Author: Hugh Bland

Someone has been very busy clearing up this WWII Gun Battery site and exposing some of the remaining structures like the observation tower, Bunkers and gun platform. This space is large and could be used as an entertainment area for children and even a restaurant...

A visit to Moses Mabhida Stadium after 6 months of lockdown is interesting. The screen panels continue to disappear. I noticed this started in 2005, a mere 5 years after the stadium was built. The Sky Car is inoperative and has been for some 18...

It's a nice change to see that the Edwardian, Hollis House built, by Jack George Hollis has been restored (2020). Prior to this the house had been severely burnt, restored and then left in a state of disrepair, after being used as a restuarant. George Hollis...

[caption id="attachment_118158" align="aligncenter" width="233"] Addington Children's Hospital entrance 2010 with Della Robbia above door.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_118159" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Sketch by Mary Stainbank in design of sculpture for the Children's Hospital.[/caption] The sketch for the sculpture above the Prince entrance was drawn by Mary Stainbank for the Addington...

After five weeks of lock-down it was great to spend a day with a picnic in this game reserve and enjoy the game and flora. A bonus was that the manager allowed us to picnic on the veranda of their signature lodge, Lead-wood Lodge. It...

[caption id="attachment_117790" align="aligncenter" width="141"] House Biermann - Spiral cast iron stairway[/caption] Barrie Biermann (1924 - 1991) who spent much of his working life teaching at the School of Architecture, built a home for himself in Glenwood that became admired by his colleagues for its brilliant use...

Fordoun Hotel and Spa, like all hospitality businesses is feeling the chill wind of the Covid 19 lock-down. They have opened up their trails to the public and provide sumptuous picnic baskets to visitors who are screened before entry is allowed. The tourism sector is a huge...

Another of our National Gems is St Patrick's Cathedral built in 1924, in Hope Street ,Kokstad. If you are passing through, do yourself a favour and visit this wonderful cathedral. You wont be disappointed, especially if you enjoy, the stained glass, which is in abundance.  [caption...

This present Government is intending to introduce a National Health Scheme (NHS), which is a noble ambition. However it cant even do the basics in maintaining its present infrastructure and look after the facilities for staff. The images below, are in the Addington Nurses' Home,...

Architecturally and with the many stained-glass windows, this natural sandstone 1882 Church is one of my favorites in KZN. The ambiance from the natural light seeping through the windows gives the interior a special peaceful aura.   I was grateful for Fr, Madoda Khumalo for giving...