Lunch With A Tortoise

Jan Leeming

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Date: 1st March 2009


You've heard of Tea with Mussolini, well the other day I had lunch with a Tortoise!

Friends from the UK collected me to go for lunch with their friends at Camps Bay.  There in the garden was a Leopard Tortoise, about the same size as the small one at The Vineyard Hotel.  If you've not been there, the tortoise is about one and  a half feet in length. approximately a foot wide and in height about a foot. 

We were having a prelunch drink inside when we heard the patter of tiny feet - Speedy had tiptoed into the house.  Our host picked him up - all 15 kgs and placed him back in the garden.  Not long after while we were lunching on the Stoep, there was a load crash - our inquisitive creature had gone inside again, banged into a chair causing all the magazines to fall to the floor.  Whether he was super intelligent or not, he remained there - had he moved any further the chair would have toppled over onto him.  I found him really quite endearing.  I wished I'd brought my camera but with 4,500 photos on my Laptop, I now resist the temptation to photograph all the beauty here in the Cape.  Everywhere you go you see subjects worthy of a photo and cataloguing is not my strong point so I'm finding it increasingly difficult to keep track of what I've got.

I now believe that the Vineyard Tortoises do get into the building, wander down the corridors and make visits if any bedroom doors are open.

It's been a very hot week and has felt even hotter because of the lack of wind.  Today there's a definite smell of smoke in the air.  The Hottentots Hollands are invisible and there's a thick 'mist' over everything which I think must be the smoke from the fires out near Somerset West.  Thank goodness, I don't think there have been any fatalities but acres and acres of Vines have gone up in smoke.

Bye for now, Jan

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