Friday, May 31, 2013


Vaughn and Chantal  visiting from the Berg House and Cottages in the Natal Drakensberg.  

The sisters

Chan relaxing at Karoo View Cottages

On the way to the Swartberg Pass


The cutest koala nose.

Part of the wall on the pass.

More of the wall.

Looking down a valley and the road.

Beautiful skies.

I forgot to take a bottle opener for the Windhoeks, and who should stop next to us to enjoy the view?  The Windhoek reps themselves!!  They heard us talking about it and pulled out a Windhoek cap and multitool for Vaughn.  Really cool guys.  Thanks again to you both.

Us girls stuck to wine.

Just loved the heart in the sky.

I could see the plane clearer in my photo with the zoom than with the naked eye.

Gorgeous clouds.

There goes that plane.

Klipspringer silhouettes.

Beautiful colour of the sky.

And then another head appeared.

I had a very special visit from my big sister (or at least that's what I used to call her when we were little), Chantal and her hubby, Vaughn.  She turned 50 on the 27th of May and this was part of a trip they did to the Cape.  It was great to see them again after 4 long years.  Thanks for all the spoils Chan and Vaughn!  We did all the tourist things and had sundowners up the pass on Wednesday evening.  This trip certainly changed their perspective of the Karoo and they were most impressed that it was not the place they had always been told it was.  They were blown away by the greenery and the mountains.  I hope this means that they will be back again soon!

Monday, May 27, 2013


All these photos were taken before the garden was established.


Front of the house

Storerooms and studio.  Newly planted olive trees which are big now.

Lounge with has an old Falkirk one plate stove that warms the whole house.

Part of the pantry.


Other end of the lounge.


Entrance hall double old oregon pine  doors leading to front veranda.



Entrance hall double old oregon pine doors leading into the lounge.

Front garden with newly build stone walls.

Back garden.

Covered braai area.

Karoo Sunset from back garden.

Back garden with duck pond in the background.

This old Victorian lady offers  entrance hall, 5 bedrooms, an open plan lounge/diningroom, kitchen, a pantry almost the same size as the kitchen, 2 bathrooms (one with Victorian bath), study, open veranda and closed veranda. Most of the house has old oregon pine floors, doors and ceilings.  It has a covered braai area outside, storerooms galore, a studio and garaging for 3 cars.  It has a borehole and an established garden totalling just under 1600sqm.

This is where I spent the best three and a half years of my life!  I painted, I wrote, I photographed.  This is where I found my true self, but now I need to be in Prince Albert.  If I could afford to just keep this as a retreat, I would.

Asking Price: R850 000.

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Strictly Private Sale.

Monday, May 20, 2013


A fossilised vertebra of a Struthiocephalus.

 A mould of a fossilised Diictodon.

Part of a fossilised Diictodon.

Part of a fossilised jaw bone of a Pareiasaurus. 

Rhachiocephalus - a calf sized reptile dating back 255 million years .  This fossil was found on the farm Ayesfontein.

The fossilised head of a Diictodon.

The fossilised head of a Pareiasaurus.

The head of a fossilised Struthiocephalus.

Fraserburg boasts one of the best paleontological sites in the country.  It was exposed after a large storm some years back when a dam wall burst.   All of the above fossils were found in the Fraserburg district and are now available to be seen in the museum.  The district has been of great interest to paleontologists and the likes of National Geographic because of this.

Interestingly, one of the paleontologists who visited here then went on to visit the Northern Drakensburg region of Natal and said that this was on the same seem as Fraserburg.  The fossils found there are the same and all are of the pre-dinosaur era.