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Saturday, 12 August 2017

Photos of my first 10 days in Hondeklipbaai

Today I don't wish to share my thoughts about Hondeklipbaai with you so much, as I wish to share my impressions of the town and bay. Therefore I will let the pictures of my first ten days in Hondeklipbaai speak for themselves. Enjoy the visual journey!

My first sunset in Hondeklipbaai for 2017 

An introduction to Hotnotsvis as its called around here, aka Cape Bream

These Alpacas roam freely around the garden where I'm staying in Hondeklipbaai 

I met new friends at one of the local eateries where we enjoyed fish and chips

Even though Sam was already closed, he left his restaurant in our care and darted off to buy us make-shift desert at the local superrette when we requested it. Where else but in Hondeklipbaai?

Pretty sunsets are rife on the West Coast as the sun will always be setting over the ocean

On the first Sunday morning in Hondeklipbaai, we loaded the dogs onto the buggy, set it to 4x4 mode and drove all the way down the embankments to the beach where we had a breakfast picnic of savoury biscuits and oysters.

There are few things as pleasurable as a 4x4 drive on the beach. Let some air out of your tires and skid through the thick sand when next you are in town.

If you are careful about where you step, you will find loads of these lovely sea urchins among the rocks

A view over the bay of the disused fish factory

Time and unapologetic weathering has left its mark on Hondeklipbaai

There will always be something enchanting about catching seagulls in flight

My hostess, Lynnette, grew up on the farm Knoffelfontein and these are all relics that remain as memories from that time in her life.

Lynnette's grandfather used to mine for diamonds in the heydays of mining and this is left as a memory of his mining career, as it was actually used by him.

There are plenty of wild birds visiting the garden, despite it being occupied by five rumbustious dogs. This one is a regular.

On Day 8 the sea had pulled back to leave the shipwreck in the bay exposed in all her nakedness

It has been 13 months since my last visit and it is amazing to witness the destruction the ocean has wrought to this wreck since then

Another view of the wreck

Yet another view of the wreck

This photo was taken 13 months ago on my last visit to the bay

Even the sand dunes are too pretty for the camera to ignore

This lovely cake was baked by one of the locals who is also one of the bakers who supply The Shack, the local coffee shop, with cakes. You can not miss the opportunity to stop by this fab gem of a place when you visit Hondeklipbaai.

The bay at peace with itself

Our regular winged visitor stopped by the geese pond for cool refreshments, (and condiments, I'm sure!)

When the seas are too rough, the boats remain in the harbour

An overcast sky makes for a pretty picture to capture the beauty of the rugged landscape by

The wild waves discarded these jellyfish along the shore

Some of the local kids having fun in the sand

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