David & Patricia Syme
Alfie & Joan Gamblin

East Calder and Inverness - Scotland

6 February 2006

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I met this fabulous foursome at the places of stay in Sea Point and we set off on a city tour followed by a township visit to Kayamndi. Everybody was in a very happy mood because Scotland had beaten France 20-16 the day before in the 6 Nations rugby contest so the atmosphere in the vehicle was very, very jolly. JJ 

Message to Andy Gordon (who thankfully introduced me to this fab foursome) from David and Alfie
 "In case you were not watching we won the game!" 

We started off by doing a short tour of Sea Point before moving into the city and ascending Signal Hill.


We ascended Signal Hill where I took the above photo of  Patricia & Joan and the below photo of Alfie & David


We stopped in at the Mount Nelson Hotel where we enjoyed the colonial atmosphere of the establishment as well as sat down to have some drinks in the cool shade of the "Nellies" gardens.



I just could not resist taking this picture of PaTrisha while walking through the streets of Cape Town JJ


We visited the St.Georges Cathedral as well as some other interesting places in the city before we started to move on towards Kayamandi in Stellenbosch


We started our journey by visiting Lily at here home where she served as a delicious traditional Xhosa lunch and told us all about her life as a Xhosa lady living in a township.


Joan passing some thank you gifts on to Lily



Lily as seen by Alfie, David and Patricia JJ


Tulele (Lily's daughter) joined us for a group photo


We moved on to Nosandile's shack/home where we had some wonderful fun with the local kids who all came to see who was visiting Nosandile.


David having fun with two local Kayamandi kids.


Patricia gets swamped JJ


Check my specs! JJ


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A fabulous group photo of the foursome with Nosandile and all the kids who popped into see us.


We stopped in at the church in Zone J


Meeting the kids of Zone J before we gave them fruit via the trash for fruit project.


This foursome was a wonderful group to travel with . We had a great time together and I enjoyed touring with them immensely. Just looking at all the smiling faces on this page certainly tell a story.  I can but only hope that the foursome enjoyed the tour as much as I did and I certainly believe that our journey gave them some good insights into what Cape Town and all its peoples are truly about.


Patricia, David, Alfie and Joan.


Received 18-2-2006


Dear Selwyn

David and I are now shiverering back in East Calder after our most fantastic 
holiday in SA. It was all I dreamt it would be and more. I can hardly wait 
to come back.

Our day with you was one we will remember for a very long time. What an 
experience you gave us and we have so many happy memories of the day we 
spent with you. Our visit to Kayamandi and Lily's house was a wonderful 
experience. I wonder how the elections will go. Thank you also for the 
photos which are super.

We had a very nice trip down the Grarden Route and also visited some 
beautiful vineyards and tasted some great wines all in the most glorious 
sunshine. You really do have it all out there at this time of the year.

The rugby was a bit of a disappointment but we are now thinking about next 
Saturday and the Calcutta cup. David will be away skiing but I will record 
it for him.

Once again Selwyn many many thanks for showing us your beautiful city and 
Kayamandi - I will certainly reommend you to anyone I know that is coming 
out to Cape Town.

Best wishes

Patricia and David