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Setting off again we
passed several old cottages which reminded me of Rabbie Burns
cottage. The difference here was that they were old fishermens
cottages. Driving on a bit further we then passed a few road signs
indicating beware of tortoise. Thats different. As we then drove on
we heard an ...
... course is a huge Gooner. We all have our crosses to bear! And he was determined to see the FA Cup final, so we returned to Swellendam early to the local hotel to watch the match. The manager kindly placed us in the lounge where we watched the match, engrossed, as in the bar next door the locals enjoyed the local Stormers match. Dad was in the end smiling.
The National Park was closed on our return, but we had sneakily asked the ranger to let us ...
... and fallen asleep in the car…leaving Tom trying to navigate himself to Hermanus.
We arrived in Hermanus safely (and I was bright-eyed after my doze). Hermanus is a popular alternative for shark diving but as we had already done this, the rest of the afternoon was spent walking along the cliff and enjoying the fresh sea air. We watched the sunset whilst perched on some isolated rocks.
... to the interior.
The Drostdy was built by the Dutch East India Company in 1747 to serve as residence and official headquarters for the Landdrost. Soon after a gaol, a house for the secretary, a mill and various outbuildings were erected. We took a tour of the Drostdy and these pictures document this period of Dutch Cape ...
... beginning to hide from the heat. But we were happy that on the second approach to the park gate, we spotted a group of Blue Cranes in a pasture beside the road. Big lanky but graceful birds which are closer to blue in colour than grey. There were a few springbok along there too, and once we were inside the park we started seeing Bontebok, the large brown and very rare antelopes for whose benefit the park was first designated. We stopped at a viewpoint on top of a hill ...