17 March 2017

Garden Route Botanical Garden

One of our favourite places to visit in George is the garden Route Botanical Garden.  Both my husband and I love taking photos.  This garden is a great place for photography.

The Garden was officially opened in 1998.  The garden is laid out with paths, benches and lots of picnic places.  There is also a tea garden but we have not yet visited it.

The paths go around the dam. The dam was established in 1811 when George was founded and was the town’s first water supply.  Some of the original furrows can still be found in the garden.


We love to just stroll around the garden with our cameras.  There is a wide variety to photograph… flower, plants, insects and birds to name only a few.  Here are a few of my favourite photos from the garden.
Garden Route Botanical Gardens

Garden Route Botanical Gardens

Garden Route Botanical Gardens

Garden Route Botanical Gardens

Garden Route Botanical Gardens

Garden Route Botanical Gardens




USEFUL INFORMATION:
Garden Route Botanical Garden
Address:                       49 Caledon Street, George, South Africa
Website:                       www.botanicalgarden.org.za
Phone no:                     +27 44 874 1558
Visiting Hours:             September - April:             07:00 – 19:00
                                    May - August:                     07:30 – 18:00
Entrance Fee:              R10 per person

(Not a sponsored post)

03 March 2017

Dias Museum Complex

I live in Mossel Bay. The town is next to the ocean and it is a very popular vacation destination during summer.  From mid December to early January it is very busy and we try to stay away from the shops and tourist places during the day.

So when things started to calm down after New Year I decided to take my 2.5 year old son (JW) to visit the Dias Museum Complex.  My last visit to the museum was in 2012 when I went during my lunch hour.  This time we arrived at about 10:00 and spend about 90 minutes at the museum.  (There was still more to see but after 90 minutes my son was getting tired and we went home)

The entrance fee is R 20 for an adult to visit the museum or R 40 to visit the museum and go onto the replica of the carvel.  Children are divided in 2 categories.  There was no fee for JW.  (I think children start to pay from 6 years and older)
Dias Museum

Dias Museum

Entrance fees are paid in the Granary and we then walked through the building to the rest of the museum complex.  JW immediately stated walking on the paths of the Ethno- Botanical Gardens.  But the paths were more interesting than the plants.
Dias Museum


We then walked to the Post Office Tree.  The Milkwood tree is considered to be over 500 years old.  The Portuguese navigator Da Nova found a message in, or under a tree near the watering place in 1501 and this may well be the same tree.
Dias Museum

Next  was the Shell Museum.  This building was erected in 1902 next to the Post Office Tree as an extension to the old mill and was mainly used as a store. In later years Mr. Joe Shirley used the building for his plumbing business, after which it became known as the “Shirley Building”. 

The lower level of the building has tanks with fish and other sea creatures.  JW rushed from tank to tank to see all the fish.  The upper level houses a collection of shells.  The big shells got a “wow” from JW but then he went back to the fish. 

And then it was time for the main attraction.  We walked to the Maritime Museum to see the replica of the Dias Caravel.  The building was originally erected in 1901 to serve as a grain and sawmill. It has now been adapted to serve as a unique Maritime Museum. JW was very excited.  He was on the boat while I was still taking out the ticket.  We spent the next 20 minutes walking/running from one side to the other of the caravel.  Pulling on the ropes, looking into every hole, ringing the bell and climbing every ladder.  I had to keep up to make sure he did not damage something or hurt himself.



Eventually we got of the caravel and bought a drink at the curios shop.  Our last stop for the day was the water spring.  Dias named the fresh-water spring "Aguada de São Bras" (watering place of St Blaize).  The spring still flows today and there were some ducks with ducklings in the dam. 


I could see JW was getting tired and decided to leave the Munro cottages and Malay graves for another visit.


USEFUL INFORMATION:
Dias Museum Complex
Address:                       1 Market Street, Mossel Bay, South Africa
Website:                       www.diasmuseum.co.za
Phone no:                     +27 44 691 1067
Fax no:                         +27 44 691 1915
Visiting Hours:          Monday – Friday:          09:00 – 16:45
                                        Weekends:                        09:00 – 15:45

(Not a sponsored post)


20 February 2017

Outeniqua Transport Museum & 5 Years of blogging

Today is this blogs 5th birthday.

After a lot of debating with myself I published my first post on Monday 20 February 2012.  The post was about a visit to the Outeniqua Transport Museum in George.  

For the first two years I posted regularly…about 10 times a month on average.  Then in 2014 my husband got sick and our son was born and only 14 posts were written in the last 3 years.  This year I am trying to get back to regular post.  My goal is one post every 2 weeks. 

This is my 5th post for the year.  Let’s see if I can keep it going for the whole year.

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On 16 December 2016 I visited the Outeniqua Transport Museum with my husband H and our 2-year old son JW.  I did not realize that it was 5 years since our last visit to this museum or that a post about the museum will be perfect on the 5th anniversary of my first post.





H loves old trains and he passed this love to our son. Both were very excited for the visit.  As soon as we got out of the car H was already taking photo’s and JW was running around.

The main attraction of the museum is steam locomotives and coaches. Most are open and you can climb inside.  JW loved this.  He wanted to touch everything and pull on every lever.  But he never stood still long enough for a good photo.




There is also a model train room. It is operated separate from the museum.  The owners were busy inside and let us in.  There are a lot of model bridges and buildings from the Garden Route. 




We bought some drinks from the small coffee shop and sat on a bench to drink.  Other exhibits in the museum include vintage cars, pictures of trains and boats and lots more transport items.


We spend about 1.5 – 2 hours at the museum.  I did not get time to read a lot of the information because I had to keep my eyes on JW.  It was a lovely outing and we will go again soon.


USEFUL INFORMATION:
Outeniqua Transport Museum



Website:
Adress:
2 Mission Road, George
Phone no:
+27 44 801 8289
Visiting Hours:
Monday – Friday 
08:00 – 16:30

Saturday          
08:00 – 14:00

Sunday
Closed
Entrance Fee:
Adults
R 20

Children under 12
R 10

Children under 6
free

(Not a sponsored post)


17 February 2017

Prince Albert - Dutch Reformed Church

Prince Albert has a lovely Dutch Reformed Church. It is one of those buildings that had to photograph every time we drove or walked pass.
Prins Albert NG Kerk

The corner stone was laid on 1 October 1860 and the church was completed in 1865 with the bell and clock, both imported from London, installed in 1878. During the Boer War the British forces used the church tower as a look-out. The corners of the wall surrounding the church and the spikes on the fence have been designed to match the church building.

As usual in South Africa, the church was locked and we could not go inside.
Prins Albert NG Kerk

Prins Albert NG Kerk

Prins Albert NG Kerk
Church Hall

Prins Albert NG Kerk
Lovely lavender in front of the church

Prins Albert NG Kerk
Corner stone

Prins Albert NG Kerk

03 February 2017

Prince Albert Gable

I started to post about our short trip to Prince Albert in October 2015 but did not finish.  Before visiting Prince Albert we did not know a lot about the town. It was bigger than we expected and there were a lot of old buildings to photograph. 
Prince Albert
Fransie Pienaar Museum
One of our first stops was at the Fransie Pienaar Museum. This was n very interesting museum about the history of the town.  Unfortunately they do not allow photos inside the museum.  My fingers itched to take photos.  There is a small shop in the museum but I was disappointed that they did not postcards or photos about the museum’s collection.

The museum shop did have very interesting small books about the town written by Helena Marincowitz.  We bought two books: “Prince Albert and the Anglo Boer War” and “The Old Gables of Prince Albert”.  This is when we learned about the Prince Albert Gable.

The gable style was brought to South Africa by the settlers from Holland.  Eighteen of Prince Albert’s gable houses, built between 1840 and 1860, survived. According to “The Old Gables of Prince Albert” the gables in Prince Albert is unique. The gable has a “holbol” (concave-convex) outline and is topped with a small round or triangular pediment.

Here are some of the gables we found:
Prince Albert
15 Kerk Street  - Ou Dokters house – 1858
Prince Albert
4 De Beer Street – 1854
Prince Albert
8 De Beer Street – 1860
Prince Albert
12 De Beer Street – 1850
Prince Albert
5 Meiring Street – Akkadisbult – 1860
Prince Albert
88 Kerk Street – 1857
Prince Albert
5 Kerk Street - De Bergkant Lodge – 1858

Prince Albert
5 Kerk Street - De Bergkant Lodge – 1858
Prince Albert
49 Kerk Street – Kuierhuis – 1858
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