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Date: 21st March 2010


Doreen and I had another lovely evening at Paternoster staying at the Dunes.  We also visited our friend George who runs the Blue Dolphin another lovely B & B in Paternoster.  The Noisy Oyster is a delightful restaurant and we partook of yet another super meal in the most lovely surroundings.  Last time we promised ourselves that we would call in at Khwa ttu and 'do' the tour rather than just having lunch in their lovely restaurant.

On our way up to Paternoster we'd stopped for coffee and enquired about the duration of the tour - well it's obviously Africa time - for we were told anything between half an hour, an hour and two hours.  As it turned out, the tour took over two hours and we were getting frantic.  We had legitimately purchased crayfish in Paternoster (paid for the licence etc.) and invited some friends to a Crayfish dinner.  As it was we didn't leave Khwa ttu until 4.15 and then got caught in rush hour traffic and only arrived back at 5.45.  The girls were coming at 7.00 so we had to cook all the crayfish and dress them etc. in next to no time in smallish saucepans.  However we coped and had a super evening.

On the Khwa ttu tour one is given a comprehensive talk about the different San languages - about 13 and rarely can one tribe talk to another because of the difference in their tongue.  We also had explained the different click sounds in the San language - of which there are five.  As in any language you have to be careful where and how you put your clicks or you can turn a simple word into something more offensive. ( I remember well how when I was touring in Australia, one of our cast, who took potted Shakespeare to the Bush, was terrible at getting up in the morning so one night when we all went off to bed I innocently said I would 'knock him up' in the morning at which the Ozzies fell about laughing.)

We saw some buck - lots of Eland and Springbok, mongooses, zebras etc. but the most fascinating part of the tour was being taken to a little settlement of thatched huts which is where and how the San would have lived. There several aspects of their life were shown us along with a demonstration of how the San women make their Ostrich egg jewellery - it's so time-consuming and painstaking and well worth the very reasonable prices they charge in the Khwa ttu shop.  I find that a great deal of 'native' jewellery one can buy in the Cape looks fine whilst one is luxuriating in the sun but inappropriate back in grey and dreary England.  But the Ostrich egg jewellery would not be out of place in it's simple off-white with the occasional splash of tan and darker brown (achieved by heating the white egg pieces over a fire in animal fat).

I am only able to place one photo per Blog so will have to put more in my Gallery.  I thought this picture would please you - it's of lovely Nunki from the Khwa Ttu restaurant.  Her lovely innocent smile would light up the darkest day.


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