My youngest son Nick lives and works in the Congo and comes home for a two week break after a period of six weeks. This time has been particularly busy. Table mountain was ablaze and our house is pretty close to the mountain giving us a birds eye view of the action.
My Mum turned 90 and had a wonderful birthday party in a shady spot under the trees at a wine farm called Vergelegen in Somerset West. Besides its award winning wines, this estate is known for its history spanning over 300 years and its gorgeous grounds.
Nick is a Mauy Thai fighter and instructor and had a fight arranged on the Saturday evening. Despite losing, it was a good show and after a few years away, he felt good to be back in the ring. He has a small group of people at the mine where he works who have joined him for training in the evenings. The Congolese love it !
Table Mountain National Park, part of the Cape Floral Kingdom World Heritage Site, is so rich in floral biodiversity. The type of vegetation is Fynbos which has developed over millions of years with restios dating as far back as 60 million. This is a fire-dependent vegetation that needs to burn around every 15 years or so to stimulate new growth. Unfortunately houses have infected the mountainside, so fires that would be beneficial for the survival of plants, are extinguished.
There is a wonderful site called Meetup and its a great way of getting out and meeting new people.
There are so many groups to choose from or you can start your own. I particularly like the groups that walk on the mountain and this morning we walked from Constantia Nek to Kirstenbosch.
It was a glorious day yesterday and I walked through the grounds of Groot Constantia, one of the Capes oldest wine farms founded by Simon van der Stel in 1685. I love the fact that the grounds are open to the public with so much to appreciate.
Betty’s , a lovely little spot about an hours drive outside Cape Town east.
On the one side, there is the rugged coastline and on the other, a gorgeous botanical garden. As the hot summer days get a little shorter, and particularly now in February and March, the light is amazing !
These are some simple shots of my weekend there and can give you an idea of the wonderful area.