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: http://flatkathy.wordpress.com/. 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.

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.

Defence Force Imbizo at Nomzamo in The Strand: The Defence Review Committee engages with Western Cape communities

Update: The article I wrote about this event has been published in the Reserve Force Volunteer magazine of Summer 2013. Here is the PDF document. The article was also published on the Reserve Force Division website – here is the PDF document. On Saturday, 15 September 2012, the Defence Review Committee (DRC) held the final…

Photographs of a historic imbizo at Nomzamo: A personal perspective

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to be a roving journalist-photographer at an unusual and historic event that took place in the township of Nomzamo outside The Strand, near Somerset West. The Defence Review Committee, which is chaired by Mr Roelf Meyer, was holding an imbizo, or public meeting, at the local hall…

Giving 2011 a proper send-off: Festive season outings in and around Cape Town

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…

Provocative Pieter-Dirk Uys at Evita se Perron: The voice of our collective conscience

The quaint little village of Darling, more or less an hour’s drive north of Cape Town off the R27, and midway between Yzerfontein and Malmesbury, is the home of South Africa’s most famous White lady: Evita Bezuidenhout. She lives and performs at a most unusual theatrical venue: Darling’s old railway station, which has been lovingly…

In the footsteps – and hoofprints – of historic adventurers: The Ride Into the Unknown reaches Cape Town

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.