Dusk over Kings Beach

The Port Elizabeth beachfront faces east which means the sun comes up over Algoa Bay and the sea. I don’t think a lot of people realise that the beachfront is also a great place to watch the sun set as it sets over the city centre. The KidZ wanted to go down to the beachfront to watch the sunset the other day and we were just to late to see it disappear. Still beautiful.

Longing for the beach at dusk

So the beaches have been closed by our brilliant government leaving the kids to looking longingly at the Covid infected sandy areas from the safety bubble of the walk literally meters away.

At least they could enjoy the sunset and the view at dusk and weren’t chased away by the brave police force taking their lives into their hands by making sure the dangerous general populous looking at the beach think of going down there like they did all along the Nelson Mandela Bay coastline yesterday. Even harassing people taking a break on benches overlooking the sea while they were nowhere to be seen when my neighbor and her children were hijacked and robbed at Walmer township dropping off her domestic. The priorities in this country is totally skewed. Let me go get on a fully loaded taxi with its windows closed and driver not wearing a mask to walk around a crowded shopping centre. Apparently is safer than going for a walk on the beach or through a nature reserve.

The top of Pollok Beach

The top of Pollok Beach, spelled without a “c”, with the lollipop beacon in the background.

Pollok Beach was named after the Hotel Pollok that used to stand where the present Summer Seas complex is today.

As development slowly started to happen in Summerstrand in the 1920s, Mr. J. Graham Wilson took advantage of a stipulation that this specific site could be developed as a hotel and constructed Hotel Pollok. Being Glaswegian, Wilson spelt the word Pollok without a “c” which was the custom in Glasgow, his home town. This hotel was officially opened for business on the 28th October 1926. The hotel’s name was later changed to the Summerstrand Hotel.

A white December in PE?

December is the start of summer which means that, obviously, we celebrate a beach Christmas rather than a white one like in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere. Today is anything but a early summers day though. The south-easterly is pumping properly, the sea looks lank angry and foam is being washed and blown onto the beach.

I took a drive down to Pollok Beach and found the beach by the gap in the rock covered in snow… Well, not actually snow, but lots of white foam. Closest to snow we’ll get down here in PE

Sunrise over Algoa Bay

I’m still here.  I may not have posted anything on my blog for a month but I’m still around.  It’s scary though how busy my life has become between work, family, sport (the kids’, not my own) and everything else I’m involved in.  The two things that have suffered the most are my blog and exercising.  And to a lesser extend Geocaching.  Plus my laptop at home has packed up again.  You know how it is.  When it rains it pours.  If it would only do that literally in our catchment areas.  So I’m currently trying to wrap my head around how I can juggle it all and get blogging again.  In the meantime, I just had to stop on my way to the office this morning and grab this photograph to share.  Doesn’t matter how busy you are, you can’t help but stop to admire true natural beauty.

Sunday stroll at the beachfront market

On Sunday at about lunchtime, the Damselfly and I headed down to the beachfront for a walk along the stalls at the Kings Beach Fleamarket.  I’m sure many will agree with me that the flea market isn’t what it used to be anymore, BUT… and I have to add this as a counter for everybody who keeps saying that going to walk at the flea market is a total waste of time.  Taking a walk through the flea market still is a very enjoyable thing to do, especially on a nice sunny day.  There are so many other markets selling handmade items these days that it really doesn’t matter to me what is being sold.  In actual fact, the Kings Beach flea market is ideal for visiting international tourists to pick up some African craft, gifts and souvenirs to take home.