Angora Goats has the most peculiar eyes
Friday, July 30, 2010
The main gem in the museum crown must be Reinet House containing the Graaff Reinet Museum. It was formerly a Dutch Reformed Church parsonage and was built in 1812. The museum contain mostly period furniture with two other prominent features being a mill house with a working water wheel and a grape vine planted in 1870.
The Old Residency is situated across the road from Reinet House and was built around 1819. Its a well-preserved example of the early 19th Century Cape Dutch H-shaped house and in addition to period furniture it contains the Jan Felix Lategan Collection of Historical Firearms and the William Roe Photographic Exhibition.
Urquhart House, just behind Reinet House, was built somewhere between 1806 and 1821 and stands on one of the earliest plots transferred into private ownership in Graaff-Reinet. This museums has an extensive collection of Victorian furniture, historic farm implements and a typical peach – pip floor which was popular in the time. The Military History Museum is on the same grounds and contain exhibits of all the wars this area was involved in.
Thursday, July 29, 2010
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Sunday, July 25, 2010
Saturday, July 24, 2010
At the top of Market Street stands the The Victoria Hotel. Built in 1840, the hotel was graced by many of South Africa's legends such as Olive Schreiner and Cecil John Rhodes along with adventurers who passed here en route to the hinterland. The hotel serves as receiption area for the Tuishuise and serves typical Karoo dinners in the Albert dining room.
Friday, July 23, 2010
Thursday, July 22, 2010
For more pictures featuring the sky, visit Skywatch
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
In 1995 efforts started to bring her remains back to South Africa, but it wasn't before 2002 that the French government agreed to repatriated her remains to her homeland. She was finally laid to rest on top of Vergaderingskop overlooking a beautiful section the fertile Gamtoos Valley on Women's Day (9 August 2002). There are still plans to erect a proper monument on the sight as well as a museum in the town.
Monday, July 19, 2010
I am always amazed at the wonders of nature, specially when finding bracket fungus somewhere in a forested area. Bracket fungus plays such an important roll in the forest's circle of life. It helps to decompose wood which get fed back into the soil to add nutrients to it. And of cause it makes for very interesting photographs, specially when its brightly coloured like the ones in the picture.
Sunday, July 18, 2010
I'm not sure who would have been the first person to recognise her, but with a bit of imagination you can see here staring out over the valley with her headpiece and heavy dress as she looked towards the end of her reign.
Saturday, July 17, 2010
Friday, July 16, 2010
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
The skull didn't have it's tusks in, but the holes in which they go was clearly visible. An Elephant's tusks grow continuously at up to 18 cm (7 in) a year. Tusks are mainly used to dig for food and water, to debark trees and to move trees and branches when clearing a path. Interestingly elephants are typically right or left tusked just like people are right or left handed. You will normally find that the preferred tusk will be slightly shorter and less more rounded from the wear and tear. Tusks can be up to 3 meters in length and can weigh nearly 100 kilograms each.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
This ox wagon is on display outside the museum in the Karoo town of Prince Albert.
Some of the decorative granite wagons surrounding the Voortrekker Monument outside Pretoria. The wall consist of 64 ox-wagons which is the number of wagons used to form the laager at the Battle of Blood River.
Another historic ox wagon on display at the Cuyler Manor Museum outside Uitenhage
Lastly, the ox wagon jungle gym at St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth. This pic wasn't initially part of this post and supposed to go onto Port Elizabeth Daily Photo, but fitted in so nicely that I couldn't resist adding it here.
Saturday, July 10, 2010
Friday, July 9, 2010
The Kouga Dam in the Gamtoos River Valley is one of Port Elizabeth's main supply dams. It was the first double-arched dam engineered in South Africa and supplies water to both the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolitan area as well as to the agricultural area in the Gamtoos Valley. This means that when there are water restriction in the city, the farmers in the valley also has to cut back on irrigation.
The Kouga Dam is currently only 36% full and we are really praying for rain to fall in that area to relieve the drought. Click on the following link to see the Kouga Dam overflowing.