Friday, April 18, 2014

Stopping at the dunes

This is post #5 in this week's Sundays River Ferry series.

A trip on the Sundays River Ferry is made up of two parts.  The actual cruise and stopping at the sand dunes to climb to the top.  Its difficult to decide which one of the two is my favorite part of the trip but I do have to mention that I was getting over bronchitis last time I went down the river with them and I still huffed and puffed up the dune with my tight chest....

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Looking down the Sundays River

This is post #4 in this week's Sundays River Ferry series.

After cruising upstream to the Mackay Bridge the cruise heads downstream towards the river mouth to climb the dunes.  The river flows in a northerly direction with the villages of Cannonville and Colchester on the left hand side before turning east and seaward at Pearson Park.  Looking down the river you can see the sand dunes waiting with the ocean beyond.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Captain Les in control

Today is post #3 in this week's series on the Sundays River Ferry.
"Permission to come on board Captain?"  Who would answer this question when you want to get onto the Sundays River Ferry?  Darn, suddenly I want to sing... "Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?"  This answer may be Sponge Bob Square-pants but that of the former would be Les Kingma.  Les and partner Maggie Mann are the folk behind the Sundays River Ferry with Les expertly steering the ferry up and down the river and who's also the first to take off his shoes to climb the dunes at the downstream turning spot.  If Maggie isn't busy with guests at their guesthouse in Cannonville then she'll join the cruise as tour guide, expertly entertaining guests and pointing out birds and other interesting facts along the cruise.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In our wake

This is the second post in this week's series about cruising on the Sundays River Ferry in Colchester.  The cruise from the jetty first takes one upstream to the historic Mackay Bridge before heading downstream towards the Sundays River Mouth.  Along the way you can see many of the different bird species found in the area, monkeys, jumping fish (like we did on this trip) and if you're lucky perhaps even a water monitor.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Boarding the Sundays River Ferry

These days marketing a destination is all about experiencing that destination rather than just going there.  One of my favorite experiences around Port Elizabeth is cruising on the Sundays River Ferry and even though I have done some posts on it before, I have decided to do a series about it this week.  The photos used in the series were taken on a cruise I got to go on after a Addo Tourism meeting at Dungbeetle River Lodge a week or so ago.  We start off the series with the passengers boarding the ferry at Dungbeetle's jetty.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Surfing with dolphines

Driving back to the office from a meeting at the university I decided to stop at Pipe to see if there were any surfers out there.  There weren't that many but those who were out catching a wave was joined by a couple dolphins swimming past.  I bet a rookie surfer's heart would skip a beat if he had to spot a dolphin's fin behind a wave for the first time.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Egyptian Geese at Kings Beach

There is nothing as cute as a mother duck, or in this case an Egyptian Goose, swimming or walking along with a couple of babies in tow.  That was the case at the Kings Beach lake until babies started to turn into messy teenagers...  This is not a negative post, just one making fun with the geese and what they leave behind them.

Friday, April 11, 2014

76 Youth uprising art piece

Following Route 67 up from Market Square towards the Donkin Reserve visitors would see a very interesting art piece just past St Mary's Cathedral.  The 76 Youth piece was the result of a workshop collaboration and is a statement about the '76 generation and represents the spiritual journey undertaken by those who fought against oppression, specially those involved in the uprisings in the late 60's and 70's.  

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The old Gamtoos Bridge

Today's post is slightly outside the borders of Nelson Mandela Bay, but the Gamtoos area is very much part of the metro even if its only through close association.  When the first Dutch trekboers got to the Gamtoos River in the latter part of the 1700's, they had to move upstream to find a suitable spot to cross the river.  Later a pontoon was used roughly where the Gamtoos Ferry Hotel is today.  There was a call for a causeway to be erected and the present bridge on the old road was decided on.  The bridge was completed and opened on the 3rd December 1895 at a cost of £20,000.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flashback - Palm Beach Roadhouse

I love getting emails from followers of PE Daily Photo and The Firefly Photo Files, but it gets even better when I get mails like the one sent to me by Socratis "Socks" who was the last owner of the Palm Beach Roadhouse at Flat Rocks.  He has sent me some pictures of the roadhouse to post and said he's got a couple of old newspaper clippings that he will scan and send me some time as well.
Ahhhhh, the good ol' days of old fashioned roadhouses on the beachfront.  Today this site is cleared and only occupied by a parking area.

Do you have any good memories of the Palm Beach Roadhouse?