When you live in Kimberley you don't have as much to do and see as you have in the bigger cities, but I love Kimberley. It is a wonderful city to live in and for kids to grow up in.
On the N12 towards Cape Town, we have a fairy hideout. Chloe and Zanne was so amazed by all the fairies and gnomes staring back at them that they could hardly move.
Writing about fairies and gnomes makes me think back, years ago, to before I had any grandchildren. A very close friend of mines’ daughter use to often go on holidays with us.
She was about 4 years old when we visited the Tsitsikamma forests and the biggest tree along the Garden Route. I told her we must go look for fairies, because they are everywhere, but only children can see them.
It didn’t take too long before she saw her first fairy. She was so excited, she couldn’t stop talking about it and she was very impressed that only she could see them, since adults had lost their believe in “magical creatures” and therefore can not see fairies.
Today she is a second year varsity student and she still swears that she saw fairies that day and no-one is going to convince her otherwise
Now back to Kimberley – did you know that the first flying school in South Africa was in Kimberley. It was opened to train pilots of the South African Aviation Corps (now called the South African Air Force)
Kimberley was also the first city in the Southern Hemisphere to install electric street lighting and the first to have an electric tram in South Africa.
I really enjoy visiting all the other cities in South Africa, but Kimberley will always be my favourite city