Weekend beachcombing, and piano playing.

Saturday was so beautiful, sunny and with hardly a breath of wind, so we set off quite early for another walk along the beach front. So many people were out there already. There were the joggers, the dog walkers, and a couple of fathers with babies in strollers, obviously having been sent out to give their wives a bit of peace, and maybe a bit longer in bed. There were young children, excitedly skipping along ahead of their parents, so impatient to get onto the sand. Quite a few elderly folk slowly ambled along, and I saw one couple sitting gazing out to sea, holding hands in companionable silence; the husband was in a wheelchair, and his wife must have pushed him quite some way from the car park. It made me so grateful for my health and strength. I suppose one never knows what the future holds though, as we go into old age.

The surfers were having a great time, and the waves were perfect. here you can see one in particular, really riding that wave, and in the left of the pic, is a boat from the Sharks Board checking the nets.



Along the promenade, there are so many vendors, selling anything from ice-cream to basketry and bead-work, but most of the wares these days, seem to be made in China. Here are three ‘mobile shops’ on the beach.



These guys wander up and down all day, trying to sell their wares. The man sweeping the steps was on his phone, and ended up sweeping the sand off the steps using only one hand, whilst he did the cell phone dance.

This young couple had set up the fishing rod on the rocks, and were relaxing whilst waiting for their supper to bite.




Filling plastic bottles with sea water, is something many families do when on holiday down here. They take it back home for their domestic worker, as it’s supposed to be very therapeutic.



African Sangomas (Witch doctors), believe that it has medicinal properties, and one can often see buses and taxis on the return trip to Johannesburg, with huge plastic containers of sea water secured to the roof. I would be very wary of drinking the stuff, knowing what children and maybe some adults do whilst paddling in the water. Surprised

We walked all the way to end of the promenade and found a bench to sit on for a while, just admiring the view and watching the bathers. Then it was the long trek back home, which is just beyond the lone tree you can see in this pic.



Today, I played the piano at our local Mall, and it was great to sit there for a couple of hours, entertaining the passers-by. I saw a few friends who stopped for a chat and then there were the parents with small children who wanted to know if I teach piano. One sweet little boy proudly told me that he can play “Ode to Joy”, but when I moved over to give him a place on the piano stool, he changed his mind and said that he’d rather listen to me play. Wink

I read in the news that Robin Gibb of the Bee Gees, is in a coma after contracting pneumonia. He’s been battling liver cancer for years, and is the last surviving of the three brothers. I used to love their music, and my favourite song was “How deep is your love,” so I played it this morning on the piano and said a prayer that he will recover, although I believe that he is not expected to live much longer. So sad for his family.

Well tomorrow I have to see the eye specialist, as my vision is deteriorating somewhat, and I may have to have a cataract operation. I’m rather squeamish about anyone messing with my eyes, but I suppose what will be, will be. Hope you’re having a great day. Chat again soon.



37 comments on “Weekend beachcombing, and piano playing.

  1. Your photos show me how you value sight – by now your eyes may be recovering, or you may be having to bear what will be. I hope you keep writing, and sharing.

    • Thanks so much for your kind comment, Elspeth. I have the first op tomorrow and the second in a week’s time. I’m told that I’ll have near perfect sight after the cataracts are removed. πŸ˜‰

  2. Beautiful Pictures and thank you for the narratives.
    It truly made me feel as I was there. Minus the sand between my toes and the warm sun and breeze…
    But it was better than nothing πŸ˜‰

    Thank you!

    God Love You β™₯

  3. Good luck, AD, with the eye guy! I am going for a check up and new glasses this coming Friday. Sad about the Bee Gees. I love their music.

  4. Wish we had had your weather here in Cape Town this past weekend – it was overcast and rainy on and off. That beach walk sounds like heaven to me.

    • It was a perfect weekend. We’re so blessed with the weather here at this time of year, optie. I don’t think I could live with the Cape Town weather. Too much like England. πŸ˜‰ xxx

  5. The laser surgery eye op is quite commonplace today. I have heard that its results are wonderful

  6. I’m not a great fan of snakes in general, drew, and certainly wouldn’t go near one in the wild. I felt really safe with the keeper in charge and so many people had done it before me, so it wasn’t really a brave thing on my part. πŸ˜‰ I’m so glad that your grandson wasn’t hurt. I bet it looked really funny though. πŸ˜‰ Now I’m confused; are you Drew, or Beatrice. πŸ˜‰

  7. Very awesome pictures, but the snake???? Eeeekkkk!!! So happy that you have your grandchildren with you and show how brave you are. Once, a couple of years ago, we went away for a family outing a couple of hundred miles north of here. My oldest daughter rented the beautiful lodge with hot-tub and kitchen and loft. It was lovely and most comfortable. However, as we drove toward the area, I noticed garden snakes all over the road. I just thought, well, it is that time of year when they like to bask in the sun. The following morning, I got on a bicycle with my two-month old grandson in the babysit behind me. I began to take off and lo and behold, a snake slithered on past me. I lost my balance and tipped over with my little grandson toppled to the ground. My son rescued him and laughed at me. I haven’t heard the end of that one, but good thing my baby boy was okay or I would have felt even more terrible.

  8. I wish I could hear you play! So cute about the little boy and “Ode to Joy”.
    The salt water! I have NEVER heard of this before!! In Florida we get “red tide” sometimes and it can be quite dangerous to ingest any of that water..Yikes!!!
    Hope all goes well with your eyes,,,I’ll be thinking of you πŸ™‚

    • Yes, that little boy was really cute, and his dad was sooo proud of him learning to play the piano. πŸ˜‰ I also don’t understand about the sea water, but it’s a traditional african thing. I hope there are no ill effects

  9. Such lovely and colorful photo’s AD and I can just hear you playing the piano so beautifully for everyone to listen. They are blessed to have you there for sure. πŸ™‚ Yes, that is quite a pity about Robin Gibb. I also love their music. πŸ™‚
    Wishing you all the best with the eye specialist and I know everything will be just fine. πŸ™‚
    *big hugs*

    • Thanks, Sonel. I love playing the piano for others. I’m off to see the eye doc in a few minutes. Thanks for the good wishes. πŸ˜‰ Hugs xx

  10. My cataract ops were also easy, so don’t worry about that.
    Going alone to our beach is not an option for me anymore. It’s just not safe.
    My thoughts are also with Robin.

  11. You will not regret the cataract op! My MIL had it done in her late 80’s and my mom in her 60’s and they are both so happy!

  12. I spent some time in sawing at branches blocking the path to the beach. By the time I open it again, there will probably be bad weather!
    So, back to tinkling the ivories in public here, instead of in Florida!
    I was truly amazed at how my vision improved after I had a lens replacement. And am, again, now that I have had the lens cleared. Well worth it, and it really isn’t much of a big deal at all. Just the nuisance of remembering to put drops in for a while.

    • Thanks, Col. Good to know that you’re pleased with the results of the op. πŸ˜‰ It was nice to play again here, even the though the piano isn’t up to scratch.

  13. Never mind what the people do in the water, imagine what the fish get upto.
    Sad about Robin. The Bee Gees created discos and disco music. Their names are secured in music history.

  14. Must be nice taking a walk on the beach AD…
    Ah, maybe, one day I’ll be able to do that πŸ˜‰
    I hope it all goes well with the Eye dude! I share your wariness in that regard!!

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