The title to this blog posting may seem a little strange. Read on for a little more insight...
I will start with the ‘Cape Doctor’… The Cape Doctor is the local colloquial term for the South Easterly winds which blow over the Cape Peninsula. The wind blows in from ‘False Bay’, over the Peninsula and exits the land mass out to sea again over ‘Table Bay’. This wind is a natural ‘eco-friendly’ air conditioner which cools our Bloubergstrand apartment on hot summer days simply by opening a window or our balcony slider. It is called the ‘Cape Doctor’ as it is believed to refresh and renew the city of Cape Town and surrounds as it ’sweeps’ the streets clean bringing fresh crisp ocean air from the South East. This wind is responsible for the ‘table-cloth’ often seen on the top of Table Mountain. As this wind blows up the side of Table Mountain, it meets cool air nearing the top, then settles as condensed cloud over the mountain top. A truly spectacular sight. This phenomenon is the stuff that has begged people over millennia to offer myth and legend... enter ‘Van Hunk’...
Van Hunk, believed to be a ‘retired’ pirate who settled with his wife on the ‘south easterly’ slopes of Table Mountain during the 1700s. His wife banished him from the hearth as she was unappreciative of his smoking in the home. Being a prolific smoker he spent much time outside on the slopes of the mountain puffing away. On a day, as he lite up his pipe, a stranger came ambling past. The stranger greeted him and sat beside him lighting up his own pipe. Soon the stranger challenged Van Hunk to a smoking dual. Van hunk accepted the challenge and they both set about puffing away. Many hours passed and their smoke cloud grew and grew. The smoke started to creep up the mountainside settling on the top as it wafted across the mountain. After some time, the stranger coughed and bowed his head in defeat. As he bowed his head, he revealed his horns, Van Hunk’s dual was with the devil and he had won! Legend tells us that when the south easterly blows, Van Hunk and the devil are at it again…
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