end of the course,  met up for a fun…

The excitement – and the challenges – of photographing military events

A Brief Introduction Since I first became involved with the Defence Reserves Provincial Office Western Cape in July 2010, I’ve had the opportunity to attend a range of military events and functions (wreath laying ceremonies, medal parades, concerts, and a formal dinner). I’ve gone for a spin on a Rooikat – a truly formidable armoured…