What I really wanted to write about was Old Nick Village along the Garden Route but the ‘Search’ did not find it. Starting from Tsitsikamma after spending 2 nights there at Swallows Nest, near Plettenberg Bay is this cluster of shops each housed in small house-like structures. We bought some lovely statuettes ( it was so difficult to choose ) from one shop, and looked around the other shops selling textiles and ceramics, pots, various stone items, and a variety of African artifacts. We also watched some artisans at work including those at the weaving museum. The tall trees and lawns around the shops made us reluctant to leave the place. There is plenty of space for the children to play. We watched the colourful birds and the odd Vervet monkey or two. It was relaxing just watching the vehicles flash by on the N2.
Old Nick got its name in the 1960s from the slang meaning jail when the new owner, an Englishman named Spike Devine who already owned in Plettenberg Bay an antique shop which was located in a what was earlier a jail.
Our thoughts were on the statuettes we had not bought, and on our return from Wilderness a few days later, we again halted at Old Nick Village to enjoy the surroundings and buy some more statuettes. What a transformation of the place from what it was five decades ago, a trading store for the local residents.
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