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!
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Here are some of my own photo-harvest on this memorable day.