Tracy & Charles Bettison

Andrew Findlay (Sparky)
Newcastle - UK

28 August 2007

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I met this wonderful family at the President Hotel and we immediately made our way to Table Mountain as the weather was in our favour


Andrew, Charlie and Tracy atop of Table Mountain


Andrew and Tracey point in the direction of "home" while atop of Table Mountain


Doing the Table Mountain shuffle  JJ


Andrew and Charlie enjoying the time on top of the mountain


We moved on into the Winelands where we went for a winetasting to Backsberg Winefarm


Gulp!  JJ


With Lily at her township home


The Bettison family with Lily, her daughter Ati and some kids from the neighbourhood in Kayamandi


Andrew dancing with Lorna in the Ikamva lethu centre


Having fun with the kids in Kayamandi


Andrew building pyramids in Nosandile's shack home


The whole gang outside of Nosandile's shack


Andrew with some friends who all collected trash for fruit in Kayamandi


Joining in with all in the St. Pauls church in Kayamandi

Day 2

Hermanus and the whales



We stopped in at my apartment where I took the above photo of Charlie and Tracy


Andrew takes off at Thunder City. JJ


Great photo of the threesome on our way to Hermanus


It seemed as if all the travelling was getting to Sparky. JJ


Enjoying freshly made pancakes in Kleinmond


In Hermanus with Walker Bay , where we saw quite a number of whales, in the background


Having lunch at the Ocean Basket in Hermanus



Would you believe that that is a giraffe that Sparky is holding


Tracy proudly showing her wrapped up giraffe that she bought on the Hermanus craft market


Andrew and Tracy enjoying whale watching in Walker Bay


We stopped in at Peregrine farm stall for fresh apple juice on our way back to Cape Town. and were home at about 19h00.


Day 3

Cape Peninsula


At Muizenberg on our way to cape Point



The threesome with Fish Hoek in the background


Andrew finds a pal in the form of Just Nuisance in Simonstown


The threesome with the town mascot


Charlie buying a book on Just Nuisance



Charlie and Andrew watching whales outside of Simonstown


At the penguin colony at Boulders beach



Mom and son at Boulders Beach


Everybody's happy at the penguin colony


Enjoying Don Pedros for lunch at Boulders Beach



Wheres Andrew?


Theres Andrew! JJ


At Cape Point with the Cape of Good Hope in the background


Man that was a busy day but one hell of a holiday! JJ


Other than for them supporting the "wrong" soccer teams (I am a firm MU supporter) J can one ever go wrong with Jordys or Yorkshiremen. I dont think it is possible. This threesome (Charlie originally comes from Leeds) were simply the best. They all just went with the flow and in the process we had an absolute smasher of three days together. What a great journey with such great people. Did I enjoy this tour? You bet I did Did the threesome enjoy themselves? I can but only hope so and think that they did. Saying goodbye to thee 3 wonderful folk was a tough job for me emotionally and I dont think I can be blamed for feeling as such if you think of how wonderful it was to show Tracy, Charlie and Andrew around my city. What a great tour!



Received 9 September 2007


Dear Selwyn, 

Now we are back at home, we have had the chance to gather our thoughts and 
look back at the most amazing 3 days of our visit to a wonderful city. We 
could not have done this without you (our uncle Selwyn) because that is just how 
you made us feel. From the moment we all met that first morning we knew it 
was going to be great fun and loads of laughs and without any doubt it 
certainly was. The pictures on your website tell the tale. You taught us so much 
about South Africa things we did not even know about the history, the culture and 
loads more. We all found it so hard to say our last good bye and only hope 
that one day we will all meet up again. Once again thanks so much. Enjoy 
the Rugby World Cup!! Our money is on South Africa to beat England. Love 
Charlie, Tracy & Sparky.