|Can I complete the whole of Round 9 of ABC Wednesday based on our four week stay in South Africa in February? Click on the photos to enlarge.|
We flew with KLM and our connecting flight at Amsterdam Airport was delayed, so we had a wander outside which is where we came across the Wheel of Energy on the left.
It is basically a huge hamster wheel and runners as individuals and in groups pound away to keep it turning and raise funds in the fight against cancer.
But my second wheel was to be found in Cape Town – the Wheel of Excellence located at the waterfront.
The 40 metre high wheel turns at one revolution every two and a half minutes and offers views of the harbour and Table Mountain.
I not sure why, but it isn’t something we got round to trying – there was usually a queue – and it gives us something to look forward to next time!
We found that South Africans generally take a responsible attitude over the environment – recycling, conserving energy etc – and water conservation is part of that, so much so that there is a new breed of ecopreneurs.
We saw the sign above on our way down to the beach at Knysna Heads. It had been a hot day and we wanted to cool down with a dip in the Indian Ocean.
It was there that we came across a wedding on the beach. The family and friends were gathered by a small arch when the bride arrived, complete with her long, white wedding gown, although she had to remove her court shoes to negotiate the sand.
Waiting to welcome her with a song was the trio of jah drummers above.
My daughter recognised the Xhosa song that greeted her. It is one sung by a woman to her husband that translates roughly as: ‘I’ve given you my hands, I’ve given you my arms etc, what more can you take from me?’ But not in a lovey-dovey way.
I’m not sure if that was quite the sentiment the happy couple were looking for, but the bride was happy enough, even if the long white gown made her trip in the soft sand.