Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Someone with a brilliant eye and lateral thinking ability spotted the potential for one to become a reclining woman, and painted a white dotty bikini on her. She brought a smile to many of us as we spotted her lying around on the grass when we drove past, but her lonely state obviously bothered someone. Because when I drove past recently, I saw that a boyfriend in swimming trunks had been added, standing behind her, and to celebrate, she was wearing a new brightly coloured bikini.
Well it appears the pair wasted no time in starting a family, because when I went past last week, a child in a pink bikini and a dog had appeared! The dog is particularly delightful, sporting a set of high heeled shoes!
(Funnily enough, we bought a painting from a well known local artist a while ago, featuring a dog with skinny legs, wearing high heeled shoes.........mmmmmmmmm...... I must remember to ask her if there's a connection here?)
Saturday, March 29, 2008
The glamour of jets - we love them.
This picture was taken at the Port Elizabeth Air Show in October 2006. The Black Widow as she is called, is the only flying Mirage III CZ in the world. The Mirage IIIC, a single-seat interceptor, first flew in October 1960 and was used in French Air Force until 1988. It was exported to South Africa and designated the Mirage IIICZ.
Friday, March 28, 2008
This is Trinity House, and it is about 30 years newer than 7 Castle Hill, having been built around 1858. It was recently bought by Amanda and Karl Wellmann, who have done a wonderful job of lovingly restoring it, and turning it into a guesthouse.
Here you can see one of the bedrooms, furnished to suit the old house, complete with chamber pot covered with lace cloth at the foot of one bed! The plaster on the end wall was removed to expose the original thick stone structure of the cottage walls.
What makes it interesting is that it has remained in the same family for 3 generations, until it was reluctantly sold by Miss Billson, who was no longer able to cope with its upkeep. The house was bought by her grandfather, and she was born there early in the last Century. She was the guest of honour last night for the opening of the guesthouse, and graciously allowed me to take her photo in one of the newly renovated bedrooms.
Naturally it was an emotional evening for her as she relived so many memories of her life in this home, but the warmth and care of the new owners is some comfort, at least it is going to be treated with the respect it deserves.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Saturday, March 22, 2008
Friday, March 21, 2008
This is one of a pair of navigational beacons which guide ships safely into our harbour. At full height, the flats would block the view of it and render it useless to shipping. This week, after much legal wrangling, the court ruled that the beacon cannot be moved or raised, and that the development must be halted permanently.
In an area of steep narrow streets and very limited parking, high density housing is going to cause huge infrastructure problems, and large modern blocks are out of keeping with the style of the area, apart from the fact that they block everyone's views of the bay. So this is a real victory for those who want to retain the unique historic character of the area.
There is still another large hurdle to jump, as a 14 story block is already being advertised, but again whoever passed it in Council is not going unchallenged, so let's hope for a similar favourable result to that one!
Thursday, March 20, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Saturday, March 15, 2008
Friday, March 14, 2008
Thursday, March 13, 2008
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Tuesday, March 11, 2008
During the 12th and 13th centuries, Prester John was believed to be the ruler of a vast and powerful empire in the interior of Asia. From the 14th to the 16th century, he was believed to be the king of Abyssinia (now Ethiopia) in northeast Africa.
In 1165 a letter supposedly written by Prester John, describing his country as a land of natural riches, marvels, peace and justice was given to the Byzantine emperor and to the Holy Roman emperor Frederick Barbarossa. It told of a magical kingdom in the East that was in danger of being overrun by infidels and barbarians.
Thus began the quest for the wealth of Prester John.
It was his reputation that helped drive explorers to find the sea route to India. King John II of Portugal specifically instructed the expeditions of his time to discover this fabulous kingdom. The legend endured until the 18th century and died after the Scottish explorer James Bruce had travelled through Ethiopia.
The legend of Prester John profoundly affected the geographical knowledge of Europe by stimulating interest in foreign lands and sparking expeditions outside of Europe, which is what this statue is all about.
Monday, March 10, 2008
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Saturday, March 8, 2008
This yacht was abandoned by its owners some years ago, as they decided they were not cut out for the sea, after an arduous journey from Europe. Shortly after arriving in Port Elizabeth they jumped ship and flew back to home. It has been left to "rot" in the harbour and has become a nesting place for seagulls - apparently it will take a lot of work and a miracle to get it habitable again. Local fishermen affectionately refer to it as the "pirate ship".
To the left of the yacht you can see the red brick structure of the Campanile, which was built as a monument to the 1820 Settlers
Friday, March 7, 2008
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
St Georges Park is very quiet in the early hours of the morning, but is a hive of activity on cricket days. We will be featuring some more of the many attractions of the Park in the next few posts
Monday, March 3, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Saturday, March 1, 2008
The retaining wall of the Grand Hotel, on Whites Road, has a delightful mural depicting the Jazz Cafe inside. Sadly, the damp in the wall means it is deteriorating fast, so we are lucky to catch it while we still can. We featured another section of this mural in a previous post.
Many others around the world are participating in this theme, so to see more fascinating street art, do pop in and pay them a visit.
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