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The sun in South Africa creates a wonderful light.

Especially in Cape Town, surrounded by oceans, the sky is so blue you want to fall into it.


At the beach the sea reflects the sun and the wet sand also sparkles up every time the waves retract.

It’s a glistening spectacle bigger than Christmas.

Twinkles dancing in the surf, running across the gleaming coat of our dogs, disappearing in the Fata Morgana around Robben Island.


There is a misty haze moving in and it blurs the horizon, somehow putting us in a bubble, like we’re sitting inside a snow globe where the sun always shines.


As I stare into the distance trying to decipher Robben Island from haze, mirage and glare, the dogs join me and Starsky sits by my side.


Our puppies also enjoy the beach and take a moment to appreciate the viewappreciate the view.


#LoveCapeTown #AdoptDontShop



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Cape Town’s rivers are overflowing with plastic.

Find out more about water pollution in South Africa’s rivers and join the Plastic Pollution Initiative.

But most importantly: Ask the City of Cape Town to Protect Cape Town’s Rivers from Pollution.

#Reduce  #Reuse  #Recycle  #ChooseToRefuse  #NoPlastic



Going to the beach is always such a wonderful experience, our dogs get excited when we get ready for the car.


Getting to the beach, they jump out of the boot in pure joy.


For Hutch this continues all the way until he hits the waves.




Hutch loves water and turns out to be a real good swimmer.


I don’t let him swim in the ocean, but he loves jumping about in the surf.


I love that he gets a good wash out of it which is desperately needed after a dusty and tick infested hike on Table Mountain.


I also enjoy wading into the fresh and energising sea, together with the dogs it’s like being a child, playing around in the cool surf.


A walk at the beach is like a holiday.





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Getting official documents for visa application ready can be a nightmare.


More so if you need them, like, yesterday.


Having had to submit a completely new visa application, as I was not allowed to transfer my visa to my new passport, I was faced with getting a radiology report within 2 days.



The radiology report form that needs to be filled in as part of the visa application.

The radiology report form that needs to be filled in as part of the visa application.


Where to ask?

Again, taking to the streets of Cape Town brought me the answer:

It was at our local supermarket where I always have a chat with the staff, that someone from Kenya had experienced the same ordeal and was happy to share this useful information:


The UCT Faculty of Health Sciences offers same day radiology reports.

Simply go to their Radiology Department and ask them for the report for Home Affairs. They have the form there and know the drill.

Of course, this service comes with a fee: R500 for what should normally be done for free – but for that, you’d have to wait.




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Sometimes mother nature takes back what is hers.

And it always looks impressive.


Like this gangplank, which is swollowed up by the dunes.

You don’t even notice that the wood disappeares beneath your feet, it feels so natural to walk on the sand.


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#Beach #Walk: The stairs that sink in the sands. #LoveCapeTown

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A biometric passport photo has strict specifications.

A biometric passport photo has strict specifications.


When you need to apply for a South African ID or passport, your biometrics are taken at Home Affairs or a Home Affairs equipped Bank Branch.


But when it comes to visas or foreign passport renewals, you mostly need to supply a biometric passport photo.


Where to take a biometric picture in Cape Town:


Cameraland Cape Town: 68 Long Street, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001 – R50 for a set of standard passport photos.


Audiolens V&A Waterfront: S7105 Victoria Wharf Shopping Center, Breakwater Boulevard, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002 –
R70 per set per person.


Orms Cape Town: Shop 5, Roeland Square, 95 Upper Canterbury Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 – R80 per set of passport photos.


Wizardz Print Gardens: Shop LB6, Gardens Shopping Centre, Mill Street, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001 – R80 for 8 photos.



Winter time in Cape Town is no excuse not to go to the beach.

There’s always a beautiful day popping up in between the cold fronts, when the sun is shining and the winds calm down.


And as it is with cold water: It only takes a few moments to get over it and then it’s refreshing.

As we had been on the other side of the dunes, the equally beautiful but more tranquil fynbos landscape, I wanted the dogs to get a good wash and in we went, into the icy surf of mellow waves.


That’s where I took this picture:

It is so cold, even Table Mountain remains under a blanket of clouds.





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