Monday, January 23, 2017

Breakfast views on the beachfront

This morning I joined a couple of colleagues for breakfast at Angelo's on the beachfront to celebrate one of their birthdays.  Sitting there watching a couple of dolphins pass by we all just realised again how privileged we are living in this beautiful coastal city where we can sit and have a meal with a view like this. 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Inside Fort Frederick

Fort Frederick sits above the Baakens Valley overlooking the Port Elizabeth Harbour and was built in 1799 by the British Forces to defend the mouth of the Baakens River to prevent a possible landing of French troops to assist the Graaff-Reinet rebels.  The fort was named after Frederick, Duke of York who was the Colonial Secretary at the time.  Ironically the fort never fired a shot in anger although it was defended by eight 12-powder guns.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

A Saturday night institution

I spent my day in the garden mowing the lawn and cleaning my rock garden.  Weeding the garden wasn't that hard because it so dry at the moment that even the weeds are dying.  We seriously need rain.  But my day also meant that I didn't get to go out and take a few pictures for this week's posts which means I really need to get out there tomorrow.  Anyhow, after a hard Saturday's grafting it was time to light the fire for a braai.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Discover Freedom destination video

For a big period of the time that I worked for Nelson Mandela Bay the tagline used by the organisation was "Discover Freedom".  It was a play on words using the link of Nelson Mandela's name and freedom from Apartheid but also referred to the freedom the city offers visitors to choose what they want to do without saying "you have to do this or that", our wide open spaces, wildlife and many attractions.  When I started working there in 2007 this was the destination marketing video that we were using and to be honest, I still enjoy it.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Coega wind turbine

Before all these wind farm that have been going up at Jbay, the Tsitsikamma, Blue Horizon Bay and on the Addo Road there was only one.  The very first wind turbine to be erected in the area was the one close to the N2 in the Coega Industrial Development zone.  One that's still standing all by it's lonesome self.  I took a drive through the IDZ today and decided to snap a pic of it.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Colourful Elegant Grasshopper at Coega

So how high does one jump when you're walking around in the grass looking at the horizon and see movement from the corner of your eye to find about 10 of these colourful Elegant Grasshoppers all around your legs.  In my case pretty high as I did taking some photos with my phone in the Coega area.  Sorry I didn't have my camera to get a better picture though.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Monday, January 16, 2017

Approaching front

I was on the Wild Coast for a meeting this morning and drove back this afternoon with rain just about all the way.  As I was approaching Port Elizabeth there were more clear sky around and coming down the hill towards Colchester and the Sundays River the clouds looked like an approaching front. With my phone mounted on the dash I just pushed the camera button and clicked a pic.  A totally "wrong" picture in anybody's book. Skew horizon, bad light, sun flare, dirty window and wasted space with the road but hey, that's what I got under the circumstances. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

The beacon at Cape Recife

Just inside the bay near the Cape Recife Lighthouse stands a beacon similar to the lolipop beacon at the intersection of Marine Drive and Admiralty Way.  The two beacons date back to before modern navigational technology came into use and showed the way for ships sailing into Algoa Bay.  Ships sailing along the coast from the west had to line up the two beacons before they could turn into the bay.  This ensured that they were well clear of Thunderbolt Reef at the point as well as the reefs inside the bay itself.

Friday, January 13, 2017

A little PE footage from the 60's

While looking around YouTube in search of a video to post for this week's Video Friday post I came across this one featuring video footage from the late 50's and 60's. Not a lot of vintage footage like this around.