Anthony and Beryl Black

Leeds- Yorkshire - UK

1 February 2005

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I met Anthony and Beryl at the Table Bay hotel and after becoming acquainted we set out on a Cape Peninsula journey.

 

Beryl and Anthony with Muizenberg in the background

 

We had great lemon meringue and milktart (melktert) at the Money Tree Cafe in Kalk Bay

 

Beryl enjoys some time with the local fisherman community in the Kalk Bay harbour

 

We had a great fish and chips lunch at Kalkies in the Kalk Bay Harbour

 

At the penguin colony on Boulders Beach

After our visit to the penguin colony we moved onto Cape Point

 

Anthony seems to be saying "c'mon"

 

Beryl responds, "I like it here" to which Anthony says "OK stay and suit yourself" JJ

 

At Cape Point

Playing hide and seek at Cape Point  JJ

 

Beryl meets a buddy at Cape Point  JJ

 

After Cape Point we travelled via Scarborough, Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs, Noordhoek, Chapmans Peak, Hout Bay and the Atlantic seaboard to Table Mountain where we ascended the mountain by cable car. After doing sabrage on a bottle of Champagne I took the pictures seen below

 

Sunset on top of Table Mountain

 

 

 

To crown a fabulous day we had a wonderful African feast at the Africa Cafe


 

Day 2 - Cape Winelands


Inside the Afrikaans language monument

 

Beryl and Anthony with the language monument behind them

 

Anthony have fun on a tractor at the Backsberg Winefarm

 

After enjoying a winetasting at Backsberg we walked through the farm cellar where I took the above picture

 

We stopped in for a quick, delightful lunch at Cotage Fromage

 

After lunch at Cotage Fromage we travelled to Stellenbosch where we did a short tour of the town and thereafter we moved on to the township of Kayamandi

Anthony and Beryl with Nombulela and her family in Nombulela's shack home

 

Anthony having fun with the kids of Kayamandi

Beryl posing with some of the kids in Zone J of Kayamandi

 

We had a wonderful time at Shumi Nlebe's home

 

After our Kayamandi visit we travelled to Moyo Restaurant for an African dinner evening

Face painting at Moyo

 

Anthony and Beryl with the wonderful ladies of the group "third world bunfight" at Moyo restaurant.

We left Moyo and returned to the Table Bay hotel at midnight where we unfortunately had to say goodbye to one another.


This was an absolutely marvellous tour and the Black's were an absolute delight to travel with. We had so much fun together. Anthony was a scream with his wry Yorkshire humour. while Beryl in her cool and wonderfully inquisitive manner enjoyed all that was happening around her. Overall the tour was a non stop enjoyable event. We experienced much together and spoke about much of what South Africa is about today. The debate was contagious to say the least making this a very memorable, fun a minute, tour.

THANKS FOR ALL
ANTHONY AND BERYL


Received 6 March 2005

Dear Selwyn, 

Sorry first about the delay in E mailing. -- Put it down to the pressure of work.

Meeting you and the two days we spent together was certainly not to be forgotten. In fact we have told all our friends about where we went, what we saw and the In depth history that you were able to give us , which made everything so interesting. Nor will we ever forget the township of Kayamandi, with its brave people who smile in the face of their adversity and the amazing work that you are involved in there. - and the kids and the way they wanted to touch us- especially Beryl's painted toe nails. - and that little dance that they did for us- We were touched as I am sure you know and you were so right that we ( me especially) had to see this. I am choked up just recalling the scene. A totally humbling experience when you see what we have and do not think twice about and realise just what they do not have that we could not live without. Gas, electric, drains, hot and cold and a roof over. You have a beautiful city and it is plain to see that you are very proud of it.

After Cape Town, we went to Kwandwe Game reserve, where we eventually met the big 5. This place deserves 7 stars. The accommodation was stupendous and the food was exquisite. It was however hard work. Up at 4 each morning, on our way by 5am and at 10.30 or so, back to the lodge - it seemed like it should be lunchtime, but this was breakfast. We rested by our own plunge pool until mid afternoon, when we had p.m. tea, and then off again on safari. ( we did not bother with lunch )  Back late at night .for dinner, which was nouvelle cuisine, then bed and a four o' clock wake up with a man at the door with rifle, and coffee hamper, and so another day. 

Mauritius! They did not tell us that it rained. Although not constant it was frequent and although warm rain, I prefer to leave the rain in Leeds. We had a good time notwithstanding ( we lay on a bed on the beach most days ) The beach was ten steps down from our patio door. Then as all good things must come to an end , it was home time - and what greeted us when we got back to Leeds. - You guessed it . SNOW. 

Enough already. We should keep in touch. You made the highlight of our trip and we think you are amazing.The computer is now not responding to the keyboard so i am just going to hit the send button. 

Keep well and prosper and may the force be with you.

Anthony and Beryl Black

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