14 September 2013

Walking in Swellendam (2)

Hello everyone.   It has been a while since my last post.  Mossel Bay is cold, rainy and windy today and the perfect weather to stay inside.  So time to write a post and then catch up on my blog reading as well.
Mossel Bay (14 Sep 2013)
I still need to write posts about some of the places we visited:
  •  More about walking in my hometown George in January;
  •  Our visit to Stellenbosch in March;
  •  A visit to Oudtshoorn in August; and
  •  A post or two about the Company Gardens in Cape Town from my visit in 2009
But before I can start with all those places, one more post about the beautiful Swellendam. We loved walking around in the town.  We were looking for the buildings on the map we received from the tourism office but we also saw other pretty houses along the way.
BIBLIOTHECA READING ROOM & MARTIN VERSVELD GARDEN
We walked in Moolman Street to see the three Heritage Houses when we found this building with its beautiful garden.  A sign in front of the building said "Bibliotheca Reading room & Martin Versveld Garden".  Unfortunately I could not find any information about it.

LA SOSTA GUEST HOUSE - 145 VOORTREK STREET
La Sosta is one of the beautiful thatch houses in Swellendam built in the late 19th century.

MICHELLE   34 ANDREW WHYTE STREET

This house, named Michelle, was built in 1919.  On the corner of the grounds is an old slate milestone from 1843.  Before the railway was built in 1897 post carts used these milestones when delivering mail. My photo of it is too blurry to post.

THE COTTAGE - 5 VOORTREK STREET
The Cottage is another pretty thatched house.  It was built in 1832.

SCHOONE OORDT  - 1 SWELLENGREBELSTREET
I loved this building.   After church on Sunday I made H walk with me to get a photo.  The house was built in 1853 but was later Victorianized with the addition of a double-storey cast iron verandah.      

KERKPLEIN / CHURCH SQUARE
We also passed Church square on Sunday.  In the past the square was used as a market.  People also used it as outspan for horses and carts when attending church.

DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH
The beautiful Dutch Reformed Church built in 1911. (Read more here)

MEMORIAL TO THE CORONATION OF KING GEORGE V
This memorial, across the street from the church, was interesting. It is a simple stone with a lamp to commemorate the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911.

HOEK'S GARAGE
I could not find any information about this building but now houses a few shops.  One of them is a souvenirs shop named Penny Lane. It was closed when we passed on Sunday but I will definitely go shopping on our next visit.

We had a great weekend in Swellendam.  We enjoyed our stay at Flametree, had some great meals like and enjoyed exploring the historic town.


2 comments:

  1. I know the feeling. Haven't had a lot of time to blog lately and end up doing short posts for PEDP and very little on Firefly. Looking forward to some of your future posts. Specially Stellenbosch.

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    1. I am trying to find my blogging rhythm again. Stellenbosch has so many beautiful old buildings. Will write about them soon.

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