Saturday, February 18, 2017

A beach cleanup on Kings Beach

We spent the day at MacArthur Baths and I spotted this group of kids busy with a beach cleanup on King's Beach.  Well done guys on doing your part to keep our coastline clean and beautiful.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Promoting the Boardwalk AND Port Elizabeth

I was looking for a video to post for today's Video Friday post and found this stunning video by Sun International promoting the Boardwalk Hotel and Casino complex.  More importantly, they are promoting Port Elizabeth along with the Boardwalk.  Whoever commissioned this video and worked on the project gets that everybody has to be a destination marketer as much as a product marketer as visitors first select a destination before they choose at which establishment they want to stay.  Well done Sun International on a brilliant video.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Finding bracket fungus while out caching

On my way home this afternoon I stopped to pick up a few Geocaches and at one of the cache locations on Kragga Kamma Road I found this very distinctive bracket fungus growing on the back of the tree.  

Polypores are a group of fungi that form fruiting bodies with pores or tubes on the underside and is also called bracket or shelf fungi.  Their woody fruiting bodies are called conks and they inhabit tree trunks or branches consuming the wood.  They are the most important agents of wood decay and play a very significant role in nutrient cycling and carbon dioxide production of forest ecosystems.  Over one thousand polypore species have been described to science although a large part of the diversity is still unknown.  I have seen a lot of different types of bracket fungus ranging from bright orange to brown, yellow, cream and white, but this is the first time I've seen this specific one with the black on top.  A find for me just as significant as the Geocache located below them.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Little Miss Cricket

 
Today's post is a more personal one.  Why? Because I can and I feel like bragging a bit.

When your daughter's idols are Kagiso Rabada, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers and Imran Tahir then you know she's a cricket fan.  The difference from other girls who are just cricket fans though is that mine has a set of pads, gloves, a helmet and two bats (one for outdoor cricket and one for indoor cricket) lying around her room along with her girly stuff.  When her favorite shirt is her Lighting Legends Indoor Cricket team shirt then you know I have a cricketer on my hands.  

Miggie has been playing cricket since grade one and at 11 (nearly 12) she's mixing it up with the boys in the Newton Park Primary School's under 13 team.  She's also started playing for DF Malherbe High School's Girls Cricket First team (under 19) along with playing in the Indoor Cricket junior league.  In the photo she's bowling in the game between DF Malherbe and Linkside High School this week where she took 2 for 8 in her 4 overs, taking her tally to 5 wickets in three games.  To say I'm a proud dad is an understatement. 

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

The Untitled Woman on the Donkin Reserve

Standing at the top of the Donkin Reserve stands a lone woman on a pedestal holding a chair while looking across the square.  She is one of the art pieces which is part of Route 67 and is the work of well known artist Anton Momberg.  Do you know what she represents?  Take a guess.  I will come back tomorrow to place the answer as part of this post below.

Monday, February 13, 2017

The Donkin Mosaic

Isn't the 470 square meter mosaic on the Donkin Reserve just the most awesome piece of mosaic art in the city?  The piece represents the multi-cultural, the heritages, the diverse histories and the abundant fauna and flora that characterises the city and province.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The UFO has landed

One of the Route 67 art pieces that gets the most discussion by visitors is artist Mxolisi Dolla Sapeta's bird-like statue.  The Fish-Bird looks like a UFO that has landed and visitors would be excused if they looked around for little green men running around.  The Fish-Bird represents the fish in Algoa bay and the birds up on the Donkin Reserve and has returning back to the Donkin to take ownership of this transforming site.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Memorials in the Donkin Memorial Garden

Visitors to the Donkin Reserve will notice a number of memorials located next to the lighthouse building in a memorial garden made up of spekboom and euphorbia.  This section of the Donkin Reserve has been dedicated to the memory of municipal councilors who have died while serving the city.  The garden was unveiled to remember 52 (at the time of unveiling) councilors from different political backgrounds who died while in office and who's deaths range from illness to car accidents and even assassination.

Friday, February 10, 2017

NMMU mass line dance - 2013

I came across this video of a mass line dance that was done at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University on 21 February 2013.  Don't know how I haven't seen it before, but I just have to share it with you for today's Video Friday post.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

A Mandela quote for today

The time for healing of the wounds has come,
The moment to bridge the chasm that divides us has come,
The time to build is upon us.

These words were spoken by Nelson Mandela in 1994 and is on display along Route 67 on the Donkin Reserve.  Words which are as appropriate today as it was back in 1994.