Monthly Archives: June 2013

Man with a heavy hand

Man with a heavy hand
Kerry-Anne first made the heavy-hand comment on the photo she took. She was kidding of course. :)

This sculpture is a work by Dylan Lewis (see more of his work here). The inscription below the work is a poem by Ian McCallum. It reads:

"Whose permission are we waiting for to enter that 'uncertain ground'
where the voice of our wild history can be heard?
How long is it going to take to acknowledge that there is indeed a menagerie
within each of us... a wolf, a hyena, a lion... a wild man and a wild woman?"

Ian McCallum

The beautiful Hermanus coastline

The beautiful Hermanus coastline
Isn't it just magnificent? This is the Hermanus coastline, in the direction of Voelklip, an affluent suburb of the popular seaside town.

Hermanus, as you possibly know, is very well known for whale-watching in South Africa. Locals, and tourists, gather in large numbers, during whale season - turning the otherwise comfortable and easy-paced seaside town into a bustling and somewhat congested mangling of cars and people.

Sunny weekends between September and the end of October is certainly not the time to get stuck trying to get into or out of this little town; except if you're either prepared to endure the hours of stop-start traffic, or if you're happy to take the drive to and from Cape Town while everyone else is sleeping. :)

That said, if you're looking for a vibey seaside town, book some weekend time at a hotel or guest house in late September or early October.

Military memorial in Hermanus

Military memorial in Hermanus
You'll find this war memorial, commemorating fallen heroes of the first and second world wars, in the small coastal town of Hermanus. Kerry-Anne and I spent the weekend in Hermanus, so over the next couple of days I'll share a few photos that will hopefully encourage you to visit the town, if only for a day. :)

A boney’s skull

A boney's skull
If you don't catch the reference in this post's title, it's probably because you never saw the amusing and somewhat-different zombie movie, Warm Bodies.

I know, I know, Kerry-Anne at first rolled her eyes at "zombie movie" too. Nevertheless, just as she was, I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. The movie deserved it's IMDB 7.0 rating, you should watch it. :)

Taking hands

Taking hands
I suppose you've heard that at the age of 94, our former president Nelson Mandela is very ill in hospital. Over the past few days it's felt like the nation's been holding it's breath, hoping for the best, fearing the worst.

For a somewhat obvious reason, this photo reminded me of him and what he's done for South Africa throughout is life. He's a great man.

A differential creature

A differential creature
As mentioned before, Kerry-Anne and I are away in Hermanus for the weekend, and so I'm writing this from our comfy room at Les Baleines guest house.

While I doubt this piece of art (made from a car's differential) would fit with most people's decor, still it is pretty cool, don't you think?

World War Steampunk guy?

World War Steampunk guy
This is one of the artworks on display at the The Woodstock Foundry, 160 Albert Road, Woodstock. Pretty awesome, don't you think? This statue in some way reminded me of James Bigglesworth - remember that guy? :)

Anyway, I'm not sure, but given that the sculpture looks to me like it's made from bronze, I'm assuming that it was made by an artist working for (or at least affiliated with) BronzeAge at The Woodstock Foundry. Visit their site, they have a few fantastic pieces in their gallery.

I once enjoyed Buena Vista

I once enjoyed Buena Vista

I paid a long-overdue visit to Buena Vista Social Cafe in Cape Town for dinner about three weeks ago. That was also unfortunately probably my last visit to the restaurant. While the service was acceptable (though not particularly memorable) the quality of the food was somewhat in contrast to what I'd come to expect from the Buena Vista.

In a last attempt salvage my image of Buena Vista Social Cafe, I visited ther branch in Tyger Valley. On arrival I noticed that while the decor looked the same as it always had, the restaurant's name and menu had changed, and it was in fact no longer Buena Vista Social Cafe. The service at the new restaurant was unfortunately also only acceptable, and Kerry-Anne and I both felt the food okay, but probably not worth a repeat visit.

To be honest though, the thing that I find most disappointing was that they have an awesome smoking section in the restaurant - filled with couches where patrons can relax while enjoying snacks and a few drinks. That would have been great, except for the fact that we don't smoke and the idea of spending an hour or two in those smelly surroundings with a coughing-sneezing wife isn't particularly palatable. :-/

Reedlike plants and sunlight

Reedlike plants and sunlight
My last two posts have included similar photos, and while I could make up some story to motivate posting so many of these, the truth is that I'm just so darn indecisive when it comes to photos and I really just wanted to share these few with you also.

For reference, the particular reeds in this photo are "A type of grass, Phragmites Australis". And, before you think I'm awfully smart to know that, I confess, I called for help - I have a brother-in-law with super bright-green fingers. ;)

A little more sun

A little more sun
We've had an awesome few days of warm winter sun, but alas, the cold air and rain is just around the corner again.

It's not that I'm not happy that we're getting rain (goodness knows, we need it), it's just that I'd really like for it to be sunny and warm in our rainy season. Oh, right, that kind of weather is the kind our northern provinces enjoy. :(

Photographer

Photographer
I don't know if it's as prevalent in the other suburbs, but these days I'm noticing increasing numbers of photographers doing outdoor photoshoots - particularly of couples.

It seems like there's been a huge increase in the number of people taking an interested in amateur or semi-professional photography; which is a great thing for the man on the street who wouldn't (or couldn't) spend the money on a professional shoot, but in many ways must be worrying to the professional photographer who makes their livelihood from the profession.

Reprieve from the cold

Reprieve from the cold
The Majik Forest is one of the popular places for those who live in the deep-northern suburbs to escape to on sunny winter afternoons - particularly after a week of rain. Even though our winter sun isn't particularly hot, the bright light and warmth is enough to remind one that summer will return to erase the gloomy-grey winter memories. :)

Clear skies and Table Bay harbour

Clear skies and Table Bay harbour
After a week or more of grey skies and rain the sun's come out and it's been perfect weather to explore Cape Town, and in my case wander around at the V&A Waterfront.

I love the clear skies, windless days, and warm sun rays at this time of the year - the only thing that I really don't like about sunny winter days like this is that it gets intensely cold really early in the evening.

This is Africa and I'm not made for the cold. :-/

Ships in the night and a little speck of light

Ships in the night and a little speck of light
What's pretty cool about this photo (except that I find the ship's lights and their reflections quite pretty) is that if you look really closely you'll see a silhouette of Table Mountain in the background. See it? Then, if you take a close look in the top right quarter of the photo you'll see a little white light. See it? Yup, that's the cable station, way up top of the mountain!

I couldn't actually see the light when I took the shot, but the 5 second exposure time on this photo was enough to burn the little white speck into the image. :)

Fishing boats at night

Fishing boats at night
I visited the V&A Waterfront quickly on Thursday evening to replenish my depleted supply of coffee pods. The air was crisp, the wind was at bay, and this added up to perfect conditions for long-exposure photos of ships in the harbour. Enjoy!

Let’s be nice – it’s freezing out there

Tribe Coffee at The Woodstock Foundry

Okay, I apologise Jake, I caught you off guard. :) Jake meet everyone, everyone meet Jake - roaster extraordinaire at Tribe Coffee Roastery in Woodstock.

Tribe recently launched their Tribe Winter Drive campaign to collect used clothes, blankets, and anything else warm you may not be using. Nope, not for themselves, for the homeless; those people who sleep outdoors in this crazy weather we're having. In exchange for your gifts, they'll provide you warm smiles and a steaming cup of Jake's handiwork - nice heh?

The drive lasts until the end of June, but don't wait until then, there are dozens of homeless people that could benefit from your hand-me-downs. Have a heart, do the right thing. :)

You'll find Tribe at 170 Albert Road in The Woodstock Foundry.