I recently joined the Hermanus Historical Society on a Historical Stanford on Foot Tour. It was an absolute source of delight to me.
After a hard day’s work, nothing is more refreshing than a quiet walk along the bank of the Klein River. While walking is good for our bodies, the sight of the river seems to have a peculiarly peaceful effect upon our minds. Every sight and sound inspires a spirit of rest and peacefulness.
“Gonuga Goggo” (meaning: Klein River) as described in Jan Hartogh’s Journal in 1707 – meanders through Stanford and is home to an abundance of fauna and flora. And although the Klein River is 80 km long, it is the river with the shortest distance between its origin and mouth in the world (5 km as the crow flies)!
Oh, and what a delightful time I had by the river! Walking along the bank of the river I enjoyed the rippling surface of the water, the birds singing their delightful notes in the trees. The lovely bushes growing all around, the tall trees waving their branches and a lonely boat sailing smoothly on the surface of the river filled with me deep joy.
Clearly Stanford is giving you a taste of village life. It is real. It is safe. It is tranquil. It is vibrant. It is authentic. It is unpretentious. It is charming. It is green. It is scenic. It is a lifestyle. More importantly, it is easy and not the big city!
I enjoyed especially the beauty of sunset over the river. The spectacle presented by the setting sun as it sinks beneath the surface of the water, is one of the greatest charms of an evening walk by the riverside. The clouds are lit up with a thousand brilliant colours. And the rays of the setting sun were touching the high branches of the trees. I even saw children playing around on the grassed area against this beautiful background.
I returned home full of impressions, rich and vivid, gathered during my walk by the Klein River. Surely, Stanford offers us as residents and visitors so much more…
Photo Credit: Anton Duivestein