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Alex Smith

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Secret Gardens of Cape Town # 11 Simonstown ‘Garden of Remembrance’

It is not grand or great, but it is profoundly moving. This small terraced garden overlooking the harbour in historic Simonstown is one of those places that actually feels spiritual and genuinely thought provoking. Andrew, Elias and I visited one Sunday. After a morning at the tidal pool in Kalk Bay, Elias had fallen asleep, so Andrew carried him up the stairway past the church of Saints Simon and Jude to the Garden of Remembrance, while I photographed succulents and memorial stones. I found a poem about this garden in none other than Helen Moffett’s anthology of South African landscapes ‘Lovely Beyond Any Singing’. The poet, Sandra Meyer speaks of ‘the burr of narcotic doves in pungent pines’ and ‘an African sky of squeaking blue and a hooting holiday jumpy sea’.

Garden of Remembrance

Devilskein&Dearlove is due to be published by Random House Umuzi in SA and Arachne press in the UK in July 2014. It is a ‘Secret Garden’ for the 21st century, set in Long Street Cape Town. Perfect for precocious readers from the age of 12 and up!


Recent comments:

  • Maire
    May 5th, 2014 @08:51 #

    Lovely pics, Alex. I love the unstudied easiness of this garden. A good place to sit and be still.


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