Weekend Greetings from Van Brakel

(Landmark and meeting point at the cross between Caledon, Napier, Stanford and Riviersonderend in the Western Cape, South Africa)

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Just what the Western Cape needed: a good soak

This morning between Stormsvlei and Swellendam. Picture shot from Bredasdorp; 50 km from the shower.

Weekend Greetings from The ‘Banana House’

From banana shed to ‘Banana House’:
Interior photo’s of our guest room. We refurbished the old banana shed into a guest room. Minimalist style with all essentials in it and with respect for the original century old plastering of the wall.
 
Guest have a view on a new landscaped water wise garden and there is secure parking. WiFi free available in (partly covered) communal courtyard.

Napier Mountain

One of the numerous places off the beaten track in South Africa: Napier Mountain with its magnificent views that even on a hazy day (when the pictures were shot) reach 50 kilometer and further (with a 300mm lens). Imagine seeing 10,000 square kilometer below your toes while making a turn of 360 degrees. That includes the Southernmost tip of the African Continent and places like Elim, Struisbaai, Caledon and Arniston. And at the foothills in the valley is Napier. Another ‘attraction’ in the mountain is a walk to the Bat Cave. It’s a moderate hike but watch out for the bee swarms once you enter the cave.

The Graduates

The future of South Africa starts with people like those of the location (township) Die Kop in Stanford. The community (privately) supported pre-primary school is one of the best in South Africa. And Helen Zille (prime minister of the Western Cape) is seemingly not aware of it and neither is South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma …. If every school in South Africa has the same (or similar) drive behind it … well guess that than the education standard would be more or less the highest in the world.

Sunset