Wednesday, September 30, 2015

From Constantia to Kalk Bay

Alexa, our feisty heroine, has encountered a few surprises while staying in Constantia. Now her quest requires her to move on. In the garden of her great-uncle's house, she takes a last look at the Cape's signature flower, the protea. In this case, colloquially called 'Sugar Bush'.

Following a clue as to her half-brother's whereabouts, she sets off around the coast for Kalk Bay. Here's a view of the harbour (just!):

and one of the streets, although I don't have the exact one she has to visit. To give you an idea...

and of the steepness of the street she has to ascend:

but then she can descend again and enjoy that first beautiful view, or something like this:

And now her double-quest is well and truly underway.

See you next Wednesday!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Following Alexa's journey

In this new series of posts, I want to share some photos with you, mostly taken last February when I enjoyed a most wonderful visit to those parts of the Cape, South Africa, that are the setting for 'SAILING FOR TROUBLE'. Yes, I'm drawn to write about places that I love. Cape Town and the section of the Garden Route from George to Keurbooms are surely some of my favourites and the most beautiful on earth.

Alexa's story begins as she's sailing into Cape Town harbour. However,  I'm not giving you a view of Table Mountain. Rather, I suggest reading the description, either from the book or from the excerpt on my website

My editor advised me on no account to leave that out, and my daughter said the passage brought tears to her eyes. So there you go!

Today then, we'll visit the suburb of Constantia. Lots of lovely homes there, breathtaking views, and vineyards. Enjoy!

Till next Wednesday, 'Totsiens'!