Monday, August 13, 2018

Kaapsehoop...out of the mist. Mpumalanga Province.



This is my fourth visit to the tiny village of Kaapsehoop.
(It was originally known as the Devil's Office back in the day.)
I went there specifically for the mist and the wild horses.
I was lucky enough to encounter both,
but not on the same day.


Two girls in the mist with an umbrella and a VW.
The boots and the pajamas might have been required due to the mist,
but the umbrella not so much.


On a clear day this old engine basks in the sunlight.
Shrouded as it was by the mist, it seemed to take on a different persona.


There are several of these concrete benches scattered throughout the village.
There are brass plaques on them, but they are difficult to read
due to the fact that they have weathered very badly.
The mist veiling the background almost as if this was in a studio.


On a clear day you can (almost) see forever.
Looking down on the the main part of the village...
The mist had lifted and I had decided to do part of
one of the many walking trails that the public have access to.


Dawn...my favourite time of day.
Red sky at night is a shepherds delight...
red sky at morning is a shepherds warning.
Actually, this was debunked as the day
turned out to be clear and warm.

On previous visits I had only encountered Vervet Monkeys,
now it seems that a troop of Baboons has moved in as well.
The rocks that this male is seated on in just part of the fields
of quartzite that was one of the reasons that the area was mined in the 1880's.
Unfortunately the "gold rush" did not last long and the miners moved on
to other more profitable areas.

Looking more like the set of a "horror" movie than a guest house.
The building style in the village is varied and eclectic.

From a corner of the dining room at Silver Mist Country Inn.

What better way to keep the cold at bay.
A HUGE fire in a brazier.

Sometime I am reminded that there are images all around me.
This grass, caught in the early morning light, is one of those.

I discovered this headless fairy amongst a treasure trove
 of items on a table outside a house.
I could not find anyone who could tell me the story of this collection.
YOU can make up your own tale to fit this...

This is just one of the wild horses that roam freely in the village.
I have to say that it is my favourite...
Not because of its temperament, but because of its colouring.
I am extremely nervous around horses as I lost
 a friend in a riding incident several years ago.

Taking the high ground...
A commanding pose at the top of a flight of stairs in the main road.

I wonder if I could put in an offer on this "home".
I see that it is eco-friendly as it has a green roof...

Steam punk light fittings, sweets and art works.
Just some of the decor that can be found at the Bohemian Groove Cafe.
On a Sunday afternoon they have live music...
We had breakfast there and were pleasantly surprised by the food...
and the service!

There is beauty in the smallest details.
Early morning dew caught up in a spider web.

Almost invisible in the mist.
This lone windmill turns endlessly.
For me these epitomize South Africa.

As the sun sets over the tree plantation,
it is time to head back to the Silver Mist Country Inn for dinner...

Hidden in the mist...
The main building of the Silver Mist Country Inn.
To find out more about this warm and welcoming destination,
where my wife and I spent the recent long weekend,
visit their website:

 
My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
Photo:

Photo:
When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.


I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.

Photo:
When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity 
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.

Photo:
This powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...

When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
For a short period he was behind bars
 in the old prison in Kaapsehoop.
To find out more about the collectible Funko range of figurines,
visit:

My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
visit:


A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
Or order directly from:




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and may not be used without permission

Monday, August 6, 2018

Eat and sleep at Madikwe Safari Lodge, Madikwe Game Reserve. North West Province

My wife and I were at Madikwe Safari Lodge recently.
We left this message in case we got lost and no-one knew to look for us.
But seriously, just a fun message scribbled on the rim of a bush fire pit.
The rains will no doubt wash this message away as it was done in charcoal.

The lighting that illuminates stone walls of the main lodge building
 add a feeling of entering a long lost African fortification.

Just a part of the seating(lounge) area that is situated between the bar
and the dining room.
The roaring fire here certainly kept the winter chills at bay.

This is the indoor dining area.
Just one of the spaces that where we enjoyed our meals.

My breakfast of champions...
Also still known as a "Full English",
even though we are no longer a member of the Colonies.
What a great way to start off the morning.
And with crispy bacon done exactly as I like it.
Well done to the chef, not many South African kitchens get that right.

In case you do not feel like a "Full English" breakfast,
then this is another option...
Eggs Florentine...poached eggs with smoked salmon.
Very YUM

Soup of the day.
For me, soup is almost a complete meal 
and despite the season, I do enjoy a bowl...steaming hot.

A dinner starter.
Beetroot Carpaccio.
Beetroot (obviously), cashew cream, avocado puree
with balsamic and mustard dressing.

If you are offered venison while at a game lodge,
give it a try.
This is Kudu Fillet with turnip fondant, grilled butternut,
baby marrow and mange-tout.

A lunch dish that was most "more-ish"
The perfect dish if you are still full from breakfast,
but cannot wait until dinner.
Bacon Carbonara Tagliatelle. 

A tasty treat for lunch.
Seered Sea bass with butter beans. 

And if you believed that you could escape the "food onslaught" 
by going on a game drive...think again!
The array of snacks that were on offer for our sun-downer drinks break was superb.
Always interesting to watch International tourists try dried wors (sausage)
or biltong (beef jerky/dried meat) for the first time.

Dinner mains...or at least one of those on offer.
Duck breast, with mash, plum puree, baby corn,baby veg and green beans.

Despite the chilly weather , one of our meals 
was served at the Boma next to the pool.
The blazing fires kept the cold at bay form the outside
and the food kept out insides warm.
And the wonderful staff made us forget all about the weather.

After dinner it was back to our accommodation.
Although the bed was calling, there was work to be done first.
The seating area became my office for the duration of our stay.
And the jelly beans certainly became my "friends"...

The aforementioned bed that had to wait for me...
It was a most comfortable bed, as I was to discover, and it overlooked the veranda
 and the bushveld beyond.
What a great view to wake up to after a restful night's sleep.

Madikwe Safari Lodge is very child friendly and the accommodation reflects that.
The family unit that we were in had a separate bedroom with 
this sleeping arrangement...note the giraffe lamp.
I did consider trying this out, but I was stopped by my wife. 


There is nothing better than watching the sun set over the African plains.
A wonderful view to end off the perfect visit.
Good night all...

To find out more about what this lodge offers,
visit their website:


 
My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
Photo:

Photo:
When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.

Photo:
When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity 
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.

Photo:
This powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...

When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectable Funko range of figurines,
visit:

My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
visit:


A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
Or order directly from:




All images are the copyright property of
  
and may not be used without permission