Striated Skies No. 38 – Third times a charm

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Porterville is a small town that lies approximately 155km North East of Cape Town. The town was established in 1863 on the farm Pomona. The NG Kerk depicted was the third to be erected in the town and was inaugurated on 18 November 1925. The church was designed by Wynand Louw. Louw designed a number of church buildings throughout South Africa. For more history of the town visit the Jan Danckaert Museum in the town.

22 Waterfalls is what drew us to visit Porterville, the holiday farm has a hiking trail that includes 22 waterfalls. You need an entire day to visit all the waterfalls and we only got to see 5.


A night in Porterville will allow you to spend a day hiking around the 22 waterfalls, this is something that I still want to do.

Striated Skies No. 36 – Ou Hoofgebou

36. Ou Hoofgebou

This week we are taken back to Stellenbosch for a striated sky above the Ou Hoofgebou (Old Main Building). The building which is on Ryneveld street, Stellenbosch University Campus was built between 1880 and 1886. The building was designed by Carl Otto Hager. In 1964 the side wings were extended and the west wing added. The building was declared a national monument in 1979.

Carl Otto Hager was born and raised in Germany. We came out to South Africa in December 1838. Mr Hager who studied art/architecture in Germany worked at a portraitist, a tobaconist, photographer and only late in life did he make a success as an architect focussing on church buildings. For more information on Carl Otto Hager click here and here.

This building is absolutely stunning and is one of many national monuments that can be found in Stellenbosch. When you take your trip to Stellenbosch be sure to visit this building.


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Striated Skies No. 35 – Defending 133 Years

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The Piketberg Dutch Reformed Church was built from 1880 – 1882, inaugurated on 28 April 1882. The design is Neo-Gothic in style by architect, Carl Otto Hager. The building is contructed from Table Mountain sandstone from the west of the town.

The Piketberg mountains flanking the town are its namesake and were given this name as the Cape Government from 1655 placed Piquet’s (Millitary outposts) on the mountain during clashes with Hottentot clans. Piketberg was spelled Piquetberg until the 1930’s when it changed to its current spelling.

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In 1836 the then Governor of the Cape Sir Benjamin D’Urban donated the Farm “Grootfontein” to the church council as they had started to build on the land. The town remained under church management until 1906 when it was handed over to the municipality.

One cannot deny the beauty in the design and construction of the amazing church building. It is very unfortunate though that as the town name suggests, people had to be driven from the land via war and conflict in order for this building to erected. This statement makes me think deeply about humans, our past, present and future. This is a rather serious thought regarding how people see themselves in terms of superiority. Human nature is extremely complex and I am not going to get into a thesis here. What I do ask of people though is to broaden your mind and see that there are many different perspectives. Understanding that this is the case and being open to others views and the possibility of changing your own is what society needs.

The town of Piketberg is most definitely worth a visit. The views of the mountains and farm land are spectacular and it is further proof that South Africa has so much to offer. For more information on Piketberg see  the links below:


Striated Skies so far…

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2015 is rushing along like years seem to do these days and so far I have published 12 striated skies out of the 52 for the year. I am thoroughly enjoying this project and hope that you are too. Let me know what has been your favourite so far.

Tomorrow I will publish number 13 titled  “Creeping Condensation”.

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Striates Skies No. 12 – One Paarl Pearl

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Paarl is the largest town in the Cape winelands municipality and is the third oldest town in South Africa. The name Paarl is derived from the large granite dome mountain that exists in Paarl. In 1657, in search of new trading relationships inland, Abraham Gabemma saw a giant granite rock glistening in the sun after a rainstorm and named it “de Diamondt en de Peerlberg” (Diamond and Pearl Mountain), the diamond part was dropped but Pearl stuck.

Paarl is a beautiful town in terms of the nature, farms as well as the beautiful Cape dutch architectural buildings. I would suggest taking a drive through Paarl before heading to one of the many award winning wine farms on the Paarl wine route.

You will be sure to drive past the thatch church building that inspired this piece.