24 June, 2015

Our False Bay garden in June

By Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

The bay window opens to the road and passersby. The yacht was bought when we lived in Aarau in Switzerland. It hangs in the window, softening the view out to our neighbours, and in from the street. At night, backlit thru the drawn curtains, it is a ghostly galleon, the Flying Dutchman.

Flying Dutchman
yacht flew from Aarau to Cape Town

Winter weather is kind. Today we had good rain in the morning, this afternoon the sun shines. Succulents on the Karoo Koppie are filling in.

19 June, 2015

Bird Island, Lambert's Bay

By Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

Down Verlorenvlei-spring-flowers, past the train, we went to see the birds at Lambert’s Bay in August 2010.

Fishing-for-fish boats at Lambert's Bay
with the bird hide on Bird Island

Lambert’s Bay is one of the West Coast’s traditional fishing villages morphing into tourist and holiday homes. Our Wild Card got us free entry to Bird Island. Connected to the shore by a causeway - easy for the tourists, not ideal for the birds.

12 June, 2015

Crossing False Bay

by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

The pictures of False Bay I've used on my blog have all looked out to open sea. I love that wide, open, view. But it doesn't show the bay, the mountains across the sea on the far shore. Last Sunday we walked beyond our beach towards Simon's Town, sat looking across our little bay to St James. Mid view is Cape Town's winter smog, rolling across from the Cape Flats which divide the Cape Peninsula from the Rest of Africa. In the far distance across False Bay are the Hottentots Holland Mountains.

Across False Bay to the distant Hottentots Holland Mountains


03 June, 2015

‘Even the sheeps on the hills is lonely’

by Diana Studer
- gardening for biodiversity
in Cape Town, South Africa

From a letter which inspired the title of The Hills is Lonely by Lillian Beckwith.

Sheep may safely graze

Aline Templeton – Cold in the earth I remember, for the background insight into the life of a sheep farmer. She, is a detective, investigating murder. He, is a sheep farmer. I remembered the book as set in the Welsh hills, but it is Galloway in Scotland.