I’m digging into the archives again because I didn’t budge from the house today except to nip down to Pick n Pay for a few things. I guess I could have lingered to take a few photos of selfish drivers who inconvenience everyone because they don’t want to park further than 4 spaces away from the entrance. Or I could have taken a shot of the angry old lady who became very suspicious of me when I accidentally rested my arm on her trolley – jislaaik lady, you’ve been around for more than 3 score and ten, is this what it’s come to?

I was about to ask why some people are so aggressive in supermarkets but I think I understand. It’s not only the rising prices and dropping quality, it’s the very act of having to stock up on groceries, repeatedly.  It doesn’t matter how much you buy, you’ll have to go back soon, either because you forgot something or because you ate it all. I’m sick of shopping, I’m sick of the crowds, the surly cashiers, and yes, the high prices and the crap quality. Sighh…maybe I’m turning into an old lady who looks suspiciously at people who might molest my trolley, assuming I haven’t gone off it.

So, instead of angry shoppers here is a photo of the Rondebosch Common which only looks nice when it’s in flower and which Patricia de Lille, our mayor, recently protected so well from the hordes of poor people who used it to try to make a point. And in the background is the University of Cape Town, that grand old institution of learning, with its lovely backdrop. I didn’t attend it – maybe I should have and then I wouldn’t have to do my own shopping and I’d be an internationally renowned author of best-sellers instead of writing a little blog read only by my friends.

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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.

3 responses to “Common

  1. Jessica

    My late grandmother used to say that her grandparents was buried in the slave graves on the rondebosch common. She said as a child there was a stone with all the names of those buried there. My mom now 79 years old says when she was young the stone was still there. I’m curious.

    • That’s very interesting, thank you for sharing that. I’ve never heard of this before. I’ll keep a look-out for the stone next time I go there but the chances are high that it’s no longer there – vandals might have damaged it or stolen it.

      • Jessica

        Hi Francois. Its nearly 2 years later and I only stumbled across your reply now. I don’t know if you found that stone yet but I’ve never yet had the opportunity and time to go and see the place for myself. As you said and I will believerify its most likely long gone by the hands of vandals by now. I also joined a group on Facebook who are researching their St Helena genealogies. And since my ancestors ( the ones who my grandmother says were buried on the common) were from the Island I am also now tracing. I also found out that the other graves in the cemetery in athlone near garlandale school are beingoing dug up. I have quite a few ancestors buried there too. The remains will be put in a memorial place that the Anglican church built since the cemetery grounds belongso to the church. I think the residence of the area voted to utilize the ground as it became abandoned.

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