bigbluemeanie

Navigation

Home | Links | .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | Videos | Oxted Paris Cycle Ride | Scarlett | Site notices

About This Site

About
A personal weblog with photographs and comments. Quiet ramblings, quite rambling...

Members

Login | Register | Why?

Search

Advanced Search

Most recent entries

Recent entries with comments

Feeds

Categories

Monthly Archives

Links

Lately listening to


Site Statistics

Site Credits

Africa

Monday, 04 April 2016
Goodbye to Cape Town

image

Saying goodbye to the mountain this morning. It was a lovely hot day despite the cloud wafting over the Eastern side of Table Mountain and Devil’s Peak (left side of photo). As much as I enjoyed the road trip, I am very pleased that I will be back home tomorrow. 

Posted by bigblue on 04/04/2016 at 07:13 PM
Filed under: AfricaSouth Africa • (0) CommentsPermalinkBookmark or Share
Saturday, 02 April 2016
Necking like swans

image

In the shadow of the mountain at Kirstenbosch Gardens.

Posted by bigblue on 02/04/2016 at 03:37 PM
Filed under: AfricaSouth Africa • (0) CommentsPermalinkBookmark or Share
Wednesday, 30 March 2016
The Sun Trolling Again?

image

It seems that whatever country you are in The Sun newspaper writes rubbish. As I understand a tokoloshe is a malevolent being, like a troll. Perhaps the newspaper is trolling their readers?

Posted by bigblue on 30/03/2016 at 09:00 AM
Filed under: AfricaSouth Africa • (0) CommentsPermalinkBookmark or Share
Friday, 18 July 2014
Earth Mother

image
The plaque near this sculpted tree stump reads:

Earth Mother

As a young camphor tree sapling, the tree was toed with barbed wire forming a boundary fence - there are still vestiges of the barbed wire sticking out of from the body.

The sculpture thus symbolically represents the abuse suffered by women and our beautiful earth.

Created by Dina Cormick in 1991.

I think that by “toed” the author of plaque means “tied”, and that “sticking out of from” is a second typo. 

Posted by bigblue on 18/07/2014 at 09:27 PM
Filed under: AfricaSouth Africa • (0) CommentsPermalinkBookmark or Share
Wednesday, 16 July 2014
Phoenix

image
Yesterday we went to see the Gandhi homestead at Inanda (now a museum and educational centre). This is where Gandhi lived for 21 years, where he developed the concept of Satyagraha, where he became politicised, and where he launched a global anti-colonial struggle that shook the British empire.

image

According to our tour guide Gandhi’s original house was torn down at the instigation of agents of the apartheid government in 1985 but was rebuilt after 1994. The steps down to the garden are the original steps.

The building that housed Gandhi’s printing press is now a base for a mobile clinic that serves HIV-positive orphans.

It was an interesting visit. The displays and materials were informative. They explained his influences and also the influence of Gandhi globally. Tribute was also given to two other “sons of Inanda”: John Dube, (founder president of the ANC) and Isaiah Shembe (founder of a religious sect). 

Despite this the museum had an air of neglect. It also felt too parochial and constrained for a person of Gandhi’s stature. Sadly, twenty years after the fall of apartheid this museum doesn’t seem have the attention and resources of those addressing “white” concerns.

Posted by bigblue on 16/07/2014 at 07:21 AM
Filed under: AfricaSouth Africa • (0) CommentsPermalinkBookmark or Share
Tuesday, 15 July 2014
Monkey

image

Now there’s a monkey crossing my path. This is the alpha male; the rest of the troop are somewhat behind.

Posted by bigblue on 15/07/2014 at 07:12 AM
Filed under: AfricaSouth Africa • (0) CommentsPermalinkBookmark or Share
Monday, 14 July 2014
Lovebirds

image

Two of the charming people that I met this past weekend. 

Posted by bigblue on 14/07/2014 at 06:18 PM
Filed under: AfricaSouth Africa • (0) CommentsPermalinkBookmark or Share
Meerkat

image

I observed the meerkat taking turns to be the lookout,  or sentinal. Meerkat are apparently in the mongoose family, but are social and live in large groups, unlike mongeese who are solitary.

Posted by bigblue on 14/07/2014 at 07:38 AM
Filed under: AfricaSouth Africa • (0) CommentsPermalinkBookmark or Share
Page 1 of 8 pages  1 2 3 >  Last ›