So if you’ve been keeping up with my posts (hello fans!) you would know that I developed two coffee mug designs: Weird SA Places and SA Breakfast places. I got sucked into my map book by the map book fairies and now I have found all kinds of place names which fit nicely into themes! I have developed two new coffee mugs and the mug of the day is The Naughty or Nice in South Africa Mug!

Naughty or Nice?

Abbotspoort, LP – In the Waterberg District; Devil’s Peak, Cape Town – the name is the stuff of legend to read the story, click here. Pilgrim’s Rest, MP – Gold mining town turned national monument; Hella Hella KZN, Scenic Route between Richmond and Donnybrook; Paradise, NW – just north of Vryburg; Donkerpoort, FS – “Dark Port” – near the Gariep Dam; Kruisfontein, EC – “Cross Fountain” – near Humansdorp; Badplaas, MP –  actually means “bath farm” because of the location of a spring, but I liked the “BAD” in the name to go with the theme.; Welverdiend , MP– “Well deserved” a rural village in Mpumalanga on the border of the Kruger Park; Nietverdiend, NW – “Nothing deserved” – a place in the Groot Marico district, made famous by Herman Charles Bosman and his stories; Moordenaarsnek, EC – “Murderer’s Neck” A Mountain pass between Mount Fletcher and Maclear; Hopetown NC – Famous for the discovery of the 83,5 carat ‘Star of South Africa’ diamond; Dovesdale NW, – In the Ventersdorp district; The Haven, EC – on the wild coast in the Dwesa Nature Reserve; Die Hel, EC – Gamkaskloof near Prince Albert – The name “The Hell” is attributed to a local stock inspector, who had to make a monthly trek into Gamkaskloof to check stock for disease. The route he followed was down the steep track known as “die leer” – the ladder. On one occasion he said it was like “going to Hell and back” – and it stuck. Click here to read how the locals avoided paying tax because of the name; Spytfontein, NC – “Regret fountain” a railway station outside Kimberley; Edenville, FS – a small farming town; Bethlehem, FS – a wheat growing area and hence the name Bethlehem (from “Beit Lechem”, Hebrew for “house of bread”); Hex River Valley, WC – Fertile valley – a fruit growers paradise. A Hex is a curse; St Faith’s, KZN; Hotazel, NC – Too good not to feature again – seen on the wierd SA place names mug; Goodhouse, NC – Small settlement on the banks of the Orange River; Brandfort, FS – “Fire fort” Named after President Brand – famous for being Winnie Mandela’s place of exile during apartheid.; Cape of Good Hope, WC – famous without me adding to it; Satan’s Nek and All Saint’s Nek, EC – Two mountain passes separated by the town of Engcobo; Churchhaven, WC – a small settlement near Langebaan

I am thinking of calling them “Off the Beaten Mugs” odd but very me! What do you think?

Are you Naughty or Nice?
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2 thoughts on “Are you Naughty or Nice?

  • February 25, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    I think I need a series of these. We’ll have to work out how to get some to London and I’ll place an order 🙂

    • February 28, 2011 at 6:44 am

      I’ll get a quote : )

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