Standing at the bottom of the world!

After a short night we went down for the most amazing breakfast buffet – sushi, oysters, scones and clotted cream, every fruit you can think of, scotch eggs, etc. They start early in South Africa, so at 8am we were on our way to the Cape of Good Hope.

Who needs a safari? On our picturesque journey we stopped for baboons blocking the road, a family of wild ostriches, whales spouting in the distance, eland, amazing birds such as ibis, flamingoes, guinea fowl and cape sugar birds.

A funicular railway took us up Cape Point with wonderful views. 

Then on to Simonstown, which has one of only three land based African penguin colonies. Seeing penguins in the wild has always been on my ‘bucket’ list. A bonus was the Saturday street market, full of crafts and black children singing and dancing.

The gardeners amongst us loved the Kirstenbosch botanical gardens and we enjoyed a guided walk, before heading to a quilters home. 

We were privileged to be invited into Margie Garratt’s home, a listed building full of artefacts that she had collected from all over the world. As this was a private home no photos were taken inside.

Members of FACT (Fibre Artists Cape Town) provided us with traditional afternoon fare, sherry and tea before a show and tell which incorporated traditional quilts and quilt art. An interesting occurring theme was the depiction of fire in nature. I have place an album of many of the quilts that we were shown on my Facebook page.

Looking forward to tomorrow!

About Karin

International quilting teacher and author. Enjoying semi-retirement after 23 years owning Quilters Haven shop/online in UK. Works with www. and organisers of several international quilt shows.
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