Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
If you do the walk wear a pair of good shoes and take some water with you, because it can get very hot in the Valley. These days it is advisable to go in a crowd as there have been muggings in the Valley. I was delighted to see that the Baakens Valley Trust also arranges organised walks down the Guinea Fowl Trail.
We are really fortunate to have this piece wilderness in our city, with the indigenous bush and wildlife. We have seen duiker, hares, francolin and guinea fowl in the Third Avenue dip. You may also come across rock rabbits and tortoises on the walk. And just to remind you that you are in Africa, you may even come across a puff adder.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Today's picture, taken at the intersection of Circular Drive and the Kragga Kamma Road, does not show the greenbelt, but rather the redeveopment of the bridge and the road that was damaged during the floods, in August 2006. As there was no place to pull over I did a composite of two photographs shot while we were waiting at the traffic light.
As the city expands and new suburbs are developed, there will inevitably be more runoff, when it rains, which will make its way into the local rivers and streams, with spectacular results. What so many people seem to forget far too quickly is that the seemingly "innocent" little streams in South Africa can turn into raging torrents in no time at all, sweeping everything away in their path. The house in the background was built after the floods and could well be flooded when the Baakens River next bursts its banks.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
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Saturday, July 19, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
An outing of a group of artists to the Algoa Bay Yacht Club yesterday yielded all sorts of interesting subjects (for painting and photography!) Duncan Stewart was drawn (hehe) to the view of Free Spirit getting some t.l.c. on the dry dock.
And dry dock is perhaps a fitting way to lead into the significance of this day.... because our loved and highly respected past President, Nelson Mandela, turns 90 today. He may be in dry dock now, retired and needing a bit more t.l.c. than he is used to, but he has done so much in his 90 years to improve the lives of others that a bit of time to enjoy his family is well deserved.
From Nelson Mandela Bay, which proudly bears the name of such a worthy and iconic human being, we wish you all the best ..... HAPPY BIRTHDAY MADIBA!
So many words of wisdom have come from Madiba over the years, but my favourite quotation, and one which is as apt today as it was when he uttered it is :
"For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."
Thursday, July 17, 2008
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
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Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
But now it is closed off, and, with the co-operation of business owners in the street, is being turned into a one way street with ample parking, wide pavements with sidewalk cafes, beefed up security and a pleasant atmosphere... YAY!
Thursday, July 10, 2008
I love this street corner in Parliament Street.... because it has so many interesting elements, like your classic corner store, or the very acute angled corner building in the background, and the view of the sea peeping over the horizon.
And if you stand and look down the street to the left, you get a stunning view across Russell Road to the graveyard, and the historic old NG Church in Richmond Hill...... a scene I painted recently.
I had a phonecall from an artist friend this morning, apparently her neighbour got an e-mail from a friend in UK who is a regular reader of this blog, and who was surprised to spot my friend in one of our recent photos, attending a pastel demonstration. Small world! Just goes to show, if you are out and about in PE, make sure you are having a good hair day and are not with anyone you shouldn't be with, because you never know when there are bloggers lurking with their cameras! hehe.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Monday, July 7, 2008
Sunday, July 6, 2008
With all the upgrading that has taken place in the City Centre it is now well lit up and one feels quite safe going there at night.
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Friday, July 4, 2008
Recently it has literally been falling apart, and one of the lead sheets from the tower fell off and nearly hit a child on the street. Thus galvanised into action, the owner Mr Denton is finally doing something about it. After years of going through the motions, and making and breaking promises, the sketicism of many locals is not unfounded, but let's hope something really does come of it this time.
Thursday, July 3, 2008
This is another well loved art gallery in town, Montage Gallery in Main Road, Walmer. There is always a fabulous selection of art by respected local artists, and they do framing too.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Perhaps they should have added "please refrain from throwing eggs or other messy fluids on this sign!"
We were too late to register for the monthly theme, but there will be many City Daily Photo Blogs around the world showing their "no...." signs today, so pop in and visit, the more organised members of the community will be able to link you to those participating! You MUST visit Elise in Hungary, I want a sign like that for our park across the road!