There is this church … or was …

Somewhere in nowhere in a remote area far out of the village there is this church. Christened by a bishop in 1971, and by the looks of it, not much has happened since then.

It’s a pity that buildings like this are seemingly forgotten. There are those local heritage committees ‘nitpicking’ about not much by all or not allowing somebody to build a house in ‘local style’ ….

Well… heritage people I’ve got a challenge here. This church is situated in the Houtkoof area 20 km out of Napier. See for yourself…..

Jessica

Jessica, a Class 19D locomotive, number 3321, was built in England in 1948 and one of the 235 of its type  built for the South African Railways between 1937 and 1949 in the UK, East Europe and Germany. The steam locomotive was restored by the Ceres Rail Company which, at the moment is undertaking two more restorations of Class 19B and Class 26 locomotives. Ceres Rail Company organizes trips and events which brings in the money for preserve and promote South African Rail Heritage, which, according to their website, involves restoring and refurbishing old locomotives and coaches.

Modern 'slavery'

They call it a ‘slave wall’ but I do not know the exact meaning. Is it a wall build by slaves or a wall to keep the slaves in? Or both?

A winery nearby, situated on an estate with the remains of century (centuries?) old buildings decided to do something about the entrance. Plenty of limestone rocks around and with the heritage in mind what better idea is there than build a ‘slave wall’?

Hard work for the own staff and a contractor but the end result is getting shape. In contrast with the days of old they now had  the assistance of machinery (digger loader) to transport the rocks but still manual work was needed to put the heavy rocks in the right place. The wall on the right side of the entrance is nicely in-line with with the natural rockery. On the other (village) side the winery should take out some of the blue gum trees for better visability from the road but that’s just a personal opinion. And who am I?

The own horticulturist already started to plant native water wise plants.

Hopefully Springfontein Winery also changes the sign; by the looks of it it’s open for wine tasting day and night….. When I came in there was nobody to see ….

 

P.S. the second picture (HDR-toning) is dedicated to the best Chef of Durban. Besides good (spicy) food Andrew Harvard likes to photograph dishes, people eating and some hot spots in and around Durban. And you can all follow this on his blog!

 

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Modern ‘slavery’

They call it a ‘slave wall’ but I do not know the exact meaning. Is it a wall build by slaves or a wall to keep the slaves in? Or both?

A winery nearby, situated on an estate with the remains of century (centuries?) old buildings decided to do something about the entrance. Plenty of limestone rocks around and with the heritage in mind what better idea is there than build a ‘slave wall’?

Hard work for the own staff and a contractor but the end result is getting shape. In contrast with the days of old they now had  the assistance of machinery (digger loader) to transport the rocks but still manual work was needed to put the heavy rocks in the right place. The wall on the right side of the entrance is nicely in-line with with the natural rockery. On the other (village) side the winery should take out some of the blue gum trees for better visability from the road but that’s just a personal opinion. And who am I?

The own horticulturist already started to plant native water wise plants.

Hopefully Springfontein Winery also changes the sign; by the looks of it it’s open for wine tasting day and night….. When I came in there was nobody to see ….

 

P.S. the second picture (HDR-toning) is dedicated to the best Chef of Durban. Besides good (spicy) food Andrew Harvard likes to photograph dishes, people eating and some hot spots in and around Durban. And you can all follow this on his blog!

 

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From the Sea

All succulent plants, cacti included, are original underwater plants. It took a long, long time to evolve from plants immersed in water to plants that have to store water to survive. But they have still a significant resemblance with many plants that grow in the sea. For us the reason to dedicate a small area in our garden to this heritage.

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