Tag Archive: George


Every small town has a certain ambiance when you visit it.    Some of them immediately speak to me and others, well they do not actually speak to me … and I just observe and pass by. However, there are small towns with tons of history dating back hundreds of years.  And then there are churches with unique architecture and some interesting history on the why, what and how it came about.  With its rich history and influences from the Dutch, French and English, who all reigned South Africa at some period in the early years, you can just imagine the different church styles that came about.   Each church structure tells a story.  One can feast on some fascinating stories that at times can be humorous or a bit shocking, this includes that has been set alight by deranged persons and destroyed by fire, and steeples collapsing.  Looking up the history… Read more >


LOOK OUT FOR THOSE GOLDEN OLDIES  Do you like golden oldies with a story?  Then this is just what you were looking for at Mauritz Lammers Antiques.  From crockery brick-a-brac to stately old furniture and much loved books.  Take your time to marvel at all the pieces on display and take some home if you wish.  You just might find something that you like here. A good place to keep you busy on those unexpected rainy days. Where?  On the N2 opposite the Sasol garage Kraaibosch, George.               THE OLD TOLL HOUSE ON THE MONTAGU PASS This is a historic building that was lovingly restored by some local enthusiasts and also the very first toll road in the Garden Route.  On a Saturday morning you can have pancakes and coffee to support a worthy cause. What to see?  Admire the lush green mountainside and… Read more >


Well let’s first start with the word lekker for those who are not familiar with the Afrikaans language.  It can be translated as a lot of things such as great, tasty, nice , scenic, pretty –  it all depends in what sentence it is used – but what I mean with lekker is more the use of pleasurable and relaxing with a scenic view.   There is not one word in the English language that can describe it quite the same. SPOT #1 : EBB AND FLOW (NORTH)  Situated on the northern banks of the Touw river it falls within the Garden Route National Park, but day visitors are welcomed.  You will be rewarded with some shade under old wild fig trees, a demarcated fire pit, clean ablution facilities and a Knysna Loerie (Turaco) or two. Need to know:  Report to reception and pay your day visitor fee.  If you have a… Read more >


7 June 2017 —  I will surely never forget the date.  This is the date when the worst fires ever in history struck the Garden Route area. 8 Junie 2017 — Soos wat ek nou hier sit en skryf elf uur die oggend is dit ‘n vriesende 8°C buite.  Vir ons wêreld is dit koud, baie koud.  Ek sit en my gedagtes dwaal na  die mense wat vanoggend moet gaan kyk wat het hulle oor van hulle lewe – heel moontlik niks. So kom die berigte die een na die ander in.  Die een gesin soek nog na hulle ma wat Alzheimers het.  Hulle weet nie waar sy is nie …  Die honde wat ronddwaal en soek na hulle base en huise …  Mense wat die nag in hulle karre geslaap het met net  die klere aan hulle lyf …  Mense wat angsaanvalle kry …  Eens bekende huise is onherkenbaar… Read more >


The story around the drostdy situated at the roundabout at the top end of York Street goes like this: apparently it was completed in 1815 to provide a residence and office for the first magistrate of George, Adriaan van Kervel.  However, I could not find any confirmation in the history records of the exact date of completion. Then in 1826 when the second magistrate (Van der Riet) and his family was on holiday disaster struck.  Nearly the whole building was destroyed in a fire, but some parts could be saved and it was rebuilt. History states that in 1897 the building was turned into a boarding house and in 1903 it took another change to become the Victoria Hotel which apparently served famous pub lunches. Meanwhile Charles Sayers started a museum in a rented room in Courtney Street. The museum quickly expanded due to generous donations and moved to the Old… Read more >


Autumn must be my favourite time of the year!  I love the rich tones of autumn, the leaves silently falling to the ground and forming a thik carpet and the rustling of the leaves when the dogs walk over it. In South Africa we have a tendency to rake up all the leaves – which my Malawian gardener is very good at by the way – to have a spotless garden in contrast to the European style where you get a leaf wonderland in autumn. Although I am a hardy South African I rather prefer the European image of a picture dotted with beautiful leafs. Winter is slowly creeping in on us.  The days are getting shorter and chillier.  Very soon it will be time to get the fire going in the hearth, tuck in with a glass of red wine and a nice book. —oOO— Autumn is a second… Read more >


Shipwrecks always have some sort of mystical ambiance about them for me. If you are willing to take a more or less 6km round trip eastwards along the beach at Glentana you will reach the mossed skeleton of the floating Port Natal dry dock resting on the beach since 1902. —– oOo —– HISTORY OF THE WRECK: It was stranded after the tow rope from the steamer Baralong parted during a tow operation from Durban to Cape Town. The dock was a Clark Standsfield self-docking design and built at CS Swan & Hunter’s yard at Wallsend (Yard No. 279). It was oredered by the Natal Government for the Harbour Commissioners of the Port of Durban. It was to be the first floating dock introduced into South Africa. The dock was launched on the 6th of October 1902, and it was originally intended that the Dutch Smit Tugs, used to tow… Read more >

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