Q is for Quagga

This entry is part 19 of the series Out of Africa

QContrary to popular belief, a quagga was not a cross between a donkey and a zebra. It just looked that way. Tests on mitochondrial DNA and protein obtained from a skin in the 1980’s indicated that the quagga was a subspecies of the creature known as Burchell’s plains zebra, which is now also extinct.

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P is for Port Elizabeth

This entry is part 18 of the series Out of Africa



When my husband and I retired to Port Elizabeth, we knew little about the city. We did know that this, the 5th biggest city in South Africa, was also known as The Friendly City, or The Windy City. It didn’t take long to learn the reason for the latter! read more

The Friendly City in 2010

PE_OverviewIn 2010, between 200,000—300,000 tourists are expected to visit South Africa during the country’s biggest ever tourist invasion. They will leave family and friends for the sport they love. As each of the nine host cities gears up to meet with the challenges and excitement of the FIFA World Cup, overseas and even some local football fans must choose the city they will visit.

Where each city has its draw card, only one can boast the amenities and entertainment of a metropolis, while maintaining the friendliness and vibe of smaller cities. As the 5th biggest city in South Africa, The Friendly City, or Port Elizabeth to use its official name, has all the advantages of city life, yet retains its cosy atmosphere. read more

Sunflower Blooms in PE

It’s official! P.E. has set a world record—and look who’s getting the glory!

Two weeks ago I posted an article, The Friendly City, in which I spoke of the preparations in progress in Port Elizabeth for the 2010 Soccer World Cup.

Today’s headline in the paper reads: read more

The Aloe Trail

One of the wonderful perks of retirement is the freedom to ‘be busy’ doing things we’ve never done before. For us, one of the great benefits of living in Port Elizabeth is the number of places we can go that we’ve never been before.


One clear, sunny day, a group of over 30 of us, all pensioners, walked the Aloe Trail at Blue Water Bay, outside the city. read more

Van Stadens Wild Flower Nature Reserve

Thursday 16th AprilVan Stadens
One of the groups we have linked with here in Port Elizabeth is SAARP, the South African Association of Retired Persons. Each Thursday we join with a hiking group to walk along a trail somewhere in this beautiful Madiba Bay.
Today we walked the River Walk at the Van Staden’s WildFlower Nature Reserve.

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The Sacramento Trail

13th March 2009: From Shipwrecks to Fishwrecks
Today we walked with a group of about 25 retirees along the Sacramento Trail outside of Port Elizabeth. This popular  8 km (5.12 miles) round trip coastal walk traverses the Sardinia Bay Nature Reserve.
The view offers stunning seascapes and landscapes. Depending on the season, there are often remarkable displays of dune vegetation and wild flowers.

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