Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Gordon's Bay, Cape Town


If you have been following my mom blog, Amanda's Books and More, then you'll know all about our new shelter dog that we adopted from Gordon's Bay. We made the trip twice - first to meet him and begin the adoption process and then to bring him home. 

Today's photos are from our first visit. We brought our old shelter dog along to meet the new one and headed to the beach afterwards. We found our own way onto the beach from the lower end and didn't see any signs about dogs until we got to the promenade. It turns out dogs aren't allowed on that part of the beach, so we walked back to our car via the paths. We went in winter when it was too cold to swim, but nice enough to walk on the beach and along the promenade.

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Gordon's Bay has white sandy beaches with mountains and two harbors. It's about a 40 minutes drive from the city of Cape Town. Along the mountainside, there is a huge anchor with the letters "GB". Many think that this stands for Gordon's Bay, but in fact stands for General Botha, which was the original name of the Naval station in the town.

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Poem: "The child who was shot
dead by soldiers at Nyanga"
Poet: Ingrid Jonker
Artist: Tyrone Appollis



We came across this very moving sculpture by Tyrone Appollis of a tricycle with flip-flops hanging from the handlebars and lines from a famous poem by Ingrid Jonker. Appollis included several lines of the poem on the four sides of the plinth:

"The child just wanted to play in the sun."
"The child peers through the windows of houses and into the hearts of mothers."
"The child grown into a giant journeys through the world."
"The child is not dead."

Her poem was read out by Nelson Mandela on May 24, 1994 at the opening of the new Parliament in the New South Africa. It was written in 1960, just after the Sharpville riots. Around that time, Jonker witnessed a black baby get shot in his mother's arms.








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Tina Morley
All original photographs by Tina Morley
unless stated otherwise. 1camera1mom is
mostly in English mit ein bisschen Deutsch.

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On the Road to Gordon's Bay

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

On the Road to Gordon's Bay, Cape Town


If you've been following my blog, Amanda's Books and More, then you'll know that we adopted a dog from an animal shelter in Gordon's Bay. Today's photos were taken on the road there while Hubby did the driving. In South Africa, people drive on the left. It was a pretty drive. Our journey took us passed vineyards, orchards and more!

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Tina Morley

All original photographs by Tina Morley
unless stated otherwise. 1camera1mom is
mostly in English mit ein bisschen Deutsch.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Angala Boutique Hotel Franschhoek


On our last day in Franschhoek, we popped in at Angala. My mother-in-law works there part-time in a managerial role and she wanted to show us the new pools that were being put in. Since the pools were still under construction, I didn't take any photos of them, but I did take a couple of photos of the proteas and a neat faucet fountain that seems to float in thin air. The scenery shot above was taken while we were driving on the private farm road to Angala. I'm also including some photos of a post that I did about a year ago during an art workshop weekend at this 5-star boutique hotel.

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Proteas in black and white

The Gardens at Angala


Just over a year ago, Samantha and I were treated to a fabulous art workshop weekend at Angala. Today I'm sharing my favorite photos of that weekend with you.







Sisters: Samantha, Amanda and Jessica

The Views at Angala


Samantha and I enjoyed our morning walks. We had vineyards on one side and forestry on the other, with mountains all around us.




Samantha



Samantha took this photo of me.




The Art Workshop at Angala


Samantha and I participated in a fun and informative art workshop weekend at Angala. Leonie E. Brown was our instructor. Samantha painted a child portrait of herself and I did a landscape from one of my photos.


Samantha Paints Her Portrait




I Paint My Landscape




Our En Suite Bedroom at Angala



We took early morning showers outside and, surprisingly, we didn't feel the chill in the air under the warm water. We also loved everything about our room, including making coffee and tea in the mornings and evenings.


The Restaurant and Staff at Angala


I saved the best for last. Although, I have to admit, it's almost impossible to beat the idyllic setting with Angala's gorgeous views. But, the excellent care we received at Angala made it that much more enjoyable. The photos speak for themselves.












Thank you to the owners, the staff and my
mother-in-law for a wonderful weekend!


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Tina Morley
All original photographs by Tina Morley
unless stated otherwise. 1camera1mom is
mostly in English mit ein bisschen Deutsch.

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Viewing Franschhoek from the Road
Bo La Motte Farm in Franschhoek
La Petite Dauphine Guest Farm
Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa


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