This evening on my way home from work I got a call from James, my son. "Hi dad I'm going to Canal Walk to get the last of the things I need to take with me to Mount Kilimanjaro. Would you like to join me there?" "OK, I will have to make a u-turn but I'll meet you there." So I drove a few killo meters further and found an off ramp and headed back to the mall. Of course, being a man, I hate shopping malls, especially where you have to pay for parking so that you can support them. I don't go shopping for fun, actually it's a pain. I arrived ahead of him and, because this is not one of my usual haunts, had no idea were the particular shop was that he wanted to go to, Cape Union Mart. So I waited and once he arrived he came to find me and lead the way, so to speak. He had a friend with him by the name of Pieter.
|James the shopper|
Well we headed upstairs to where they were and while James got on with his shopping I headed for the glass Tarantula display. They have a whole lot of them from different countries, all in individual glass boxes with plaques describing them and their habits, very interesting. Now please understand, I knew I would probably write a post about my evening but didn't think to take pictures of the display as a whole, Not too bright, I know. Anyway, I strolled over to them and started taking a look see, man, these are beautiful creatures. After a while I realized I should take some pictures and, since I carry my camera with me almost all the time, I got to it. Taking photographs through a glass case is not always that successful though but I took some anyway, so here are a few pictures to intrigue you or freak you out.
|Brazilian White Kneed Tarantula|
I started chatting to some chap, I forget his name, about spiders and various things such as raptors and food supplies for them, he was there to attend a lecture on bird watching, nice guy. After a while though, I went back down to rejoin James and Pieter and waited while decisions were made regarding fleece lining of jackets and thermal underwear, gloves and water bottles, this is a serious undertaking taking taking into account the conditions he will encounter on Africa's highest mountain, he leaves Cape Town in 14 days time. I'm very proud of him and to tell the truth, wish I was going too.
James eventually got through with his purchases, paid for them and we left to get a cup of coffee at the "Mug and Bean", one of the many coffee shops inside the mall itself. Pieter apparently knows someone who works at the mall and was able to get our parking tickets taken care of. While he was doing that we organized coffee, well I had coffee, they both had milk shakes. All in all, I had a very interesting evening, the fact that I came home to write a Blog about it says a whole lot about Geoff. I really need a woman in my life with whom to share this kind of thing.