If I think of wonderful Cape Town, I think first of Table Mountain. This mountain is such a landmark and a most incredible natural phenomenon.
Some of you may have picked up the fact that I am slightly prone to obsessions. These have changed over the course of my life and have included exercising, mothering, baking and blogging. When I first met Mr Fox twenty years ago [when I was young and full of energy and he still had hair!], I was going through my mad exercising phase. Our first holiday together was to Cape Town and, of course, I had to get my daily fix. My plan – to walk up Table Mountain. Not once but twice; once up the front of the mountain and once up the back of the mountain.
Our first walk was up the front of Table Mountain. It was an incredible experience and we were really delighted at the sight of the amazing flora and fauna. Table Mountain is part of the Table Mountain National Park which also includes Signal Hill, Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and the Twelve Apostles. When we walked up the front of Table Mountain there was a short part which was a sheer rocky cliff. Our guide had to attach a mountaineering grappling hook and a rope to the rocky face of the mountain. Mr Fox and I had to use this rope to pull ourselves up the rocks to the top of the cliff. This was when I found out that Mr Fox is afraid of heights. He had no choice, however, and had to look up and make the best of it.
Table Mountain National Park is home to nearly 9 000 plant species of which 80% are fynbos (meaning fine bush). Many of the plants that occur in the Table Mountain National Park occur nowhere else on earth. During our walks on and about Table Mountain we got to see and touch many of the wonderful plants growing on the mountain.
Protea’s are my favorite of the many flowers that grow on Table Mountain. The King Protea, also called the King Sugar Bush, the Honeypot or the Giant Protea, is the largest of the Protea plants and it is also the national flower of South Africa.
On Table Mountain you will also find the Pincushion Protea and the Oleander-leaf Protea. The Oldeander-leaf Protea is my personal favourite and this is the one that you can learn how to make out of fondant in my new book Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town.
Extract from Silly Willy Goes to Cape Town
Chapter 9: A fire on Table Mountain and a day at Fishhoek Beach
“On the side of the mountain, much higher up than the road, we could see billowing clouds of grey smoke and the bright yellow flames of a fire on the mountain.
As our car moved slowly forward we saw two huge red fire trucks race past up the road leading up to the mountain. There were lots of people standing on the side of the road looking up at the raging fire. Mom said that Cape Town gets rain during the winter so it gets very dry during the summer months and fires on the mountain happen a lot. This fire was spreading very quickly and there were about thirty firemen, dressed in their big firemen suits and wearing hats and smoke masks, up on the mountain fighting the fire.
We could see their small figures moving around amid the smoke. The firemen were trying desperately to save the special, protected flowers and bushes that grew on the sides of the mountain. The cars were hardly moving at all because of all the smoke, people and emergency vehicles so we sat in our car and watched the fire. The wind had started to blow a bit harder and the fire was spreading, I could see the flames jumping from one small tree and bush to another. It was scary to watch how fast the flames moved. The fire burned up everything and left smoking, black ash behind it. Dad pointed towards the sea, “Look” he said.”
You can also learn how to make a Table Mountain cake in Silly Willy goes to Cape Town which also includes four other party recipes.
When the George family go on holiday to Cape Town, Cautious Craig cannot believe what he has to endure at the hands of his naughty and wilful younger brother, Silly Willy. Willy throws tantrums at the most embarrassing and inappropriate times, causes a commotion on the aeroplane and tries to steal a chameleon from Butterfly World. What is a poor older brother expected to do in these situations?
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About the author
Robbie Cheadle was born in London in the United Kingdom. Her father died when she was three months old and her mother immigrated to South Africa with her tiny baby girl. Robbie has lived in Johannesburg, George and Cape Town in South Africa and attended fourteen different schools. This gave her lots of opportunities to meet new people and learn lots of social skills as she was frequently “the new girl”.
Robbie is a qualified Chartered Accountant and specialises in corporate finance with a specific interest in listed entities and stock markets. Robbie has written a number of publications on listing equities and debt instruments in Africa and foreign direct investment into Africa.
Robbie is married to Terence Cheadle and they have two lovely boys, Gregory and Michael. Michael (aged 11) is the co-author of the Sir Chocolate series of books and attends school in Johannesburg. Gregory (aged 14) is an avid reader and assists Robbie and Michael with filming and editing their YouTube videos and editing their books.
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