Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Any Tracks and Trains

A scenic day trip along Cape Town’s Atlantic coast


You can take a journey down memory lane aboard the Class 24 steam locomotive, built in 1949 that has vintage wooden coaches dating back to 1922 and 1938; the train comes complete with a lounge car and a full cash bar service.

The 5 ½-hour return trip winds its way along the coast of False Bay, through villages  up the  mountain slopes and along the Cape Peninsula’s beautiful beaches.img_4840-2

The train departs from Cape Town station at 10:30am and travels between the famous Newlands rugby and cricket grounds to Muizenburg, on to False Bay for a  close-up of the ocean, above the rocks of Kalk Bay, through Fish Hoek and Glencairn, and finally, the journey comes to an end in Simon’s Town, with a view of the naval dockyard.img_4839-2

Passengers are free to spend the day perusing the town as they will: grab a bite, lounge on the beach or stroll through the town. The train departs for Cape Town, along the same route, at 3pm.


A Photo a Week Challenge: Small Towns

Laaiplek lies on the western side of the little town Velddrift,  closest to the sea. Its name derived from its function – a place where one can offload the catch of the day on the pier.img_20160902_132004-2Laaiplek lies on the Berg River, its pier a hive of activity, particularly last thing in the afternoon as fishing boats sail alongside, and proceed to throw out their catch of the day where it is weighed and then picked up by whatever market has bought today’s catch.img_20160902_130236

Some of the fish goes to local fish shops, but it depends more on who the highest bidder is, than proximity.img_20160902_133346

The quayside is a colourful collection of fishing vessels, most of them old-fashioned, brightly painted wooden boats, with names like Doloreze, Roseveld and Excalibur. Laaiplek’s harbour was the site of the first fishing factory and today there is still evidence of fish canning and fish industry. Image result for laaiplekMost of the fish caught here are sardines or haarders, which are then salted and hung out to dry – ride down Bokkoms Laan in Velddrif to see evidence of the fish biltong hung on racks.

But the fishing community is as colourful as it was in the past, and if you want to get a feel for the way of life here, stroll along the quayside in the last afternoon, and join the seagulls and the people who come to get a taste of the action.img_20160902_132034


Sunday Trees 18

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The false olive is widespread in South Africa, from the Western Cape through to Zimbabwe, extending inland from the coast to central South Africa and the Kalahari thornveld in the northwest. The habitats are very varied. It is found growing on dry hillsides, in mixed scrub, wooded valleys, forest margins, along streams and in coastal bush.

We have planted these a year ago.

The flowers attract insects (especially moths) and therefore insect feeding birds to  the garden.