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So today is the shortest day in the northern hemisphere and the longest down south. Officially winter starts in the north and summer in the south. With summer here the season of wild fires also gets into full swing and all emergency services are on alert.

Mountain fire raging in the Table Mountain National Park 2016

That fire on Constantiaberg is some 15 km from here as the crow flies. Enjoy the day.



Having lived and worked in the US of A in the 1970s I followed the midterm elections with great interest. Not being a citizen of the US of A I was impartial. However my last night I was shocked by the conduct of President Trump and the reporter from CNN during a press interview. Both in my eyes dragged the United States down the dump. This had me thinking and what crossed my mind was a song, a hymn that is more than a hymn, it is in fact a proud national anthem and in memory of my American friends I thought maybe all Americans should be reminded of this song

I am not sure whether this birthday cake can be called a rainbow cake or not.

Anyway it had a nice taste. Enjoy the day.


This young man is as a result of a motorcycle accident paralysed from his waist down and is wheelchair bound. He did not let this disadvantage put him down and has become an avid surfer. In the pic below he is having a word with his trainer before taking to the water.

Enjoy a super Saturday.

A month ago a munitions factory exploded resulting in the death of eight workers. We were some five kilometres away and felt the shockwave of the explosion. I managed to get this photo of the smoke rising into the sky.

Enjoy the day.


Moored in the V and A basin in Cape Town. It is amongst others used for research and has two submarines and three helicopters on board.

The Octopus

Enjoy the new week.



A car guard fast asleep on Main Road in Plumstead. I could not resit taking the photo.

Have a great new week.

Although the protest went off well and was orderly causing no disruption to the public or traffic it was unfortunately marred by heavy criticism of the Klein Constantia Estate. The estate issued an explanatory press statement well before the protest action which unfortunately received little media coverage and as such, in ignorance I think, posters attacking the estate were displayed (See photo at the end). Klein Constantia’s statement reads as follows:


As has been reported, Klein Constantia and the neighbouring farm were issued with a permit by CapeNature, whose statutory responsibility is biodiversity conservation, entitling the removal of up to two baboons per day, valid for one year from October 2017. Since the issuing of the permit in October 2017, seven baboons were identified and eliminated by a conservation professional across both properties, the details of which were reported to CapeNature. We have no intention of acting further on our permit.

This decision was not taken lightly and only as a last resort following increasingly aggressive raiding behaviour which intensified over the course of 2017. We have a responsibility to protect staff, guests and farm animals.

Cape Nature issued the permit following an extensive consultation process whereby it was satisfied that all other non-lethal options available had been implemented and exhausted, over the course of several years. These included erecting specialised electric fencing, implementing a virtual fence system (mimicking predator sounds when baboons approached), employing full-time baboon monitors and planting alternative cover crops.

As an organisation we are committed to continue working with all stakeholders in finding the best baboon management solution for the Cape Peninsula.”

Blogging on the protest action I thought only just to also give Klein Constantia’s side its fair share.

This event illustrates that one must always be aware all issues have two sides.

Almost weekend again so enjoy the day.

Final photo selection of the protest against killing of baboons. The photos speak for themselves.

Enjoy the day.


Some more photos of the protest to save our baboons.

Part of the demonstrators

And there were a number of photographers media and private.

Gosh midweek again, how time flies. Enjoy.