Elim; The old Watermill and more

(See also previous posting)

It took Emile Richter the past years a lot of work and passion to restore the old watermill and he is clearly proud of it. His wish is it to use the mill again for milling wheat grains into flour as it was originally designated for.

Roofs in the main road are re-tatched, there is a very affordable B&B, roads to, from and in Elim are upgraded, a restaurant opened and there is even a kind of internet cafe plus a wine cellar. But the watermill, the original heart of this small town, is the attraction for the history minded visitor.

Reflection of a village

In small communities with families living there for generations, the church is the reflection of village life.

Elim in South Africa is a typical Moravian Mission Town and the windows of the church reflect very nicely the changes this village (population: plus-minus 2500) momentarily undergoes.

The next posting will show more of Elim.

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The Company Gardens

The company Gardens in Cape Town underwent a complete facelift during the past years. The gardens date back to the initiative of the Dutch East India Company in the 17th century. There are except for the reconstructed veggie garden nice walk ways and a collection of trees from around the globe. In many (botanical) aspects this garden is far more interesting than the touristic Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden at the other side of the Table Mountain. The Company Gardens are freely accessible for all. While Kirstenbosch is still ‘White dominated’ the visitors of the Company Gardens present a better reflection of the multicultural South African society.

Converge

This week’s Photo Challenge: Converge can be interpret from a wide variety of perspectives and angles. There is in fact no limit; virtually every picture with straight and rounded lines fits in wether you photograph at the airport, a reflection in a window, a sculpture, buildings, etc.