We all have these photos … throwback photos!

It’s described as ‘nostalgia-inducing pictures … from a different era of your life”.

Every Thursday we will throw a few photos of ‘way back when’ on our blog. Why on a Thursday? Because it’s just a day away from the weekend … and we love weekends!

You are welcome to join in or just enjoy the photos (#TB Thursday).

July 2012 – Paternoster (West Coast, South Africa)

This throwback post deserves some background. In his mid-thirties, Berto decided to take up part-time study. While he was at school, playing rugby was much more important than schoolwork. So, I was quite surprised when he said he would like to get an LLB degree.

But a few years later he achieved that – through hard work and determination he obtained his degree in July 2012. To celebrate we took a week-long holiday, booked a house in the lovely town of Paternoster and just relaxed.


Paternoster, meaning “Our Father” derives its name from the prayers of ship-wrecked Portuguese sailors.

It’s one of the oldest fishing villages on the West Coast of South Africa and located 145km north of Cape Town. This is a very popular holiday destination and can get crowded during holidays and weekends. But, since we were there during the middle of winter (and during the week) it was quiet – just the way we prefer our getaways.

The view from the porch of our holiday home

During our week-long stay in Paternoster, we hardly ever saw other people, except for a few locals. We did have a few visits from animals though. Every morning when we opened the front door, there was a cat sitting on the outside table. He seemed in good health so we assumed he was just wandering around. We gave him some treats and a few days later a little cocker spaniel joined him. He was dressed in a South African rugby jersey with a number 9 on his back (perhaps he was the reserve scrum-half of the Springboks).

Our very pleasant visitors

Our evenings were mostly spent indoors as it was raining (it was winter after all). We prepared dinner, played board games and had a few drinks … the perfect way to relax.

Rummikub (the recent graduate won by a few points)

During the day we enjoyed long walks on the endless pristine sandy white beaches of Paternoster. Among other things, there are a handful of small shops, art galleries, holiday homes, a few restaurants and a hotel. In other words, Paternoster is the place to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city!

Finding our way down to the beach

The beach at Paternoster

Paternoster is famous for its abundance of crayfish (lobster) and every morning we saw small fishing boats going out to sea to collect the day’s catch.

Colourful fishing boats on the beach

Fishing boat


On our last day we took a 15-minute drive to Tietiesbaai, located in the pristine Cape Columbine Nature Reserve. We have camped quite a few times here and normally this campsite is packed with tents and caravans, but as it was the middle of the week we only spotted one camper. We walked up a dune to get a lovely view of Tietiesbaai.

View of Tietiesbaai

Although we have visited Paternoster many times since 2012, we have particularly fond memories of this week in Paternoster.


35 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #24

    1. Thanks Tricia, it’s a lovely village and definitely a perfect place for celebrations. That beach is one of the reasons why visitors flock to Paternoster! Yes, we loved our morning visitors – the doggy in the rugby jersey was so sweet!

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    1. Paternoster is definitely an idyllic village. I forgot to mention that a restaurant in Paternoster (Wolfgat), was named as Best Restaurant in the World for 2019 in the internationally-acclaimed World Restaurant Awards … now, that’s enough reason to visit Paternoster!


    1. O ja, ek onthou julle het ook daar ‘n draai gemaak. Ek dink dis die ongerepte strande wat elke keer my hart steel … ons het al van ons lekkerste kampe daar gehad. Gits, ek’t skoon heimwee vandag na die Weskus 😉.

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  1. There is something special about beaches in Winter and that one is particularly lovely. It’s great that Berto got his degree. It isn’t easy going back to studies when you’ve been away for a while, so I admire anyone who can stick to it. Very appropriate that you had a nice break to celebrate. That little dog must have know you were a cocker spaniel lady. He’s very sweet in his Springbok jumper! And of course I can’t not mention the handsome cat!!

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    1. Oh yes, we like to walk on the beach in Winter (and it’s not that cold here anyway). I’m very proud of Berto for pushing through with his studies – there were times when it was really difficult, but today he is reaping the rewards of all his hard work. Animals usually see us from a mile away … they just know our hearts are soft when it comes to them – and we loved them both! PS: I knew you would like the cat 🙂.

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  2. Paternoster looks blissful even in mid winter Corna and the sweeping Tietiesbaai bay gorgeous too. I love playing Rummikub and last night whilst we were eating supper in our local pub I noticed four people on an adjoining table pull their set out of a shopping bag and start a game after eating their fish and chips. A lovely post!

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    1. Thanks Marion 🌸. Our beaches are truly a lovely place for walks in the winter (probably because it’s never that cold). And you’re right, the bay at Tietiesbaai is one of the most beautiful campsites along the West Coast. I’m surprised that people play Rummikub like that in a pub (I don’t think you’ll see that here in SA 🙂 … but maybe Berto and I can start such a “movement”)!

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  3. Corna, was dit nie dat ek by Aletta gaan inloer het nie, het ek glad nie agter gekom ek volg jou nie meer nie!!!😱 Hoe op die aarde gebeur dit!

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    1. I have to admit, the beaches (especially on the West Coast) are beautiful. It’s pristine and never very crowded – not even in the summer. It’s probably due to the cold Atlantic Ocean, but it suits us!

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    1. It’s not that we don’t like people … it’s just better not to be surrounded by a crowd 😉. And because it’s not terribly cold on the West Coast, winter is a good time to plan a getaway (maybe not in a tent, but that’s why there are houses). You are absolutely right Linda, it was everything we hoped for on our holiday!

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  4. Paternoster sounds like a wonderful place to chill and relax. As I am always weary of crowds, like you, I think wintertime is the perfect occasion to visit. Congratulations to Berto on going back to school and obtaining a degree. A weeklong getaway is my kind of celebration. Love the last shot, the view of Tietiesbaai is delightful.

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    1. Thanks Leighton, I’m very proud of Berto for persevering to get his degree. Working and studying at the same time is definitely not easy. And Paternoster is the place to visit in winter – maybe not to swim necessarily, but definitely to avoid big crowds! Oh yes … Tietiesbaai is a popular camping spot – and you can probably see why – that bay is lovely and unspoiled.

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    1. We love Paternoster – we have been back many times after our week long holiday in 2012 … and we enjoy it every time. Oh, the doggy was too cute – his owners can count themselves lucky that we didn’t pick him up and take him home with us!


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