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21 Sep 2020 @ 11:48:11 am
George
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well, almost 2 months now at green fountains just outside port alfred and a mostly windy 2 months it has been , but i guess its that time of the year now so its expected. its a well kept peaceful park with each site having its own private ablution  block consisting of a bath, shower and toilet in quite a fair sized room. hot water is via electric geysers so its never a problem. its very quite here at the moment which suits us fine however its sure to pick up as the year progresses. 

port alfred is a small town , if not for the marina it would be very small however on the onset its a very clean , reasonably well planed and appears to be well maintained, perhaps this municipality  is getting it right . having 2 shopping centres , one in town and the other just outside on the pe side , both offer a pleasant shopping experience. 

the Kowie river, wow its pretty big as rivers go , we have not been able to get out to sea yet due to the weather, the river mouth at the sea has been a little to unsettled for us to navigate so far however the locals have assured me it settles with the weather from next month onwards and should be good to go.
 
we were fortunate to cross paths with and meet up with the legendry flip and tilla, they are here at medolino at the moment, thats a park in the town . what a pleasant  and knowledgeable couple , flip and i definitely talk the same language and tilla makes the best bread ever. the 4 of us went exploring  up the kowie river in the boat last week and got approx 15kms up river and turned before we ran aground to come back, tilla packs a mean picnic basket aswell. will be meeting up with them again during this coming week.

well thats port alfred for now, will be going to pe next month , going to do a recce of the parks there and pick one for our next stop.

no worries mate
george
two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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21 Sep 2020 @ 12:41:59 pm
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bathurst, just outside port alfred, the largest pineapple in the world ,so they say from the outside , the inside and from the top.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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21 Sep 2020 @ 12:46:52 pm
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the toposcope just outside bathurst

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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21 Sep 2020 @ 13:01:33 pm
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on the kowie river, flip, myself and tilla, pics taken by my wife.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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21 Sep 2020 @ 13:14:05 pm
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boknes , just outside cannon rocks, we also found the caravan park at cannon rocks, very neat park but gosh the sites are small.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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21 Sep 2020 @ 13:19:11 pm
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Thanks for sharing George. It's a part of our country that I do not know at all. Maybe, one day when I'm grown up I'll get there.

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21 Sep 2020 @ 13:19:16 pm
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the river mouth at kenton, our boat wont go to far up this river, its to shallow
two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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21 Sep 2020 @ 13:24:53 pm
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the bushmans river mouth, on a low tide.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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21 Sep 2020 @ 13:29:53 pm
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Thanks for sharing George. It's a part of our country that I do not know at all. Maybe, one day when I'm grown up I'll get there.

hi chris, its our very first time on this side of the country , infact every place from east london through here and on to cape town is all new for us , its our first time this way .

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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21 Sep 2020 @ 13:31:33 pm
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Nice, thanks for sharing George. Great that you could meet up with "Flip&Tilla" they must have many war stories and plenty of info.

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21 Sep 2020 @ 15:37:20 pm
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Hello George,  Thanks for the memories, it's like going home. We had a home in " Rivers Bend " in Bushmansrivermouth for over 30 years, and went down there 2 or 3 time a year. Spent a lot of time fishing on the Bushmans River,   " Grunter Hunting". 

Keep Safe.

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21 Sep 2020 @ 16:22:29 pm
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Thanks for sharing George

. We were in Port Alfred about a year ago and it is an appealing part of the country. Had lunch at the hotel in Bathurst and its a quaint town.

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22 Sep 2020 @ 06:51:51 am
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on the kowie river, flip, myself and tilla, pics taken by my wife.

Please give my regards to Oom Flip en Tannie Tilla.  Met them with my first camping trip after lock down.

Goeie mense daai.

Sonder Jesus is ek niks! ! ! !
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22 Sep 2020 @ 09:33:05 am
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Dankie George vir deel ja ken ook nie daai kant van wereld nie maar sien dis mooi daar

Haak daai wa kamp bly koning
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24 Sep 2020 @ 08:26:48 am
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Mens moet seker die rooitaal gooi as die skrywe so begin is.

I was at school in Port Alfred up to 1968 and the we moved to Potchefstroom.

Growing up in Port Alfred, it was jus t a place you were used to, but returning there years later made me realize what a special place it was.

 

I can really expand on this in detail.

With refernece to the Marina, having stayed in Port Alfred all those years, I really felt that they spoiled "my town" with this, it completely changed the place. Gone are our rugby/cricket fields and the Blue Lagoon where one spent may days swimming.

The main beach (next to the Kowie river mouth) was the most wondeful swimming beach with no backwash and had nice swellingwaves for bodysurfing, these days you are not allowed to swim there anymore due to currents.

 

It seems as if the caravan Park you are in is a distance from the sea?

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24 Sep 2020 @ 10:12:50 am
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hi pieter, would you have any pictures of how it looked before the marina.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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24 Sep 2020 @ 12:14:20 pm
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hi pieter, would you have any pictures of how it looked before the marina.

Hi George

 

I did have, I’ll have a look tonight, hopefully they were not on a harddrive that crashed.

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24 Sep 2020 @ 12:16:01 pm
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thanks, should be interesting to see how it looked before.
two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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24 Sep 2020 @ 19:33:45 pm
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Hi George, welcome to the Kowie. Would like to have a chat over a cuppa or za frosty frosty.Will contact you.

Graham

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24 Sep 2020 @ 19:49:36 pm
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thanks graham, looking forward to meeting you.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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25 Sep 2020 @ 18:23:43 pm
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Keep the reports coming George.

Reading them is like a mini trip for me!wink

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And then there's, Power Tools!
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26 Sep 2020 @ 23:22:58 pm
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hi pieter, would you have any pictures of how it looked before the marina.

Hi George

Took me a while to locate this photo, I had some more, but cannot find them.

On the foreground you can see "Kiddies beach" and "The Willows caravan park". This was really a lovely and safe place for children to swim, obviously depending on the tide, the water was either waist high or you could walk across it in ankle deep water.

Across the Kowie river you can see the Blue Lagoon, which has a cafe, dressingrooms and a jetty from which we used to dive into the water.

Just behind that is the green portion which was the sports fields, where as kids, we had our first encounters with rugby and cricket.

Once there was an SA Invitational team who played against EP (I think) and the man of the match abjudicator was Eddie Barlow, who gave the award to Lorry Wilmot, who until many years later when I saw Adrian Kuiper hitting the ball, was the hardest hitting batsman I have ever saw.

On presenting the award, Eddie said that he wanted to hand Lorry a Graham Pollock bat but unfortunately they were in such a demand that he had to settle for an Eddie Barlow bat.

 

Some of my childhood memories of the Kowie.

 

 

 

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26 Sep 2020 @ 23:25:44 pm
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When we left in 1968 that bridge was not built either, only the old bridge which is still in use today, crossing from the main street, existed.

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27 Sep 2020 @ 07:51:05 am
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thanks pieter, wow thats a far contrast as to how it is now, one wonders how it would have been today if it was left untouched.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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