I went to Simonstown today and strolled through the streets looking at all the shops, historic buildings, museums, warships we don’t need and sailors of course. I casually strolled into the grounds of Admiralty House and looked around the lovely immaculate garden with its little rounded balcony overlooking a large lawn that was clearly created for croquet games back in the day. I didn’t linger too long since this is private property, being the home of the Chief of the SA Navy, but I would have liked a peek inside because there’s a ghost there.

I schmoozed the ladies in the Tourist Office and the surly girls at Boulders (blimey, Sanparks needs to up their game in terms of smiles and friendliness).  I bought a divine pistachio ice cream and ate it on Jubilee Square, chatting with the bored sellers of over-priced curios.

Of course I took masses of photos – some of the buildings are really lovely with their Victorian façades. It was a glorious sunny day and actually quite hot for a winter’s day but that’s Cape Town for you.

I couldn’t wait to see my photos when I got home but lo and behold 99% of them are damaged. It’s either my camera or the memory card or my computer, I’ll have fun trying to figure it out. Not.

This is one of the few that survived. I almost missed these steps between two buildings. It’s all in the shade except for a couple of steps and there was this cute small cat sitting in the little bit of sun there was. The colours of the stones are amazing – you don’t see that in modern construction.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

2 responses to “Cat

  1. francoisearmour

    Yeah, cats are special. Thanks 🙂

  2. cathy

    love how cats always find that little bit of sunlight and absorb it into their very being, there is a lesson it that. 🙂 Thanks Fran, loving the reminders to just take the time looks at things

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