Thursday, August 27, 2015

Kings Beach cascade

At the one end of the Kings Beach Park's lake is an elevated area from where water cascades down into the lake.  This elevated area have been here as long as I remember.  Long before the redevelopment took place.  When I was small there was a kiddies waterslide and small pool where we often went to swim.  I remember the day so well when we were big enough to leave the kiddies slide behind and go to McArthur Pool's slides for the first time.  That was many many moons ago.  

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Voting Line scenes

The Voting Line must surely be my favorite art piece along Route 67.  I just can't get enough of looking at the figures and every time I'm there it feels like I'm noticing a different feature. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

The lower Baakens River

We've had a fair amount of rain over the last couple of months... Ok, so maybe a bit more than a fair amount of rain.  So much in fact that my backyard has become a swamp with water oozing up between my toes if I walk there barefoot.  Last Thursday night and Friday morning it came down in buckets again with me spending part of the morning standing in that rain on the Donkin Reserve as part of an Amazing Race I organized for Skal.  After the Skal lunch at Colonial Kitchen I headed back to the office and snapped this pic of the lower Baakens River flowing nice and full.

Monday, August 24, 2015

A Journey of Giraffes

Normally people would go to a game reserve to see giraffes but did you know there is a group of 20 giraffes on the Port Elizabeth beachfront? 

What do you call a group or collection of giraffes?

Corps of giraffes
Herd of giraffes
Tower of giraffes
Journey of giraffes

While we are at it.  I bet you didn't know that there are a couple of American states that has laws involving giraffes.

In Atlanta, Georgia, it is illegal to tie a giraffe to a lamp post or a telephone pole.
In Chicago, it is illegal to fish while sitting on a giraffe’s neck. 
In Idaho, you can’t fish while sitting on a giraffe’s back.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

A bit of history of South End

Most people know South End as the area in Port Elizabeth just above the harbour where the main fire station, Humewood Police Station, South End Cemetery and lots of townhouses is.  A lot of younger residence of Port Elizabeth probably don't know the history of the area.

South End used to be a very cosmopolitan community.  People lived happily together in cultural diversity with blacks, whites, coloureds, Indians, Chinese, Jews, Greeks and many others united in their attitude towards family values, faith and morals, despite a diversity of religion, language and race

All of this was crushed when the National Party was elected to power in 1948.  This was the start of the implementation of a set of laws that led to what we know as Apartheid.  One of these laws was the Group Areas Act which required that all non-whites be removed from what was identified as “white only” suburbs.  These removal was carried out by force.  The coloured residents were moved to areas such as Gelvandale, Korsten, and Chetty, the Chinese people to Kabega Park, Indians to Malabar and black people to townships such as New Brighton.  This meant that people had to travel long distances to get to work, school and even church and hospitals.  The buildings that these people lived and worked in were destroyed through the bank with only a few left behind.  Somewhere in the early 80's if I remember correct, they started building townhouses and that is what most of South End is made up of these days.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

South End art sculpture

Most of the art making up Route 67 is located around the Donkin Reserve and the city centre.  There are a couple of installations making up the 67 art pieces of the route that aren't located on the direct walking route though.  One of these is the South End glass sculpture on the island in the parking area next to the South End Museum.  The sculpture commemorates the families that were forcefully removed from the old South End under the Group Areas Act.  The glass sculpture itself represents the old fig tree across Beach Road which survived the surrounding demolishen. 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Escaping big cats

The big cats from the Eastern Cape and surrounding areas just don't want to be contained.  First a couple of cheetahs suddenly appeared in Addo from who knows where, Then a lion escaped from the Karoo National Park and roamed the surrounding countryside for a couple of weeks before being captured.  Well, things happen in threes.  Nomad, one of the Addo males, has answered the call from a female lion in neighboring Schotia Safaris Private Game Reserve and decided to go and check her out.  He was darted by Schotia and escape the holding area before being darted again and being returned to Addo.  Watch this SABC news bulletin about the escapee's big adventure.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The history of St Philips Church in Richmond Hill

I sometimes ask myself, "Self, how many people every wonder about the history of an old building when they drive past it?"  I snapped a picture of St Philips Church in Richmond Hill yesterday and decided to go and see if I can find any information about the church's history and background.  Guess what? I'm going to share what I found with you.
St Philip started as a mission church way back in about 1872 with families, mostly Dutch speaking, who had moved to Port Elizabeth from what is now the Western Cape.  The church started in a wool store in Strand Street before moving to the Mechanic's Institute in Donkin Street before a lack of space took them to the then St Paul's Boys' Schoolroom.  Here they became the responsibility of the Rector of St Paul's with the ministry starting to prosper under a Mr PR Mollett, a teacher, who later became St Philip's first Rector.  An application for land from the Municipal Council was made which was granted under a special Deed of Transfer dated 1883.  This deed vested the property under three Trustees, one of whom was the Mayor of Port Elizabeth and the other two elected by the congregants.  The foundation stone of the present church was laid in May 1883 with the church being dedicated in 1884.  The church has seen many ups and downs, losing numerous parishioners to other parishes when the Group Areas forced removal of families from Central and South End.  The Diocesan authorities expressed the view that the church's closing was inevitable and the last Rector was appointed in 1960.  But guess what?  The church still stands today and still continues doing it's work.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

St Philips Church and Street

The St Philips Anglican Church in St Philips Street, Richmond Hill use to feature quite often on PE Daily Photo after Sue and Max started it as they stay just up the road from it.  I don't get to Richmond Hill that often but had to stop at the church to *cough* look for a Geocache today.  I just had to take a pic or two.  I'll post the other one tomorrow.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

South Boulevard Cafe

I met a friend and colleague for coffee at South Boulevard Café at the South End Museum the other day.  The museum is situated at the intersection of Beach Road, Walmer Boulevard and the Settlers Freeway.  The coffee shop has seating both inside and out on their first floor verandah which gives one a view of the intersection and harbor beyond.  To some people this wouldn't be the best view around yet I actually enjoyed watching life go by while enjoying a cup of coffee.  Its like people watching in a shopping centre.  Oh and did I mention that their food is very delicious and the prices not bad at all? No? Well now I have.