Archive for 28. November 2010

Visitors from Germany

Sunday, 28. November 2010

It has been quite a while our guest room was occupied; actually while the FIFA WM.

Today Gudula, Stefan, and Bernulf did arrive. We had planned for a typical South African welcome – a Braai at the picnic zone in the Rietvlei Nature Reserve.

So far we had little rain this summer, and we are missing the phantastic storms we had last year every night. But when we left O.R.Tambo, it was starting pouring with rain. Nevertheless we decided heading towards Rietvlei. And since the Freeway was blocked for whatever reason we took a route thru the hinterland. Approaching Rietvlei it had stopped raining.

Almost directly behind the gate the first ostriches, then some antelopes in the distance, and Zebras -also pretty far, so we took a detour to get closer.

Once we arrived at the picnic zone it started raining again. Left the car, crossed the picnic area and waited the rain to stop under the thatch of the bird watching shelter on the dam.

We then decided to watch out for some more game, but rather have the braai at home, rather than giving it a try whether the weather would allow here.

I presume it was rather successful game watching for our guests, although a bit in the distance. Within their first 5 hours in Africa: Ostrich, Wildebeest, Zebra, Waterbuk, Hippo, Buffalo, and Rhino, not to mention all the exotic birds.

Today is the day

Sunday, 28. November 2010

that first time pieces of Monique’s art work are shown publicly in South Africa.

The Unity Gallery is situated in the Bus Factory (3 President Street, Johannesburg) one of the many former industry building in that area, that recently have been rededicated. So a district that only a couple of yeras ago has been down-and-out today is known the Cultural Precinct.

The Unity Gallery has become well recognised amongst city creatives for the wild and weird art it produces, and also for the bizarre collection of people who gather there.

Today was the launch of the last show for this year, with Mongezi Ncaphayi supporting the launch with a bit of freestyle sax.

The group exhibition running until next year is featuring work from:

Molefe Twala
Rudi Trap
Prince of Newtown
Leobhang Goge
Nadine Field
Lehlohonolo Dhlamini
Ayanda Mzantsi
Robyn Field
Monique van Klev