JoAnn and Donna Day
Idaho - USA
5 September 2003
After more than a year of planning I eventually met JoAnn and Donna at the Cape Town airport after their long flight all the way to South Africa. We moved on to the V&A Waterfront where this mother and daughter duo were staying and left then to rest out well so as to be prepared for the days to follow.
6 September 2003
TABLE MOUNTAIN, THE WINELANDS AND KAYAMANDI
The weather was in favour of us going up Table Mountain so we took our chances (which proved to be the right move) and ascended the mountain straight after I collected JoAnn and Donna from their hotel.
Atop of Table Mountain
Doing the TMS (Table Mountain Shuffle) JJ
Going down in the cablecar
We stopped in at Morris's Butchery where we saw how biltong was made.
We travelled on to Rust en Vrede winefarm where I took the above picture of the due tasting the wonderful red wines on the farm.
Donna hiding behind the different sizes of bottles that Rust en Vrede packages its wines in.
Donna in the wood maturation cellar
We met up with Poppie who was a worker on the farm about to become bride for the day in a farm wedding that was too take place later on.
We travelled on to the cheetah outreach programme where the following pictures were taken.
We travelled on to Kayamandi where all of the below photos were taken.
JoAnn met this young man at a party that the ladies of Kayamandi were having for his mother.
The choir in action!
Fun in Kayamandi.
We visited Shumi Ndlebe where I took the above photo.
In the evening we met up with Bette and all had a wonderful
dinner at the Africa Cafe.
(Apologies for the blurry photograph)
7 September 2003
THE CAPE PENINSULA
Donna and JoAnn in a picture taken from Bo-Kaap in front of a very majestic Table Mountain
I took the picture of the duo on the slopes of Kalk Bay with Cape Point in the background
Joy de Bruyn, Donna, JoAnn and Solaylah Davies in front of the Money Tree Cafe in Kalk Bay where we stopped in for some lemon meringue and rooibos tea.
We met the wonderful couple Mark and Elizabeth Annandale who were also eating at the Money Tree Cafe. They told us all about themselves and their lives in the musical world. Mark told us that he has sent a CD to Oprah Winfrey for auditioning so who knows you might hear much more about this entertaining couple in the future.
Mark serenading Joann and Donna in the restaurant.
We stopped in at the penguin colony as can be seen from the above picture.
At Seaforth restaurant we bumped into Brian Aldridge and his tour group made up of Eunice, Skip Brown and Jane Brown. We spent a delightful lunch together
After lunch it was on to Cape Point where the next 6 photos were taken.
Daughter and mom with Cape Point in the background
In front of the Cape of Good Hope
With Donna standing on a trashcan all I could say was "Dont drop the lighthouse Donna"! JJ
JoAnn in the safety of the car with the baboons all playing in the background.
9 September 2003
On our way to Hermanus on our third day together we took this picture above Kogel Bay
We stopped in at Wynand and Engela Mouton so as to admire his garden and wonderful king proteas
Donna admires Wynand's magnificent flowers
We stopped at a local caravan salesman who made us the most delicious typical South African pancakes.
JoAnn and Donna in front of the Kleinmond Beach
Brr It was chilly in Hermanus. JJ
While in Hermanus we saw whales but unfortunately non were breaching close by to shore so as to take a great whale photograph.
Donna and JoAnn in front of the Hemel en Aarde Vallei (Heaven
and Earth Valley)
(Please use your browser keys to view this panoramic photo)
On our way back to Cape Town we stopped to take this photo at the French Hugenout Monument in Franschhoek.
In Stellenbosch we stopped in at the Volkskombuis for a traditional Afrikaner meal
We then made our way back to Cape Town where we unfortunately had to say goodbye to each other.
It was with a heavy heart that I said goodbye to Joann and Donna. They were such wonderful company and so easy to travel with. Their compassion truly came to the fore when we visited Kayamandi and the people of the township took to them with instant love. Throughout our tour we had great fun together and overall I know that I enjoyed the tour to the hilt while I suspect that Joann and Donna did so too.
THANKS FOR YOUR WONDERFUL COMPANY JOANN AND DONNA.
A HUGE THANK YOU FOR THE WONDERFUL DONATION TO THE PEOPLE OF KAYAMANDI. YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL KEEP 180 KAYAMANDI CHILDREN HAPPY WITH A FRUIT ON THE DAY, ONCE A WEEK, FOR THE NEXT FIVE MONTHS
AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME.
Received 19 September 2003
We just made it home and I just had to write and tell you how much we
enjoyed our time with you. Donna and I will cherish the memories of the
places and people that we met while traveling with you. Kayamandi holds a
very special place in our hearts. Please, let us know if Shumi receives
that women of the year award, she so deserves.
Don't change a thing in the way that you tour. After talking with others
that we met along the way, upon departing Cape Town I know the
experience we had was much more rewarding than most. We feel very
fortunate to have had the honor to meet and tour with you. You too hold a
very special place in our hearts.
Oh! by the way, I miss those wonderful pancakes.
Take Care, until we meet again,