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One of many reasons I love Cape Town

I met my girlfriend (now my wife) on this very mountain. I therefore have a somewhat romantic attachment to it. Table Mountain, visible from almost all corners of Cape Town reminds me everyday of the day I started to live. I therefore can never get tired of shooting this Mountain 🙂 So heres to love and romance!!



Last Sabbath my family and I spent the afternoon at the world famous Kirstenbosch gardens in Cape Town. At the gardens there is this nice architectural piece that is playing host to an exhibition dubbed ‘untamed’ … a collaborative project exploring the lost balance between humankind and nature. You can find out more here if you are interested

Retail Therapy

If you are married or have a galfriend that takes you shopping you probably can do shopfront design for a living 🙂 I have come to terms with what am told is an old concept known as “Retail therapy”- shopping with the primary purpose of improving the buyer’s mood or disposition (at the husbands expense). Often seen in people during periods of depression or transition, it is normally a short-lived habit. Items purchased during periods of retail therapy are sometimes referred to as “comfort buys” …

I have since learnt to appreciate shopfronts and different store concepts – this one here is a small mall at the clock tower (V&A Waterfront)

Three Billy Goats Gruff

Remember your Lady bird stories? Well I found one of them on table mountain!! And it occurred to me that this was the happily ever after at the end of the story …

Here is their story … the story of the 3 billy goats. There was no grass left for them to eat near to where they lived, so they had to cross a river to get to a meadow or hillside on the other side of the stream in order to eat and get fat.

To do so, they had to cross a bridge, under which lived a fearsome troll who ate anyone who passed that way. The smallest billy goat was the first to cross and was immediately stopped by the troll who threatened to “gobble him up!” The little goat convinced him to wait for the bigger billy goat to come across because he was larger and more gratifying as a feast. The greedy troll agreed and let the smallest goat cross.

The middle goat saw that the youngest one had crossed and reached the conclusion that the bridge was safe after all, but was also stopped by the troll and given the same threat. The second billy goat was allowed to cross as well after he told the troll to wait for the biggest billy goat because he would have the most meat.

The third billy goat then gets on the bridge, and was stopped by the hungry troll. When the troll got up on the bridge however, the third billy goat was so big, that he easily threw the troll into the stream with his horns and crossed the bridge. From then on the bridge was safe, and all three goats were able to go to the rich fields around the summer farm in the hills. They all lived happily ever after.

The troll however was never seen again.

Mountain top experience

Mountain ranges south of the main table Top

The winds can get pretty hectic …

Looking into the city bowl and the Northern Suburbs … one extensive city surrounded by sea and Mountains

Going up!

The cable cars of Table Mountain Cableway actually generate electricity! Due to the nature of its installation, the cableway is able to re-generate some power … its all in the physics, following the laws of gravity

Some may think that this is a complex process, but it is actually quite simple. It follows the basic laws of physics: travelling against and with gravity. When the cable car ascends with a full load of passengers, it is carrying a lot of weight and fighting against gravity at the same time – this uses a lot of energy

when it descends in the afternoon with more passengers travelling down than those travelling up, it is not fighting gravity. The extra weight in the cable car generates power. The power that is saved flows back into the cableway grid; this happens continuously. It means no extra power is being wasted

These power-saving measures reduce the Cableway’s carbon footprint. Every 1kWh that is saved equates to over a kilogram of carbon dioxide that would otherwise be released into the atmosphere

And when you get up there, there are four retail outlets, which stock a great selection of clothing, gifts and merchandise, from the cheap and cheerful, to very posh

Table Mountain

Camps Bay & 12 Apostles
Cape Town

Table Mountain,
Cape Town

The mother city

Cape Town is called the “Mother City” due to the highly expressive vocabulary of the local dialect (in which the words “your mother” features regularly) and also that it takes 9 months to do anything in this sleepy hollow. This is according to the tongue-in-cheek website,

Cape Town City Center

Triple towers,
Cape Town

Gloom and doom

Cape Town is located in a winter rainfall area and receives its rain from April to October. Sometimes there will be a couple of days of rain and then several days of sunshine, however it does sometimes rain for a couple of weeks in succession. Owing to the mountainous terrain, different parts of Cape Town may experience VASTLY different weather at the same time. Often yu experience 4 seasons in a day!! If this is anything to go by … we are in for a coold cold winter 😦

Devils peak, Table Mt
Cape Town

*Straight out of camera shot

Mountain Splendour

This week I have shared Route 62 with you and it has been a real pleasure seeing all your comments and appreciation for ‘my Kenya in South Africa’.
I end the route 62 posts with one of the beautifully scenic mountain reserves that are in abundance in the Western cape. The mountains are supreme recreational areas, and most are accessible by extensive but discreet footpaths. They are a paradise for rock-climbers, adventure lovers and backpackers.

Mountain Splendour,
Route 62 Winelands

And there was evening, and morning
The 6th day

Capetonians doing what capetonians do ... watch sunsets!