Saturday Snapshots #26

by Jeanne on February 21, 2009

in Photography, Saturday Snapshots, Travel - South Africa

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Keurbooms beach sunset, February 2008

Last year we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of our first date in South Africa – more precisely, we had a bottle of Graham Beck sparkling wine at sunset on the cliffs above Keurbooms Beach.  Although Keurbooms is generally considered to be a suburb of Plettenberg Bay, you need to take a drive out of town and across the Keurbooms river to access this strip of houses strung out along a curve of sandy white beach. 

Clearly, we are not the first people attracted to this beautiful place – shell middens (piles of seashells and discarded food or tool preparation debris) found there indicate that the cliffs above Keurbooms beach were the site of some of the earliest human habitation in the country.  It is estimated that these strandloper ("beachcomber") caves were inhabited between 70,000 and 20,000 years ago.  Much later in the early 1800s, as the village of Plettenberg Bay began to grow, farmers moved into the area east of the Keurbooms river and by the late 1800s, there were vines by the Keurbooms river from which passable brandy was distilled.  Today, though, it is largely a village of holiday homes.

Keurbooms village is named after a native South African tree, the keurboom (literally, "choice tree") or Virgilia CapensisIt bears lovely pink to purple flowers not unlike those of peas (a related species) and is common in the surrounding hills and valleys.

If you love this photo, please take a look at my Life's a Beach calendar in which it features – the perfect Christmas gift!

This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister. Click here for a full list of photographs previously featured.  If you like this or any other photo featured in Saturday Snapshots, why not buy it as a greeting card or print in my RedBubble store?

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deeba February 22, 2009 at 10:59 am

Congrats on your anniversary Jeanne…what a beautiful way to celebrate!

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Bellini Valli February 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm

Happy Anniversary Jeanne:D

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nina February 23, 2009 at 3:22 am

Thanx for reminding me what beautiful country I am living in!!!

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Natalian February 23, 2009 at 6:23 am

Those sunsets are magnificient!

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All at Graham Beck Wines February 23, 2009 at 7:18 am

Thank you for choosing Graham Beck Cap Classique for your celebration. Quite clearly, our sparkling wine was in splendid company and at a most beautiful place. We wish you many more celebrations and happiness.

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Browniegirl February 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Oh I loved LOVED this post…took me straight back to sooo many happy memories in the place that I love best!!! And yummy Graham Beck Cap Classique for company at sunset. That is a stunning photo. Well done and a very belated congrats to you and hubby on you first date in SA anniv….cute!!! We are returning to Keurbooms in May for 10 days…..cannot wait!!! xxx

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courtney February 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm

I wouldnt event remember the the exact date of CS and I first date.The beach and how you spent it sound so romantic.

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