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
Tags: dogs, history, life, Overberg, photographs, photography, river, south africa, Stanford, street, village life, walkswithkerneels, walkswithmydog, wildlife
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
Categories: Walks with Kerneels
Tags: birding, dogs, history, life, Overberg, photographs, photography, river, south africa, Stanford, village life, walkswithkerneels, walkswithmydog, wildlife
Kerneels and I were both somewhat tired today! But my intention of taking a shorter route fell by the wayside when I decided to go down the steep river bank to where there is a jetty that one could sit on and let your feet hang in the water. But alas, the jetty was partly under water and we couldn’t get on it. We then followed the path along the river bank towards the village and on our way we had to cross a wooden bridge which was a new experience for Kerneels. At first he was very reluctant. He didn’t trust the thing at all! Only when I called him did he come to me, very carefully! Then back home through a beautiful milkwood forest. Up the hill across the playground where two hadidahs were looking for something to eat and only one little boy, Tinus, the youngest son of our neighbours, Gys and Nonnie de Bondt, was on the swings. He so enjoyed being pushed on the swing that when his caretaker, Mitch (I think that’s what he said his name was) said it was time to go, young Tinus did not want to get off. He still wanted to swing! As Kerneels and I almost reached our house, I looked back and there were Tinus and Mitch also coming down the road on their way home.
Beautiful bluegum trees along the way
A very tired Kerneels!
He’s such a handsome fella, our Kerneels!
The view from hillside across the river to the Kleinrivier mountains
The little path down the hill towards the river
The jetty now partly under water
One of the houses with the most beautiful vistas of river, farmland and mountains… not to mention the teeming birdlife.
Kerneels did not trust that wooden walkway at all!
Reeds down at the river
Sunlight streaming through the reeds
And back again across this thing
Hmmm, I don’t like this thing, Mom!
The path through the milkwood forest
The head stone of one Samuel Spandiel which inscription reads: He has now found a new heaven and earth.
The old “coloured” cemetery (yes, in those days apartheid even followed one to the grave!)
Mitch pushing young Tinus de Bondt on the swing.
Tinus with the ever watchful Mitch at hand
young Tinus de Bondt
No way did he want to go home yet
A beautiful paperbark thorn tree (Vachellia sieberiana) along our street.
Mitch and Tinus on their way home, too, hand-in-hand
Tinus and Mitch.
Categories: Walks with Kerneels
Tags: dogs, kleinrivier, life, Overberg, photographs, photography, river, south africa, Stanford, street, village life, walkswithkerneels, walkswithmydog, water, wildlife
Over the weekend of 16/17 June our beloved Great Dane, Anna, fell ill and died on Monday, the 18th. After Anna’s death, Kerneels, her canine mate, refused to lift his leg in our own garden, so I had to take him out on walks three, four times per day. And he’s a fast walker that one! So, each day now I have to fit in a few kilometres of “walking the dog” and decided to take my camera with on our walks and capture some of the scenes and people of our beautiful village. And just so you know… Kerneels, normally a handsome dog, with ears alert and tail curled and bushy, hates having his photo taken! Then he gets this dejected, feeling sorry for himself, look!
19 July 2018: Today, Kerneels and I, again took a different route for our daily walk. Down the dirt road at the end of our street and up the hill to the village and down Caledon Street to the river and then with Vlei Street back up the hill to our street and back home. Caledon Street was once called Piet Street, because of all the people called Piet living there… there were Piet Maree the policeman, Piet Barends, Pietie Skoenmakertjie (the shoemaker), Pietie Appel, Piet Dempers, Piet Sheriff, Piet du Toit, Piet Bek, Piet Titus and his son Piet…
Although a grey cloudy kind of day, all along the streets there are definite signs and smells of spring advancing rapidly now – jasmine, arum lilies, moon flowers, blue felicia’s… Birds are changing into their breeding feathers and colours… the pin-tailed whydah’s tail feathers are growing and he’s already fighting his own reflection in the side mirrors of cars! 🙂
Villagers are out walking their dogs and children on skateboards are doing amazing stunts in the streets.
It was a long walk… and we were both quite exhausted when we finally arrived home.
Blue gum trees lining the dirt road.
Bontebok in a field next to the new cemetery
My eldest son, Thys Basson and their Bella.
I love blue gum trees… their coloured bark and the sound of the wind through their leaves.
Aloes are flowering all over Stanford.
The first blossoms appearing… spring is near!
Canine friends along the way…
Fresh flowers on the grave of a young woman who had been brutally murdered a few years ago in Hermanus.
At last a decent photo of Kerneels!
Kerneels “kissing” young Burton Dreyer
Young Burton Dreyer
Meisie, Elzane and Shwaan were playing amongst the trees while a family member’s grave has been dug.
Shelton and George busy digging the late Susan Present’s grave
Linda and the young ones… Meisie, Elzane and Burton
Morning glory bud
A patch of arum lilies along the wandelpad
The dirt road at the end of our street…
Caledon Street… or what once was called Piet Street.
Wagtail on a roof
Wagtail and jasmine…
A rose in a friend’s front garden
A rose in a friend’s front garden
Pointsettia… Karlienblom flowering in Caledon Street
Young girls enjoying a walk down to the river…
Kerneels’s first time at the river… somehow we never got to do the river walk before with both him and Anna
Beautiful bluegum tree
Dr John Fürsman
Dr John Fürsman also out on a walk with his two doggies
A beautiful willow tree at the entrance to Vlei street
Coming out on our side of the village across the bridge in Queen Vic street we met Elsa Gebhardt and Allan Youens and their dexter. Allan kindly offered to hold Kerneels while I was trying to take photos of the skateboarder.
This young man was so fast that I could not even properly take aim… he just zipped past in a flash… and a car came speeding past also… so I just shot and thought to myself, whatever comes out, will sure be a fun photo! And it is!
Looks like an alien ship doing some very low flying…
At last I got a decent picture of the young man!
Swings in the kiddies play park…
Pin-tailed Whydah high up in willow tree… see the little tail feathers are starting to grow!!
Bluegum trees lining the new cemetery
Dust from passing cars…
Categories: Walks with Kerneels
Tags: birding, dogs, life, Overberg, photographs, photography, river, south africa, Stanford, street, village life, walkswithmydog, wildlife
A river runs through Stanford – the Kleinrivier. And although not literally through the village proper, it does course along the outskirt of the town to the mountainside. Along the footpaths on the river banks arum lilies and nasturtiums are in bloom almost right through the year. I love the various scenes and moods of the river – the mist in the early morning, the golden glow at sunset, the sound of birds in the trees and the reeds, the ripples made by the water fowl in the water, the occasional otter swimming in the river, children and people swimming, boats… The late Johan de Villiers once shared that they were standing with friends Sakkie and Susan Swart on the banks of the “mighty Rhein” (according to the tour guide) in Germany, when someone asked Sakkie where he was from. His response was immediate, “From Stanford, on the banks of the mighty Kleinrivier.” And yes, our river might be called “klein” (small), but is indeed mighty when in flood…