Tuesday, February 19, 2008

happy memories for some ex-pats

After the last Skywatch post, I got a comment from Diane, whose granny used to live in the little hamlet of Prince Albert in the 1910-20s!! So I thought I'd show a bit more of the town.




This house is called Millers House and is on the side of the road as you enter , from the PE side. We stayed there on our trip to Namaqualand a couple of years ago. We never even made it into town that first day....it was dusk as we arrived, and COLD. We settled in and found it was so cosy and inviting that we decided we didn't even want to go out for dinner. I knocked together a meal in the communal kitchen, and we settled in for the evening to process all the photos we had taken so far, and then later to sleep blissfully under the goose down duvets.




The town still has the old water mill and canal system running through the streets, which adds to its quaint charm.


The next morning we went for a stroll at the dam, and that is where we took the pictures of the frost which were in the skywatch post last Friday.




The town itself is very picturesque, here it is seen from the rocky kopje on the outskirts.




In town, most homes are beautifully restored, and property sells for a fortune, as it has become trendy for urbanites from Cape Town to buy weekend retreats here. But there are still one or two fixer-uppers to be had.....


And here are a couple for CJ in Scotland, whose grandpa was from the little village of Willowmore, also featured on that trip. Unfortunately it was bucketting with rain when we went through there, so I only have two photos, one of the old synagogue, and one of an old bedford truck at the garage where we filled up the car.

We really love long distance driving, and travelling on roads we have never been on before, so whenever we can grab a bit of spare time (easier said than done) we will be on the road again and bring you more of our interesting and varied country. Until then, the painting continues at a frenzied pace... will post pix soon!

7 comments:

CJ said...

Thank you Sue for this! I had only been to Willowmore once before (in the 80's) when our kombi broke down and we spent several hours at that very garage while waiting for a part to come from Graaf Reinet! Sadly, Great Grand-pa lost his department store and farm just before WWII and the kids moved back to Paarl...so no more ties there! Your photo's just keep getting better and better! Congrats on the busy Arty Farty schedule!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Beautiful photos and i love the old synagogue

imac said...

Nice collection of photos and post.

Sheila said...

I love the architecture and landscape in your area. It appears to be a combination of so many places. The buildings are from the heritage of the builders I imagine, and the scenery is Nature's own. Beautiful Sue..
hugs
xx

Janet said...

I always enjoy your travels because you let me tag along! This looks like a beautiful area. The old building with the windmill looks like it could be in New Mexico or Arizona.

Thanks for your comments today on my blog's birthday.

Old Wom Tigley said...

I agree with 'Janat' above... I enjoy our little trips out and about with you.. I'm always drawn to these old trucks as well...

I hope the exhibation as been going well

Sandy Carlson said...

Your evening in that lovely cottage in the first photo sounds like a dream. These are wonderful shots. Thanks for this tour of your part of the world. God bless.