September 17 – 19, 2013
A huge thank-you goes out to Scouter for arranging a forumite meet at Kirstenbosch on Tuesday morning.
We had hoped to walk around the gardens after the meet, but the weather didn’t cooperate. This was taken just before we went into the tearoom.
It only got worse afterwards. It’s a shame we couldn’t send the rain to the Northern Cape.
It was great meeting Scouter, Wanderw, Caracal, Hugh and the real Hugh, AstroMatt and Suzie and Jenand
. Thanks to everyone for coming out on a rather soggy day.
The following day we drove up to West Coast National Park. The weather and the flowers were fabulous.
Our first sighting was a very well camouflaged Spotted Eagle Owl
Followed by one of the fattest eland I have ever seen. It would probably take 2 Kalahari eland to equal the weight of this one.
A Sacred Ibis was hanging around
There were carpets of wild flowers everywhere. Unfortunately, the photo really doesn’t do them justice. You really do have to see them for yourself.
There were a lot of these bugs running across the road. I have no idea what they were, other than fast.
We had a pleasant lunch sitting on the patio of the restaurant. Initially we were out in the open watching the weavers build their nests. It didn’t take us long to realize that sitting under an umbrella would be the better (and cleaner) choice.
it was starting to get late and we had to get back to Cape Town. We were staying with friends and the plan was to go for a quick bite to eat and then head to the Baxter Theatre for a concert.
SO had never heard of Johnny Clegg, so when our friends asked if we were interested in going to see him, he was less than enthusiastic. I had read the thread “What song reminds you of Kruger” and his name came up a few times. I had even written down “Johnny Clegg, Savuka, Jaluka” and a few of the song titles. I was going to “check it out” when I had some time.
That paper was still in my jacket pocket. When SO mentioned it to me I jumped at the opportunity.
I think the first song he played was “December African Rain”. “African Sky Blue, Scatterlings of Africa, and “The Great Heart” were all part of the programme. I didn’t know the songs, but I did recognize the titles. We thoroughly enjoyed the music and are so happy that we went. What a fabulous way to end our trip. It really was the cherry on top. Thank you Cheryl and Andy for taking us.
Thanks to everyone for reading and commenting. It's been a pleasure.
Next up - apparently there is this "Cricket" thing in March.
According to Wikipedia:
The Crickets, a rock and roll band formed by Buddy Holly
Cricket (insect), family Gryllidae, also known as "true crickets"
Cricket (musical), a musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice
Cricket, nickname of the character Christine Blair in The Young and the Restless
Cricket is a bat-and-ball sport contested by two teams
I don't know which one it is, but there's at least 80 people who've said they are going to be there so it must be something big.
We'll see you there.
Timbits and Nighthawk2