Chocolate cake, a water wheel and swirling seagulls: A birthday celebration at Green Point Urban Park

The day of the local municipal elections – Wednesday, 18 May 2011 – was declared a public holiday. Having done our civic duty even before breakfast by having our thumbnails marked with ultraviolet ink (to prevent double-voting) and casting our ballots at the local town hall, we took advantage of the fabulous weather to head…

A Sunflower from Eseltjiesrus is surviving winter in Cape Town

When we visited Eseltjiesrus Donkey Sanctuary during a whirlwind week in February this year, to introduce our respective moms to our adopted Donkey, we saw that all the sunflowers outside the cute little shop were in full bloom. We picked up a couple of seeds and, on our return home, planted them in a flower-pot.…

A wonderful lunchtime hike from Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

“How ’bout we meet at Constantia Nek on the weekend and walk to Kirstenbosch Gardens for lunch?” asked our friend L, one fine week in June. “We did that hike last weekend, and it was quite wonderful.” “An excellent idea. See you there!” When Sunday came around, we duly met V and L at the…

A short ramble around Newlands Forest

At the start of May, longing to get away from computers, technology and deadlines by spending some time among shady trees and burbling streams instead, we went for a short ramble around Newlands Forest. As always, it was peaceful and serene in this old, well-established forest that is understandably popular among hikers, dog-walkers and trail-runners.…

A thrilling and informative Women’s Day Event creates awareness of the Defence Reserves among women in business

Update: An article I wrote about this event was published on the Reserve Force Division website. Here is the PDF document. In a previous post about some of the challenges of taking photographs at military events, I mentioned an exciting Women’s Day Event that was organised by the Defence Reserves Provincial Office Western Cape (DRPOWC)…