Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Air plant flowers

I think the one thing in my mother's garden that always fascinated me was her air plants.  They used to hang in a rubber tree close to the front gate and once a year these grey spikey looking plants that doesn't grow from the ground got the most beautiful pink and blue flowers.  When my mom sold her house she gave all her air plants to me and I now have them all over my garden.  This time of year they are stunning and it still amazes me how something that doesn't grow from the ground and doesn't get watered regularly can bloom such beautiful flowers. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Election Queue

The pathway winding its way up the Donkin Reserve from the back of the Opera House to the Great Flag wasn't just made like this by accident.  The winding path represents a 1994 election queue winding its way towards the election box.  An addition to the Election Queue path is over 3000 crosses left by youth of the city during the official opening of Route 67 and representing future votes in a democratic South Africa.  This is the Election Queue as seen from the top of the Donkin Lighthouse. 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Rainy day in the Bay

The last couple of months have been a bit on the dry side and after the previous weekend's rain it seems that the weather has suddenly discovered some more moisture to share with us.  Over the last 48 hours we've had some good rains in and around Port Elizabeth with apparently more to come in the next day or so.  I know its not the most exciting picture but here is one I snapped while sitting in wet traffic this morning.  Wet traffic being the type where people forget how to drive, either going like hooligans or driving like grannies (no offense to grannies) and a normal 20 minute drive to work this morning took me an hour. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Looking down Langenhoven

Some people just know CJ Langenhoven Drive as the road that goes beneath The Bridge Shopping Centre, but its also the road that links Newton Park down towards the Korsten and North End area, becoming Kempstone Road at the bottom by Mercantile Hospital.  A caching expedition over the weekend took us to a church just behind Greenacres and this view along with it.  A view looking down Langenhoven.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Saturday coffee at Brioche

We don't often get to go out to coffee shops on a Saturday morning but today was different.  The Damselfly suggested that we stop for coffee at Brioche in Main Road, Walmer and we weren't sorry that we did.  Arriving at the door we found the place "packed to the bleachers" but the staff was friendly and welcoming and we took a seat out on the stoep until a table became available inside.  While we waited I decided to take a walk around to take a picture or two and it wasn't hard to see why they were so full.  The cakes, tarts and breads on the counters looked out of this world.  Once we were seated inside we had a better look at all the breakfasts passing us to other tables and every plate looked mouth watering.  By the time we left Brioche had dethroned our previous favorite coffee shop and I'm sure it won't be long before we return.  Next time our diet will be over and it won't just be the KidZ tucking into breakfast.   

Friday, September 26, 2014

Urban Run 2014

Last Sunday it was time for runners to tackle the city in the annual Urban Run again.  After participating the last two years I missed this one but will definitively be back next year.  Check out this video by the organisers and see for yourself how much fun this event really is.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The woman and the chair

One of the art pieces installed on the Donkin Reserve as part of Route 67 is a woman standing behind a chair.  It’s become quite a popular piece with visitors climbing onto the chair for a photograph with this strange looking woman.  But why do I say strange?  This untitled sculpture by Anton Momberg takes the form of a female figure without any distinct features and clothing.  This leaves her neutral and open for conversation and interpretation rather than being a conceptionally specific piece.  To me it also represents the women of Nelson Mandela Bay right from the early Khoi women who mined salt at Bethelsdorp, the Settler women who arrived on ships with their families in 1820 and Xhosa women who's men fought in the Frontier Wars to modern business women, domestic workers in the kitchens, mothers, sisters and daughters. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

National Braai Day

The 24th of September is National Heritage Day in South Africa and all the different cultures like to braai in one way or another.  Somebody latched onto that and National Braai Day was born on the same day.  This morning I joined my fellow Geocachers on a fun day out at the Van Stadens Wildflower Reserve for a Geocaching Amazing Race followed by a braai.  Unfortunately the weather didn't play along and it rained the whole morning meaning that even though we had a fantastic event most of us were also soaked to the bone.  We decided to head home to a warm bath and a bit of an afternoon nap after the race and had our braai at home.  Happy Heritage and Braai Day. 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Varsity Cup Netball at NMMU

Last night we headed down to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Indoor Sport Centre for the last day of three days of Varsity Cup Netball.  Wow, it really is a spectacle to watch. Fast and furious.  Pity it was so badly promoted which lead to a bad turnout, but those who did come was treated to top notch netball.  Here NMMU Madibaz in blue is playing Tuks in white.

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.