Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Almal wil 'n huisie by die see he ...







("Everyone wants a little house at the sea" ... Koos Kombuis)











Holiday homes can be shacks and they can be mansions. Buffalo Bay, or Buffelsbaai to its mostly Afrikaans residents, has both and with soul aplenty. You can stroll around the hamlet in less than half an hour. I felt like Bill Bryson travelling round Europe in Neither Here Nor There, as everything is so fetchingly familiar and yet at the same time it’s another world (well, to an English-speaking visitor, that is).
Buffalo Bay is an unpretentious little village, close enough to Knysna for the shops and yet far enough away to avoid the crowds and chi-chi Disney-fication that has afflicted parts of this beautiful region.
It’s almost as if the homeowners have entered a competition to see who can give his or her home the cutest names. Only a few spoilsports have stuck to the street numbers.
I loved the variety and imagination these signs showed but, just like Obama, Jou Doring, there are just no English equivalents for some of these names ...

2 comments:

Nin said...

After a recent holiday where the doggies were walked at BBay every single day, we fell in love and are planning to sell up and move from Joburg to the Knysna area. Thanks for the great blog.

Ordinarylife said...

I love that area!

Some of those names are fantastic.