Onrus, Western Cape, South Africa

Hermanus, South Africa

On Friday we drove through some spectacular scenery to Onrus (near Hermanus) to visit an old friend, Glynn, who was staying with his cousins, Sandra and Neels. After a very welcome lunch, Neels drove us high up into the mountains above Hemanus to watch the whales in the bay. Then we drove down towards the sea, stopping at different view points until we were directly above the beach. We saw lots of whales once our eyes had become accustomed to spotting them (with lots of help from Neels and Sandra). The weather had been glorious the day before, but a cold front came across and I was especially glad that Clare had loaned me her three-way anorak - it has a detachable fleece that can be worn separately.

In the evening we had an excellent dinner in a local restaurant, with good wine and lots of bonhomie. Sandra and Neels were very entertaining as they are widely travelled and are amusing raconteurs. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay with Glynn's cousins, and it was especially good to catch up with Glynn after three years. We will be staying with Glynn in Thailand, so more of him later!

We returned to the farm on Saturday to find that the cold front had penetrated into the valley. It is beginning to clear now and fine weather has been forcast. Tomorrow, David leaves for his trek into the Cedarberg Mountains with our old friends the Clulows. I have decided to stay with Kathy - I really feel I am past mountaineering - and anyway, there isn't anywhere to plug my hairdryer in!


  1. Glad to hear that the coat is proving useful. Jessica has gone up another level on the readers at school - she's caught up with some of the lower 1s. She's also now got her orange t-shirt in Karate - and is extremely proud of herself! http://www.kmphotovision.co.uk/ (go to gallery, then "red tigers june 2007" to see some pics) xxx

  2. oops - meant sept 2007 - she was going for white in june 2007

  3. Hi Mrs C,

    it sounds like you are having a great time in the Cape! we had a very relaxing time in Waterfall, it was lovely to see Jane for the first time since 1995 (!!!) and meet her family and notice the similarities between the two madams (suzi and shannon)! I hope Mr. C enjoys his mountaineering trip - there are a few things you both might be interested in up here that I can tell you about, like the canopy tours in the Magaliesberg (superb experience) and the Cradle of Humankind (not sure if you've been before?)

    I am looking forward to seeing you both again, Suzi is busy resting and recuperating from all her travelling and upheavals of leaving Spain/UK/Australia, I think it took a lot out of her. we had supper with my parents last night which was really nice, they were down in Joburg for the long weekend from Gabs. Enjoy the rest of your stay in the Cape and we'll see you up here in a couple of weeks' time!

    kind regards,

  4. Thanks for that, Rowan. We look forward to seeing you soon!


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