Saturday, November 10, 2018

South Africa Day 6

As we didn't go shark cage diving or whale watching out at sea, there was little else happened on this day. I think there was a lot of driving in the coach. We passed by baboons. While we were in South Africa there was a story in the media about how an American game hunter had shot a whole family of baboons and he was photographed with his victims. I forget which day but I overheard an American tourist saying to his companions, "Yeah, I am easily pleased American tourist. Just take me out into the woods and I'll I find some baboons and I'll be right." I think he was being ironical...I hope so.


This may have been our hotel for the next night, roosting birds.


The national bird of South Africa is the blue crane. I believe this is one that I snapped from the coach.


Idiots carve their work all over the world, and in the case in an Australian gum tree in the wilds of South Africa.


We did stop off for lunch at a town I think called Swellendam. Pretty impressive church.


While most bought their lunch at a chain takeaway, we found a nice little cafe in a courtyard. The tea was so nice but I forget what we ate. The lady who served us was really nice too.


Nicely proportioned villa.


Yes, all over the world we have been taken to shops! Gold shops. Silver shops. Pewter shops. Floor rug shops. Jade shops. Stone carving shops. In this case it was a aloe farm production and retail outlet. It was quite interesting to learn about the magical properties of aloe, from curing cancer, liver disease, skin problems, asthma..........the list was very long. It is not the aloe vera plant and it grows wild on properties surrounding the factory and outlet. Farmers got together to turn the natural aloe cactus products into a business. At the insistence of the person giving the spiel, I did try the made for men moisturiser and it was not at all sticky, so I did buy some for $10. It's cured nothing yet, but I am using it sparingly.




More bloody Aussie gum trees.


We stopped for a bit at the Cape St Blaize cave and lighthouse. Some of the group climbed up to see what I suspect was just a cavern. There was some old writing on the cave walls, but covered with graffiti.


I contentedly stayed below wave watching. 





Often about five minutes before the coach was depart often our tour leader, an expert rugby player according to him, would start throwing the ball around to our group and anyone else who was around. It took me back to school days and remembering how to keep away from a moving ball.


We stayed the night at Mossel Bay. Each place we stayed I took photos of our room, but even looking at the photos, I can't remember the place at all. Some places had bar fridges, some did not. This one did, and a bottle went into the freezer for a quick chill. Perhaps the nicely chilled bottle is the reason I can't remember? Nah, we always made sure we had a dram of Scotch before we slept. A couple of glasses of wine at night is nothing.

32 comments:

  1. Oh the waves breaking are beautiful! That speaks to the Cape Cod girl in me!
    I do not approve of hunting for trophy's. That is wrong!
    I do believe in hunting for control of deer herds and for food.
    Years ago I bred my dackels to hunt wounded game. There are truly not too many good 1 shot hunters. In any case, I was close to having a new litter of puppies and a man and his wife wanted one of my pups (not cheap I sold them for $1200.00!). He had saved his money for this pup. Just before the pup was ready to leave I learned he'd been laid off. I offered to refund his deposit. He said no, he really wanted the pup because if he could put one more deer in his deep freeze, he could feed his family over the winter.
    She did find that deer, and his family made it through the winter in Michigan and he found another job too.
    So some hunting is a very good thing.
    Funny you mention Baboons. A friends family was on Safari in Africa and their teenage son was sitting in a Gazebo near their hotel when he was attacked by a Baboon. The animal bit and crushed his hand and he needed to be flown back to the USA for extensive surgery. He recovered, but what a story he has to tell his grandchildren someday!

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    1. Maribeth, yes SA does waves, rocks and boiling seas really well. Yes, all species that over breed should be culled. Interesting tale about the man buying your pup. Yes, monkeys and baboons can be quite nasty and we were also constantly warning about monkeys thieving things from people.

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  2. I too hope that the American tourist was being ironic.
    Loved the wave watching. And you are right about that church.

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    1. EC, there are much better photos of the church to be found online.

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  3. When the Huguenots went to South Africa, they took their love of gold and silver, and their precious art talents with them. I would have loved to have been in your handbag.

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    1. Joseph, we did hear quite a bit about the Huguenots in Cape Town. One quarter of my heritage comes from Huguenots who settled in England.

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  4. I recently noticed some Aloe leaves on sale at my local supermarket. I'd never seen them on sale before, and they slowly turned brown as after about two weeks, they remained unsold. I wonder who they imagined would buy them?

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    1. Cro, I suppose you could use them for some decoration. I can't imagine what else you would do with them.

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  5. I'm outraged every time I hear of tourists, usually American, bragging about how happy they were to get out there and shoot something. With guns nor cameras. Love the ocean views. I'd be keeping far away from balls of the throwing kind too.

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    1. Yep River, balls in your face is not a good thing........well, mostly not. It certainly mystifies me at how people get off on killing animals. But then worse, showing no shame and trying to show pride.

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  6. Happy memories I hope. I grin at you saying that you can't remember where you were. Do you keep a diary?

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    1. Diane. Sore point. I forgot my holiday note pad. I then thought, I am a modern person and I will do it online, and I did for a bit. It is not the same. And written sketches as things happen are so good.

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  7. I think tourists on tours get taken to shops because the tour guides get a percentage of the sales, hence the plan.
    Baboon can be a menace, but I also don't like them being shot for fun!
    I lived in George during 3 or 4 years before leaving South Africa, it's just 45km from Mossel Bay where my husband worked on the Mossgas project.

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    1. Sami, that is often the case and probably was this time too. Yes, you mentioned about George. We didn't see much of it.

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  8. Beautiful coastline! I did not know Aloe cured so many things. I do remember mother always told me to have an aloe plant wherever I lived and if I burned myself, to break a leaf open over the burned area, for relief and healing. The blue crane looks a bit like our common Great Blue Herons. We just call them GBH's.

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    1. Strayer, I am sure Aloe can fix broken bones too. I remember that from years ago about aloe for burns. Better to not burn oneself. I'll have to check out whether the crane and the heron are the same.

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  9. These shopping excursions really annoy me on a tour.
    And I would be real pissed with a guide throwing a ball around.
    Off to Spain on Monday and joining a tour on Thursday(?) so will have to be on best behavior. Hopefully there will some other tour members we (I) will like.

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    1. Jackie, the worst was the rug shop in Dubai. Have fun in Spain and stay cool. There is usually someone you like, and it is not always clear the first day or two.

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  10. They should be shot too ! Killing these poor animals ! I love the rough see. You can imagine that I don't remember either where and what we ate and all the hotels, except that they were all nice. Of course the churches are always the best buildings ! People can starve, but churches have to be beautiful !

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    1. Gattina, I mostly can as I look back at the photos and I expect you received one of those daily updates about what you are doing for the day, and they are good reminders. I don't mind if the baboon shooter gets shot either. So true about the churches.

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  11. Eucalypts seem to be everywhere. I guess they are super hardy for dry climates.

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    1. They are Ad Rad; Africa, Portugal, Spain, Vietnam. Btw, heard you talking about large penises on the radio today.

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  12. Aussie gums are taking over the world...so are the Eucalyptus!

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    1. Haha Lee. Yes, and I think they are a pest species in some countries.

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  13. There seems to be graffiti everywhere these days... new & old. The bard wire fencing behind the trunk of the gum tree is pretty serious for what looks like just a wheat paddock.... the things that this farmer notices :)

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    1. Barbed wire everywhere CM. To keep people out rather than animals I think, and nothing to keep in.

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  14. Wave watching sounds the perfect way to while away the hours.

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    1. Marie, a simple and very pleasant way to pass time.

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  15. Remind you of home seeing the gumtrees.
    Not keen on hearing about the shootings of the animals over there either.

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    1. Margaret, no. They looked like alien invaders. I think they give permits to cull numbers and then make money for the parks as well. But who would want to do that?

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  16. What I want to know is did you enjoy your trip Andrew! I never went to South Africa once, so won't be offended if you say if it was a wee bit naff 😉 P has a tablespoon of Aloe Vera juice every morning 😀

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    1. Grace, yes, we did enjoy it. It was great to see Cape Town and R really liked Kruger Park. And of course, how the other half live is always interesting.

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