We have arrived at Cape Town, which unlike home, is sunny during Christmas time. We thought we would go to the company gardens in town as we had heard so much about it. It was such a good day. The company gardens are filled with old trees and there was a delightful tea garden. Everything was going so well until Sam gave a howling screech. We all turned to look and he was racing down the path, with a squirrel chasing him. The squirrel kept swiping at Sam’s bell – I think he didn’t like the noise it made.
We all quickly left the tea, jumped down and ran after Sam and the squirrel. The squirrel got horrified with all of us running, with all our bells ringing that it jumped and climbed up the nearest tree. Sam was panting with exhaustion. We all checked to make sure he was OK, thinking the drama was over, until a pigeon came and we all had to start running again. Being small and making ringing noise seem to be bad characteristics in this place.
From the Santa Helpers
Today me and the other helpers went to try out acro-branching at Constantia. The hooked us up onto these ropes and we went and did this obstacle course. Some of the Santa Helpers got a little tangled up, but it was such good fun.
We had to jump from step to step and there was also a rope ladder we had to climb, all up in a tree! Some of the guys from Acrobranch had to come out and help Bill, who for some reason was hanging upside down, at the highest point. He was stuck like that for about ten minutes before we noticed.
I hope everything is going well at home and that the reindeer are ready for their trip in a few weeks. We are hoping to come home just before Christmas.
The Santa Helpers
Today we went to the Two Oceans Aquarium. They had all types of fish there. There were yellow, red and purple ones. They also had a section made to look like the coast, with peguins who were very friendly. We eventually ended up by the shark tank.
It is this huge tank for ocean fish, like yellow tail. They also had a turtle and a few sting-rays. But the main attraction where the sharks. They swim around in circles, I could have spent the whole day sitting there watching them.
In fact, we almost did until we saw Tim in the tank. I am still not 100% sure how Tim ended up in there, but we were all sitting there watching peacefully when Bill said ‘Hey, isn’t that Tim?’
We all had to run and get help as Tim’s cheeks went redder and redder. He was never good at holding his breath. He was trying to keep very still so that the sharks didn’t spot him, although it was a little obvious. who doesn’t notice a green cone in an aquarium?
Send our love to Mrs Clause!
The Santa Helpers.
We went to Fish Hoek Beach today. It was a toss up between Fish Hoek and Clifton. Apparently Cape Town is between the two different oceans and according to our tour guide, Fish Hoek water is a little warmer, so we thought we would go there. We were having a joyful time, playing volleyball on the sand. Tim was even tanning a little.
We started getting a little hungry and so went to go find something to eat. Next minute we knew, some guy picked up little Artichoke and turned him upside down. We had ended up near this ice-cream stall and the guy was so preoccupied with his customer that he had accidently picked up artichoke instead of an ice-cream cone. Before we knew it Artichoke had scoops of of ice-cream between his legs and some tourist was licking his feet.
We all squealed at the tourist, who then dropped poor Artichoke.
Artichoke says that he still can’t feel his toes.
Hope you are not eating all the Christmas cookies!
The Santa Helpers
Today we went to butterfly world. It was just Christmas Special! There were so many butterflies, parrots, iguanas and they even had a flying bat or two. Because we were the special guests, they even let us ride the tortoises! You will be surprised how fast this friendly little guys go!
Our best, though, was just standing under the trees, with all the beautiful butterflies flying around. What a nice way to end off our holiday.
We will see you soon!
The Santa Helpers