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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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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.


Images in one impression

Remember me going to the Graduation Ceremony of the pre-primary school in a nearby location (township) in South Africa? Well here is what I distilled from the few hundred pictures I made. It’s about children and the joy people have despite severe poverty. And also about a community leader as one of the many who made it all possible. There is not much written history about the different tribes in South Africa and certainly not much from books is known to people in communities like this. But they inherited a story-telling culture and history flows in one or another way from generation to generation. Not the history of facts but a history of ancestry and spirituality. Due to influences of modern times the cultural heritage is threatened with ‘uprooting’ leaving people without knowledge about their cultural background and without hope, without future….