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This is the third broom I broke.

 

I swear I’m just sweeping, nothing complicated, and all of a sudden the broom just snaps. Like an uncooked spaghetti.

 

This broom was meant to be unbreakable. It looks sturdy enough:

 

I was sweeping with this broom and it snapped on me.

I was sweeping with this broom and it snapped on me.

 

Luckily the broom stick can be replaced. I hope it’s not going to be one of many!

 

#HappyHalloween

 

 

The King's Blockhouse on Devil's Peak.

The King’s Blockhouse on Devil’s Peak.

 

Hiking up to the King’s Blockhouse can be achieved in an easy 1 hour long walk:

You can reach the King’s Blockhouse by simply following Tafelberg Road. Depending on where you start hiking to Tafelberg Road, this can be a short or a long walk.

You can drive up Tafelberg Road past the Cable Car and start your hike where the road is closed for cars.

Or you can cut through to Tafelberg Road by hiking up from access points such as in Woodstock.

Just make sure you take the correct turn up to the King’s Blockhouse:

Hiking Devil's Peak: Watch out for directions to the King's Blockhouse.

Hiking Devil’s Peak: Watch out for directions to the King’s Blockhouse.

 

But why take the easy way when there’s a difficult one.

At least that’s what we ended up doing when we spontaneously decided to extend our hike and go up to the King’s Blockhouse:

We walked up from Mowbray Ridge side.

 

You can also hike up to the King’s Blockhouse from Rhodes Memorial:

There’s a path leading up from the car park. This is a steep trail with rocks and sand, making the climb a slippery slope. It’s a short sharp hike of about half an hour, with it’s high steps a serious workout.

You can take it easy by veering off onto the contour path to wind your way up.

If you feel fit enough you can follow the footpath straight up:

Steep steps all the way up when you hike straight up to the King's Blockhouse.

Steep steps all the way up when you hike straight up to the King’s Blockhouse.

 

 

Either way, you’ll end up on Tafelberg Road for the last turn up:

Almost there! The last slopes up to the King’s Blockhouse.

Almost there! The last slopes up to the King’s Blockhouse.

 

 

The views from the King’s Blockhouse are worth it

 

View from the King’s Blockhouse over Table Bay with the Atlantic Ocean.

View from the King’s Blockhouse over Table Bay with the Atlantic Ocean.

 

All the way to False Bay and the Indian Ocean can be seen from the King’s Blockhouse.

All the way to False Bay and the Indian Ocean can be seen from the King’s Blockhouse.

 

The King’s Blockhouse is a National Monument, packed with history as part of the defence line of blockhouses built on Devil’s Peak by the British in 1796.

You can read up on some of the history right at the location:

A plaque honouring Forester Frank Jarman at the King's Blockhouse.

A plaque honouring Forester Frank Jarman at the King’s Blockhouse.

 

Or you can simply take a well deserved break for a picnic with some stunning views:

View of the cannons from the King’s Blockhouse.

View of the cannons from the King’s Blockhouse.

 

A glance up the King’s Blockhouse with Devil’s Peak in the background.

A glance up the King’s Blockhouse with Devil’s Peak in the background.

 

Make sure you are always well prepared for your hike.

Download a map of Devil’s Peak.

GPS Coordinates: S 33º57.028′, E 18º27.058′.

 

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Using CapeNature’s hashtag #AccessWeek earns me 4th place in Google search results.

 

The power of the #hashtag: Google displays the #AccessWeek hashtag around the internet in its search results.

The power of the #hashtag: Google displays the #AccessWeek hashtag around the internet in its search results.

 

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Summer’s here and we’re ready to braai!

 

But what to bring to a braai that is easy to make, transport and cook?

 

Here’s a great recipe idea: Vegetable Skewers

 

Yum veggie kebabs, easy to make and great to share.

Yum veggie kebabs, easy to make and great to share.

 

An easy way to prep and grill your favourite veggies:

 

Choose from zucchini, paprika, aubergine, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet corn, cocktail tomatoes.

Spice it up with onions, olives and rosemary twigs, lemon slices.

Add some substance with mushrooms or halloumi cheese.

 

Dice everything in equal pieces that are small enough to cook quickly and big enough to stay on the skewer.

 

The possibilities are endless and always result in a colourful medley of side dishes offering something for everyone.

 

 

English words and their many meanings…

 

Google Translate gets it wrong: 'Abandoned Plot' does not mean 'Verlassene Handlung'.

Google Translate gets it wrong: ‘Abandoned Plot’ does not mean ‘Verlassene Handlung’.

 

Trying to find a precise translation of ‘abandoned plot’ produced a funny result, as ‘plot’ can of course also refer to the storyline of a book or movie.

 

‘Verlassene Handlung’ sounds like having given up on the underlying thread of meaning.

 

Kind of what goes through my mind when I look at the abandoned plot next door…

 

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We don’t have a TV and with our puppies blessing us with hilarious moments we don’t need one.

 

But even the dogs themselves seem to enjoy watching how the puppy play unfolds.

 

Here Starsky takes a break all cosy inside while following Gigi and Hutch’s playfight outside like it’s great TV.

 

Starsky is watching Gigi and Hutch playfight with great interest.

Starsky is watching Gigi and Hutch playfight with great interest.

 

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The bliss of having rats as pets: They can't wait to greet you.

The bliss of having rats as pets: They can’t wait to greet you.

 

I love this little schnuffel face! Milka is the cutest cuddle pops.

 

And she always comes to say hello. A very polite little munchkin.

 

So I can scoop her up in my hands and sink my face into her soft vanilla fur for some rattie snuggles.

 

#RatsMakeGreatPets

 

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