Walks with Kerneels – 31 July 2018
I’m so amazed at all there is to see and capture in an hour’s walk through only a small part of the village! Today’s walk was a longish one, as I decided to also run by the shop. It was a beautiful sunshiny day with blue skies, albeit still a bit cold. Birds were singing and out feeding almost the whole time & the villagers were out walking their dogs. Workers after the days labour were either waiting for their lifts home, or walking home… some like my friend Nolithemba Nosihle, has quite a long walk to her home at Die Kop, the informal settlement just outside the village.
My eldest son Thys and their Bella again walked half of the way with me, much to my relieve, as he sometimes held Kerneels so that I had both hands free to hold my camera!
I feel so blessed to be able to live in this beautiful village with its many amazing people. Enjoy!
Flower of coral tree or lucky bean tree (Erythrina lysistemon).
Bella and her ever-present pink ball. She walks all the way with that ball in her mouth!
Polyboroides typus (African harrier-hawk, Gymnogene). Kaalwangvalk [Afrikaans] flying over the village green.
Bella waiting for her ball to be thrown
Young men out on the village green with their dogs.
Young girls crossing the village green.
Nolithemba Nosihle and friends on their way home to Die Kop… the informal settlement outside the village.
The lovely sandstone building of the St Thomas Anglican church on the one corner of the village green.
This couple and their sheepdogs walked past the village green and we again found them on the river bank.
Beautiful willow tree on the village green.
Sam Erasmus on his way home after the day’s work.
Different fence, different doggie guarding
And still another one
Yes, that’s a very good resemblance of the dog that lives here… Abbraxis
The same couple with their sheep dogs
Barry and Angelica on a walk to the shop
Beautiful bottle brush (Callistemon) flowering in a garden on the river bank.
Thys relieving his mother of her load… Most of my photography on the walks happen with “one hand”.
Head of a kudu on the wall of Stanford Trading Store’s stoep… the house of artist Cobus van Niekerk … once the town’s Post Office.
Artis and interior designer Cobus van Niekerk’s house’s stoep
Detail of a bench on another stoep.
Cape robin-chat (Cossypha caffra)
Southern double-collared sunbird or lesser double-collared sunbird.
Bunch of bananas on a tree in a garden.
Hobbs and his parents on their way home.
Beautiful red VW Beetle!
A rose along the way
Kerneels is just like a child… he would walk free for a bit, and then come to me for a pat on the head… just making sure I’m still there and still loves him and everything is ok! I remember my children doing the same when they were little… they would play in the garden and then quickly just come into the house to where I was working for some reassuring mothering!
Blossoms now almost everywhere
Southern double-collared sunbird or lesser double-collared sunbird
Waiting for their lift home after a day’s work on a building site
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