Sunday, January 24, 2010

Paddling your own canoe

At a bright yellow hut on the grassy slopes of the lawns leading down to the Bot River lagoon in Kleinmond you can hire a canoe, paddleski or kayak and spend some quality time paddling around with seagulls and waterbirds as your only companions.  In winter that is, because in summer you'll be joined by hordes of holidaymakers.  In the meantime, the late afternoon is a marvellous time to enjoy the bright colours of the ticket kiosk and the neatly stacked boats.

Crazy daisies.  I like to think about the person who sat down with a few pots of paint and decorated the boats with these little flowers, which will somehow always remind me of the Seventies.

Read the rules!

Gently peeling layers of paint, scintillating colours and golden afternoon light - it doesn't get more attractive than this.

Number 40 and Number 53 don't seem to have been out for a long time, judging by the grass growing up around them.

Sometimes you just can't resist adding yourself to the picture.

On the way back to Betty's Bay I noticed this arrangement on the front veranda of one of the beach houses.  Possible title - Still Life with Pink Watering Can and Blue Bench, perhaps ?

Car brakes hastily applied, car coming to a standstill in a cloud of dust and me leaping out to snap this interesting shop tucked at the foot of the mountain.

And it's back to Betty's Bay for a glass of wine and a barbecue while taking in the beauty of another spectacular sunset.


Mariana said... [Reply to comment]

I'm Mariana and I'm 13 years old! I live in Madeira, an island in Portugal and I'm passing by to tell you this blog rocks! I love the background! I love the photos too!
Well, I wish you all the love in the world, and if you don't mind please go to my blog and tell me what you think about it!

(Madeira, Portugal)

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said... [Reply to comment]

How can one be but happy in a place such as this? The colours are pure bliss. You have such a gift for making me smile. Thank you so very much.
Have a lovely week Val.
All my very best,

Mariana said... [Reply to comment]

Hi again! Thank you for the nice comment on my blog and you're welcome!
Here are some photos of Madeira, the island I live in:

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- Mariana
(Madeira, Portugal)

Mariana said... [Reply to comment]

You're welcome! ;)

rick said... [Reply to comment]

I love the colors in the canoes - the paddles with the flowers is especially nice. Great shots.


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