Muizenberg

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...

A Statement in Stone

I have so enjoyed "A Statement in Stone" by Michael Walker, a new book about Muizenberg-St. James-Kalk Bay's early buildings and their architects, including Sir Herbert Baker. Michael Walker was born in St James. He has a lifetime of experiences and relationships on the False Bay coastline. This is his 14th book about the region. His knowledge of and passion for the villages is deeply appreciated by...

Ballet and fashion at Casa Labia

On Friday 12 November I attended, at the Casa Labia Cultural Centre, a wonderful occasion to raise money for the Cape Town City Ballet company. I was thrilled to show my daughter from London this gracious landmark building so close to Kalk Bay and St James. Welcomed with a glass of sparkling wine in the foyer of the Ballroom, we enjoyed delicious snacks and delightful conversation with other...

Kite Festival in Muizenberg

This weekend there were crowds in Muizenberg to see the beautiful kites flying for the festival. http://www.sa-venues.com/events/western-cape-event-description.php?id=539 People of all ages were flying kites. Despite the huge number of cars one could find parking easily....

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