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.