Saturday, January 31, 2015

What's Drama Princess doing up a ladder?

Have you ever driven down the road and saw a random person on a ladder against a street light pole? Or up a random tree for that matter? It does look suspicions but at the same time it doesn't quite look like they are up to no good or doing anything wrong.  You are probably right.  But what could they be up to.  Well, in most cases, they are probably Geocaching, specially if they are trying to look as nonchalant and inconspicuous as possible when you look at them.  In this case Drama Princess was three meters up a street light pole somewhere in Walmer to retrieve a log sheet for the rest of us to sign.  So next time if you see such a person and they don't look like they are quite up to no good, give them a wink and "I know what you are up to" look.  They will visibly relax when they realise you're a muggle in the know.   

Friday, January 30, 2015

Destination Sevens - Port Elizabeth

While looking for a video to post for this week's Video Friday post I found this World Rugby (previously IRB) destination video for Port Elizabeth as host of round three of the IRB 7's World Series.  I'm just wondering where they found the number they are throwing around for PE's population.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Historic Uitenhage corrigated iron church

I am amazed at the places I have discovered while out Geocaching.  One of my recent discoveries is the Evangelical Mission Church in Uitenhage.  Approaching down the road I didn't realize the corrugated iron building was a church until I stopped, had a good look and noticed the roof lantern.  According to the cache listing "this little church is a ridged and gabled, timber framed building.  The building is a good example of a genre which has mostly disappeared.  It retained some detail features such as timber architrave surround the doors & windows as well as a roof lantern. The building is currently still in use as a church and dates back to the 1800's."

While signing the log sheet I had a peek in the door to have a look at the inside as well.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Drostdy Museum fascade

The Cape Dutch style Drostdy building in Uitenhage was completed in 1809 during the time that General Jacob Glen Cuyler was the Landdrost of Uitenhage.  The building houses the town's Africana museum following the historical development of Uitenhage and the surrounding districts.  The museum contains various exhibits which include historical artifacts from the town, toys, porcelain, clothing and an archive library.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

South End Cemetery graves

If you go back through my blogs (or is a regular follower), you may notice that for some strange reason I have a peculiar interest in historic graves and cemeteries.  I used to work very close to the South End Cemetery and placed a Geocache there so I visited it quite often to check up on the container.  Since changing jobs a year ago I haven't been back that often but stopped by last week and took a stroll through it with my camera again.  The one thing that always get to me is seeing graves of infants which is unfortunately something a bit more common dating from the 1800's than it is today.  I tried cutting out the names on the stone from the picture but just had to snap this pic.  
 
The South End Cemetery came into existence in 1882.  At that stage each of the other cemeteries in town had been for a specific church or religion, while South End was meant for (just about) everybody.  A simple fourfold division between Church of England, Nonconformist, Roman Catholic, and Muslim was adopted and this spatial pattern was retained in subsequent cemetery planning until the 1990s when the cemetery was full.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Kini Bay seen from Lauries Bay

Lauries Bay is a collection of cottages - or shacks as the owners call them - on private land along Port Elizabeth's Wild Side just before Kini Bay.  The only way to get to them is along a private track which only the shack owners have access to or walking along the beach.  I've never been to Lauries Bay before but an ex-boss of the Damselfly invited us out there for a day and I got a chance to explore the area a little bit.  I was very surprised that Kini Bay was actually a lot closer to Lauries Bay than what I always thought.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

View of Uitenhage from Canon Hill

I don't get to go to Uitenhage that often.  Don't always have a reason to go but if I do and have somebody with me who hasn't been there before, I like to stop by Canon Hill to show them the view of the town.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Geocaching in Uitenhage

Port Elizabeth is fortunate to have quite a lot of Geocaches to keep the local cachers, specially newbies, nice and busy.  Uitenhage unfortunately hasn't been that fortunate until recently.  A year ago there were probably only four caches in the town but thanks to cachers like Franmarie and Snuffeltuffies who live there the town now has enough to keep visiting cachers busy for a couple of hours.  We spent a Sunday exploring the town a little bit while picking up the Geocaches along the way.  Here Drama Princess is digging around a garden at the Basuto War Memorial for her next find.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Ironman African Championship video

With Ironman 70.3 taking place in East London this weekend I thought it to be appropriate to post this awesome promotional video that has been put together for this year's Ironman African Championship here in Port Elizabeth.  I can see there is a bit of confusion out there,  Yes, Ironman South Africa is now known as Ironman African Championship and is one of only five championship level events in the world.  It means more prestige, more entries and more international focus on Port Elizabeth.  A win win all around.  Now if we can only get them to drop this stupid fish farm plan so that the city can continue to host international watersport events like this.  

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Croc on the beach at Lauries Bay

The wild Croc is not endemic to the Eastern Cape so I was very surprised to find one basking in the sun and taking a rest between the rocks at Lauries Bay on the Wildside.  It wasn't threatening at all so I got nice and close to get a photo before leaving him alone.  He probably would have left at the next high tide.