My new book: The Trappist Missions – KwaZulu-Natal’s Forgotten Treasure.

  I have just received my hard cover and soft cover books that covers the story of the establishment of these 22 beautiful missions in KwaZulu-Natal. The book focuses on the beauty of the architecture, stained-glass windows, murals and objets d’art relating to each mission. The foreword is written by preservation architect, Robert Brusse, who […]

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Lions River Railway Station put to creative use.

Wherever one goes in South Africa, one comes across the utterly criminal waste of Transnet’s assets.  At every railway station and siding, with few exceptions, the buildings have been neglected, invaded by vagrants and their value destroyed. Most of these structures could have been put to good use by renting or selling to third parties, […]

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Durban harbour Victorian Railings

I received an email from Alison Chadwick who was browsing my site and came across the Victorian railings that run along the sea side of the road directly alongside the shoreline. She informs me that these railings as well as the gates into the Pietermaritzburg City hall were made by her great grandfather Henry Anthony […]

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Fort Nottingham in Autumn

The Fort Nottingham farming area is highly productive, with dairy, agriculture, being the main commerce. The villages of Fort Nottingham and Nottingham Road, were started in the mid 1800’s and at the time were only roamed by Bushmen until the Colonialists arrived. The seasons are marked and autumn colours always precede the cold harsh winters. […]

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Umhlanga Ridgeside Developments.

Blink your eyes on the ridge another concrete and glass structure has emerged from the diminishing cane-lands that had been abandoned to birds and bees for many years. I know this is progress, but are there no architects out there that can depart from the grand concrete, glass, chrome and glitz that dominates the current […]

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Pennington Beach – South Coast

A special little place on the south coast is the Pennington restaurant overlooking the tidal pool and a short distance from the wide open beaches.  This little oasis is worth a visit even if passing bye. The kiosk has good wholesome food with friendly service.  

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Durban – Bellair Station – another rotting National Monument.

Bellair Station, built in 1899 alongside Sarnia Road is an utter disgrace. The station building was declared a national monument but you would be hard pressed to know that. The  bronze National  Monument sign is missing, presumably in some Chinese  smelter. (I suggest the China link only because they also seem to be avid collectors […]

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Matatiele – Ongeluksnek Valley

If you take a drive on the Ongeluksnek valley road to the south of Matatiele you will come across a well watered, fertile valley. The strange thing is that many of the old sandstone farmhouses are in ruin. I have yet to get a cogent explanation, except that this area at some point was incorporated […]

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Matatiele – Sewerage Centre

It’s amazing how Councillors look after their own hides but don’t give a toss about their citizens. I was prevented from visiting the War monuments shown here by a very officious women at the closed gates. No explanation was going to open the ‘pearly’ gates. Matatiele now is managed in a similar fashion, to the […]

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Ladysmith – Platrand Military Relics.

On a recent visit to the Anglo-Boer War sites, I visited the Platrand Camp and battle sites overlooking Ladymith. British troops were stationed up on Platrand and Caesars hill for the duration of the siege. Whilst stationed there many of the troops carved inscriptions onto the rocks which formed part of the fortifications. Below are […]

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