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Cape Town to Hermanus

2 September 2015

 

Continued from More cousins and friends in Cape Town

On Sunday morning we went to the Divine Liturgy at St George’s Cathedral in Woodstock.

St George's Cathedral, Woodstock, Cape Town

St George’s Cathedral, Woodstock, Cape Town

Fr Nicholas invited me to serve with Deacon Michael, and we were joined by Archbishop Sergios, Metropolitan of the Cape of Good hope, who welcomed us to his diocese, and took me in tow afterwards to have coffee in the hall, and discussed the possibility of joint training meetings with our diocese similar to the training meeting we held three weeks ago.

His Eminence Metropolitan Sergios, Archbishop of the Cape of Good Hope. 30 August 2015

His Eminence Metropolitan Sergios, Archbishop of the Cape of Good Hope. 30 August 2015

We then left Cape Town for Hermanus, calling at Somerset West on the way to have brunch with nephew Alan Machin — at about 3:00 pm. Al has been working in Cape Town for some time, doing engineering drawings.

Alan Machin & Val Hayes, Somerset West. 30 August 2015

Alan Machin & Val Hayes, Somerset West. 30 August 2015

At Hermanus we are staying at the Volmoed community in Hemel en Aarde (heaven and earth) valley, and this was the view from our front door when it had finally stopped raining.

Volmoed Community, Hermanus

Volmoed Community, Hermanus

We asre staying in Faith Cottage, and I’m spending some time talking to John de Gruchy about the book we are writing on the charismatic renewal movement in South Afirca.

Faith Cottage at Volmoed, Hermanus

Faith Cottage at Volmoed, Hermanus

You can read more about the Volmoed Community here. We went in to Hermanus town, which has some nice bookshops, where you can often find books that are not available in the big chain bookshops like Exclus1ve Books.

Hemingway's Bookshop, Hermanus

Hemingway’s Bookshop, Hermanus

It’s a nice place just to browse around, and in some ways looks like a place out of a fairy tale, with hidden nooks and crannies, probably not watched by security cameras, and if you wander too far perhaps you could find yourself in another world.

Hemingway's book shop, Hermanus

Hemingway’s book shop, Hermanus

We had coffee in the Old Harbour Cafe, and beyond it was an art gallery, glimpsed here through the door at the end of the veranda

We had coffee in the Old Harbour Cafe, and beyond it was an art gallery, glimpsed here through the door at the end of the veranda

At this time of the year, it seems, everyone comes to Hermanus to see the whales, so we had a look over the bay, and saw a couple, but too far away to be worth trying to take photos of. There’s a pleasand path around the clifftops, with notes on flora and fauna, and some interesting sculptures.

Seafront sculpture, Hermanus

Seafront sculpture, Hermanus

There are notes on some of the flora and fauna in the area, and we could hear the clicking frogs.

The coast at Hermanus

The coast at Hermanus

Then it was back to Volmoed for another session with John de Gruchy to discuss our book on the charismatic renewal, wo which we have given the provisional title of The charismatic renewal and the churtch struggle.

John de Gruchy

John de Gruchy

Continued at Hermanus to Keurfonein.

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