These are the images which haunt our subconscious, colour our days and keep us warm on cold Autumn nights. Not that it is cold here in the UK on the first day of October. Oh no. Temperatures have broken all records. it is HOT people. HOT.
But I grew up in Africa, and believe me, it can get hot there. Very hot. When my children were young, we used to go to the beach at breakfast time - often with friends, and while the kiddies cavorted around the beach, we would cook bacon and eggs on a portable gas BBQ called a skottelbraai. It had a big wok-like attachment, and you could cook anything. In fact, the Mums used to have a good laugh, because somehow men, unable or unwilling to cook breakfast in a kitchen, suddenly became master chefs when in front of fire.
|Skottelbraai - image courtesy of Google images|
|Fish Hoek - image courtesy of Google Images|
|Fish Hoek beach - image courtesy of Google Images|
|Boogie Board - image courtesy of Google images|
My mother, who is 85 now, spent every one of her summer holidays in Fish Hoek down on the beach. My grandparents rented a house on the beach for 6 weeks every year and Mum and her brother and cousins had the most wonderful summers. But those are more memories for another day......