I’ve taken a variety of photos of this old house over the years but this is one of my favourites. The ruins of this one-roomed house are on top of a large rock overlooking the Langebaan Lagoon in the West Coast National Park and is the perfect spot for stunning panoramic views over the lagoon. I forget the story of the original purpose of this house but its location means it must have been some sort of look-out. It’s very exposed so it can’t have been pleasant to live there during inclement weather but what a delight on a good day.
The lagoon is renowned for its bird life and spectacular annual spring flower show, and is also home to Eve’s footprint – a fossilised set of female prints found in 1995 and estimated to be over 100,000 years old which makes the owner one of the earliest modern human – that’s old!!
This photo of my son Paul (on the right) and his friends Natasha and Pierre was taken after we had spent a fabulous day at Kraalbaai where the houseboats are located. It was mid-summer, very hot and wind-free; we had a picnic and swam all day and played like children in the sand. For once the beach wasn’t over-crowded and we were even visited by a mouse, several little birds and some pangolin who came very close to us to see what left-overs they could scrounge. Pierre and Natasha were on their first visit to Cape Town and even though they toured quite a lot around the region they both said this was one of the best days they had in the 3 months they spent in Cape Town.