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Saturday, 22 January 2005
The Wild Fig


The above tree is a Ficus macrophylla, also known as a Moreton Bay Fig. This tree gives its name to the Wild Fig Restaurant in Cape Town, one of my old haunts and scene of an horrific robbery in June last year.  (See also Wild Fig ‘won’t close’). 

I bought the above painting from the artist, Heather Mockridge of Clovelly, and recently gave it to my cousin. Her wedding reception was held at the Wild Fig and I thought the painting would be a good memento.  (Actually it was a wedding present to the happy couple, but I had mislaid the painting for about 2 years).

Interesting fact: The Wild Fig Restaurant is still publishing their Christmas 2004 Menu on their web page on 22 January 2005, and their latest newsletter is dated 12 December 2004 and covers events up to 22 December 2004. 

I found two photographs of the fig tree: one at the image gallery of the Courtyard Hotel (adjacent to the restaurant), here and another on the Wild Fig Restaurant site at the bottom of this page.  In the latter image you can see more of the same features as the above painting.

Posted by bigblue on 22/01/2005 at 10:11 PM
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