|Signpost on the street corner directing visitors to the restaurant and coffee shop.
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Here I am, back at my post after all the excitement of Carol Wyer's On-line Book Launch Party. If you missed it, you can still visit her blog, as she will be keeping the show open all next week for viewing and enjoyment. Her hilarious debut novel, Mini Skirts and Laughter Lines is on sale now. It was ranked amongst the Top 50 Best Sellers on Amazon, yesterday! You will find all the details on her website (and, no, I am not being paid to direct you there!)
This has been a particularly busy week for me. Apart from my normal daily activities, we spent two days away from home, but you will need to wait a while longer to hear what we got up to. Right now, I am going to finish telling you about the day trip we enjoyed last week (see previous post http://driftwoodramblings.blogspot.com/2011/09/impromptu-outings-are-often-best-kind.html )
Philadelphia is a rather cute, historical village situated amongst the lush green, rolling hills of the Swartland farming community, the wheat growing region of the Western Cape. To read more about this enchanting settlement, click on the link http://blog.sa-venues.com/provinces/western-cape/philadelphia/
|The courtyard is home to several whimsical sculptures fashioned out of repurposed rusty implements. Here we have a donkey, I think!
|We rather liked this sturdy old wood and iron trestle table which was resting beneath the ample shade of the Pepper Tree. It will accommodate quite a large gathering of guests enjoying an open-air meal at the restaurant, on a balmy summer's day.
|A charming old wood and zinc shed, draped in sweet-smelling Jasmine! As you can see, the sky was very gray on the day we visited, but that in no way dampened our experience of this delightful little town.
|This large room is hung from floor to ceiling with framed paintings (all for sale) and old collections of tins are displayed high up on the rafters, all adding to the beguiling atmosphere.
|"Hi, nice lady. My name is Boo. What's yours?" Really? Boo? That's too cute! Hey, Hon, it's "Me and you and a dog named Boo!"
|Painting in the gallery of a view down the main street of the village (I took a picture of the same scene, but from the opposite direction...see below).
|It is spring in South Africa and our glorious annual display of indigenous flora has arrived. Should you wish to find out more, click on the link provided http://www.southafrica.info/about/animals/flora.htm This painting depicts one of the colourful scenes in the veld (countryside) outside Philadelphia.
|At this time of year, the cultivated fields in the region are swathed in bright yellow canola flowers and bright green wheat bushels! Another painting of the area that was hanging in the gallery.
|Boo acting as Concierge, welcoming guests to the gallery and restaurant. Such a friendly, sweet-natured and well mannered little dog he was, too!
|Unfortunately, my photographs cannot do justice to the many items on display.
|The vessels on display on the mid-section of this shelf were all made for drinking wine and liquers! Who says you can only enjoy these drinks from glass vessels!
|A selection of assorted buttons and beads, door knobs and larger, decorative items.
|Ferdinand at work in his studio off to the right. He had two or three local ladies assisting with the various stages.
|"Thank you for coming! Please do come again!"
|Stepping beyond the Stable Art Gallery and Coffee Shop courtyard, looking left, across to the opposite side of the street (see painting above!)
|Looking down the road and to the right of where we were standing above.
|These sidewalk gardeners are quite creative!
I do have a few more pictures to share with you, of scenes photographed in and around the village, but they will have to wait for my next posting. I really am trying to be better at keeping my posts to a more manageable length. I suspect I am still falling short of the target!