Pig’s Snout Magic

Saturday 6 September 2014, I hiked with the Strandveld Hiking Club along the lagoon and up to the magic of Pig’s Snout between Stanford and Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa. Over 20 people from as far as Quebec and even from Cape Town joined the 8 kilometer hike. I’ve been in many forests including nearby Platbos Forest but the Pig’s Snout forest beats them all; foremost I think because of the streams, the varied terrain and the magical waterfalls. It may not be as wide as the Niagara Falls but it’s certainly higher …

Weekly Photo Challenge: Humanity

Humanity begins in your own environment was my first thought when I read about it in the Weekly Photo Challenge in the Daily Post.

20 Odd years after ‘apartheid’ there are still some barriers to overcome in South Africa. I live in Stanford, Western Cape, South Africa. This village is not an exception although the relations between people of different walks of life are relatively good and more on equal base than we experienced in some other places in the ‘Rainbow Nation’. There is still a division between ‘White’ and ‘Non-White’ people and there is also a division between ‘Black’ and ‘Coloured’ people; leaving the tribal/clan divisions of ‘Afro-Africans for what it is for now.

There is a natural barrier between ‘White’ and ‘Non White’ communities and that is the Willem Appel Dam which also borders our street. Sometimes I have a doggy walk into ‘The Scheme’ at the other side. The difference with our side is that there is real street life contrary to sitting behind closed doors and fenced properties. Co-incidentally a post scheduled for 26 September is also partly dedicated to The Scheme (‘coloured’) and ‘Hopland’ (Africans) and I also added some pics from that blog post. Some pictures I published in the past, others are not published or scheduled at all.

Moving your cursor over the pictures will reveal some captions that provide some more background.