Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Hout Bay

Once a month I meet with an Austrian friend for lunch.  She lives in Constantia, and we live in Camps Bay.  So we often meet in Hout Bay.  One of my favourite places is sitting on the deck at Mariner's Wharf .  Why?  Because the views of Hout Bay beach and the mountains as a backdrop are just fabulous.  It is great to watch young and old enjoying the beach, and often, especially in summer, a group of musicians and other performers entertain during lunch time.

Monday, 1 December 2014

Sunday Lunch

When you live on the Atlantic Seaboard like we do it is sometimes really enjoyable to go to the other side of the mountain for a change of scenery.  We have a standing arrangement with a group of friends to meet for lunch at the Vineyard Hotel in Claremont.  It is the perfect spot to sit on the terrace under huge trees, looking out onto a beautiful garden with four giant tortoises patrolling, and Table Mountain as a backdrop.  It is almost like being in another town!  Huge trees that are straight, not windblown like on the Atlantic side, flowering plants  that would not survive in Camps Bay, and a completely different atmosphere.  I can recommend this venue for lunch to anyone.
On our way home we were met with ferocious wind and saw the most unusual cloud formation over Lions Head - a swirling fast moving tablecloth - while Table Mountain was clear.  We were convinced that Camps Bay would be in thick fog, but as we came over Kloof Nek we looked down onto the whole suburb in gorgeous sunshine, just the cloud sitting on Lions Head like a turban.
The wind suddenly died down, the beach was still very busy, and we were happy on our daily walk.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Beach Walks

As most of you know we walk to the beach with our dogs almost every day.  With spring in full swing and the days getting longer we have noticed that the beach has been much fuller with families and tourists alike than all the previous years we have lived here! It is great fun to see everyone having such a good time, especially the young children and the dogs.
The most enjoyable  scene we have seen recently was a party that had set out candles in brown paper bags in the shape of a heart for a marriage proposal.  They were all waiting for the couple to arrive and witness a marriage proposal, what a great idea. It was already getting dark and it was a balmy wind free evening on Camps Bay Beach - the most romantic setting ever!