Gotta love small towns …

A few quirky moments from a recent trip.

tea cups

Look carefully at these cups. I didn’t get it at first. That ‘ledge’ is to prevent the drinker’s moustache from getting dirty or wet. These are in a ‘feather palace’ in Oudsthoorn.



These donkeys are all named after South African politicians. The guide (you can just see his arm) greets them all by name. “Hi Winnie! Howzit Helen? Middag Auntie Pat! Hey you, PayBackTheMoney!!” and so on, there’s about 10 of them. Of course not a single tourist gets it but we laughed like kids.

cat sign montagu

When a newcomer moved into the lovely little town of Montagu her cats took some time to settle in and the townspeople kindly allowed this sign to be erected outside her home (there’s another one on the other side of the road). The cats are no longer alive but the signs are part of the town’s charm.

3 colour roses

One rose bush, three different colours. On Viljoensdrift Wine Estate outside Robertson.

sacred ibis in montagu

Montagu again. Slap bang in the centre of town is a sort of bird sanctuary. These sacred ibises cover the tree and weigh it down as they perch on the branches. Their nests are packed so close together that several nests forms one large nested area.

dwarf ostrich

A dwarf ostrich. Very rare.


Sometimes, guesthouses in small country towns try too hard when it comes to decor. This place had bits of fabric strewn in all sorts of unnecessary places (like around a toilet) and you can’t imagine what tables and plates of food looked like. These umbrellas shoved into the hedge left me speechless. Other than OTT design, it was a lovely place to stay in!

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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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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