Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Basking in the sun

After driving through fields of multi-coloured flowers we came into the small village of Calvinia, situated at the foot of the dolerite topped Hantam mountains and next to the Oorlogskloof River.  This is an arid area and the spring flower show depends on whether the rains are plentiful.  This year we had arrived either too early or too late and there weren't that many to be seen, but the town more than made up for the lack of flowers. Small houses in traditional white wash and dark green painted woodwork nestle amongst the more modern pastel painted cottages.

A general dealer's shop, familiar to the childhood memories of most children who have grown up in small country villages.

A pretty and surprising sight - roses blooming at the end of winter.

Bath al fresco,  surrounded by orange daisies.

Die Dorphuis (The Town House) a Victorian green and white striped cottage.

The bright flashy orange daisies line pavements, street corners and anywhere they can get a toe hold.



The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said... [Reply to comment]

You're killing me with this I haven't seen the sun in a full week and dream constantly of going on holidays. I'm full of envy at you basking in the sun but I glad you shared the photos with me. They made me smile. Loved the bath and the roses.
You have a great week.

Marie said... [Reply to comment]

One of the best meals I've ever eaten was in Calvinia. Strue! It was a plate of boerekos, with two sorts of pie: venison and chicken, and three vegetables, one involving beetroot in salad, and the others now forgotten. Plus roast potatoes, of course. It was the first time I uttered the phrase that stills makes my mother laugh: This food has integrity!

It wasn't the ordinary slop. Everything individually, perfectly cooked.

And I don't remember where it was. In the town...there was also a shop.


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