Monday, September 1, 2014

St Georges

Today is the 1st of September and we are celebrating Spring Day.  Not that winter is over by a long shot but the season is turning and signs of spring is starting to appear all over the show.  I was hoping to post some flowers in celebration of spring but unfortunately had non on hand.  I'm driving back from Johannesburg after the Getaway Show and never thought of uploading a flower picture before leaving.  I do have this picture of St Georges Park in front of the Pearson Conservatory for you instead. 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Looking South from the Campanile

The view south from the top of the Campanile. 
The Port Elizabeth Harbour is in the foreground on the left with the PE beachfront off in the distance.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Enjoying the Donkin

The Donkin Reserve seen from the top of the lighthouse as the St Dominic Priory kids I was on tour with walk across the park to have their lunches.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Pasella walking the Sacramento Trail with Abel Kraamsaal

As you know I like to post a video on a Friday and this week I found a Pasella clip on YouTube I Haven't posted on the blog yet.  Can't believe I forgot about this one as I was involved behind the scenes in helping to organize it.  The insert featured Port Elizabeth based Afrikaans singer Abel Kraamsaal.  Pasella took Abel for a walk on the Sacramento Trail and the two guides that took them tell the viewers more about the shipwreck, Khoisan middens and different kinds of plants found along the way.  Along the way Abel composes a song about the Sacramento which he sings at the end.  Well worth a watch.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Commemorating the Settlers

I often wonder how many Port Elizabethans have climbed the Campanile as adults (not counting going up there as kids on a school outing).  I for one can put my hand up as I do it at least once or twice a year.  Last week I went up with the St Dominic Priory grade 6 classes.  The Campanile was completed in 1922 to commemorate 100 years since the landing of the British Settlers in 1820.  It was built on the landing beach where the Settlers first put foot on African soil.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wind turbine at sunrise

I got an email from one of the PE Daily Photo followers, Yolande Gerard-de Vinck, a day or so ago with a photo she took at 06:00 on Saturday 16 August.  She just said that it is towards Addo and the first windmill in the area so I'm not sure if its the Coega turbine or possibly one that is already up at the Grassridge wind farm.  Never the less its a beautiful shot.  If only I got up early enough to snap pics like this.   

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Checking out the light

The Donkin Reserve always produce a new photo when I visit.  On my last visit I climbed to the top of the lighthouse with a group of kids from St Dominic Priory and snapped this photo through the windows of one of the girls having a closer look at the light.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Pearson Conservatory in St Georges Park

I have always said (and will always say) that St Georges Park has the potential to be Port Elizabeth's own Central Park.  Somewhere locals can go to relax and take part in activities.  Pity most people don't go there because of the preconception that its a dangerous place.  I snapped this picture of the Pearson Conservatory on a visit to the park with the St Dominic Priory grade 6's and gave it a slight HDR touchup to enhance it.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Color Run in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabethans came out in their thousands today to take part in the happiest 5k run on the planet.  The Color Run came to Port Elizabeth for a second time (the first in 2013 was actually the first in South Africa) and the locals were hell bent to have fun come rain or shine... well mostly rain.  BUT and I have to say but, they didn't allow the rain to spoil their day.  In actual fact it only helped to make everybody even dirtier.  Good clean fun.  Excuse the pun.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Priory City Tour 2014

Every year I take the St Dominic Priory grade 6 classes on a tour of Port Elizabeth and have so much fun teaching them a little more about the city's history.  Yesterday we headed out in the howling wind but didn't allow the weather gods to put us off.  Four hours later we had gone for a walk through St Georges Park, visited Fort Frederick, climbed the 204 steps up (and back down) the Campanile, quietly made our way around the Public Library, ascended the Donkin Lighthouse and made a stop at the Sacramento cannon in Schoenmakerskop.  Its really a fun and practical way to teach the kids the history while not boring them classroom style.  Its always a pleasure taking them out as the group's discipline is impeccable year after year.  Here the teachers are getting them lined in front of Fort Frederick for a group photo.