|Wemmershoek Dam, Franschhoek, Western Cape with flowering gum in full bloom.
I have time this evening to prepare a post in advance, something I've not yet had to do, but with puppy-face now very much 'on the scene,' I don't want to end up, as happened this past week, not being able to feed my blog...lest thereby risking its untimely demise. As a gardener, I know all about the importance of regular watering and feeding and I'm fairly certain a blog requires similar care and attention. So, to be sure that I at least keep up an appearance of being a regular 'poster' of new blog material, I'm going to take the necessary precautions and prepare this ahead of time.Please click the Read More button below to continue this post...
|Wemmershoek Mountain in the mist.
I have just had a quick look through my collection of 'miscellaneous' photographs and will now present a mishmash, hodgepodge, jumble and medley of the ones I've selected for use today. I hope they help to keep your interest in my blog offerings alive for the time being...
|Lily pond in the extensive gardens of Vergelegen Estate , an historic wine farm dating back to the early 1700's when it was owned by Willem Adriaan van der Stel, who was Govenor of the Cape.
|Today the estate is owned by Anglo-American and is open daily to be shared with visitors worldwide.
|Several ponds and water-features grace the magnificent gardens on the estate.
|I would love to be able to grow this striking waterlily in my own pond!
|The historic slave bell on the estate.
|View of the Hottentots Holland Mountains towering over the estate.
|Surviving ruin of the old slave quarters on the estate.
|Today, a museum on the estate commemorates the slaves who were brought to work on this farm.
|One of several attractive rock ponds situated in the extensive nature garden of the Harold Nixon-Porter Nature Reserve in Betty's Bay, a quaint coastal village on the Southern Cape coast.
|So many pretty spots to sit beside and take in the beauty of the surrounding mountains.
|A number of specially diverted little streams flow through the gardens of the Harold Nixon-Porter Nature Reserve, adding a sense of coolness on a hot summer's day...
|There are a number of more strenuous hiking trails leading from the manicured gardens up into the mountains.
|Gardens have been laid out for picnicking and to provide easy walking for the elderly.
|Several tortoises live in the reserve.
|This sweet little bird was actively catching grubs among the reeds on the day we visited...
|We met these frisky horses on a drizzly morning at Rietvlei, a wildlife reserve situated East of Pretoria.
|We took several pictures as they put on a good show for quite some time.
|Since we were not flying this time, but merely eager observers of the take-offs and landings, my husband had plenty to record. I've limited my selection to a smidgen of what he'd taken ;)
|Another perfect landing! I'll never forget the feeling of watching him,, at the age of 17 taking his first solo flight from the very same airfield!
|This little shrike was watching all the activity at the airfield, too!
|This view is taken from Chapman's Peak, a spectacular coastal route near Cape Town.
|Still on Chapman's Peak looking across to the village of Hout Bay.
And that concludes my offering for today.