This pass crosses the Hottentot Holland Mountains. It separates Cape Town from the Boland.
The Houwhoek Pass is a small, fairly insignificant pass just outside Cape Town. In the following video we are approaching from Bot River and heading toward Cape Town
The house had the original steel frame windows, the glass covered in bomb proofing plastic. As the plastic aged, it became opaque and bubbles formed. The plastic was impossible to remove, the frames were starting to disintegrate, so we decided to replace them.
First you have to remove the windows.
There was a total lunar eclipse in in January this year but being in Cape Town we would only see the start before it slipped below the horizon.
I was not convinced it would be worth my while but in the end it turned out to be quite a good call to get up at 4:30 and head up to Signal Hill.
We did extensive upgrades on the house in Riviersonderend. One thing we really needed to do was the floors which were rotting
Follow the process if you dare.
First you tear up the floor.
Then you have a large hole, which you line with sand, lime and plastic
Then you put bearers and joists in.
And you end up with something that looks like this
Then you lay the floor boards. This done for us by genius floor person Munier Davids
After sanding and three coats of varnish you get something like this
The floors in our house in Riviersonderend were rotting so we needed to replace them. Follow us on a floor replacement journey with Tertius and Reggie.
Starting the lift.
And it was snowing outside.
We went on a cruise with 2000 other birders looking for pelagic birds.
Lions head and Table Mountain
Then next day, the birds
There is a video here