Mouille Point and sea urchins

Copy of Mouille Point 1

Mouille Point is not the most glamorous of Cape Town’s many beaches. It’s small and full of kelp and not always very clean. It’s close to the harbour. It doesn’t have lifeguards and you can’t rent a beach chair.  No-one goes there to get a sun tan.  There’s some activity happening at the moment which I will go and suss out soon but in the meantime I’m indulging myself because it’s my birthday in 5 minutes and there is one thing Mouille Point Beach has, for me.  Childhood memories.

We used to live on Surrey Place, directly across from the beach, and on Sunday mornings my father would take my siblings and me down to the beach to mess around in the rock pools, paddle in the ice cold water and collect sea urchins. Papa carried a pair of scissors, salt and pepper, and tea spoons, and we would cut a circle in the top of the urchins and eat them right there and then on the beach. This is one of my most cherished memories of what one could cornily call an age of innocence, before life became Hard and Tough and Challenging.

MouillePoint Kelp

Lots and lots of kelp. I recently picked up a piece of ceramic which I have convinced myself is from an ancient shipwreck.

MouillePoint Beach 3 flowers

Because the beach is not used much, there are pretty wild flowers.

Surrey House house

This is the house we lived in. My brother and sister are standing on the right and the family limo out front. The name “Surrey House” is written in that block above the front door. After we moved out it was razed to the ground, along with the block of flats next door. For over 30 years the ground was empty.

This is what stands on that corner now.

This is what stands on that corner now. One of the most upmarket block of apartments on the whole strip, with a trendy restaurant downstairs and several more across the road, where my friends lived. The large, square, ‘place’ on which we safely played has been reduced to a narrow road. Newport Deli is on the right – I quite like going there sometimes for a beer or a coffee, and I still marvel at the change and remember the sea urchins.


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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