Last weekend while on the beach I noticed this line of clouds moving over Port Elizabeth. If I didn't know better I would have thought it was a cold front coming in, but these clouds were moving away and this was the back of it. Was rather striking...
Sunday, April 30, 2017
Saturday, April 29, 2017
Friday, April 28, 2017
This week's Video Friday post is another of Renaldo Gouws' aerial drone videos, this time of what is probably Port Elizabeth's most special beach. Sardinia Bay. Enough said.
Thursday, April 27, 2017
Probably the biggest maritime disaster that ever took place on the Port Elizabeth coastline happened way back during the Great Gale of 1902. On Sunday, 31 August 1902 there were 38 ships at anchor along the then North End Beach. Rain and a south-easterly wind started to lash the bay and by midnight the storm turned into a hurricane. By the end of the storm on 2 September 1902, 18 of the ships had been stranded on the beach, while the rest all had major damage. The dead were buried in the South End Cemetery and thousands lined the route to the cemetery as the funeral processions went by with surviving ship-mates carrying the coffins of those that died during the storm. A memorial stands in the South End Cemetery with all the names of those who died during the storm.
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
There is a fun little Afrikaans rhyme that starts with "Oupa en Ouma sit op die stoep..." (Grandpa and Grandma sit on the porch) and it was this rhyme that popped into my mind on Sunday when I saw this elderly couple sitting on the rocks at the beach.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
I took a walk through St George's Park a week or so ago and along the way I wondered how many people actually know how old St George's Park is.
St George's Park was laid out and opened on 6 August 1861 to commemorate the visit of Prince Alfred, second son of Queen Victoria, to Port Elizabeth exactly one year earlier.
Flags and streamers were flying in every direction, all shops were shut, people dressed in holiday attire, and expectation stood on tiptoe. By a sort of instinct the Market Square (now Vuyisile Mini Square) seemed to be the centre of attraction. Here the naval brigade all dressed in blue and white stood mustered under Captain Chapman and Lieut. Wheatland. The worshipful concillors in ‘tails and gloves’ began to assemble at the Town Hall and looked most grave and dignified. Presently the band struck up and matched smartly down Main Street (now Govan Mbeki Avenue) and up Donkin Street past the Scotch Church. The concillors then proceeded to the Hill and by the time the brigade had reached the spot, a good crowd of people had assembled to witness the ceremony of planting the first tree in the newly-named St Georges Park. A fellow townsman, Mr Birt, had presented the Mayor with a young oak and this was to be the tree.
The Mayor, Mr William Smith, then explained to the assembled crowd the purpose of the meeting, after which he called upon Mr Pearson, the originator of the idea, to address those present. In brief, it was to the effect that for some time a public playground had been needed in Port Elizabeth and that the Mayor was about to plant the first tree in what it had been decided to name ‘Prince Alfred’s Grove’. In later years when people would assemble in St Georges Park they would point to the Prince’s Grove and say; ‘for that and for this spacious playground we are indebted to the foresight and kindness of a former Municipal body who commemorated the first anniversary of a Royal Prince’s visit in inaugurating for the comfort, health, and recreation of their fellow-townsmen for all time these shady walks and extensive beautifully laid-out grounds.’ After this, champagne was produced and amid a volley of popping corks and several repartees, healths innumerable were drunk, and success to St. Georges Park and to the Prince’s Grove pledged over and over again.
-- Port Elizabeth in Bygone Days written by JJ Redgrave and published in 1947.
Monday, April 24, 2017
While we were on the beach yesterday and Miggie and her friend were swimming, my 15 year old son chose to rather dig holes and build sand castles. Perhaps we should all take a break every now and then and build sand castles.
Sunday, April 23, 2017
When we were small one of our favorite places to go on a Sunday afternoon was "The Rock". The Rock refers to the rock below Something Good with the gap through which the waves wash into the little natural tidal pool. Today we spent a couple of hours on the beach and Miggie and her friend Dinky had a great time leaping off the rocks into the swimming hole.
For some reason I forgot my camera at home but luckily I had my phone.
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Friday, April 21, 2017
Last week's Video Friday post was one by Renaldo Gouws showing off Shark Rock Pier and surrounds. This week I'm sharing his video with drone footage of the Maitlands area. We really are fortunate to have such beautiful coastal areas around Port Elizabeth and it's great seeing it from another angle in Renaldo's videos.
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Behind the South End Cemetery is an old footbridge over the narrow gauge railway line which most people probably have never seen. It's not really something significant but I know of it because I have a Geocache hidden there. I went to check up on it the other day after the recent fire and snapped this pic.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
A weekend or two ago we went for a photo shoot in St Georges Park. No, I don't mean I went to take photos in St Georges. In February the Damselfly gave me a voucher for a couples shoot with Champayne Creations for Valentines Day and we were in St Georges to have our photos taken. I'm not one who always like photos being taken of me, especially posed ones, but Lundi did an amazing job and the pics look stunning. I did take my camera along to get a couple of snaps myself though.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
I stopped by the South End Cemetery last week to check up on my Geocaches in the area and took a slow drive around the cemetery. It's really sad to see how much vandalism has taken place in the cemetery. Pity the municipality can't put aside a bit of budget to restore a lot of these pushed over and broken historic grave stones. Anyhow, I was looking for an interesting angle to photograph and settled on this one, converted to sepia.
Monday, April 17, 2017
It was Splash Festival time again this Easter weekend and after a bit of a damp squib on Friday, the rest of the weekend turned out rather nicely. I spent some time at Splash as part of the Luister FM outside broadcast on Sunday and was quite impressed with the amount of people around. When the wresting started the crowd watching was a bit thin but it quickly grew when Kurt Darren did a performance between two of the early bouts.
Other than the normal two stages with entertainment along with all the stalls, this year had some action packed water and beach sports activities as well with jet ski racing, beach volleyball and beach rugby.
Sunday, April 16, 2017
Over the past week the South African Indoor Cricket junior championships took place in Port Elizabeth and Miggie was in the under 10 EP Elephants side taking part in the tournament. It's been close to 8 months of preparations and the team did not disappoint. They came through the round robin rounds undefeated although they gave the coach, parents and supporters a few very stressful moments and took on Boland in the final. After all the stress of close results during the week, the team put in a clinical performance and convincingly beat the Boland team to grab gold and be crowned the SA u10 champions.
To put a cherry on the cake for us, Miggie was selected to the SA Junior Girls team while three of the boys made the u10 SA team. The team also has a non travelling reserve in the boys team and the other two girls in the team were also selected as non travelling reserves for the girls team. We really are so proud of her for this fantastic achievement being included as a 12 year old in a junior team along with 14, 16 and 17 year old girls.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
I was very excited when I saw that Renaldo Gouws had uploaded some drone footage on YouTube again. Renaldo may be best known for his political and social comment videos, but his drone videos truly are exceptional. He has upload three which I will be sharing with you on Video Friday over the next three weeks. The first one features Shark Rock Pier and surroundings. Makes me wish I had the budget to get myself a toy like this as well. Enjoy.
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Bluewater Bay Beach stretching away towards the Coega Harbour hidden somewhere in the haze on the horizon. I made a quick stop to snap a picture or two while on my way elsewhere but have to make a plan to return some time soon for a walk along the beach. The beach is great for land based whale watching as the whales are often spotted not very far behind the surf line.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Monday, April 10, 2017
The Animal Welfare Society on Victoria Drive truly needs all the help it can get with so many people who care for animals it is also clear that there are even more who don't really care for animals. Outside the Animal Welfare building stands a statue and I wonder how many people notice it or know who it is. It is the the figure of St Francis, the patron saint of animals and the environment. A fitting place for him to bestow his blessings on.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Friday, April 7, 2017
I found this clip by Hurricane Productions on YouTube this morning and I see I have commented on it so there is a chance that I have shared it before. But even if I have, it's worth sharing again. The drone footage of Port Elizabeth is among some of the most stunning I have seen and really shows off this beautiful city we live in.
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
This is what Kings Beach looks like on a grey and dreary day. Empty. This week is going to be different though with the 2017 LSA Surf Nipper National Championships taking place at Kings Beach here in Port Elizabeth from tomorrow till Saturday.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Life has been hectic and everything is coming in the way of blogging. Or more importantly, taking photos for the blog. I'm just not finding time to get out there with my camera and has been snapping pics with my phone to keep going.But like I said, life gets in the way. Work, family, kids sport, trying to find time to just relax. To tell the truth, I've even considered taking a break from blogging, but then one looses part of your audience and I have worked too long and hard to build it up. The next few weeks aren't going to be much different with Miggie playing at the Indoor Cricket SA junior champs here in PE next week before I head to Cape Town for the World Travel Market. At the moment Miggie's mind is just on cricket and she literally waits for me with bat and ball in hand to get home so we can go and practice in the street.
Monday, April 3, 2017
The Shipwreck Hall in the Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld has some excellent information on shipwrecks around Port Elizabeth. The displays contain a lot of artifacts salvaged from wrecks like the Sacramento, Amsterdam and Doddington. One of the items that form the centerpiece display is a cannon salvaged from the wreck site of the Portuguese galleon Sacramento near Schoenmakerskop in the 1970's. The Sacramento ran aground in a storm on this coastline in 1647 with 72 survivors making it to land before staring their 1400km walk to present day Maputo.
Saturday, April 1, 2017
We've been having beautiful skies around Port Elizabeth over the last week or so with tonight's sunset being a particular stunning one from what I see on Facebook. Unfortunately I'm in Cape Town at the annual Cape Getaway Show so wasn't able to photograph it. I did photograph this beautiful sky scene the other day while watching Miggie play netball.