The local Sunset Market is organised every last Friday of the month between 6 and 9 PM. It’s the place where villagers socialise, eat and drink but also a place where one can purchase crafts, fresh wholegrain breads, homemade conifiture, etc. This night, one day early, but then Stanford intends to be on the forefront of the nation and the rest of the world, there was also some Halloween. And the local troubadour Gerry Fourie kept singing his songs..
Between April 2000 and July 2011 me and Yvonne owned Soekershof in Robertson. We restored and extended this historical botanical garden (with the oldest cactus -Anno 1910- of South Africa) and ended up with one of the world’s largest outdoor collections (>2600 species/subspecies/varieties/etc) of succulent plants including cacti. The garden was globally recognized in botanical/horticultural circles (except seemingly in South Africa). We were very honored when all the VIPs of de Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix (USA) spend a day with us on their tour along all known South African botanical gardens and even more honored when they published about their South Africa tour and unanimously declared Soekershof as “Best Garden Experience” in South Africa. It was hard work; 7 days per week from 6AM to 10PM and all together we had in those 11 years 2 weeks holiday. We even succeeded in maintaining the first blog in South Africa…
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