Pictures from the square yard 12: Thandi; welcome by the proprietor

The Dutch writer Simon Carmiggelt made a living by observing from his ‘own’ chair and table on a terrace in Amsterdam. He wrote about objects he saw, about people and interaction between them, the sky, the weather and so on. And his stories never became boring; he could even write five or six pages about …

Pictures from the square yard 11: Thandi; The Gate

The Dutch writer Simon Carmiggelt made a living by observing from his ‘own’ chair and table on a terrace in Amsterdam. He wrote about objects he saw, about people and interaction between them, the sky, the weather and so on. And his stories never became boring; he could even write five or six pages about …

Time for the Winter flowering aloes

Rain or shine; this Aloe hybrid will flower for months to come. After our arrival here in Stanford, 20 months ago, we undertook a major job by removing a hedge with invasive shrubs and planted the strip along the wooden fence with water wise succulent plants. These all grow nicely.

Pictures from the square yard 10: Store Cafe; my future on my back

The Dutch writer Simon Carmiggelt made a living by observing from his ‘own’ chair and table on a terrace in Amsterdam. He wrote about objects he saw, about people and interaction between them, the sky, the weather and so on. And his stories never became boring; he could even write five or six pages about …

Matjiesfontein revisited

Turtle Tongue

I am from the Kalahari Desert which covers parts of Botswana, South Africa and Namibia. The earth is red and in my native surroundings I’m hard to discover. People name me ‘Turtle Tongue’.

Pictures from the square yard 9: Store Cafe; your best friends

The Dutch writer Simon Carmiggelt made a living by observing from his ‘own’ chair and table on a terrace in Amsterdam. He wrote about objects he saw, about people and interaction between them, the sky, the weather and so on. And his stories never became boring; he could even write five or six pages about …

The Weaver

Ecological building is a trend but as ecological sound as this weaver bird?

Eyeset

The Sunset in the Stanford Valley inspired me for this imaginary: The ‘elements’ used are those of an informal settlement nearby (right), the cat of Matjiesfontein, a flying heron, my first photo model Karuna, her eye and a beach boy from Hermanus.

The Swing

Shot some time ago at the pre-primary school in the informal settlement Die Kop near our village. I’ve cropped he original image and did some HDR-toning; just in an attempt to add some sphere that (as I experienced recently) especially appeals to children.