The Cape Point Chronicle Guide to Selling Your Stuff on Gumtree

In the past couple of weeks we have been going through a consolidation of household goods at Cape Point Chronicle HQ. Through my Father-in-law selling his house in Durban and sending his house contents to us we had a lot of stuff to get rid of if we wanted to get into our house. We sold some items at Cash Crusaders in Long Beach Mall- namely a gas heater and a humidifier- bu...
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President Obama on a flying visit to Fish Hoek

On Friday last week and yesterday (Sunday 30th June) anyone in the Fish Hoek area would have had to be doing something very interesting to have missed 6 huge, dark coloured helicopters flying in low from False Bay, dropping into Fish Hoek sports fields, pausing there for around an hour and then heading off in various directions. The first set to arrive on both occasion were ...
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An encounter with a visitor to our shores

Steppe Buzzard sat in an oak tree
Recent posts are beginning to suggest to me that I am becoming a bit of a twitcher. Unfortunately, as per previous posts, I am about the World’s worst bird spotter. I see a bird and think, I should find out what that is! So I remember the detail as best I can and look it up in our trusty, much thumbed, edition of the Sasol Bird Guide, only to discover that I have yet again seen...
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Does the bus service on Fish Hoek make any sense?

A few days ago I was walking with my family past the traffic circle in Fish Hoek, just before the Memorial Gardens when two battle weary taxis chugged, sputtered, coughed, and rattled their way past us- nose to tail. Both these collections of scrap metal and gaffer tape were chock full with punters heading away from Fish Hoek. The taxis were closely followed by a very large ...
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Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover)

Profile of a Blacksmith Lapwing (plover)
Do we really take notice of what is around us, or do we just think we do? This evening I was doing the daily dog walk. I must confess that a lot of the time this consists of the same route around the Fish Hoek playing field. Often this is a good time to think and I have often done the whole walk and not really registered the fact- other times the walk is the event and I am a...
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Plans to develop False Bay Coastline

I have just read a fascinating article about plans by the province and city to develop the False Bay Coastline, from Simon's Town to Gordon's Bay. The buzz was that they want to make the area 'the Copacabana of Cape Town'. False Bay to be the Copacabana of Cape Town The plan is to pour 100's of millions of rands into developing the coastal area, putting in all sorts of touris...
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Things finally happening on Kommetjie Road, Fish Hoek

New upgrades being added to Kommetjie Road Fish Hoek For a long time we have been at the mercy of Kommetjie Road in Fish Hoek. Inadequate crossing points, reckless driving and accident hot spots have contributed to many unnecessary deaths over the years. Town meetings, demonstrations and lobbying of politicians have finally broken through- democracy at work, albeit too slow...
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Is Cape Town & Cape Point Water Safe to Drink

' Is Cape Town and Cape Point Drinking Water Safe?' - The  Cape Town city authorities keep telling us it is, however it has been hard to miss recently that the water quality seems less than desirable on the Cape Point Peninsula. There have been several times in the last few months that the water from the taps has had a distinctive ‘earthy’ smell to it. It is so strong a smel...
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Cape Point Baboons prove their intelligence

Continuing Conflict between Cape Points simian neighbours One of the big ongoing conflicts on the Cape Point Peninsula is that between humans and baboons. It is sad and tragic that Cape Points two simian neighbours cannot live in peace, learning from each other. Wisdom dictates that one proves their humanity and strength, not by proving your dominance but through understandi...
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Cape Point Peninsula Tortoises

Cape Point Peninsula Angulate Tortoise
The weather is changing into autumn here on the Cape Point Peninsula, something that always seems to surprise us Capetonians. A decidedly chilly South Easter meant that our usually Saturday morning trip to Fish Hoek beach was replaced by a walk up the bridal track around Black Hill (above Glencairn- click this link for a guide to this walk). This is one of my favourite w...
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