A walk on the Green Side

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I just had to say something about an article in The Huffington Post; an American internet publication. I browse it every now and than and wish South African publishers would be able to put something like this with the relatively high quality on the net. That set aside; the author of the article was for 24 hours in Cape Town and she has been rushing about talking with one after the other PR-person. But she did a fine job given the short period she was there. And of course there were some comments; one of these a very nice one if I may say so myself.

Well … read for yourself:

“For the 24 hrs you experience Cape Town and surrounds it’s a remarkable well written article. You emphasize however all the positive sides of the Mother City and have visited the obvious tourist destinations. Hope you will have more time available during your next visit to South Africa. The real South Africa journey begins >100 km beyond Cape Town. It’s there where you find true personal hospitality and discover where Capetonians got their ideas from (Cape Town is known as one of the top 3 copycat cities in the world). And also from a budget point of view the ‘Hinterland’ is really cheap to stay and to travel in; surely in comparison with Cape Town. Having said that I must admit that once or twice per year we like to go to Cape Town just to experience a bit of city-hassle and than to come to realize that we are very privileged to live in a small village somewhere in nowhere between Hermanus and Gansbaai that was recently awarded with ‘Best Village Destination in South Africa”.

 

Stanford, 14 January 2013

Herman (& Yvonne)”

Ollie THE Ant

Somewhere on a farm near our village lives a guy who has dedicated his life to ants and spiders. And these insects you can find in abundance around his dwelling. Oliver (but all say ‘Ollie’) will never kill an insect. He’s so inspired by them that he copies them in diverse materials. And they look real. Ask  a dear friend of us in Zurich; she jumped and screamed and the whole of Zurich was awake in the middle of the night. This might be exaggerated a little bit (not too much) but it just shows how well crafted these little creatures are. Last Saturday Yvonne bought a silver ant and I started to experiment with my camera.

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And again fire…

We can’t even go one day away from this village. There is always something happening. This time the third ‘veld fire’ in a few months time and this time on our side of the village. Luckily for us the wind was in our favor towards the ocean but the fire fighters in this area are making overtime. You have to admire these guys; to put more or less their own life at risk; just to save farms and their crops plus all other properties. We came home late this afternoon and saw the smoke from a distance of 20 km. Most of the fire was at that time under control but I was able to make a few quick shots of the helicopter from our front door….

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Association

Looking into details of plants stimulates my imagination. This (in Color and Black & White) is a tiny leaf with thorns of an ‘Euphorbia akmat’ from North Yemen; one of the succulent plants in our collection. Bottom picture is the plant itself which, after one and a half year on its new spot, is starting to grow fast. It can become 6 to 7 meters high.

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