People of Mpumalanga don’t suffer from undue modesty – or how else do you explain a place called ‘God’s Window’. But I have to admit, the views are phenomenal. Along the winding mountain roads are little villages with crafts, great restaurant, whisky and – naturally – curios to all tastes.
One of the places we visited was Pilgrim’s Rest – a little village with number of houses restored to their ‘previous glory’. My favourite spot is the old BP Garage and it’s famous car that has been left to ‘Rust in Peace’.
Sunday was cold. Because we were travelling with Merlin, restaurants did not let us inside, so brunch was a chilly – if tasty – affair. However, a walk to a Bridal Veil waterfall warmed us right up – and made both Merlin and myself comfortably snoozy for the drive back home. Luckily, Stuart is made of stronger stuff.
I’ve been to Mpumalanga three times before, and twice I was unable to see much further than my own hand due to heavy mist, and thus unable to enjoy the famous views from the Panorama Route. The third time I was white water rafting in Blyde River and never got high enough to enjoy the views. Fourth time lucky.
Walking around the garden today, I came across these tiny little flower buds. And I mean tiny! They were maybe half a cm across. And yet they were braving the freezing night temperatures of Joburg. I’m sure there is a life lesson here somewhere, but I just took the photo.
Our neighbourhood has a lot of beautiful, mature trees. And they attract a lot of birds. Throughout the year we can listen to an almost continuous bird song – not all of it pretty, but nevertheless.
Being from Finland, having three lemon trees in my garden has always felt special. Growing citrus tress is not exactly possible in the cold and dark north. Our lemons are nto even ‘normal lemons’, but Meyer lemons – a mix between naartjie and lemon.
The first home-lemons for this year are slowly ripening again. Just a little longer…
The nice thing about the South African winter is that many plants continue growing throughout the year. In Johannesburg the biggest problem for plants is the total absence of rain for months – but we are not the yet. Right now, the nature is still mostly green and in places even blooming.
It’s been an incredibly busy week, and not only have I not posted for over a week, I missed few days of photos in between… But all I can do is get back to the rhythm and try to do better in the future.
The photo of the day 46 is of a weather monitoring station nearby our house. Over the last year the vines and trees have taken over it – making it a little cube of green.
Merlin and I went to search the autumn colours today. No native trees in SA seem to turn colourful, so these gorgeous reds, yellows and oranges are all from imported trees. But there is quite a selection of those too. Johannesburg has so many planted trees it is actually classified as the world’s largest man-made forest.
While on a walk, we came across these massive flowers – every flower was almost as big as my head. As it often happens, the photos I took were no match for the reality, so I’ll just post this one with an interesting focus effect. I’ll go back and try again.