Thursday, October 30, 2014

New beachfront wall

The retaining wall all the beachfront walkway between McArthurs Pool and Humewood Beach have had a complete renovation and makeover after it was found to have some structural problems that have developed over time.  The work was finally completed a couple of weeks ago and the walkway is now fully accessible once again.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sour fig or Ghaukum

Carpobrotus deliciosus (sour fig, perdevy, ghaukum, ghounavy ) is a fairly well know sight in this area.  They have purple, pink or white flowers, almost straight, green leaves and sweet fruits that make excellent sour fig preserve.  They grows on sand dunes and in rocky grassland along the southern and eastern coast of South Africa from Riversdale in the Western Cape through the Eastern Cape to KwaZulu-Natal.  This one was photographed in The Island Nature Reserve west of Port Elizabeth.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wave shower at Humewood

A couple of beachgoers enjoying the rough seas at Humewood Beach with the waves crashing over the rocks

Monday, October 27, 2014

Kings Beach flea market

Every Sunday the walkway next to Marine Drive at Kings Beach get turned into the Kings Beach Fleamarket.  The market is a mixture of hand made goods, African craft and curious and fong kong sunglasses, bags, wallets and clothing.  The perfect spot for a Sunday morning walk and a bit of shopping. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Coffee with a back to front view

 On Friday I attended a tourism marketing workshop at the Beach Hotel and afterwards a couple of us went for coffee at The Verandah.  I was sitting with my back to the beach but still had a nice reflective view of Shark Rock Pier.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kings Beach sun chair feature

The whole Kings Beach development has added more than just a lake to the beachfront landscape.  It also includes a number of features like this sun chair on the walkway.  Great to utilise if you want to snap a couple of pics of your loved ones. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Singing the South African National Anthem at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium is getting the reputation of being one of the best stadiums in the country when it comes to singing the South African National Anthem before a rugby test match.  In 2011 before the All Blacks test we (and I say we as in Port Elizabethans) knocked over the proverbial cricket middle stump with a rendition of the anthem that is still talked about and followed it up with another cracker during the England test in 2012.  This week's Friday video goes back to that England test on 23 June 2012 with Coleske leading the way and the Springboks and their supporters carrying it through.  I specially like the fact that the broadcasters used some footage of the Great Flag on the Donkin Reserve as part of the anthem's broadcast.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Bushbuck Trail Beacon

 

On my recent hike on the Bushbuck Trail in The Island Nature Reserve our turning point was a trig beacon near the western side of the reserve.  There wasn't much around the trig beacon except for the coastal bush to make a good photo out of it but I took one anyway.
 
I climbed to the top to have a look at the surrounding view and decided to take a shadow selfie with me and the trig beacon. Somewhat weird? Probably.  But don't judge me, selfies are the in thing nowadays.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Red Windmill - Then and Now

 
There was a time when the Port Elizabeth beachfront had some real iconic roadhouses.  Places like the Red Windmill, Something Good, Cashbah and Palm Beach (Flat Rocks).  Three of these are no more with the new Something Good still being there although slightly more advanced these days.  The Red Windmill Roadhouse used to be at Hobie Beach and is remembered for the neon lighting instructed you to “flick your lights for service”.  With the development of the area the roadhouse became an burger and ice cream shop with the same name situated below Barneys at the beachfront Boardwalk (not to be mistaken with the Boardwalk Complex).  These days its not even called The Red Windmill anymore with the name having changed not too long ago.
 
Although the roadhouse isn't there anymore, there is a still a Red Windmill standing close to its original spot.  These days its part of the Pro Dive Dive Centre but is still seen by everybody driving down Marine Drive.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Spending the day eating in you pj's

Zebras will always be a favorite sighting on any game drive and even better if you get to see them up close like we did at Kragga Kamma Game Park recently.