Dis Ekke

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Dis Ekke

This is (currently) our home

Mtwalume tidal pool at high tide

Mtwalume tidal pool at high tide

Thank you all for your commiserating messages and encouragement with our telecommunications problem. Despite our numerous inquiries and ongoing quest to find a solution to this problem, it appears that the only remaining option is to move on. This is such a pity and an unpleasant surprise, as the small little town where we previously lived (just 1,2 kilometer away from where we are now), appears to be the last outpost for data lines. We were not aware of this and on application for transfer of our communication services, we were not advised of this fact. What is even more incomprehensible, is that towns lower down the coast (less than ten minutes drive further) enjoy full telecom services.

Mtwalume is a beautiful coastal village and popular holiday destination, which makes it even more difficult to understand why these services are not available here. You will understand our bitter disappointment when you look at the photos below.

Our new accommodation is on the beachfront and we swim in this tidal pool on a daily basis. The pristine beach is well known for its beautiful shells which I showcased in previous blogs.

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Mtwalume tidal pool at high tide

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Mtwalume tidal pool view from our balcony

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Trainspotting from our balcony

Thank you all for your visits. I appreciate all your comments and likes. This coming week we will be walking along the beach (exactly 1,2 kilometers) to “borrow” internet time, in order to catch up with your blogs and Facebook / Twitter. I promise to stop whining and catch up with the discussion 😀

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28 Comments

  1. Nou wat op die aarde, Hester? Hoe gaan julle nou maak so sonder opvangs???

    • Ons ondersoek alle opsies, insluitende die opsie om weer te trek. Op die oomblik werk ons op deeltyd met die oord aan die anderkant van die rivier, maar ons moet fisies op hulle perseel wees – dis nie ‘n aanvaarbare opsie nie.

  2. Die kraaie gaap hier in Pretoria – ek wens ek kon in daardie wonderlike poel gaan inspring!
    As ek moes kies tussen internet en daardie asemrowende uitsig, sou ek ook ewe gewillig die tog strandlangs aangepak het.

    • Ons verbintenis met die vakansieoord verseker dat ons ‘n veiligheidswag by ons het wanneer ons kortpad steek oor die treinbrug, maar dit beteken dat my man dan alleen by die huis moet bly. Soos jy weet, is hy op krukke en ons kan hom nie so aan sy eie genade oorlaat nie.

  3. Presumably you have checked out satellite possibilities? Other than that, you’ll just have to find a really nice coffee shop/cafe/restaurant place that has WiFi, and become a regular customer! 🙂

    • Oh Colin, if only! This may be an option in a first world country like Canada, not here though. In the rural areas, many people still have no running water or sanitary facilities, internet service is not a high priority on anybody’s list. We are investigating more satelite options and will keep you posted.

  4. Sjoe my brein werk die hele middag sonder ophou. Hoop julle kry gou ‘n oplossing. Julle het sekerlik al Neotel ook probeer?

    • En iBurst. Die antwoorde kom stadig in, maar die uiteinde is dat ons baie (soos in BAIE) meer sal moet betaal vir die doeleindes waarvoor ons internet gebruik. Dalk moet ek die Darknet probeer 😀 😀

      • Blykbaar gaan dit oor die troings… hehehe… ek is eintlik die laaste een wat kan praat want ek het geen idee hoed it werk nie

        • Jy het my nou ‘n oomblik gegooi met die “troings” haha 😀 Nee, ons het wel die torings, want al die selfoonmaatskappye en selfs Telkom verskaf beperkte 3G en ons kan Android hotspots gebruik, maar die data is geweldig duur.

        • hehehehe …*bloos* … halwe woord…

    • So pas uitgevind dat Neotel definitief geen coverage het in ons dorp nie. 😛 Hulle was letterlik my laaste hoop.

  5. Geen internet! Dat is toch ook wat! Maar wel een prachtig uitzicht.

    • Dit is baie mooi, ja, maar … ai tog, die gebrek aan internet weeg op die oomblik swaarder omdat ons dit gebruik vir werksdoeleindes.

  6. Jis Hesther, ek het jou blog gemis – ek wou die week ‘n blog geskryf het wat sê “where is Hesther and her awesome blog?”
    En ek jok nie eers nie x

  7. Looks very nice.

    Enjoy

    Kind regards,

  8. Oh no you may have to move on!!! I’d live there just for the trains 🙂 I saw that tidal pool in a previous picture, never seen anything like it.

    • We are also fascinated by the train that now passes right in front of our balcony! These days it carries freight only and no passengers – we do not have the public transport systems that are available in the UK 😛 Thanks for dropping in.

  9. Ai… ek was ‘n bietjie lank weg hier maar dis nie goed om te hoor not hoe ‘n groot hoop bollie daai Telkom lot vir julle veroorsaak het nie! Kan “wireless” nie werk nie?? Te duur??

    • Ons is in ‘n algehele dead zone. Jy kan 3g selfoondata kry (wanneer dit werk), maar ons moet 100 gb en tenminste ‘n 4 mbps lyn hê om ons kliënte te diens.

      • Simpel spul… daai Telkom!! 😉
        Ek hoop daar is ‘n manier wat julle iets kan terug kry vir al julle gesukkel!! Maar… ek droom seker weer!

        • Skoolgeld jong, mens moet maar so nou en dan jou kop stamp en betaal daarvoor.

        • Ai… dit klink ‘n bietjie soos die storie van my lewe!! o_O

        • Ek is nie verbaas nie. Ons struikel maar almal so voort. Kan nie besluit of alles voortstem uit swak besluite wat ek neem en of ek gestraf word vir my voorvaders se sondes nie.

        • Die voorvader teorie werk vir my!

        • 😀

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