Showing posts with label Newlands. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Newlands. Show all posts

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Driving you batty

As you sweep up Edinburgh Drive towards Wynberg Hill, you pass these magnificent old yellowwood trees, one of our indigenous hardwoods, but notice that some are really small and puny while others are huge and old. Did they die and get replaced? Apparently not. Local residents complained that Egyptian Fruit Bats were roosting in their houses and messing on their walls. These fruit bats really like the fruits of the female yellowwood trees and the huge old trees along Edinburgh Drive were sustaining a large population of these bats so the City Council (this was about thirty or so years ago I guess) decided to cut down all the female, fruit-bearing yellowwood trees and plant male trees in their place.
Now the bats are no longer a problem.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Dancers in wood

Under the trees at the Montebello Design Centre in Newlands is the magical mysterious world of Right Mukore, a sculptor from Zimbabwe. Right sells his work, or takes commissions and will even teach you how to sculpt. There are other wonderful shops and studios to browse around, and coffee shops and restaurants to relax in too.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Rugby Saturday

Buying rugby memorabilia near Newlands Railway Station this morning. Lots of fans were arriving in their blue stripey shirts and the air was full of the smell of braais (barbecues for the non-South Africans). This afternoon Vodacom Western Province plays the Vodacom Blue Bulls in the Absa Currie Cup rugby fixture at Newlands.