25 August 2010

Kirstenbosch: A Demolition in the Rain

22 August 210

Location: Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Walkers: Michele, Dorothy, Taryn, Paul, Summer, Lori, Jack, Claudia, Richard, Jenny & Iain

As we made our way to Kirstenbosch dark stormy clouds loomed above. The weather did not look good at all! We'd made a plan for a bunch of us to meet there to watch the demolition of the famous Cape Town landmarks, the Athlone cooling towers. As we had an hour to wait for the big event those of us who arrived early took a stroll around the upper garden.

From here we had a great view of the towers below, although there was a lot if mist and drizzle about and general wintery gloominess.

There was lots of colour and interest in the garden though.

The rest of our party arrived, and so did the rain! Luckily we'd all come prepared with raincoats and umbrellas.

Shortly before midday it was bucketing down and we could hardly see out as far as the towers. But the rain eased up a little and we got to see a great puff and hear a loud boom...

... and then they were gone!

We walked around a little longer, enjoying the bright flowers on the grey day, before deciding to head home for a cup of hot tea.


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