Weekend Greetings from off-the-beaten-track

We live in a small town through which the main road between Cape Town and the Southernmost tip of the African Continent runs. ‘Runs’, indeed for most tourists are racing in high speed mode from one ‘attraction’ to the other. It’s a pity to see people not experiencing the real beauty of a wonderful countryside. Sometimes we think; why not turn left of right into a gravel road and get lost … in a wonderful landscape with ever changing skies throughout the seasons. Yes; one can pick up some of that on the main road but it’s incomparable with the real thing. Our Swiss friends are visiting South Africa virtually every year and although they drive rural pace in the countryside they never got the idea to go into the deep … So we took them out one early morning. Yes, we also did the Southernmost Tip, for that was still on their list, but after the off the beaten track tour they had seen it there within a few minutes; the shipwreck nearby was far more interesting as was the illegal dumpsite of Cape Nature Conservation in a protected nature reservation (sad story), etc. etc. Oh … and we also went to Elim and in Arniston we had lunch in a place virtually all tourists/tour operators have yet to discover….

Pictures all taken 23 March 2017 between 5:30 AM and approx. 2:00 PM and they clearly show the ever changing skies and the effect it has on the photos.

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Weekend Greetings ….

…. and the wish to you for a great Festive Season, a Merry Christmas and a joyful 2014. We’ll be back in 2014.

Below the main image a gallery with some of the published pictures of this year. It’s village life in rural natural pace. Enjoy!

 

Herman & Yvonne

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Humiliation

Except for all the positive things about Stanford there is also a negative side to it all. That’s called local politics and municipal mismanagement. There is a local ‘rate payers society’ or whatever it may be called and except for protecting their own little ‘kingdoms’ the majority of the people of our village don’t have to expect anything from them so it’s useless to spend more words to that subject.

Don’t misunderstand us; we love this village deeply but the municipal management is quite a problem. Primary service delivery (like rubbish collection, water supply etc.) is excellent but there is a severe lack of vision and proper management. In fact there are no building regulations regarding esthetics (despite heritage committee, etc.) so if anybody wants to build a sky scraper … there is no regulation to stop you.

But to keep it closer to the daily life: recently the municipality has been tarring the parking lot of their offices which did not need any tarring at all and some months ago it also tarred a tarred road which was in a superb condition too. We and many other residents are living along gravel roads that are hardly maintained at all. Our road is the second busiest in the village with some heavy truck/trailer movements to and from farms further down the road and it’s full of potholes. We don’t want our road to become a tarred road; we like to keep it rural and well maintained (don’t we and all the others along gravel roads pay municipal rates and taxes?). And erecting a few road narrowings to slow down speedsters is cheaper than tarring a municipal parking lot of 300 square metres..

This morning two funeral limos with ‘human cargo’  tried to manoeuvre very slowly to avoid as many potholes as possible (see picture). The undertaker, seeing us making the pictures, stopped and just said: “This is so humiliating” …. When they drove further in slow cautious pace we could hear the caskets move every time (many times) the limos were unable to avoid a pothole…

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