I finally found a Zulu basket I liked that would fit my needs. I ended up going back to the first shop by the penguins where I'd seen some I liked and they had a couple of new ones. This is now my shell basket in the boat.
The diamond design represents the "shields of Shaka", a famous Zulu warrior. The basket is grass wrapped in the colored reeds and rolled into the coils. The coils are then woven and stitched together to form the basket.
The mountain of Glen Cairn, next to Simon's Town. A fire on the train blew up the side of this hill in the high winds and scorched the side and came close to some homes. We had a fire nearly every day while we were in Simon's Town. The arsonists must've been very busy.
There is a nice beach here, but in high winds, the sand blows across the railroad track and across the road and forms mini dunes along the road. Much like snow blowing in a blizzard.
This old building is from 1903 in Simon's Town, just across from the train station. The train was only running for two days before it caught fire and was out of commission again for a while. A train ticket included a bus ride from Simon's Town to Fish Hoek to get the train while it was not running way to ST.
Men stoking the fires below their cast iron kettles at the Potjie Kos the yacht club members held for us cruisers. The guy in the blue striped shirt is Mike, and we met him in the Caribbean years ago. He lives here and keeps a boat in the marina, so we got to see him and Lynn a couple of times while we were here.
The potjie kos (say poy-key. Don't ask me how that spelling is that pronunciation!) food was delicious and we tried so many different dishes that we didn't need to cook the steaks we'd brought to throw on the barbeque grill.
This seal was just snoozing while swimming along between the boats at the dock in the marina.
The flowers currently in bloom here in South Africa, on display at the entrance of the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, one of the oldest botanical gardens in existence. The flowers are from fynbos, proteas, Ericas and such.
More trunks come out from the other side, too.
Dinosaur sculptures are arranged in one area of the gardens. These are big, life-sized metal sculptures.
A big aloe tree. The aloe plants we use for burns also grow into trees here.
A golden breasted sunseeker sticks its beak into the flowers in the botanical gardens.
Looking out the windshield at a helicopter carrying a bag of seawater to dump on a fire on a hillside as we returned to Simon's Town. The hills are too rugged to get firefighting machines to the fires but the winds whip the fire so quickly up the hills and across the land that they must spend the money to try to stop them any way they can. There were several helicopters flying water up the hill and dumping it onto the fire. It's a shame that so much of the countryside has been burned to a blackened scorch field. The strong winds spread the damage so fast, too. And they say most of it was from arsonists.