I am going to write my thoughts, the bits and bobs that I remember of how it was for me, during my almost fifty years spent in South Africa.
Pretoria, Potchefstroom, Pietermaritzburg, Pansy, Pork Chops, Porrige, Plants; Pufadder, Elvis Presley, The Platters, Pilgrim’s Rest, Plettenburg’s Bay, Porcupine
Although this has to be a perfectly good post on the letter ‘P’, somewhere we have to find an ostrich as promised.
Making a prickly start, the porcupine is one nocturnal rodent you don’t want to meet in the dark. They are about 2 foot long and known to be aggressive if challenged, allowing his poisonous barbs to pierce the skin.
This leopard is not going to have porcupine for his dinner!
Interesting fact is that there are double the amount of different species of plants generally in the Western Cape than in the whole of America.
After moving from my Gumtree home which was a one horse, but ‘without a horse’ town, we thought we were city slickers in Potchefstroom. Our school was huge, we thought, but after three classrooms in the farm school of Gumtree, anything would be.
Potchefstroom’s claim to fame is that it was once the capital of the former Transvaal Republic in days gone by; it is now a city in it’s own right, but retains it’s earlier charm. Potch has a university and a military base.
He was a great little man if he got hold of a screwdriver. He found out that bees lived inside plug sockets and was not very happy about it, because they stung him!
He wanted to know how things worked on the other side; on the outside; on the inside; and the backside, maybe this is why he put his head through the uprights on the back of the dining room chair and got it stuck!
After a day out in town, having his hair cut, he witnessed something quite new and thought he would try his hand. On the side veranda in Kolbe Street, Potchefstroom, he positioned one of the garden chairs, found a plank in the garden and put it across the arms of the chair then set out to find a victim.
Ah, his sister’s favourite toy, Teddy! He was really fluffy, being the long haired variety and could do with a haircut.
Thank goodness my five year old sister rescued Teddy before he was unrecognizable and totally embarrassed by his nudity in front of the whole toy box community.
He had scars for life!
Plettenberg Bay 600 miles south of Potchefstroom is a spectacular beach town, the jewel of the Garden Route in the Cape Province.
Plett, what the bay is affectionatly known as, has an amazing hotel built on the headland. The area is a known for great whale spotting too.
Another absolute beauty on the garden route and a ‘must see’ is the Storm’s River mouth nearby, where, if you are in the area between 21st and 23 Sept, you could visit the Elivis Presley Festival there.
And if you like walking and hiking the Robberg nature reserve is one for you to visit.
While we are on the garden route, I promised a friend that I would mention an activity she could partake of while in South Africa.
Or you could stay in Plett for the evening, and have a beach braai, where in the summer the sun takes a long time to set. A bottle or two of excellent Cape wine and a couple of pork chops sizzling on the fire sounds so tempting.
If you would like to catch up with my posts from A to O on South Africa; click this link. https://writingmuscle.wordpress.com/the-a-z-of-south-africa-links/