Filed: Family Life

R is for Rhodes

When I began my South Africa theme for this round of ABC Wednesday, I always intended that my letter R would be Cecil Rhodes because he was such a colossal figure in the history of the continent – and not just because I share the same surname!

However, Rhodes was a complex character who achieved so much in his short life and was both revered and reviled while alive and in death, so all I can offer is a resumé of his career. Read more ›››

R is for Robben Island

I had a dilemma when I reached the letter R in this round of ABC Wednesday — I wanted to write about Cecil Rhodes, but how could I not include Robben Island?

So I’ve done both. You can read about Cecil here and below is a gallery of photos I took on South Africa’s former prison island. Read more ›››

Q is for Quick Quirky Quiz

Pool Vac

Q was always going to be the tricky one as there wasn’t much I could find in South Africa that began with this letter.

So I have taken the easy way out and come up with a Quick Quirky Quiz about our time in Cape Town. Read more ›››


One of the endearing things we discovered about South Africa was that many shops and businesses closed on Sunday. Indeed, you cannot buy alcohol from the supermarkets of Cape Town on Sunday or after 5pm on Saturday.

But it can be aggravating if you’ve been travelling all day and then arrive in a town, tired and hungry, to find that it has shut up shop for the night. Read more ›››

P is for Mr Pietersen, Potjie and Penguins

Mr Pietersen and the Guys

This is one of my favourite photos from Cape Town and a happy accident too after I played around with an underexposed sunshine and shade shot. It looks as if it might be advertising Southern Comfort.

But the reason I include it on P day is because it shows ‘Mr Pietersen and the Guys’ (that’s him second left) who we came across playing at the waterfront every time we went there and presumably they performed there seven days a week. Read more ›››

Winged Cupid Painted Blind

“Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.”

I’m not entirely sure what Shakespeare meant by that line in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, but I always turn to the bard when smitten, as I was last night.

I was at Chadkirk Dog Training Club to take some photos for their website when our eyes met across the matted floor. And her name is Pati. Read more ›››



There are times when we all act rashly and say and do things we regret and only a public apology will do. So here goes.

I’d like to say sorry to this man in India who keeps calling me. I apologise for my rudeness in putting down the phone before you’ve said no more than, “Hello Mr Rodez.” Read more ›››

O is for Ostrich, Ou Tronk and Obz


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. Read more ›››