Sunday, April 24, 2011

Wedding at Boneyard Beach, Capers Island

Yesterday evening I had the privilege of documenting the marriage of Don and Lochie in the presence of their families on Capers Island, a barrier island off the coast of the Isle of Palms. It was a very memorable occasion as you can see from the first few images posted below. Congratulations and many blessings for your lives together.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

4,500km (+- 3,000 miles) later ..

We are back in Durban after driving a loop down the east coast, back up the west coast and across the country east home to Durban. This was probably the last time we will embark on such an ambitious odyssey, and it was particularly hard on my parents, now in their mid eighties. We have all agreed that next time we will pick a place to stay in a wonderful location offering full board, and venture out on different "mini sorties" from there. Anyway, here are a couple more images of scenes along the way. Here it is, Thursday evening in South Africa - it's hard to imagine that I'll be back at my desk in Charleston on Monday morning - a world away.Fishing boats beached at Paternoster, Western CapeBrightly colored washing drying outside a shanty near Aliwal NorthHerding cattle home for the night in the Drakensberg mountainsOne of many long straight roads that cross the Karoo desert. It would be very hard to keep awake if you were driving aloneSome of the family after lunch at The Vineyard, Cape Town

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Cape Winelands

We moved on from George and are now in Cape Town for a couple of days, staying at Judy's wonderful Bed & Breakfast, Hedge House in Newlands under the mountain. Yesterday everyone was busy doing "stuff" (for Dad that meant watching the big rugby game between the Australians and Cape Province), so Mum and I took a drive to the winelands around Stellenbosch. What beautiful countryside.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Playing catch-up from South Africa

We've had some internet connection challenges for the past few days. It's hard enough to get a cellphone signal in the Wild Coast areas, let alone internet service. Here we are in George for a couple of days, and here are some images that represent some of the places we've traveled through on the trip from Durban - approximately 800 miles of mostly rural roads, littered with goats, sheep, cattle and dogs.The wreck of the Jacaranda, a 2000 ton Greek coaster that ran aground at Qora Mouth in 1971.
Mum and Dad relaxing by the pool at Trennery's Hotel, Qora Mouth, Transkei.Goats by the side of the road.Crossing the Kei River on the local pontoon ferry on the journey south to George.Typical Transkei scenery.Nguni cattle - a unique variety traditionally raised by the Xhosa people in this area.View of the Outeniqua Mountains from Lesley & Trevor's house in George, Eastern Cape.Walking along the Wilderness Beach with my sisters, Lesley and Judy.Famous old rail bridge over the Kaaimans River Mouth, Wilderness. Unfortunately the old steam train that used to use this line is no longer in service. Another casualty of budget cuts.Petal, Grace's cat.