This is a short of a man named Sydney Abrahams, who lives in isolation on the shoreline of the Agulhas National Park (http://www.sanparks.org/docs/parks-agulhas/february.pdf), a few kilometers from the most southern point of Africa. Sydney lives with his wife. He lives near the historic national monument, Lord se Huis, the old cottage where Prime Minister Macmillan wrote his winds of change speech, inspired by the raging Polar storms which rip through the cape (see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5fjiHI1apUI).
This is a coast line famous for its ship wrecks. All the original houses of the area are built out of salvaged ship wreck wood, due to the fact that the indigenous vegetation type lacked large enough trees. It is also the coastline where the notorious ghost ship, The Flying Dutchman, was first recorded. We have our suspicion that this may be what Sydney has seen - the numinous suggestion of a ghost ship outside his window.
The Strandveld signifies a geographic region which is understood to be stretching from Gansbaai, along the coast to Cape Infanta. It is contained by the Bredasdorp mountains and the sea, and holds, at its heart, the immense and vast Agulhas Plains, which once hosted a plethora of animals, including buffalo, elephant, hippo and rhino.