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Cape Town report 5 Out and about in lovely countryside

Time to go hiking and see more of the lovely mountains and other scenery (and flowers) in the Western Cape province around Cape Town.   Some boat work is being done - but at the usual slow pace, so I decided it was time to accept invitations to get away ... hiking up beautiful Chapman's Peak, .... a day excursion along the coast to Hermanus, seeing Right whales and a large pod of dolphins with young along the way, with a return over the mountains,... and a trip out to the pretty wine-growing valleyof Franschhoek, returning along the SE coast of False Bay, with a walk in some woods the next day and a quick visit to the nearby Klein Constantia winery.  Many thanks to Amanda, and also to Penny & Nicholas, for the highly enjoyable days out.

Boat work has included dealing with mast lights, instrument problems, refrigerator and the gas supply to the galley, but the bad news was a rig check showing up a damaged shroud, which means the mast needs to be un-stepped to fix a new shroud, and a diver checking the main rudder - and finding it to be damaged and in need of a haulout to mend the fibre-glass... more delay before finishing the work on board...  but all necessary for the boat to be safe to continue on eventually.  So it's been good to get away at times - and the scenery is often stunning:

Proteas flowering on Chapman's Peak

Chapman's Peak Hike above Hout Bay, 17th July 2011


At the top of Chapman's Peak with Lee-Anne and Giovanna...!

And the view down to the sea with the distant road showing how far up we'd climbed...

Day outing to Hermanus last week with Amanda ..... A pair of southern Right whales were cruising along the coast south of Gordon's Bay, on the E coast of False Bay:

... and slightly further on, near Hangklip, at the SE entrance to False Bay, a large group of dolphins with several very young ones were circling in an enclosed, shallow, sandy bay - with what look suspiciously like sharks keeping them company!!:

The deceptively peaceful, sandy beach below Hangklip - I wouldn't dream of entering the water here for a swim.....!!

On Thursday, out  from Diep River with Penny and Nicholas for a mid-morning coffee with cheese-tasting at the Fairview estate with its goats ....

Later, a lovely meal with a spectacular view over the Franschhoek valley with the old village set among its vineyards, followed by a visit to a berry farm with lovely views over the mountains around Franschhoek:


Written by : Mike

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