Wednesday, April 30, 2008

lighting up the harbour wall

These lights are set into the harbour wall at intervals, but they have seen better days, with beads of condensation and rust taking their toll.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

are you kidding?

Right next to the new industrial area in St Francis Bay is the suburb of Sea Vista, which is traditionally a non-white area, and home to many of the labourers who work around the Village. They keep livestock where possible, so you are often treated to unlikely sights such as this, goats wondering along the road past some of the industrial buildings in the area!

Monday, April 28, 2008


Because Port St Francis is a relatively small harbour for small vessels, a crane is not necessary to take boats out to drydock. A metal cradle is lowered into the water, and runs on rails to pull the boat out of the water.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


I have always liked the traditional shaped anchor with the centre shaft and curved base, but these days the fishing boats all have ones that look like this... they may be more efficient but they are definitely not as pretty!

Saturday, April 26, 2008


The entrance to the Port is kept clear by a somewhat primitive looking dredger. You can see the sand being pumped out of the long metal pipe at the front of the boat.

Friday, April 25, 2008

The Kromme River

Looking upriver, the Kromme forms a floodplain that has wonderful wetland flowers at certain times of the year. As available property gets scarcer in St Francis (which is built on the bank of the Kromme) more people are starting to build along the banks upriver. Given the chequered history of South African rivers when it comes to flooding, these guys are taking quite a chance!

Thursday, April 24, 2008

The Airpark

One of the Prime properties in St Francis is the Airpark. There is a grass runway for light aircraft on the crest of the point leading to Shark Point. The land surrounding the runway was sold off as large plots, with the idea that each owner could fly in to St Francis, and taxi right up to their home. They also have wonderful views of both St Francis Bay, looking back across the coast to Jeffreys Bay, and also across the curve of beach and Seal Point where the lighthouse stands.

It is also on the border of a nature reserve which runs between the two settlements, so there is no fear of someone building in front and blocking their spectacular views.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Hello, who are you?

Boy meets penguin, at the Ajubatus marine rescue centre.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008's me!

Don't you just love it when you can see kids making discoveries about the world? The pool at the Port Hotel was like a mirror after sunset, and little Ethan was intruiged by his reflection!

Monday, April 21, 2008


this seagull has been painted onto a wall on someone's driveway, to greet visitors

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Food hygiene

This sign was spotted on a calamari fishing boat. It is nice to know that someone is concerned about the health of the customers, but it does not say much about the habits of the staff.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

St Francis Architecture #4

In recent years a craze for mock Tuscan has swept through South Africa. All over Johannesburg you will see townhouse complexes in this style. Sadly, (In my opinion anyway, I hate MOCK anything when we have so much potential for South African style and don't need to do tacky fake versions of other styles) it has found its way to St Francis too.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Cape St Francis Wildlife - Sea Gulls

Sea Gulls are a common site in and around the Port. This one was being very benevolent - allowing me to get quite close for this pictures.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

St Francis Architecture #3

A new trend has emerged in recent years to stick with the thatch, but move away from the traditional rounded sculpted form, and towards a more modern angular look.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

St Francis Architecture #2

In the early days of development in St Francis, this was a very popular style of thatch roof, and is very typical of many houses (and even shops) in the area.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

St Francis Architecture 1

People who live in glass houses.............

.....better remember their dressing gowns when going to make coffee in the morning! This house is on a dune overlooking the main road through Cape St Francis, and you can see right through it from one side to the other. Wonderful for views but lousy for privacy!

Monday, April 14, 2008


There is a high point with a bench overlooking the beach at Cape St Francis, a stunning place to sit and take in the view.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

lighthouse doing its job..........

We just love spending time on the rocks below the lighthouse, it is beautiful at all times of the day, and in all types of weather.

Saturday, April 12, 2008


There is a path that runs along the coast from the Port around St Francis Bay, past Santareme. It is a combination of rocks, sand, wild flowers and waves, with great views across the bay.

Friday, April 11, 2008


The Port Hotel has been undergoing a bit of a hiatus ever since the hotel management pulled out, and a new plan is currently being made for the running of the hotel. The restaurant on the ground floor was independantly owned, but depended on the hotel for its clients. There are all sorts of moves afoot to restructure, and at the moment it remains a bit of a mystery! Watch this space, we'll let you know how it turns out.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Taking chances!

Wanting to continue fishing as long as possible, but the spring tide has other plans!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Holiday Resort

At Cape St Francis, there is a holiday resort which started out as a caravan park, and then grew over the years, at first these delightful thatched cottages were added, then a conference centre and dining hall, and it now has a whole range of accomodation. (Personally, I find the newer units much less attractive than these original thatched units, which have a lot more character, and are well laid out.)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

......and while we are taking bows.....

...the strong lines of boats contrasted with the soft reflections in the water have always attracted me as a subject.

Monday, April 7, 2008

The Blues take a bow..............

Ok, ok I know, groan..............very punny!

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Boat Charters

From the Port, you can charter a boat, to go whale watching, fishing, looking for dolphins or, as in our case a short sightseeing trip to the point. St Francis Safaris has a good selection of boats, which are kept pretty busy during the holiday season.
Here is the owner Justin who took us out (he always trails a fishing line, just in case he gets lucky....).

Saturday, April 5, 2008


And here is the reason for all the animal activity shown in the past few posts.... a knot of fish swirling around, fighting over some bits of fish thrown off a fishing boat as it tied up at the jetty. The fish came for the scraps, the cormorant and seal came for the fish, and we came for the photographs!

Friday, April 4, 2008


Continuing with the assortment of creatures we saw in the clear water on the same day as the moth and the seal, here is a cormorant.

Aside from the ever present seagull, which is to coastal cities what pigeons are to inland ones, (only their droppings are bigger and stink of fish!) the other common bird is the cormorant, who is often seen bobbing on the waves and snaking its sleek neck into the water to grab a fish.

It also has the habit of standing around with its wings out, to dry the feathers. We don't have a digital shot of this, so here is a painting I did based on a photo we took in Knysna several years ago, with 4 cormorants sitting on poles that protruded from the water at different heights, all in a line.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Aerial View of the Canals

This isn't the greatest photo, it was taken through the window of a Cessna light aircraft a few years ago, when our son was busy getting his pilot's licence, and took me for a flip to St Francis. But I thought it might be interesting to show you the canals in their context. The dark strip that runs diagonally up the picture with a road on either side is the Kromme River. The white area to the top of the picture is a continuation of the dunes of the sand River system, which extends far to the left off the picture.
There has been a lot of development since this was taken, and a whole new section of canal has been made. Sadly it is unlikely I will be going back for more aerial pix anytime soon..... our son now lives on the other end of Africa and just after this photo was taken I lost my breakfast, I suffer from terrible airsickness!

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

on the same day......

Yesterday we mentioned that on the day that photo was taken, there were other interesting creatures keeping the moth company in the yacht basin of the Port. The water is usually a murky green but on this particular day, it was clearer, and because the sky was brilliant blue, it was reflecting a wondeful turquoise colour. The resident seal was having a ball gliding about amongst the yachts.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

April Theme Day: Water

Making Waves:
This unfortunate moth landed in the crystal clear water of the Port. (Nearby there were other interesting occupants in the water, a seal was chasing after a whirling school of fish, and seagulls swooped down on them.... we will post some of those pix in due course!)

There will be lots of interesting interpretaions on this month's theme, here are links to help you pay these participants a visit.

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