It is indeed necessary to post a selection of images, visual experiences encountered during my recent weekend-away at Daniel van der Merwe's Rosendal country home. The pruned tree and seeds sown recently have flourished under the incessant spring/summer showers, transforming Rosendal and it's surrounding areas into a most spectacular visual experience (visit link to Rosendal's facebook page for up-to-date insight into happenings). Google earth map of Rosendal town.
This is in sharp contrast to the images posted on the previous blog entry - taken towards the end of the winter season. Even the gravel roads provided creative inspiration; the sand shaped and formed by the gushing waters that rushed down the resistance-free grid of town-planning lanes.
The local bird life and pets; geese, ducks, the rooster and its submissive hen, including the exhilarated city cat (Daniel's Yeoville based pet) enjoyed the hot sun baking down on the rain soaked and brightly coloured landscape. The vast array of flowers, although an endearing feast to the eye whilst enlightening the soul, also provided nourishment for the two beehives on the property. The two armies of bees provided its unfair share of excitement - sending the arms of the locals swinging as they tried to fend off possible bee stings.
The trip down had been an anxious one; dark-clouds looming with more pending rain, making the roads slippery and the water-filled potholes an even greater threat on this, the shortest, yet scenic route to this remote location. However the favourable weekend weather forecast and intermittent bright-blue sky patches provided a comfortable and safe journey there and back. The weekend was fabulous with lunches and dinners at homes with spectacular, priceless and unhindered views of the green-veldt, sandstone mountains and farm-dams.
|Ons kuier op Wessel van Huyssteen se stoep|
|Daniel van der Merwe in the gallery|
|The Rosendal Hotel|