Friday, December 4, 2009

Arriving in McGregor

 My husband was going to attend a workshop in a small country town called McGregor and I decided that for once the office could look after itself.  I would go with him and wander around the village with my camera, at my leisure, returning to our beautiful lodgings for refreshment and rest whenever the need overtook me.  And was I glad that I did!

McGregor is a tiny mid-nineteenth century village nestled at the foot of the Riviersondereind Mountains.  It's a peaceful place of  whitewashed and thatch roofed cottages.  Cold water bubbles along irrigation furrows and wisteria and jasmine scent the air with their heavenly fragrance.  Blossoming fruit trees, bougainvillea, roses and lavender provide patches of colour and birdsong is the loudest sound to be heard.  Largely and thankfully undiscovered as yet, the road into and through the town is tarred but the remainder of the roads are still dirt. The preserved architecture is largely Cape Dutch with few modern buildings to spoil the appearance of the village.

This is one of the views from the far end of the town, where interestingly enough, the road just comes to an end, perhaps in some way accounting for the isolation of the village and its subsequent preservation.

While driving around, the light suddenly became extremely dramatic and this scene had me leaping enthusiastically out of the car.

And, speaking of dramatic, I don't know what words I could use to describe this wisteria, so I think I must let the picture speak for itself.

Imagine that you owned the key to this blue door.  Imagine unlocking that door, pushing it open with your baguette and winebottle-laden basket and then imagine ...

 Finally, as we were looking for our accommodation we saw this - tender pink daisies and sharp-edged grey stones, a striking combination.


Enzie Shahmiri said... [Reply to comment]

It looks like such a lovely place! Congratulations on winning the blogger award. I hope you visit me as well at World Market Portraits

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

Oh, Val it is beautiful. You have such an eye for simple aesthetics and heart-stopping terrain. I'm always glad I visit and will continue to.
You take care,

Torie Jayne said... [Reply to comment]

I love that blue door! Such a pretty colour, Have a sweet day!

m. heart said... [Reply to comment]

This place is so gorgeous! The door is especially intriguing, and some of the landscapes would make wonderful paintings (if I could paint). The daisies and rocks too, actually...

All lovely.

Beence said... [Reply to comment]

Ah, old Cape Dutch houses poking through the trees... Looking forward to seeing this kind of scenery very soon!


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