Glorious, glorious

17 Aug

We woke up to the MOST glorious day, yesterday.  It was by far the best day, with regards weather, since our arrival 3 weeks ago. The morning air was cold and fresh against my face as I stepped out on to the balcony with my coffee but there was that wonderful stillness that precedes a beautiful day. The sea was like glass

And the sun was just starting to gently warm the city, waking up beneath the mountain.

We had planned a day out, leaving at around lunchtime so that Luka could have his midday nap in the car on the way to our destination. We wanted to take the scenic route and our lil’ darling is not all that interested in scenery or driving! However if we time it correctly, he snoozes in the car whilst we get to enjoy the drive and talk…to one another. There are only so many times I can read ‘The Gruffalo’ in a 40 minute drive without becoming one myself! 

With a beautiful morning ahead of us and nothing pressing that needed our attention Luka and I hit the beach. The morning was far too good to be spent indoors. Being a weekday, there were not many people on the beach except for a few people strolling with their dogs and the usual collection of SUP’s (Stand Up Paddlers) – Cape Town’s latest surfing trendoids.

Time on the beach follows a well worn pattern with young Luka.

 We begin with collecting pebbles, shells, stray crab legs, seaweed…

and throwing it all into the water (for the fish to eat, apparently)…

The distance between the child and the water gradually gets shorter, so the pants get rolled up…

and the boy goes in.

Its 2 hours of bliss for a 2 year old. Nothing in the world could make him happier. The bonus…it’s free and I get just as much joy chilling on the beach and watching him play as he does running amok.

Looking back through the pics I took, I found this one which freaked me out a little. How grown up is my boy! The sea swallowed up the 2 year old and spat this teenager out in his place.

Back from the beach feeling tired (Luka) but contented we hit the road. We headed to Hout Bay, a quaint harbor town along the coast, for a seafood lunch. The scenery along the way is spectacular. Houses built into the mountain on the left, overlooking the sea on the right.

It’s not all summery, sexy multi-million dollar houses though. The reality of living in South Africa is that there is high unemployment and wide-spread poverty and in this case the rich and the poor don’t sleep very far from one another. Below, an informal settlement, where families live in shacks built from sheets of corrugated iron, timber and anything they can gather together. Where fire, rain and wind threaten to take the little that they own on a daily basis. It’s weird how the site where this large settlement has developed looks almost romantic and picturesque as it is situated in such a pretty spot, at the foot of a mountain in amongst beautiful natural vegetation.

But on to lunch

and a great view from our sundrenched spot on the deck.

We took a stroll around the small harbor after lunch

Bumped into this BIG guy swimming lazily in amongst the boats

and finished up with an ice-cream on the beach.

Cape Town’s not too bad for a little city at the bottom end of Africa, huh?


4 Responses to “Glorious, glorious”

  1. Fay September 6, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    Nope, defo not bad at all and therefor we will be coming next year to look again for ourselves ;-))))

    Beautiful pics Philippa!!!!

    Fay xxx

    • Philippa Brinkmann September 8, 2011 at 11:08 am #

      I hear that serious plans are underway for a visit to sunny South Africa in April, Fay. Best time of year to come, that’s for sure. Weather is warm but mild and there is no wind along the coast at that time of the year.

      The Burger’s beach house is looking AH-MAZING!!! Popped in for a viewing last week, beautiful!

      P, O and L

  2. Fiona West September 16, 2011 at 9:31 am #

    Hi Philippa,
    Linda and I were just talking about you the other day. Even though we are still teaching second grade things are so different now (and some things not so different). Meanwhile you have moved to South Africa, Saudi, and now back to South Africa. I loved reading your blog. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous. Luka is growing like a weed. In a blink of an eye he will be starting school.
    Stay in touch!
    Cheers, Fiona

    • dustbusting September 17, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

      Fiona! How lovely to hear from you. I am surprised that you 2 gals are still at ASD. We live in such transient societies that people never seem to be around for that long, hence my surprise. Thanks for leaving a message, it was great to hear from you. Please send my regards to Linda. We may be seeing you soon!!!

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