Monday, September 22, 2014

Queen Vic

One of my absolute favorite historic buildings is the old Public Library across the road from the City Hall and Market Square.  The building was built in 1901 with the fa├žade constructed in England and shipped to Port Elizabeth in numbered blocks to be reassembled in front of the building.  The statue of Queen Victoria was added in 1903 and completed the picture very nicely. 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Pine Tree Emperor Moth larvae

A Geocaching outing last weekend yielded more than just a cache container.  It also resulted in an inspection and photo session of what turned out to be Pine Tree Emperor Moth larvae or commonly known as a Christmas Caterpillar.  This guy is probably the size of my index finger so I really wouldn''t want them getting into my garden.  In case you wondered where we saw it.  This one was somewhere along the Sardinia Bay road although I've also seen them on the Fynbos Trail at Schoenies.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Campanile clockwork

The Campanile's carillon of 23 bells is the biggest collection of bells in one tower in South Africa.  As one climbs the 203 steps to get to the top you pass the room where the clock's mechanism is in and you can see the clockwork that allows the clocks to play its tune.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Happiness - Penguin video

Libby Sharwood of SAMREC once asked me if I have ever seen anybody look sad while watching a penguin.  One just can't help smiling around them and I though this video by Mauricio Oliveira that I discovered on YouTube is very appropriate to that and ideal for this week's Friday video. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Zuurkop viewsite in Addo

One of the best view sites in the Addo Elephant National Park is from the top of Zuurkop.  Its one of the spots in the park where one is allowed to get out of your car although you still need to be vigilant as its no a fenced area.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

PE<<<Plett arrives at the Boardwalk

This year the second installment of the PE to Plett four day mountain bike team event between Port Elizabeth and Plettenberg Bay took place in reverse and ended at the Boardwalk on the PE beachfront.  The first team arrived at the Boardwalk at about 9:45ish with the last teams struggling in somewhere between 1 and 2pm.  Red Cherry Adventures does an fantastic job organizing this event and I'm sure it will soon start to rival the Cape Epic as one of the top mountain bike team events in South Africa.  

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Kings playing at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium

The Damselfly has no interest in rugby and in a lesser degree neither has Chaos Boy.  Drama Princess on the other hand just loves it and would go to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium for every Kings game if she could.  After missing the last few while out of town, Friday night's Kings vs Bulls game came around and I had to take her to make up for missing the others.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Caching in a storm water pipe

Geocaching takes one to weird and wonderful places.  In this case weird.  George and Jill of George c12 went after a cache located within a storm water pipe in the western suburbs somewhere.  I don't quite want to give it away to muggles but the pipe goes quite far under the intersection and you have to walk a good 20 or 30 meters into it before you find the cache.  That is all I'm saying.  Jill snapped this picture looking back towards the entrance of the pipe.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

The M4 Settlers Freeway

Some know it as the Settlers Freeway and some just call it by its number, the M4 freeway.  But whatever whoever calls it, this is what the freeway cutting between the city and Algoa Bay looks like from the top of the Campanile.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Ships in the Bay in B&W

A couple of ships at anchor in Algoa Bay seen from the top of the Donkin Lighthouse...
in black and white