Well today I meandered once more around Grahamstown.
First I had to take a photo of the memorial stone in the centre of the main road.
I started off walking through Suburbia (in fact looking for a start for the place I had recommended to me to buy some food and go for dinner on Tuesday when the other Trinity examiner arrives here. I only found it later on Google Earth!). Following this are some photos of the types of fences that grace the beautiful houses in Grahamstown. I could have taken any number of these photos. Virtually every place has bars over the doors and over or behind windows. Most have some form of fence with any number of variation on the way to inflict injury on anybody silly enough to try to clamber over. Most are taller than I am, have some form of sharp points on the top and then there is the recollection of World Wars with loads of barbed wire. there are electric fences, some of which slant outwards for greater safety. Really the mind boggles. Is this REALLY necessary? Or is the fortress paranoia something akin to mass panic. I can’t answer this obviously, but the stories of a lack of security in South Africa are borne out by these munitions – they do not instil much confidence into tourists or would-be tourists. Interestingly enough, one of the few buildings I saw that had NO bars was the student dining room, which was mostly windows, open when I walked past and without a bar in sight. Does this say something about the state of student appetites – content to be looking after themselves?…..or is this merely a modern building which is starting a new trend away from this mass paranoia?
I loved this one below of St Aidan’s Church, which had the gates locked – no gaps while the congregation were at the service. No being late to miss the epistle or sermon here!! 🙂
I also loved this sign – despite the barbed wire above – I wonder what the service entails – re-bore, oil and grease and a tune-up?
In the afternoon I walked out again to look around more of the Rhodes university campus. this must be a great place to study. there is so much wide open space and so much greenery – despite two years or so of drought conditions. there were study groups sitting under trees and people out enjoying what was a very nice afternoon. They have retained so much of what Auckland University lost years ago in its zeal to modernise and build higher in order to contain more inmates..oops…students…..! here are some of the sights I saw.
I also took a photo of one of the most perfect flowers. I though it might almost be a White Frangipani, but it is not highly scented and it was growing on a very prolific bush. here are two shots – with flower and the seed pods, which are larger than the flowers on this plant! – about the size of a crab-apple!
Lastly one of the really good things about South Africa is the excellent red wine at good prices. Here are two examples of very fine reds at a cost of about NZ$12-13!!
This week – East London, which does not promise to be quite as hospitable, so I hope that you have enjoyed as much as I did my Grahamstown Sunday stroll.