Wonderland

As mentioned in the previous posting our village (Napier, Western Cape, South Africa) has talent. There are many initiatives to bring different communities/cultures (‘heritage’ of Apartheids syndrome’) together. One of these is the annual production of a theatre play. Two years ago it was ‘Cinderella; last year ‘Peter Pan’ and recently ‘Wonderland’ (based on Alice …

Living Apart Together

A few days ago I published my first online book review for the blog of bookshop Hemingways of Hermanus (a literary ‘attraction’ in Hermanus, South Africa). You will see it below the photo gallery. The same review on the FB-page Read any good books lately experienced an overwhelming number of responses. Although this blog is first and …

Gone but not forgotten ….

Another Weekly Photo Challenge with a wide interpretation. Jan Christiaan Smuts statue in the Company Gardens in central Cape Town reminds me to one of the greatest South Africans of all times (his funeral attracted more people than that of Nelson Mandela and if his party would have gained a majority with the elections of …

A stroll through both sides of the village

The first day of this month I had a stroll through both sides of the village with good friend and colleague Annalize Mouton. ‘Both sides’ I mention because 20 years after ‘Apartheid’ there are still barriers between the different cultures. Anyway Annalize published an extensive report on her blog ‘Portrait of a village‘. The stroll was …

Crossing the Barrier

20 Odd years after ‘apartheid’ there are still some barriers to overcome in South Africa. This village (Stanford, Western Cape) 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 …

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 …

Weekly Challenge: Adventure

This Week’s Photo Challenge is ‘Adventure‘: For me an ‘adventure’ is discovering off-the-beaten-tracks in our own area; in this case in The Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa. This road leads into, what I call, The Forgotten Valley; commonly known as Tesselaarsdal. This valley is named after the first Dutch settler (17th/18th-century) Johannes …

The learning curve

Education is extremely important; always has been. Active knowledge of 1 or two extra languages eases you to travel and experience the bigger world. Unfortunately not all people are able to get the education they deserve; partly by a lack of a good and broad accessible education system (= politics) and partly children/students are not …