The removal (an update)

23 Days ago we moved 50 kilometers from Stanford to Napier in the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa. We had to start with a gigantic cleaning operation and since last week we are unpacking. The first plants have since last Wednesday a place in the new garden and many others are still waiting in their pots. In about a month a brand new kitchen (own design, hand crafted by one of the many pensioners around) must be ready and during the present phase one we also intend to channel the drain water (heavy rainfalls every Winter) at least 1 meter from the house. Phase 2 is the refurbishing the cottage and the double garage in the back into respectively a guest room and a studio. This is planned for October/November. In the meantime some B&W snap shots of some details in and around the house.

Napier is named after one of the colonial British governors. The oldest known ancestor of the governor moved from France to England a 1000 or so years ago. ‘Napier’ is also an old French word for ‘table cloth’ or ‘cover’.

Street Art 1

Some snap shots I took this morning of ‘Street Art’ in the so called ‘colored area’ in our village. All paintings made by local artist Slamat. He is a self taught painter and he focusses himself merely on flora and fauna. Slamat loves gardening and it seems to me that gardening and painting are going well together. Today is the Viva Art Fest in the village. A group of artists are trying to involve local people from the ‘Colored Area’ to participate in wall painting. If this works out you’ll see the results tomorrow.