The whitewashed cottages of the 150-year-old fisherman’s village of Kassiesbaai are the defining image of Arniston/Waenhuiskrans. The village, perched on a dune above the sea, has been declared a national monument in its entirety and is still home to the active fishermen of the area (local guides available). The community runs a craft centre and will arrange traditional meals for groups by appointment. This is a bit of living history not to be missed.
More canola fields and a beautiful sunset! Today I took a slightly different route… via Rooidriffie to Rietpoel and then on the Jongensklip road all the way to Caledon before heading back to Stanford. Different scenes and different lighting altogether…
Spectacular Namaqualand! These photos were taken in August of last year (2015) by Fred Hoffman of Cape Town. From what I have heard the flowers are equally amazing this year. Something I believe everyone should experience once in a lifetime at least.
Namaqualand is a “hard” place to live in most of the time due to the scarceness of water… My great-grandfather and -mother (on my father’s side), Appie Coetzee and his wife, Geesje Myburgh, both grew up in Namaqualand and Appie eventually also became a trekboer like his father. This is also where my grandfather grew up. I could listen to him telling about those years forever!
Fred is on facebook:
Here are some of my own photo-harvest on this memorable day.
“If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower.
To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness,
Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds.” ― Pam Stewart
I don’t think there’s anything on this planet that more trumpets life that the sunflower. For me that’s because of the reason behind its name. Not because it looks like the sun but because it follows the sun. During the course of the day, the head tracks the journey of the sun across the sky. A satellite dish for sunshine. Wherever light is, no matter how weak, these flowers will find it. And that’s such an admirable thing. And such a lesson in life. – Helen Mirren
We’re all golden sunflowers inside.
Someone was sitting in front of a sunflower, watching the sunflower, a cup of sun, and so I tried it too. It was wonderful; I felt the whole universe in the sunflower. That was my experience. Sunflower meditation. A wonderful confidence appeared. You can see the whole universe in a flower. – Shunryu Suzuki
The road to freedom is bordered with sunflowers.
“Does she realize she looks like a sunflower, ready to rain sunlight on all who look down upon her? – Simone Elkeles
“I’ll never even smell the stench of death. You’ve got my feet on the life-path, with your face shining sun-joy all around.” Acts 2:27-28 (Message).