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Last weekend I had the inestimable pleasure of meeting Anthony and Nikki Cooper when they stayed in our B&B for a few nights. Anthony is the son of Betty Youlden, the gal after whom our wonderful village is named. Since I have lived in Betty’s Bay I have become by default the mental repository of all sorts of historical facts by reading and researching plus chatting to folks with whom I come into contact.

Betty's Bay is a beautiful small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa's Western Cape province. Just an hours drive from Cape Town it sits beneath the rugged Kogelberg Mountains on the scenic R44 ocean drive between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond. Tourism plays a large role in the town's economy due to the its popularity with holiday makers from across the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular. This village is the longest in South Africa at over 13 km.

thumbnail“Sweet are the uses of adversity, 
Which, like the toad, ugly and venomous, 
Wears yet a precious jewel in his head; 
And this our life, exempt from human haunt, 
Finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, 
Sermons in stones, and good in everything. 
I would not change it.”

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)
From ‘As You Like It’

Download and read the article in PDF here. -Ed.