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West Coast Spring: Fossils and flowers

Our trip starts amid contemporary consumerism: The West Coast Shopping village, with its iconic wind pump situated beside Blaauwberg Hospital, is the first sign that we are on the right route. We travel onwards, alongside the Blaauwberg hills, but there is no sign or plaque to indicate the pivotal role that they played in South […]

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Organic pools

Creating an organic swimming pool

If you could incarnate as a plant, you’d probably want to avoid being a Cape Flats fynbos plant. For a start, you’d have to withstand flooding in winter. Then, because you grow in sandy soil, in summer, any available water drains rapidly, leaving you parched. Add to this relentless urban development and the accompanying march […]

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Snowboarding In The Matroosberg

With his love of surf and snow, Jeremy has an intimate, almost obsessive, relationship with weather reports, which he reads at least 10 times a day. He’s looking for subtle things, not just a good swell or a cold front. Jeremy checks a special aviation website to measure the freezing levels. A cold front followed […]

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Jonkershoek Nature Reserve

The dramatic drive to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, with mountains forming crested waves to the right and rising up in jagged peaks to the left, is the perfect build-up to the stately Assegaaibosch Manor House. The homestead, built in 1790 and acquired by CapeNature in 1960, is situated in the Assegaaibosch Nature Reserve, the 204 ha […]

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Discovering Philip Hoare

One of the great pleasures of reading is finding writers who share your passions. I recently found a writer who loves both the ocean and Bowie. Philip Hoare was born and lives in Southampton where I’m currently living. He lectures in creative writing at Southampton University. The first of his books that I attempted was […]

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