Friday, 08 June 2018
The Earl drove me to Hermanus this morning. The plan was for me to spend a girls’ weekend with Meghan while he and Tommy would have a boys’ weekend in Struisbaai. Tom and Earl are old friends who need to catch up from time to time!
Once I was settled into the lovely holiday home we girls had for the weekend, the guys hit the road back to Struisbaai. After they left, Meg and I went to have her car washed, do a bit of shopping and have a coffee at The Running Rabbit.
A little later another of Meg’s friend’s Sandy arrived with two German exchange students, Lici and Lina. Meg is hosting Lici and she’d brought her friend along with her.
Lici is 15 and is in Grade 10 at Bergvliet High School. Lina is 17 and in Grade 11. Lina is from Berlin and Lici from Munich. It was so interesting chatting to them about their impressions of a South African High School.
Lina is the product of a Montessori school and has a happy relationship with her teachers. The approach to learning is more relaxed there than it is here. The emphasis is on teaching the child rather than the curriculum. There is a close relationship between learner and teacher and they are allowed to progress at their own pace. Lici on the other hand finds school here less strict than the private school she attends back home. They both find it really strange and annoying to have to wear a school uniform! Back home they can wear make-up and any clothing they like to school. But in spite of the differences they are both very happy at Bergvliet.
Meg’s Holiday Home in Hermanus
Before dinner Meg and I went with Sandy to walk her beautiful black lab. We laughed when he poohed on command.
We went as far as a lookout place where we could see the sea then walked back.
Meg had a goulash ready for heating and we served it with pasta, spinach that I’d made and green beans.
Lici, Lina, Meg and Sandy
Saturday, 09 June 2018
The girls were up early and went for a walk. Sandy went to Stanton to meet an old friend. Meg and I had brekkie together and shared our superior wisdom of how to solve the problems of all our friends and family – LOL
Later the girls made the most delicious carrot cake muffins which Meg iced with cream cheese frosting.
The muffins in the foreground – Sandy cooking chicken curry for dinner while Meg cheers her on
It rained hard in the afternoon so after indulging in my spinach quiche for lunch we all sat in front of the fire and played Rummikub. The girls were Ace at it but we soon caught on. It was great fun.
Lici gets a massage from Lina before we start the game
Rummikub in front of the fire
Lina has a good hand
Sunday, 10 June 2018
Meg made her delicious fruity oats for breakfast, Sandy supplied croissants and we all sat down to enjoy it. The men arrived around 11 and had some too.
Meg had to go off to meet a friend for lunch so the rest of us piled into the Everest and went exploring Hermanus.
Our first stop was Hoy’s Koppie. It is an isolated hill rising approximately 75 metres above sea-level. In the mid-19th century, the early inhabitants of the town called it Klip Kop (stone hill).
The steep steps up to the top of Hoy Koppie
Tom and The Earl
Tom had researched the story of Hoy Koppie and shared his knowledge with us.
Sir William Hoy, who was born in Scotland, was head of the Cape and SA Railways in the early 1900s. He spent frequent holidays in Hermanus and loved the relaxed lifestyle. He frequently climbed the koppie to admire the views across Walker’s Bay.
In 1912, he vetoed the building of a rail line to Hermanus. Sir Hoy died at the age of 62 in 1930. It was his wish to be buried at the summit of his favourite hill. A contour path was constructed and his fishermen friends carried his coffin up for burial in a hollow that was blasted out of the rock for this purpose.
Five years later Lady Gertrude Hoy died in England. Her body was placed in a lead coffin and shipped back to South Africa. Twenty fisherman carried the heavy coffin up the koppie and buried her beside her husband. The Hermanus Historical Society takes care of the graves today.
After climbing the koppie we went down to the waterfront. There were dolphins in the bay and the girls also enjoyed watching the dassies.
There were interesting sculptures to be seen too.
Sitting on the Whale Tail Bench
The old harbour is also fascinating. As part of the art festival there was a display of sculptures made of the plastic, hooks, fishing line and netting from our polluted ocean. Hermien welcomed us into the tiny museum. She is passionate about saving the Sea. We were given a glass of water and told to drink a toast to the sea. We were then invited to take a sprig of fynbos and place it on the sea’s coffin. She then gave a brief explanation of what was happening to our oceans and how it was up to humankind to change their habits to protect them. It was a very moving experience.
A Wreath made from sea polution
An old whaling harpoon
Sculptures from sea polution
The Old Harbour was proclaimed ‘a Museum’ in 1972. Old fishing boats were collected and repaired for outdoor display.
We then went to have a drink at one of the local restaurants before making our way back to the house. We stopped at the new harbour and spotted a whale in the bay.
You can see a barnacle on this Southern Right Whale
We saw him quite well – but photography was difficult
Earl and I left at 4:15. We took Lina with us to Cape Town as she has an exam tomorrow. The others stayed another night.
Monday 11 June 2018
We were in Cape Town to celebrate The Earl’s sister’s 75th birthday. We took her and her hubby to The Black Marlin for dinner. It was really lovely.
Just after Sunset – view across the bay from Carrol and Vere’s home at Castle Rock
Happy Birthday, Carrol.