Gerda-Mari was one of the winners of the two vouchers I sponsored for the Miss Winelands Petite 2014 Pageant. This lady is so beautiful I had no problem filling up my memory cards with photo’s of her. She made the most simple outfit look absolutely fantastic…. It took us a while to get a booking that was convenient for everybody but it was surely worth the wait.
I had the pleasure to capture these beautiful ladies a few weeks back. The daughters decided to do something special and bring their mother for a photo shoot with them. We had so much fun and I enjoyed the shoot very much.
9 September 2013: On Route to Namaqua National park
Just look at the Beautiful flowers on the way to the Namaqua National Park. Our first Sanpark that we visited on our holiday. My dad got hooked on taking photo’s of all the flowers. One can see where I got my love for photography.
When I look back at my childhood my father was always photographing my brother and myself. I have albums full of photo’s of us…. WOW to think I just realized it a few seconds ago. I must remember to go and thank my father… My love for flowers I got from my Grandmother. I am truly Blessed indeed…
9 September 2013: On Route to Namaqua National park
The road to the Namaqua National Park was very bad. One pothole after the other. Some stretches I had to drive on the wrong side of the road. The 20km stretch felt like 120km… At least the view and all the flowers made it all worth while.
The Kliphuis Kombuis a farm stall as you come into Kamieskroon had very cute decorations but it lack in food. They advertised allot of things on their menu board but when one wants to order they did not have any of the stuff on their menu. We wanted to have lunch here at the farm stall but ended up heading to the Namaqua National Park on an empty stomach. I am not one that likes to complain but if you write something on your menu board please ensure you have it.
Kamieskroon is a very small town with dirt roads that is in very poor conditions. One pothole after the other….
Some information on Kamieskroon. Kamieskroon was established in 1924 in the place of a town called Bowesdorp which was abandoned. It is at the foot of the Kamies Mountains where there is a large rock known as the Kroon (Crown). A long peak known as the Weeskind (Orphan). To the left of Kamieskroon about 20km lies the Namaqua National Park.
Road works and stop and go’s was part of our holiday. Everywhere we went we had to stop at a few of them. But we made the best of these stops. We got out of the car and enjoyed the scenery and capturing our surroundings. The only downside to these stops was in the end it took allot of time some stops was 10 minutes others 20 minutes all depending on the length of the roadworks….
On route to Kamieskroon we came across this odd looking building. We thought it was a conference center but when I looked it up it was much more. It’s a holiday destination. Definitely another place to put on my bucket list to go and visit. I love visiting places with a rich history…
“Come and be part the Griqua national heritage and enjoy beautiful sunsets, interesting walks, diverse nature, while staying in beautiful chalets or traditional Nama huts, with breathtaking scenery. An amazing experience and great fun for the family as well as educational. Groups will be entertained by original dancers per arrangement in the amphitheater or groups can be catered for at the Lapa. The Griqua have their own national history, own tradition, leadership that is more than 300 years old, their own flag and monuments, commemorative days, traditional clothing as well as other national traditions that forms part of their identity. The roots of the Griqua can in fact be traced back to 1740 when the first Paramount Chief of the Griquas, Adam Kok I, ruled. In 1894, A.A.S. le Fleur I took over the Paramouncy from the ruling Kok family in the absence of a heir. Today it is owned by the Griqua Ratelgat Development Trust which consists of 85 Griqua beneficiaries who agreed to make the farm available for development as an echo friendly guest farm for the benefit of the Griqua community of South Africa. We provide cultural and tourism facilities which will enable the Griqua community to become part of the main stream economy. Although the Main building is not yet completed the Chalets and huts are fully functional. Once the main building will be completed it will include traditional food restaurant, curio shop, office and small conference/training center, living museum, nursery, tourism and cultural information center. We presently also offer: Fully equipped self catering units, six four beds and six two beds, constructed with natural materials to blend in with environment and braai facilities. Hiking trail & Rock Art excursions and eco experience. Enjoy cultural experience of traditional dishes, Griqua choirs and dancing groups at “matjieshuis kraal””
We decided that we will have breakfast at the Wimpy just outside of Klawer our second official stop for the day.
I am not a big coffee drinker but something that are always a winner is a nice Wimpy breakfast and a cup of Wimpy coffee with warm milk of course. After we had breakfast we walked around in the garden and my dad took photo’s with his new camera. I am so privilege to still go on holiday with my parents.
As we approached the car I saw that three of the cars had a cat in front of them. I wanted to take a photo of them all guarding the cars but just as I wanted to click one of the cars reversed and two of the three cat guards ran away. Only one remained and I took a photo of him. Thank you for visiting my blog.
Over next few weeks I will be posting photo’s of our Springbok-Upington-Calvinia Parks and Flower tour from 9 to 16 September 2013.
My parents asked me if I would like to accompany them on 8 day holiday. I was super excited and asked my husband and children if they are okay with the idea that I will be gone for a week and a day. They told me that I must enjoy it and take lots of photo’s. And like you all know me by now I can go overboard when I have my camera in hand. But rather to much than missing out on anything…
We left home at 5 o’Clock in the morning on 9 September 2013. Because I can always take photo’s on the way back I tried not to stop for photo’s. We had a long road ahead of us approx 548 km and we still wanted to visited our first SANPARK the Namaqua National Park. We took our first photo break at a service station just before Clanwilliam. Dawn was breaking and this was also really the first chance we had to take out our cameras. From here on out my camera was always ready for action.
It was so peaceful here but we could not stay to long we still had a long road ahead of us. We decided that we will have breakfast at the Wimpy in Klawer our second official stop for the day.
A few weeks back we had our second meeting for this awesome project by Mrs Cape Town 2013 Chantal Whitthuhn.
We are collecting ties old, new, unused, unwanted any shape and size for three designers who will then design 12 outfits each made out of these ties. I am looking forward to seeing what they came up with. These 36 outfits will then be auctioned off to raise funds for the Children of Cape Town.
Time is really flying now before we know it the big night is upon us. So far I am feeling blessed to have this opportunity to work with this wonderful team. Knowing we are playing a role in a brighter future for some of the kids of Cape Town….
The Event is going to be held at the All Star Theatre and will stretch over two days. 27 and 28 June 2014.
Fernkloof Nature Reserve is one of the few free reserves one can visit here in South Africa. It’s not huge but you see allot of flowers, birds, the most beautiful landscapes and if it’s the right time of the year you will see some Whales.
On one of my many walks on the Coastal path from Sandbaai to Vermont. Don’t worry I was not unaccompanied my husband was with me. We were curious why they the sign said no entry so we had a look…. Nothing much just bush and rocks and a rock in the shape of a heart….