After visiting the Big Pineapple we drove the last few kilometers to Bathurst.But the GPS we were using kept taking us on small, muddy dirt roads.It felt like we were driving in circles.We found a farmer along the way and he helped us in the right direction.
We drove through Bathurts to the Agricultural Museum.It was unfortunately already closed. We turned back and went to the nest sight on our list: The Toposcope.We had a small map of the area but it did not show street names and we just drove in what we hoped was the right direction.We found found it on a hill outside of the town.
I read about the Bathurst toposcope on our hotel’s website but when my husband asked me I still was not sure.So with the help of wikipedia we learned that it is a marker erected on hill or high places to indicate directions.
This Toposcope marks the spot where the 1820 British Settlers locations allotments were made.The plaques shows detail with the names of groups, the locations and the ships they came with.The original brass plaques were stolen and they were replaced with fiberglass.These replacement plaques have been vandalized and only a few still remain.
The plaque by the Historical monuments Commission reads:
"Close to this site in 1820 Colonel Jacob Cuyler made his camp while supervising the placing of the settlers on their locations. While camped here at the same time Sir Rufane Donkin chose the site for the administrative centre to be named Bathurst. The beacon was erected by Captain W. Bailey as an observing station during his survey of the Eastern Districts, 1855 - 1859."
The Toposcope and Bailey’s Beacon were declared national heritage sites in 1968.
Weather vane on the VGK Church in Carnarvon This photo made me think of a song we used to sing as kids. It is a traditional Afrikaans song about the rooster on top of the church. The words of the song and its translation: Daar’s ‘n hoender wat ‘n eier nie kan lê There is a chicken that cannot lay an egg Daar’s ‘n hoender wat ‘n eier nie kan lê There is a chicken that cannot lay an egg Daar’s ‘n hoender wat ‘n eier nie kan lê There is a chicken that cannot lay an egg Dis die haan wat op die kerktoring staan It’s the rooster standing on the church tower Dis die haan, Dis die haan It’s the rooster, It’s the rooster Dis die haan wat op die kerktoring staan It’s the rooster standing on the church tower More about all the churches and other buildings we saw in Carnarvon in the next post.
We stayed at the Southern Cross Beach House for the two nights when we visited Plettenberg Bay. The guesthouse is in a Victorian house next to the beach. The owners live on the top floor and the guest rooms are on the ground floor. I was a bit disappointed because the guest rooms do not have a view of the ocean. We booked the big room and it was lovely. We had a king size bed, sitting area with desk and a beautiful bathroom. The bathroom was my favorite part with it’s checkered floor and claw foot bath. But I forgot to take a picture of it. Usually I don’t like to take a bath in strange places but I could not resist. All the windows and doors of the room have wooden blinds that can be closed for privacy. Breakfast was served on the verandah with a beautiful view of the beach. We could choose from cereals, fruit, yogurt and warm breakfast with eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms and toast served with fresh juice, coffee or tea. We enjoyed it a lot.
As a child, a highlight of a trip to Oudtshoorn was to walk over the suspension bridge or “hangbrug” in Afrikaans. So naturally when we visited Oudsthoorn in August 2013, I wanted to walk over the bridge. A bit of history about the suspension bridge: Oudtshoorn developed on both sides of the Grobbelaars River. In 1913 the town council approved the building of a suspension bridge at Church Street. It was constructed by Rowlay and Sons in London and it was completed in 1914. The suspension bridge is 91 meters long with 9 meter high towers at each side. It was declared a National Monument in 1964. H decided to keep his feet on solid ground but I decided to take a walk over the bridge. The bridge is a lot longer than I remember but it was fun. The swing of the bridge while walking was fine except for when a few young men decided to run over the bridge past me making the bridge swing. I will think I need to keep with tradition and walk over the bridge w