I visited Tulbagh last week. Lovely dinner, beautiful old houses, lots of history, and some oddities in the museum.

Dance of the darkies

I did a double take when I saw this sheet music on the piano in the Tulbagh Museum. I’ve Googled it for some background but there’s nothing; however, there are a lot of similar dances and tunes from way back when this was acceptable. My client played a few notes of it and it was a cheerful little ditty, more so than the others he played.


Another oddity at the museum was this info plaque at the entrance. The text ends abruptly in the middle of a sentence. I remarked on it to the curator/guide who seemed surprised. I guarantee it’ll still be like that if I visit again in a year’s time. Ok, ok, I’m cynical but …


A very unusual and beautiful old desk with curved drawers.


Yes indeed, we felt it in Cape Town and I remember that day.


This post-box is still in use and it’s nice to see the Post Office has left it alone, unlike the ones in bigger towns where they are now incorrectly referred to as ‘delivery boxes’.


Old-style switchboard. I demonstrated its use, hence the cords plugged into 2 holes – one to answer the incoming call and the other to transfer to the relevant extension.


The cat theme of this restaurant was a bit twee but the food was excellent.


The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality.

Tulbagh houses

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.

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