Muizenberg Train Station. Today is one of those strange days where the weather is not quite sure what it is going to do.
Tag: <span>cape town</span>
When the wind blows in Lakeside (all the time), it brings the kitesurfers to the beach, and the windsurfers to the vlei (lake). Here is a pic that I captured of a windsurfer on Zandvlei. I was trying to get a sense of the speed he was moving. Hope it worked.
It is not often that Cape Town is so quiet. This was taken on the Kirstenhof green belt, with the Silvermine mountains in the background and reflecting off the Westlake River.
One think I love about running (yes I know I have said this many times) is seeing the world around me. I run back-roads that I don’t usually travel in my car, and I have so much more time to see that world around me.
Today I am going to share you a collection of photos I have built up of some of the walls in Muizenberg. Every photo was taken on a run going through the Muizenberg community. Walls can be so boring, so if you have to have high walls, the community in Muizenberg have found ways to make them more interesting.
This bird is literally flying out of the spray can. And I love the way the artist was using graffiti to paint graffiti and end up with a beautiful piece of art.
Here is a somewhat glued-together origami bird.
And just around the corner of the origami bird is…another origami bird.
Funky music happening here.
Praying mantis on a Protea (the Protea is the national flower of South Africa).
This last wall reminds me of MC Escher’s etchings, and you can see that painter has left his phone number if you want to give him a shout.
This will be my final post of the Cape Town Club (well at least for now). I love these old stairs – they remind me of the art by MC Escher (he used to draw the strange staircases that started and ended at the same place). If you have read Neverwhear by Neil Gaiman (if not you should – it is a great book), you will remember the “Down Street” section of the book, and these stairs really look like they could be Down Street.
While the formal lounge at the Cape Town Club has some lovely furniture, it is…well…just a little too formal for me.
Although I am a little intrigued about the organ on the right of the first pic.
But don’t you think the rooms are nice and spacious. They would make great band practise rooms – do you think the venue will agree?
There are some wonderful old buildings in Cape Town, and the Cape Town Club is no exception. If you go down into the basement there is a lovely old dark bar, complete with old carpets and period furniture – I am convinced the furniture was modern when the bar was originally built! This is where you go to watch magic. In fact the Cape Town Magic Club meet here (which is where I first found the bar). It is a lovely old building with some beautiful furniture inside.
Old bar (and rather well stocked) bar
Velvet cushioned chairs
The side room
Watch this space to see some more pics of the Cape Town Club.
Update: the Cape Town Magic Club now meet at Truth Coffee – still in the city bowl.
This sculpture is in the middle Cape Town on Thibault Square. I am not quite sure what it is of, but it looks like a few gargoyles looking around the city. According to this AVA, it was created by John Skotnes in the 1990’s, and is called “Mythological Landscape”. It was “an attempt to speak directly to, and become a celebration of, the diversity of people“. I just think it is a strange yet somewhat interesting sculpture.
Anyway if you want to see it pop over to Thibault Square in the city centre.
If you ever visit Newlands Brewery (their brew tour is amazing), don’t forget to stick your head into the garage on the side of the parking lot. They have an old steam engine, a wagon and lovely old car. Just a small piece of SAB history.
Lion Lager train (they still brew Lion Lager but only every 4 years)
“Charles Glass” wagon
Newlands Brewery Delivery car
Mostert’s Mill was built in 1796 in Cape Town, and it is the only surviving windmill in Cape Town. It is perched on the side of the M3 freeway – just below the University of Cape Town, and is passed by thousands of cars every day. I have driven past it (quite literally) thousands of times myself. But when driving past I just get a glimpse. When running past I get time to pause, take a look and appreciate the wonderful skill that must have gone into the making of the mill. Luckily for me the mill is on one of my favourite running routes when I do some training in the Rondebosch area.
Occasionally they set the sails and the mill can be seen in operation – just like it was over 200 years ago.
More details are at http://www.mostertsmill.co.za/