What an interesting walk we had today! We took a different route through the bottom part of Die Skema, then around the Willem Appeldam, and through the village back home.
As we turned the corner, a few metres from our house, there was a lot of commotion. A burst water pipe which was being fixed.
There’s new life sprouting everywhere… bare branches are shooting new leaves, many trees and plants are flowering. The coral or flame trees, Erythrina, make a beautiful display with their flame red or bright orange flowers on bare branches against the blue skies. I am ever so thankful for every beautiful tree in the village and those that are newly planted. When the town was laid out in 1857, a hundred oak trees were planted, and some of them are still standing.
Kerneels and I are making new friends along the way. A day or so ago we met Charly and his human mom, Doris. They settled in the village almost two years ago and own a deli in Hermanus. Like Kerneels, Charly is also a rescue dog. He has a beautiful, and even bushier tail than our Kerneels.
In Die Skema, we today met little Gemia and her friend Sentino. Also Gemia’s father, Christiaan and some of his friends. It is Gemia’s birthday today and she turned four. We sang to her! What stunning little kids! (It’s also the birthday today of our own granddaughter Kara who turned fourteen! How time flies!)
I had to laugh at some of the dogs in the Skema… Many roam the streets freely, and would bark “fiercely” at passers-by, in this case, Kerneels and I, but the moment I pointed my camera at them, they made a beeline for their own homes!
On the village green the children’s soccer team were practising. After a cup of tea at Thys and Johette (my son and his wife), we headed home. As we passed one house in Church Street, I heard strange bird sounds, and tried to see where it was coming from. As I looked up into what looked like a completely bare tree, much to my surprise, there was a hadidah in her nest feeding her three little chicks!
Further down, in De Bruyn street, we walked past two joggers. One stopped and introduced himself, Richard Opperman, whom we had passed by earlier on. He has the most amazing story! A cancer survivor, he and his wife and children came to Stanford a year and a half ago, changed their whole lifestyle and after first starting to walk regularly, Richard is now running!
Again I say: how blessed are we!!!!!
Kerneels meeting Charly
Charly and his human mom, Doris
Melanie Lourens and Gerry Fourie walking, later jogging
Leonie on her balcony
View across the old cemetery
Entrance to the old cemetery
De Bruyn Street where a burst pipe had to be dug open and fixed
Trees, tress, beautiful trees!
And more blue gum trees
Four-year old Sentino
Birthday girl, Gemia.
Gemia, her father, Christiaan, and friend, Sentino
Gemia and Sentino
At first fiercely barking, but when I pointed the camera onto them they turned into timid dogs who went straight home!
View of the Kleinrivier mountains across the Willem Appeldam
Richard Opperman stopped to have a chat with some of the men on their way home.
Angels in the window at Angel’s Cottage
Bugler’s Cottage… Bugler’s Cottage is so called because Mr Swart, the man who brought the post from Hermanus, lived here. When he crossed the bridge over the Klein River with his horse buggy, he used to blow his bugle to alert the villagers that the post was coming. Swart was slightly crippled and thus known as Hans Hinkepink. Note the low door height, as well as generally low height of this dwelling. The thatch roof is original to the simple cottage style of the late 1800s.
This is the oldest church in Stanford and was built around 1880. The Moore family carved some of the pews and the pulpit and the material for the thatch roof came from the surrounding area. In 1892 the Bishop of Cape Town gave permission that weddings could be performed in the chapel. The church did not have a resident minister and was served by the Anglican minister from Caledon. One of the most touching traditions takes place early morning on Easter Sunday, when the congregation walks singing through the streets of Stanford to put flowers on the graves of loved ones.
This building next to the St Thomas church served as the St Thomas Mission School. By 1914 the school had two classrooms and more space was needed. In 1939 the school was moved to the present site of Die Bron Primary School in Stanford South. The building was still used as two classrooms until 1983.
Steps leading to the “solder” (attic).
Jamie and Lenie walking down Short Market Street.
Walking past this house with jasmine growing in tubs and now flowering the air is heavy with the scent of the flowers!
Soccer on the village green.
Coral tree in bloom
Hadida feeding her chicks in her nest high up in an old oak tree.
Jogging with his dog.
Richard Opperman running
Categories: Walks with Kerneels
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I’m so amazed at all there is to see and capture in an hour’s walk through only a small part of the village! Today’s walk was a longish one, as I decided to also run by the shop. It was a beautiful sunshiny day with blue skies, albeit still a bit cold. Birds were singing and out feeding almost the whole time & the villagers were out walking their dogs. Workers after the days labour were either waiting for their lifts home, or walking home… some like my friend Nolithemba Nosihle, has quite a long walk to her home at Die Kop, the informal settlement just outside the village.
My eldest son Thys and their Bella again walked half of the way with me, much to my relieve, as he sometimes held Kerneels so that I had both hands free to hold my camera!
I feel so blessed to be able to live in this beautiful village with its many amazing people. Enjoy!
Flower of coral tree or lucky bean tree (Erythrina lysistemon).
Bella and her ever-present pink ball. She walks all the way with that ball in her mouth!
Polyboroides typus (African harrier-hawk, Gymnogene). Kaalwangvalk [Afrikaans] flying over the village green.
Bella waiting for her ball to be thrown
Young men out on the village green with their dogs.
Young girls crossing the village green.
Nolithemba Nosihle and friends on their way home to Die Kop… the informal settlement outside the village.
The lovely sandstone building of the St Thomas Anglican church on the one corner of the village green.
This couple and their sheepdogs walked past the village green and we again found them on the river bank.
Beautiful willow tree on the village green.
Sam Erasmus on his way home after the day’s work.
Different fence, different doggie guarding
And still another one
Yes, that’s a very good resemblance of the dog that lives here… Abbraxis
The same couple with their sheep dogs
Barry and Angelica on a walk to the shop
Beautiful bottle brush (Callistemon) flowering in a garden on the river bank.
Thys relieving his mother of her load… Most of my photography on the walks happen with “one hand”.
Head of a kudu on the wall of Stanford Trading Store’s stoep… the house of artist Cobus van Niekerk … once the town’s Post Office.
Artis and interior designer Cobus van Niekerk’s house’s stoep
Detail of a bench on another stoep.
Cape robin-chat (Cossypha caffra)
Southern double-collared sunbird or lesser double-collared sunbird.
Bunch of bananas on a tree in a garden.
Hobbs and his parents on their way home.
Beautiful red VW Beetle!
A rose along the way
Kerneels is just like a child… he would walk free for a bit, and then come to me for a pat on the head… just making sure I’m still there and still loves him and everything is ok! I remember my children doing the same when they were little… they would play in the garden and then quickly just come into the house to where I was working for some reassuring mothering!
Blossoms now almost everywhere
Southern double-collared sunbird or lesser double-collared sunbird
Waiting for their lift home after a day’s work on a building site
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On 11 March 2015 I was very fortunate to meet a great great granddaughter of both Sir Robert Stanford and the very well-known Rev Andrew Murray. Colleen Ballenden, who spent the night at The Kleine River’s Valey house, once the farmhouse of her great great grandfather, is the daughter of the late Eric Stanford, son of Harley Daly Maurice Stanford, grandson of Sir Robert Stanford. Colleen still lives on their family farm, Stanford Farm, between Haenertsburg and Magoebaskoof in Limpopo Province.
Harley was born in England on the 3rd of June 1869. He came to the Cape as a child with his parents, John Frederick and Fanny Elizabeth Stanford, but was educated at Dulwich College near London. He was a tax collector in the Pilansberg area and then Haenertsburg from 1911-1924. His nickname, Intabalen, meant “the one to be looked up to” because he was usually on horseback. He was also one of the first people to own a Buick.
Harley was 72 when he died of a heart attack while fishing on his own lake on the 8th of January 1941.
Colleen Ballenden, great great granddaughter of Sir Robert Stanford in front of the original entrance to the Stanford farmhouse on what was then known as The Kleine River’s Valey farm.
Colleen Ballenden, great great granddaughter of Sir Robert Stanford, in front of the original entrance to the Stanford farmhouse on what was then known as The Kleine River’s Valey farm with the present owner, Irene Tomlinson.
Me, Annalize Mouton and Colleen Ballenden
Stanford family gathering at the farmhouse of Harley Stanford in Limpopo Province
Harley Daly Maurice Stanford, grandson of Sir Robert Stanford, with his Buick.
Harley Daly Maurice Stanford, grandson of Sir Robert Stanford was born in France on the 2nd of July 1871.
Harley Stanford, grandson of Sir Robert Stanford, fishing in the lake on his farm, Stanford’s Lake, in Limpopo province.
Eric Stanford, great grandson of Sir Robert Stanford, and his wife Andree, neé Murray and their children. Joan, Colleen and Gavin.
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