Fan Aloe

Or Aloe plicatillis originates from the fynbos area between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch in South Africa and is naturally distributed throughout simular environments in the Western Cape. Unnaturally it also ended up in our garden…

Aloe time in the Western Cape

The Western Cape in South Africa is a Winter rainfall area. It’s the season for the endemic plants and some aloes originate ¬†from this province. Here is one at the entrance of Mosaic Farm (Spookhuis – Haunted House) next to the lagoon near our village!

Winter flowering aloes; the season has started.

We have about twenty different aloe species in the garden; all native to Africa and all genuine species (no nursery hybrids). Part of it is Winter flowering and virtually all of these originate from the Western Cape. Here is one in our border along the street.

The Arch

Die Kelders, between Stanford and Gansbaai in the Western Cape, South Africa is known for its caves. One of the caves has its own arch.

THE Garden at Fraai Uitzicht 1798

Today I checked the garden we created 2 years ago at Guesthouse Fraai Uitzicht 1798 (4* rated) in the Klaas Voogds Valley near Robertson in the Western Cape, South Africa. It still looks good despite a little backlog in maintenance (due to ‘awesome busy season’) but at the moment 2 staff members weeding. Soon we …

No petrol station

Baardskeerdersbos is a small hamlet somewhere in nowhere in the Overberg region in the Western Cape, South Africa. The nearest petrol station is about 30 kilometers away. Donkey transport for people and goods recommended. It’s green over there!

Pictures of the square yard 13: Thandi; be a child again

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 Landscapers

Thousands of books, magazines and webpages are written about landscapers who create gardens, public green, and minor landscapes in the open. Minor these are; for one tend to forget that the major landscapers in this world are the farmers. Where ever you travel, just look around. The images below I took last Tuesday on the …

On the Road

Between Caledon and Bredasdorp in the Western Cape, South Africa.

Toes

Photographing toes is a subject with endless possibilities. There is even a blog dedicated to toe pictures and this blog inspired me last Sunday to picture a few toes moving around along the Grotto Beach in nearby Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa. The first toe subject is that of the “Beach Boys” (life guards) and …