Bathurst has had terrible Internet for many years now. If you are lucky you are able to get an ADSL line and generally it works well. You might even have 3G reception. But a new wifi service is being installed that has been worked on for the last 12 months. It has successfully connected up a few farms, a guest house and a pub in the local western area of Bathurst.
Currently high sites are going up on the eastern side of Bathurst and providing highspeed internet directly to an upstream provider in Port Elizabeth. In total three major nodes are installed and a fourth will be setup in the next couple weeks to cover a larger area and interconnect the current high-sites.
The possibilities once we have support, so a community effort is require to make this a success.If you are a guest house, farm, business or a family home, we can provide a hotspot system, free or paid for wifi for customers, family and friends.
Planning and progress is being happening and a couple companies and private individuals are putting this together. If you are located in the Bathurst, Martindale, Trappes Valley,Waters Meeting and Shaw Park area please email email@example.com if you might be interested. No need for telkom lines or monthly landline rentals. Pay for what you use at affordable costs for reliable Internet.
Bathurst now has wifi on the western side on the way to Grahamstown. Running Ubiquiti, TP-Link, BIllion, and Bubba B3. It supplies INTERNET access using ADSL from the Agricultural Museum in town. The network spans about 15 square kilometers and will soon provide INTERNET access to a local school.
The project has been running for just under 1 year now and steadily grown to indude fams, a pub, a guest house, a business , providing radio and internet to areas where there is currenlty no alternative.
Open source technology has been deployed to provide a robust and reliable wifi service. The hotspotsystem.com Management software has been used to manage the services.
More than 30 years ago, Francois Vosloo, the then principal of the Shawpark School offered to do an ox braai as a fundraiser for the Shawpark Country Club, to say ‘thank you’ to the club, who allowed the school to use the sports fields at the club. Sauce
This weekend, after an eventful last few weeks, I will be working at the annual Bathurst Ox Braai. The last one I went to was in 1996, was hardly something I could remember. This year I will be working voluntarily behind the bar for the local Shaw Park Tennis Club, grave yard shift. I have been told it is loud, almost out of control and a massive huge party with over 10000 people attending, mainly students from around the country doing their matric rave.
Worth checking it out this year (Dec) if you’re up for a wild party- it gets pretty debauched. Sauce
This link is to the official details of the Bathurst Ox Braai: Bathurst Show
See you on Friday the 28th December 2012
This was a day to remember, 19 – 11 to the English. Hosted by Kingston Farm for the Bathurst Country Affair.
After a bit of research on refurbishing Oregon pine wood it, not knowing much about, i have come to another interesting story with possibly alot of truth. The Anglo-Boer war was manifested by the taxes of transport on Oregon pine being shipped from the United States to South Africa during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.
Flooring with one coat of varnish and sealer.
Ramblers rest farmhouse has Oregon flooring, skirting, doors and kitchen counters. It took about 5 days to sand it all down to the raw pinewood. Alot of the original pine has been replaced due to wood borer and rotting due to neglect. The wood has been fumigated, washed, and dried many times. I have hand painted the first coat on the floors and kitchen counters. This is quite a time consuming process as it needs to be done a further 3 times, with light sanding inbetween to get the best sealed finish.
The Douglas-Fir tree is often referred to as Oregon Pine, and possibly gets its name Oregon from the slang name used by older shippies in Canada as Irish Pine :”O’Regan”. It was used quite extensively by the settlers and still used today to make furniture. This is possibly a reason for the name Oregon Pine instead of calling it Douglas Fir ( DF ) wood.
Oregon Pine comes from the floorboards and roofing trusses recovered from houses and buildings constructed in South Africa in the early 1900’s. Oregon imported from Canada and North America was used in this era because a suitable structural timber was required for floors and roofing, and there were insufficient South African indigenous hardwoods, like yellowwood, to meet the demand without destroying our natural forests. Recovered Oregon is hard, durable, seasoned for the decades it was in use and has a lustre and grain that suits the cottage style of furnishing – warm, homely, cozy and with a sense of timelessness.
Kitchen counters and doors