Happy Valley figures

I took a walk up Happy Valley last week while I was doing a recce for an Amazing Race I organised.  Early morning and with no wind walking there was absolute bliss.  Not a soul in sight, birds chirping and the cool air on my face. What a spot and so under-utilised.  The lawns were cut, gardens mostly well looked after and the pathways cleaned.  A little maintenance is needed on two or three of the figures and some of…

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The park named after John Shelton

For the second time in a week I visited a park with a little monument and plaque while Geocaching.    This time it was John Shelton Park in Humewood.  So who was John Shelton? John Shelton was the Director of Parks for Port Elizabeth until his retirement in the late 1970's and played an important role in the establishment of Mannville Open Air Theatre in St. George's Park in 1972.

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Humewood Station standing empty

The difference between the Port Elizabeth Railway Station (opened in 1899) and the Humewood Railway Station (opened in 1905) is that Humewood was built to accommodate narrow gauge - 2 ft (610 mm) - trains that made use of the Avontuur Railway (or Apple Express line as most of us know it) to the Gamtoos Valley, Kouga area and Langkloof.  Sadly since the line has been closed after flooding the station has died, most of the buildings demolished and all…

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Then and Now: The Humewood Slipway

Last week I did a post Then and Now : Humewood Beach showing a couple of historic photos of Humewood beach along with a modern one.  I purposely didn't post the two historic photos of the Humewood Slipway below as they were taken from a different direction and I decided to make a separate post for them. The pillars and old slipway you can still see at Humewood Beach was built long before Port Elizabeth had a harbour.  Construction on the…

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Then and Now – Humewood Beach

Humewood Beach is one of Port Elizabeth's flagship beaches and one that is popular with just about everybody.  Being a Blue Flag Beach it has to adhere to international standards of safety and cleanliness and with the bridge overhead creating shade and nearby parking it's a great family beach.  But where did Humewood get it's name from and has it always been popular beach?Humewood Beach obviously got it's name from the suburb of Humewood which in turn was named after William…

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I just love the PE beachfront

I just love the Port Elizabeth beachfront.  I love that you can walk or go for a jog all the way from the harbour wall to the lollipop beacon in Summerstrand.  I love that we have a clean beachfront.  I love that it isn't over developed.  I love the stunning views.  I love our swimming beaches.  I love that so many different watersports can be done on our beachfront.  I just love the Port Elizabeth beachfront.

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Brookes-on-the-Bay view

Earlier this week I had a coffee meeting at Primi at Brookes-on-the-Bay.  Just for those who don't know where Brookes-on-the-Bay is.  It used to be called Brookes Pavilion.  Heading back down the outside steps to my car I just had to snap this pic with my mobile.  You can't but help love the stunning views the restaurants in the complex has of King's Beach.

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