|Table Mountain, my picture.|
The 16th of June is a public holiday in South Africa which fell on a Thursday this year so, being on top of things in the workshop, I took Friday off and went home to Cape Town. It's been about three years since I was last there and it was so good to be home again. Leaving on Wednesday evening wasn't an option because of the cost of flights but by leaving early on Thursday morning I managed to save R1600.00 which made a whole lot more sense to this old man. James picked me up from the airport complaining about having to get up so early. You've got to be kidding me, it's 8.30 in the morning. I must admit it was quite amusing to see how late Capetonians get up on the weekends, somewhere around 9. I'm up at about 5, it must be a Joburg thing. Anyway, we went to the Food Lover's market and bought eggs and other breakfast goodies and then went to James' house to make breakfast, Very nice. When one goes to visit other people in another city it tends to cost them quite a bit to have you as a guest which is something I hadn't even thought about. After breakfast off we went to the Two Oceans Aquarium in the Cape Town Waterfront.
|The entrance to the aquarium, my picture.|
The Aquarium was fantastic. As we walked in, right in front of us, was a tank filled with clown anemone fish, you know, Finding Nemo. But when I say filled I really mean filled, there were hundreds of them in there. I of course turned into this delighted little child and out came my camera.
|I found Nemo, my picture.|
|Divers feeding the fish. My picture.|
|One of the huge tanks, my picture.|
I must recommend this experience to those visiting Cape Town, the Two Oceans Aquarium display is magnificent. There are all sorts of marine creatures on display, some of which I've never seen in my life. Sharks of course I've seen, even caught on a line (released after catching by mistake while deep sea fishing). But there are some creatures that come from very deep, places where the sunlight doesn't penetrate. The ocean along the African coast is very deep in places, sometimes up to four thousand fathoms (1 fathom is 6 feet).
|I have no idea what these things are named, |
I'd call them jelly fish. My picture.
The conservationist ladies were telling everyone about the life you can find in the rock pools. Having lived in Cape Town and on the coast for most of my life I knew all about these little creatures. Here's an interesting factoid that you may not know about; if you throw a copper coin into a rock pool, within a matter of days everything living in that pool will be dead. Sad. Here are some of my pictures for you to marvel at, the creatures in the images not the pictures themselves. Ha, ha, ha. Enjoy.
|Quite difficult to get a decent picture of|
this Portuguese Man Of War. My picture.
The proceeds from this aquarium are used for conservation purposes around the South African coast. Sharks and other creatures that have to be taken out of the tanks, for whatever reason, are released back into the ocean. Sharks are a very necessary part of the ocean ecosystem so don't be upset by their release, it's very necessary and the most environmentally sensible thing to do with the. There are also penguins that have been rescued from various places along the coast and they too will be released back into their colonies after they have been restored to health. They do good work and deserve our financial help if nothing else.
|A Box Fish, one of the little creatures I used to keep in my tank.|
|A lion fish, not one of the predators I would keep. My picture.|
Since I'm currently not employed and have more time to do the things I want to do, like writing blog posts, I will be spending more time telling about all the amazing things I've been up to since I moved to Johannesburg. In essence that means writing on a daily basis. So the rest of my trip home will be written tomorrow in part two. For now it's time for me to go and visit Toni my sister. She is starting her own business printing "T" shirts and things like Mouse Pads, Mugs and other things and I'm helping her set it up. I wish for her only blessings. She too was in the media industry and she too got sick of it and decided to branch out on her own. As for me, I now work from home doing things like making Toy Chests and so on and so forth. I'll post pictures of whatever I land up making so you can be inspired.
As for those who read this blog and all my followers, I wish you a wonderful life with very little stress and many many blessings from God.
Jesus tells us "Whatever you ask for in my name I will do it." Ask!
|Very interesting deep sea anemone. My picture.|
|You probably recognize this little sole, yep, that's what they|
look like in the ocean. My picture.