Spring in the Mother City

by Naomi on September 1, 2011

in Daily Life

Hout Bay, Cape Town, South Africa

Happy Spring Day to all in South Africa and the rest of the Southern hemisphere!

Cape Town sure had her party dress on over the past weekend, which we spent celebrating my Mom’s 70th birthday in the Mother City. It was so lovely that I can’t resist sharing some photographs from a few of the places we passed through. Above is a shot of Hout Bay from the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive.

First things first, though…namely a slap-up breakfast at the magic Noordhoek Farm Village:

Noordhoek Farm Village, Cape Town, South Africa

Then a casual drive around the coastline, including Hout Bay harbour, where we spotted the scene of the crime from our April trip – an all-fall-down bachelor’s party that Dave took part in on the Nauticat (as if the name doesn’t say enough on its own :-D), in the stormiest of weather. Luckily for Dave, he has unsurpassed sea legs, unlike me. Alcohol or not, I’d have been sick as a dog!

Nauticat catamaran, Hout Bay harbour, Cape Town, South Africa

Boats in Hout Bay harbour, Cape Town, South Africa

From there, we cruised past Llandudno beach. Incidentally, these scenes are all from the Atlantic side of the Cape peninsula, where the water is icy cold (as opposed to the warmer Indian ocean, including False Bay). For anyone who isn’t familiar with this part of the world, the two oceans meet at Cape Point, not far from Hout Bay. I did my NAUI Openwater I diving course here, mostly in the Atlantic, and it was no walk in the park. Even with a 7mm wetsuit, doubled over the body, I absolutely froze!

Llandudno, Cape Town, South Africa

A visit to Cape Town is not quite complete without popping in at the V&A Waterfront, so that’s what we did, snapping a couple of shots of the harbour, including Dave’s spotlight on the seagulls:

Tigresse catamaran at V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Seagulls at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, South Africa

Then for Sunday lunch in honour of Mom’s birthday, which almost concluded 5 days of celebration, at the Groot Constantia wine estate. This was particularly special for us, because it’s where Dave and I got married all those years ago, and it was our first return visit since exchanging vows. This photo was taken about a stone’s throw from the spot 🙂

Groot Constantia wine estate, Cape Town, South Africa

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[email protected] September 2, 2011 at 8:14 am

Gorgeous reminders of that fabulous area of South Africa! How nice for your mom, Naomi – to have her family around her for her special day.


Naomi September 2, 2011 at 8:34 am

It was wonderful for us all to be together, Amy 🙂 Any trip to Cape Town is also a welcome reminder of our Soul Safari…just a pity you didn’t see the city in such beautiful weather as this!


Cindy September 2, 2011 at 10:27 am

Beautiful, makes me terribly homesick. Enjoy!


Naomi September 2, 2011 at 1:44 pm

Me too, Cin 🙂 We were only there for 3 days, not long enough at all. I trust you had a fabulous visit too!


Juanita September 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

So special that you could share this birthday milestone with your Mum and with Cape Town making it more special in her superb party dress…..loved that expression…:-D. Lovely to see the pics…..


Naomi September 2, 2011 at 1:47 pm

Loved every minute, Juani, thank you 🙂 Also, SPECIAL thanks for leaving such a wonderful comment here and for being my best ever supporter in the tough beginning times of this blog! Every off-line comment of yours was deeply appreciated and really helped to keep me going. MWAH!!!


Lance September 2, 2011 at 8:21 pm

I just LOVE the photos!! What a completely beautiful place! And…spring!! We are, *ahem*, headed into fall (and winter!) and I see cold on our horizon…while you’ll be enjoying the summerlike weather!

And…nice job to Dave on the boat trip!!! (and you to in the cold Atlantic waters!)


nrhatch September 3, 2011 at 4:51 am

Beautiful shots! Glad you enjoyed the visit.


Naomi September 3, 2011 at 7:37 am

Thank you, Nancy!


JamieDedes September 4, 2011 at 9:54 pm

Glorious. The bay looks beautiful. I just want to jump in.

Happy 70th to your mom from California.


Tokeloshe September 8, 2011 at 2:44 am

Stunning photos! Great post ! I love it!

They look like post cards.
Thank you 😉


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