Archive for August 2010

Weekend Escape

Sunday, 15. August 2010

I took Friday off, and we left home not too late in South South Eastern direction. Our destination: Clarens, a small town in the Free State next to the Lesotho border.  It is a liberal English enclave in a regionthat is perceived pretty much right wing. It names itself the jewel of the Eastern Free State.
“The village of Clarens is situated in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains in close proximity to the Golden Gate National Park and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. Clarens is an Artists haven with many well known artists either living in or frequenting the village on a regular basis with many art galleries scattered around the village square. The tranquil village ambience combined with scenic views and a mild climate makes for the ideal weekend getaway for city dwellers from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Durban.”

I don’t know about the definition of mild – maybe it is meant for summer. Since our landlord mentioned it had been -11 the night before, but now winter was gone.

We strolled the village, visited some galleries, drove thru the Golden Gate Highlands NP, and into the mountains of the Qwa-Qwa Park keen to see the 947 m Tugela Falls, highest waterfall in Africa, second highest in the world. We were too late to hike all the way to the fall.  Luckily! The Falls was dried up, we got told by other hikers. South African winter – more than 5 months without rain!
If we had a bit more time we would have had the chance to go to Little Switzerland too. But duty called us back. So we left Clarens Sunday morning after breakfast, with only a short stop-over in Frankfort. Hope the pictures give some impression.

Fintch is becoming a Botanist

Friday, 13. August 2010

With wintertime there is no need to mow the lawn. Subsequently meadow flowers (if this term exists) have a chance to flourish. There was one Dandelion, already faded.

Fintch viewed it curiously,  then touched the stalk.

What a surprise – seeds were sailing away.    –      Must be a coincidence, isn’t it?
Another touch to the stalk.       –      No coincidence – seeds sailing away.
Another touch – trying to catch some seeds.

Unfortunately Monique didn’t have a camera handy. Would have been cute pictures.

Bafana 1 – Ghana 0

Thursday, 12. August 2010

… and I was not there.

Not many did respect this result of the first post 2010 friendly played yesterday at Soccer City, given what both team achieved respectively while the tournament.

Initially we had planned leaving that night towards Victoria Falls, so joining the game was not an option. Then when our trip was becoming shaky, winter was back. And I was not ready for two hours or more in the freaking cold.