Our little town

Let me take you on a photographic journey through our little town; Napier, Western Cape South Africa. On first sight it looks a bit dull but underneath a lot of activity; a guy who makes working miniature steam engines; a chess board maker a designer jeweller to mention a few and they all have customers from all over the world. I’m not going to introduce all those artisans but just show you around a bit.

Midnight Moon (2 pictures)

There is every now and then a moon hype around the globe. A few days ago it was something as Blood- or Blue Moon. Most pictures I saw were shot at sunset and indeed that affects the colour (yellowish sunset colours). In the Western Cape, South Africa it was merely cloudy during the evening so lots of clouds in front of the moon but not just after midnight; at least not in Napier.

The moon photographed by me was quite normal. what most photographers in this part of the world did not know (seemingly) was that the ‘blue’ and/or ‘blood’ moon was only visible in the Northern Hemisphere. 😉

The Sculpture Garden in Wolvengat

Wolvengat is not on many maps but on Google Maps (apps) you can find this hamlet in the middle of nowhere somewhere between Bredasdorp and Die Dam in the Western Cape. Wolvengat is home to one of the most fore-standing artists of South Africa; Willem Roubaix and his wife Tina. They have their own gallery there plus a sculpture garden with a wide variety of sculptures including a flight simulator.

 

A wonderful museum

I’ve seen many small town museums in South Africa but the one in Genadendal in the Western Cape is one of the better ones, if not; The Best!

Genadendal is neglected by the tourism industry and maybe that’s good; I don’t like ‘tourism traps’ and this oldest mission station (founded in 1738) of the African Continent still breaths as life stood still for a few centuries. Once taken the turn into Genadendal (between Caledon and Greyton in the Western Cape, South Africa) follow the signs to the old village and disappear from the contemporary world in this open air museum. In this living history museum you will find amongst others a working water mill, a blacksmith, woodworker, potter and paper making. In the ‘print museum’ one can discover that printing in the old days was more complicated than a click on the mouse. And there is more like a visit to the Moravian Church, the museum (with 25 exhibition rooms), the herb garden, the honey maker, etc. etc. Oh … and whatt about the oldest fire-engine and oldest pipe-organ of South Africa?

Take a day or so… Genadendal (meaning: ‘Mercy Valley’) is a 90 minutes drive (rural pace) from central Cape Town. Tourists, once escaped the Mother City to the other side of the mountain, tend not to return to Cape Town except to the airport… 😉

An impression in 25 pictures: