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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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A little bit of water and this flower is blooming again.

A little bit of water and this flower is blooming again.

 

We found this little flower trampled down on one of our hikes.

 

So we rescued it and took it home.

 

Just like any rescue it started to blossom.

 

All it needed was a bit of TLC. ♡

 

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When you see it.

 

 

 

 

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Looking at activities to do around #CapeTownForFree, I thought how can I make the most out of #SANationalParksWeek?

 

During Heritage Month SANParks offers free entry to all of South Africa’s National Parks for the duration of a full week.

The gates are simply open and the ticket office is closed during #SANationalParksWeek at Oudekraal.

The gates are simply open and the ticket office is closed during #SANationalParksWeek at Oudekraal.

 

Entrance fees are pretty low in most cases, so unless you do the big parks further away from Cape Town the savings are minimal.

 

But any reason is a good reason to visit SANParks, so why not take advantage of such a great offer.

 

I’m particularly interested in the places I would not normally visit, so googling the closest SANParks to Cape Town I stumbled across Oudekraal.

 

Oudekraal: A hidden gem in Cape Town

Oudekraal: Perfect for a braai with the whole family.

Oudekraal: Perfect for a braai with the whole family.

 

Oudekraal is not that easy to find, but once you know it you can’t miss it: Drive from Camps Bay to LLandudno and watch out for a turn down to the sea after the 12 Apostles Hotel.

 

Oudekraal is a landscaped braai area around boulders reaching into the sea. It’s quite steep down, but plateaus are levelled into the ground, leaving perfect braai spots.

A lovely braai spot at Oudekraal.

A lovely braai spot at Oudekraal.

 

It’s brimming with history and signs around the park invite to learn more about it.

Interesting: Oudekraal’s history is explained on informative signs.

Interesting: Oudekraal’s history is explained on informative signs.

 

In addition Oudekraal has a quaint little beach, an enclosed bay with lovely sand, shallow waters, perfect for a dip in the sea.

Even when the weather's not perfect, Oudekraal Beach is a sheltered spot.

Even when the weather’s not perfect, Oudekraal Beach is a sheltered spot.

 

 

Oudekraal is perfect for a braai with friends, family, colleagues, offering fantastic views, lots to explore, much to learn, and a beach in reach for a quick refresher.

 

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Erinnerst du dich, ich hatte doch neulich jemanden widerrechtlich auf dem Grundstück nebenan gesehen.

 

Ja.

 

Heute habe ich ihn wieder gesehen!

Er muss über den Metallzaun geklettert sein und war gerade dabei, über die Mauer auf das brachliegende Land dahinter zu springen.

Da habe ich mich umgedreht und sah ihn vor meinem Fenster. Ich habe ihm direkt in die Augen geschaut!

 

Und? Was ist passiert?

 

Er hat „Morgen“ gesagt und ging weiter seines Weges.

 

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Remember I told you I saw someone trespassing the other day?

 

Yes.

 

So today I saw him again!

He must’ve climbed over the fence and was about to jump over the wall into the abandoned plot next door.

That’s when I turned around and saw him right in front of my window. I looked him straight in the eyes!

 

And? What happened?

 

He said “Morning” and was on his way over the vibracrete wall.

 

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Participants of the Flower Ramble listen to an interesting introduction to Rondebosch Common.

Participants of the Flower Ramble listen to an interesting introduction to Rondebosch Common.

 

Cape Town is known for its incredible biodiversity, being at the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom.

 

Out of the six floral kingdoms on this planet, it is the smallest while containing the highest variety.

 

That means in Cape Town you’ll encounter the highest density of different flowers on earth.

 

It’s very easy to accidentally trample on them!

 

So why not go on a Flower Ramble at Rondebosch Common

 

Every other Sunday during spring a botanist takes a group on a walk around Rondebosch Common, identifying special flowers, spelling their names and explaining their habitat.

 

It is an entertaining presentation and informative talk giving so much insight about the endemic plants in Cape Town, meaning they only grow here and nowhere else, some of them even only on Rondebosch Common!

 

For example this pretty iris-like Morea Aristata, which was carefully replanted from the South African Astronomical Observatory to Rondebosch Common by Alex Lansdowne.

 

The beautiful Morea Aristata.

The beautiful Morea Aristata.

 

 

This lovely guided tour is a real eye-opener that lets you look at plants in a whole different way.

 

The fynbos flowers are sometimes really small, but incredibly beautiful when looked at up close, taking in the detail and fragility.

 

Sometimes they’re so inconspicuous that you need a botanist to point them out to you.

 

Alex Lansdowne gives great insight to the plants and flowers on Rondebosch Common.

Alex Lansdowne gives great insight to the plants and flowers on Rondebosch Common.

 

These wonderful Sunday morning strolls are offered by the Friends of Rondebosch Common for free, but donations are welcome.

 

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Practical: Why not let the puppies walk each other?

Starsky looks back in surprise as Gigi took hold of his leash and keeps him at bay.

Starsky looks back in surprise as Gigi took hold of his leash and keeps him at bay.

 

Gigi takes the lead

 

Taking the puppies for a beach walk, Starsky manages to slip through and run off with his leash still on.

Or so he thinks.

Because in steps Gigi, who catches the end of the lead and holds on for dear life.

A strange tug of war ensues between Gigi and Starsky as they’re connected with the leash.

 

Funny: Gigi grabs the leash and takes Starsky for a walk.

 

The puppies walking each other is a fun play, letting them interact and be active.

Just watch out that no one else gets entangled in the game.

 

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The view from Pipe Track gets a dash of colour with lovely Proteas in bloom.

The view from Pipe Track gets a dash of colour with lovely Proteas in bloom.

 

Pipe Track not only offers amazing views over the atlantic ocean, it is also blessed with warm afternoon sun, making it ideal for a lovely sunset stroll.

 

Especially during springtime the golden light of the descending sun adds a doubly great effect, as Pipe Track is in bloom:

Watch out for little flowers along the way and Proteas opening up in the fynbos.

 

Moraea, known as the Cape tulips, can be spotted easily with their iris-like flowers.

Moraea, known as the Cape tulips, can be spotted easily with their iris-like flowers.

 

Amidst of rocks and stones this Oxalis is flowering beautifully.

Amidst of rocks and stones this Oxalis is flowering beautifully.

 

How cool is this: Black Protea

How cool is this: Black Protea

 

Worthwhile a closer look: A beautiful Protea.

Worthwhile a closer look: A beautiful Protea.

 

Pretty in pink: Cute little flowers.

Pretty in pink: Cute little flowers.

 

Love these Coleonema Pulchellum.

Love these Coleonema Pulchellum.

 

An Erica fynbos shrub flowering in pink.

An Erica fynbos shrub flowering in pink.

 

The beauty is in the detail.

The beauty is in the detail.

 

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Wow! 1337 likes on Yours *TrulyJuly*: www.trulyjuly.wordpress.com!

Wow! 1337 likes on Yours *TrulyJuly*: http://www.trulyjuly.wordpress.com!

 

It’s lovely how WordPress keeps you motivated by tracking and celebrating achievements.

 

But when WordPress congratulated me on a milestone for 1337 likes, I had to raise my eyebrows:

 

1337? What an odd number!

 

Not however, if you turn it upside down like you would on a calculator. Then it spells ‘leet’.

 

‘leet’ as in ‘elite’. This is hacker ‘5p34k’ and means someone is very good at a game, or generally at anything. Reaching ‘leet’ level means you’re no longer a noob, as in newbie.

 

You might’ve come across leetspeak when you tried to be clever about creating a safe password.

 

Check out the Leet Alphabet or try out a Universal Leet Converter or the L33t Translator.

 

Thanks for your feedback and likes on my blog Yours TrulyJuly!

I’m really 7h4nkful for that! 🙂

 

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The iconic pipe giving the Pipe Track its name is framing the view of the afternoon sun.

The iconic pipe giving the Pipe Track its name is framing the view of the afternoon sun.

 

Pipe Track is an easy to hike and lovely to run track winding alongside Table Mountain overseeing Camps Bay.

 

It starts at the top of Kloof Nek Road, where you can conveniently park at Kloof Nek parking. Alternatively you can use public transport: MyCiTi has a bus stop at Kloof Nek.

 

From there you can go for a lovely walk, enjoying views over Camps Bay or you can go for a trail run: Pipe Track’s terrain ranges from sandy soft trails to some steep steps to gravel and stones, adding variety and change of sceneries to the hike.

 

Pipe Track is ideal for the afternoons, offering a somewhat wind sheltered corner of Table Mountain with plenty of beautiful viewpoints to watch the sunset.

 

Pipe Track is ideal for an afternoon stroll, as the views offer a fantastic sight of the sun going down over the atlantic ocean.

Pipe Track is ideal for an afternoon stroll, as the views offer a fantastic sight of the sun going down over the atlantic ocean.

 

There’s a track leading up to Table Mountain or a jeep trail going down to Bakoven. If you need to return to your car you can simply follow the counter path parallel to the coastline. Make sure you turn around in time to head back safely.

 

Dogs are allowed on the Pipe Track, inviting to an easy walk, as there’s only one way to go for the puppies. Just beware the ticks who seem to flourish in the fynbos.

 

Pipe Track offers a wonderful biodiversity of fynbos. Especially at springtime walking the Pipe Track is a treat when it’s in full bloom.

 

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Going for a lovely beach walk with the dogs we spotted a sea turtle at the water’s edge.

 

It was laying on its back and we thought it was a corpse washed up at the beach.

Wow! A sea turtle at Milnerton Beach.

Wow! A sea turtle at Milnerton Beach.

 

But then we spotted some bubbles coming out of its mouth: It was still breathing!

 

We turned it around, but it didn’t move.

 

Even when our puppies inspected it, it wouldn’t budge.

The sea turtle is still alive! But how can we help it?

The sea turtle is still alive! But how can we help it?

 

I moved it closer to the waves and indeed, as soon as it felt the water, its fins started paddling.

 

I brought it closer to the deep waters, releasing it into the waves, but they came crushing down and it tumbled back onto the shore.

Back again! Trying to release the sea turtle into the water results in it being washed up on the beach again.

Back again! Trying to release the sea turtle into the water results in it being washed up on the beach again.

 

Our dogs started to become really worried about their little surfer friend.

 

So I tried again, bringing the sea turtle yet further into the sea and luckily hitting the sweet spot when waves have rolled out their set and for an instant the sea is calm enough to make it through the breakers.

The sea turtle took advantage of this short moment and managed to dive into safe waters despite the rough surf.

🙂

 

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It’s raining a lot in Cape Town! It seems we’re making up rainfall for the past 3 years of drought.

 

Of course we’re happy about the rain, but it’s still lots of bad weather we’re having to go through.

 

However, there are also beautiful side-effects of the drizzle which made more than up for having been caught in a bit of a shower on Devil’s Peak.

 

A rainbow, with a bit of a double rainbow even, and so close!

 

Looking back we realise that we had just walked through this awesome rainbow.

Looking back we realise that we had just walked through this awesome rainbow.

 

What an awesome sight!

 

 

#LoveCapeTown

 

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