Pine cones and holidays

Pine Cones

Strangely, pine cones like these remind me of school days and holidays. The school that I attended for grade 1 through 7 had several pine trees on the property, and I remember playing marbles amongst the trees during break (which you might know as "recess" if you're not a local), as well as picking out and eating the pine cone seeds. Not because I was hungry, but because they were so yummy! :)

The cones remind me of holidays because of the times that we spent at caravan parks during school holidays. Often parks would have plenty of pine trees to cast shade over campers' tents. The downside of this was that they were notorious for dropping sticky gooey pine gum onto tents, caravans and cars. :(

6 thoughts on “Pine cones and holidays

  1. Dr S

    Pine cones reminds me of Tokai Forest and doing the “Big Walk” through it while at school.

    Also, I can’t believe I’ve lasted 28 years in Cape Town without knowing that I could EAT seeds inside the cones?!?!?!

  2. Paul

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    Hey you two, you can’t be serious? You’ve been missing out on a great meal! Pine cone seeds with ice-cream is a real treat… just remember to pull off the wings!

  3. Mandy

    wow, i’m going to try it, They remind me of Christmas time, my old dad used to make us collect them and spray paint them for decorations under the tree, i’m such and 80ties child…

  4. Gustav

    Thank you so much for an awesome blog , i’ve been following it for the last 18 months and i really enjoying it , it makes me feel like i’m back in Cape Town ! And i love the stories of years gone by (I grew up in Cape Town and can relate to them fully, like the pine cones/trees , eating them during break time !).
    Keep up the blog , it makes me a little homesick at times (in a good way tho) but i love reading and seeing your amazing photo’s of our amazing City !

  5. Paul

    Post author

    Thanks for your message Gustav. You may notice that we’re a little behind on the photos, but we’re in the process of catching up, so no fear, there will be more from “back home”. :)

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