South Africa is rich in ostrich and has made people rich too, particularly in the town of Oudtshoorn that made pots of money in the 19th century from supplying ostrich feathers for fashionable European ladies.
These particular ostriches were living in the wild on the shores of the South Atlantic in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.
It was a small pride (the collective noun for ostriches) that we came across on our way back from the Cape and I was able to get quite close for my photo until I remembered a) how fast they can run and b) how lethal their kick can be, so I beat a hasty retreat.
My next O is the Ou Tronk, or Old Jail, that we came across many miles to the east and inland in the town of Riversdale on day two of our road trip.
The former jail closed in 1979 and was bought by the father of the present owner, Louise Malherbe, and she opened it as The Ou Tronk Coffee shop and Craft Market a few years ago.
We ate a pleasant meal in an open courtyard and then explored the rest of the building. The ‘cells’ now showcase local crafts, artworks and antiques.
Also on the wall was a framed copy of the confession of murderer, Gilbert Hay, who was executed at the jail on 26 June 1899.
My final O is Observatory, or Obz as it’s known, the suburb of Cape Town where our daughter was living and a regular haunt for us during our stay.
It is very much a student area because of its proximity to the University of Cape Town and takes its name from the first Royal Observatory building which is now the headquarters of the South African Astronomical Observatory.
But my very favouritest place in Observatory was Obz Books on Lower Main, pictured right, that was open from 11am to 10pm seven days a week.
We found really good used book stores pretty much everywhere we went in South Africa offering an eclectic selection of titles and I have Obz Books to thank for my copy of the excellent ‘Kipling’s South Africa’ by Reneé Durbach.