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!