Good Morning

The Nivenia Stokoei (pictured) are iconic to our Blue Mountain Trail. This week a group, from mostly Jozi, did some “girl time” while hiking the Blue, feasting and wining at South Hill, Iona and Almenkerk. You don’t have to be particularly flower interested to be stopped in your tracks by the wonders of fynbos.

Patsy Groll’s ENCOUNTERS (oil on board pictured), was painted while engaging in Jill Trappler’s 2020 workshop here at Wildekrans Country House. ENCOUNTERS is the lavender and lemon tree stairway out of the garden. We ran out of both lemons and lemonade last week. My Mom’s cousin, Sheelagh Groenewald, came to the rescue with a large basket of granadillas. This is a work in progress. Our first batch of granadill’ade was a bit sweet.

While sitting under our large willow tree, I remarked to last week’s walkers that the tree was creaking more than usual. A few years ago, one third of the tree severed a leg of Lewellyn Davies’ FLAMINGOES. On Saturday morning we awoke to the second third of the willow tree having fallen on a still night, narrowly missing Nikki Swanepoel’s ceramic cattle heads. A pair of Woodpeckers were delighted by this development, they in turn delighted the Limpopo weekenders.

I write these bits of news in my head while walking. The writings of Pico Iyer inspire why time out and walking daily is good for you “And its only by going nowhere that I find the thoughts that come to me unbidden are far fresher and more imaginate than the ones I consciously seek out.”

With love,