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!

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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.

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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 plant the ‘filling up’.

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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!

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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 lightning a sigaret; between taking a match and the first inhale of smoke…

I became inspired by this when sitting on two terraces; one in Somerset-West (Store Cafe) and at the terrace of Thandi in Elgin. I made a selection of 20 images (10 of each venue). Each serie I begin the  gate and you may make your own story. My story is in each individual picture.

To provide this serie with an own signature I added HDR-toning to each picture.

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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 way home from a day trip. The pictured landscapes are between Caledon and Stanford in the Western, Cape, South Africa.

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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 the second are the toes of our dear friend Beatrice Pooke (best Masseuse around and this is not exaggerated) who came with us from Stanford for a long walk  along the beach and the lagoon.

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Beautiful View

Guesthouse ‘Fraai Uitzicht’ (‘Beautiful View”) in the Klaas Voogds hamlet in the Western Cape, South Africa does not only offer the guests stunning views from the restaurant terrace or amazing surprises to look at in the own garden but also a look at the guesthouse itself is worthwhile to stay there for a couple of days. And than I’m not going to describe the mouthwatering dishes that are prepared in the kitchen. This superb guesthouse qualifies with ease for five stars but the owners stick to their 4 stars for marketing reasons. Well …. let’s have a look.

 

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