Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Beachfront aloes

The aloes are in full bloom along the beachfront walkway past Pollok Beach and Pipe surf spot

Monday, July 21, 2014

Marine Drive on the Wildside

I think most Port Elizabethans take Marine Drive along the Wildside for granted.  I took a location scout from Cape Town that way last week and she was very impressed with the stunning views you get of the coastline from the road.  It may not be Chapmans Peak Drive, but it sure can be classified as a scenic coastal drive of note.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

On top of Lady Slipper

Last weekend I decided to scale Lady Slipper west of Port Elizabeth for the first time...  No, I didn't do it up the front having to do rock climbing and the such.  I went up the back on the road leading to the Telkom tower at the top.  Lady Slipper has about 17 geocaches situated along the road and at the top so it was long overdue to make a trip up to the top.  I will have to go again though as I ran out of time and didn't get to find all of them.  This is the view looking east towards Port Elizabeth as I was approaching the tower at the top.  Unfortunately the wind was howling and the view not perfect, but I'm hoping to have a more perfect day next time I ascent. 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Humble Ways bell

The bell outside the Humble Ways Chapel.  Humble Ways is a private nature reserve on Lovemore Heights and the perfect spot to go for a short walk to get away from it all yet still being less than a kilometers from civilisation.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Port Elizabeth - 100 years since being declared a city

In July 2013 Port Elizabeth celebrated 100 years since being declared a city.  At the time I was still working for Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and was tasked to find out what it was all about.  We all know Port Elizabeth is much older than that.  Fort Frederick was built by the British to defend Algoa Bay in 1799 and the British Settlers arrived in 1820.  It was also in 1820 while overseeing the landing of the Settlers that Sir Rufane Donkin named the town Port Elizabeth after his deceased wife, Lady Elizabeth Donkin.  So in general it is excepted that Port Elizabeth was established in 1820.  So where does the 1913 date come from then?  It was in June 1913 that the town council decided to officially declare Port Elizabeth a city.  There was no specific guideline that had to be met to be a city, unlike in the UK where you had to have a cathedral to be called a city.  Both Port Elizabeth's cathedrals only became cathedrals after that date any.  It was just a case of the town council deciding that they felt the town had reached a size big enough for it to be called a city.  A document was probably drawn up and signed by the mayor and from there on Port Elizabeth was a city.  Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism and the municipality had this video produced at the time to celebrate the 100 year anniversary.  It contains some very nice old photos of the city and some modern footage at the end.

June 2014 Port Elizabeth celebrates 100 years of being a city

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ships at anchor in the Bay

If you look at old photos of Algoa Bay dating back to the late 70's and 80's (or even way back to the last 1800's), you would notice that there were always a number of ships laying at anchor in the bay.  These numbers dwindled and for a decade or two up to the time the Coega Harbour was built you would only see a big ship at anchor in the bay if the berth they are supposed to use was occupied.  Since the Coega Harbour has started operating the shipping traffic into the bay has increased again and you will see a number of ships at anchor in the bay on any given day again.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Nanaga roosterkoek

The first thing most people think of when you mention the Nanaga Farmstall is their home (farm stall) made pies.  Mouth watering, lip smacking, meat filled (and not just meaty sauces) pies.  My recommendation to go along with these pies is always the 100% pineapple juice.  The juice is produced by another farm but to me is very synonymous with Nanaga.  But Nanaga is just as famous for its roosterkoek than their pies.  Some people buy bags full of plain roosterkoek while there are also options of butter only, jam, jam & cheese, mince, bacon & egg and others.  Roosterkoek, for those who don't know what it is, is bread dough made into buns and grilled over the coals or a grill.  Unfortunately I'm on a low carb diet at the moment, so no roosterkoek for me.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Aloe view of Swartkops River mouth

My three favorite flowers in the wild are aloes, proteas and arum lilies.  The aloes are in full bloom at the moment and gives colour to the winter landscape.  A hike along the Aloe Trail at Bluewater Bay took as to this spot from where we could see Amsterdamhoek and the Swartkops River mouth with flowering aloes in the foreground.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Drama Princess leading the way

Its amazing how different from each other one's own children can be.  Drama Princess is the sporty outdoorsy type while Chaos Boy is happy to sit and watch tv or play in his room.  The other day when I announced that I was meeting Shefetswe and Sanhain at the Aloe Trail for a quick 6km hike and a couple of Geocaches, Drama Princess quickly got ready to go with while Chaos Boy just blew us off and went back to do whatever he was doing.  Daddy's little girl.