WALKS & STORIES
ALBERT WRITERS' GUILD
|In October 2004
, combining the talents of Ailsa Tudhope and Sheila
Coutouvidis, published their first cd:
of visual and word images
capturing aspects of life in and around
120 pictures, interesting facts and
compelling stories - all easily accessible in a colourful website,
this cd rom is a wonderful introduction to Prince Albert and will
provide countless memories for those who have already visited the
The cd is
regularly updated and republished
2011 edition is now available
from three pages:
Swartberg Pass and Gardens
ago Bushmen visited the Swartberg ... because there was water
In 1762 farmers settled here ... because there was water
By 1845 a village had grown ... because there was water
numerous dams around the village contribute to Prince Albert's
tranquil atmosphere. Reflections, hovering dragonflies,
kingfisher's diving splash, weavers darting over the water into
their nests: images which take you beyond the rush of daily
Albert lies at the entrance to the 27 km Swartberg Pass,
one of the most spectacular mountain passes in the world.
used convict labour to construct dry-stone retaining walls. They
range in height from 0.5 to 13.1 metres and at the base measure up
metre across, narrowing to 300 mm at the top. In one place on
the southern side of the Pass there is a section of wall 2,4 kms
The walls slope inwards in a rise of 1:6. Stones were carefully
selected and laid and then fill was packed in behind them.
Pressure from traffic over the years has added to the stability of
walls were built with fire, water and sheer muscle power. Huge
boulders were covered with brush, which was burnt to heat the
rock. Ice cold water cracked it into smaller pieces, which were
shaped with picks, hammers and chisels to the required size.
|Prince Albert is known
as a Karoo oasis with gracious trees and lush gardens ... but
there are little peculiarities waiting to be discovered ...
Colour, cacti and
collectables make this hidden garden a magical place.
pages about: Alberts Mill, Architecture, Art , Churches, Farms,
Gardens, Graveyards, Gay's Dairy, History, the Museum, Outa Lappies,
Renu-Karoo, the Saturday Market, Shops and Spaza's, the Swartberg Pass, Water,
Weavery and Tannery
useful bibliography highlights books and articles about the
cd brings Prince Albert to your computer ...
email@example.com to place your order
CD ROM arrived this morning and reminded me of the many
enjoyable visits I have made to Prince Albert over the
years. Needless to say, I have printed out your
bit on the Swartberg Pass to be included in my
have had a soft spot for the village ever since I first
dropped down off the pass to make myself known to the
Divisional Council Secretary, Johan de Koker, in
1951. Congratulations on producing a product of which
you can justly be proud. May your pen never
run dry or your computer run out of storage capacity,
and may your camera never run out of whatever it is that
you use nowadays instead of Kodak film!
Ross, author of The Romance of Cape Mountain Passes,
2002, David Phillips Publishers, Cape Town.
PA CD arrived today from SA. I popped it into my
computer immediately and just ooohed and aaahed over the
pics, then read the articles. You sure did a good
job of combining the pics and text. Very
interesting trip back through Prince Albert.
Meadows, Austin Texas USA
runs a Copyediting and Proofreading Service, http://www.mycopyeditor.com