Exactly one week ago I posted the first study of an imaginary of which the end result will be displayed in a gallery later this year. As I won’t post my gallery pictures on social media let me tell you that at the end there’ll be a picture with me riding the ‘Dinosaur’. Another picture will show me riding into battle on a pig but that’s another story … Anyway I made two new basic compositions of the ‘Last Dinosaur of the Sea’. Have to get into the subject first and that will take at least another 5 or 6 studies.
This is the last week Emile Richter shows tourists around the restored watermill in 19th century village Elim. The village land is owned by the Moravian church and only villagers are allowed to build a house on a designated plot. Emile is one of the driving forces behind the restoration of the village including upgrade of the roads in and to/from. The watermill however is his favourite and he was deeply involved in the recent restoration of this monumental living piece of old-fashioned craftsmanship. Emile had this plan to grain locally harvested wheat and sell it locally and to tourists. The funding was already taken care for 3 years ago but as in everything the ‘mother church’ in Germany (‘Herrnhuters‘ ; English: Moravian Church) has to give permission first and that can take a long time Richter experienced. “In the church I always learned to tell the truth and nothing else but the truth. Now I’ve told them the truth they dismissed me as guide on a very short notice”.
Tomorrow is Emile Richter’s last day as host at the watermill.
“Cats are intended to teach us that not everything in nature has a purpose.” ― Garrison Keillor
Picture: Cotyledon Ladysmithiensis. Afrikaners name this succulent plant ‘katvoetjies’ (‘cat feet’). It is endemic to the area around Ladysmith (hence the specie name) in the Klein Karoo region between Montagu and Oudshoorn in the Western Cape, South Africa.