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View over Clovelly Golf Course from the clubhouse to Fishhoek. The rich lush grass-green of the course contrasts with the darker trees in the middle distances and the relative dryness of the hill beyond. Several sand traps like in the rear-centre of the image. A golfer in an orange T-xhirt is visible at the far right of the image.

Country Club Dinner with a View

Clovelly Country Club On Friday evening my partner and I enjoyed a delicious dinner with his cousins at the Clovelly Country Club. We sat at a table on the Deck, the outdoor terrace of the Clovelly Country Club, to see the sunset on the Atlantic Ocean. It was cold so the waiter provided a tall gas heater to keep us warm. It was lovely to sit there all evening. The view over the Fish Hoek beach and...

Tall Yellow crane against a blue sky

Cranes on Boyes Drive, St James, Cape Town

Cranes on Boyes Drive, St James are an unusual sight A private owner is building a private road down the mountain to give access to 3 plots. Working on a mountainside is always challenging. The project needed a tall and powerful crane to assist the workers. Initially, this worked well because the winter drought meant that was very little rain to create mud. The crane appeared quite stable. (Although the...

200 year anniversary St Francis of Assisi church in Simonstown

The first Anglican parish in Southern Africa was established in Simon's Town in 1814. That building was destroyed by floods in 1824, and the current St. Francis Church was built in 1837. Last Saturday Richard Cock conducted Songs of Praise concert in the church which was full. My friend bought the last ticket for me at noon that day. The choirs were St Francis Church, Christ Church Constantia, St...

Renovated Baileys cottage below the railway line

Sir Abe Bailey's thatch  guest cottage, below the railway, has been renovated. It was designed by Herbert Baker and built in 1909 only 4 years after Sir Abe Bailey's home, Rust en Vrede was completed.  It was thrilling to be on the site to see the waves crashing in front of the cottage.  It must be wonderful to have been a guest in that cottage. It has a modern bathroom!! The guests could not...

Camps Bay Hillclimb Commemorative Run

On the 11th of November 2012, 61 Crankers in their cars met at the Camps Bay High School rugby field to celebrate the Hillclimbs which were driven from 1917 till 1962.  The background of the 12 Apostles and Camps Bay beach was wonderful to see.  There was a festive atmosphere and the misty morning became a warm sunny day.  I went with Derek in Jon's recently restored 1959 Ford Anglia.  The car was...

2012 Argus Cycle Tour cycled through St James and Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay and St James residents cheer the cyclists on Boyes Drive while enjoying breakfast parties on the roadside.             41000 + cyclists registered for the race last October.  31000+ started the race.  29000 + finished. It was a wonderful day in Cape Town.  Too much sun and little wind.  No one complains about closed roads on this day!  Early morning I walked down to Olympia Bakery...

Pre-1919 cars in St James and Kalk Bay

On Sunday morning, many residents of St James and Kalk Bay stood on Main road to cheer these pre-1919 cars which were travelling to Cape Point.   Some were built before the steering wheel was invented. These old cars are difficult to drive. Most drivers will not attempt to drive a car with a stick instead of a steering wheel!                            ...

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