Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Very little horsing around.A return visit to Silver Mist Country Inn, Kaapsehoop. Mpumalanga Province

It was just after 06h00 and the moon was still up
when I stepped onto the balcony of my room 
at Silver Mist Country Inn in Kaapsehoop.
In the quiet pre-dawn moments,
I had some time to appreciate the sky without
the intrusion of urban lighting.

Down at the front door, I was hampered by the fact that it was locked.
But I soon realised that the key was on the ring together with my room key.
This allowed me to wander around in the soft morning light,
capturing moments before the sunlight became too harsh.

In the early morning, the facade of the Country Inn
is still shrouded in shade.

I decided that a short walk before breakfast would be in order.
And even though the vegetation is very sparse
due to the winter conditions, the rising sun was starting to
encompass the distant mountain range in its pale glow.

Near Silver Mist, is an old disused remnant of a jail.
One a home to criminals, 
it later became a shelter for the herd of wild horses that roam
the hills and streets of this quirky town.
Their constant kicking against the walls
eventually caused the roof to collapse.
Several of the town inhabitants have now banded together
to rebuild the roof as well as to restore the interior walls. 

This old steam engine is the newest addition to the town.
Situated at the bottom of the road that leads to
Silver Mist Country Inn, it is a reminder of a part
 of the mining history of Kaapsehoop.

Visitors come from far and wide to interact with the horses.
The story of how they came to be here are legend.
But one of the most prevalent is the fact that they 
might have escaped during the Boer war and established
the herd in the area surrounding Kaapsehoop.
Whatever the real story is, no one will ever know.
All that is known is the fact that they have been here for more than 100 years.

Sunset across the valley.
The weeds in the foreground make an interesting contrast.

One of my favourite buildings in this old mining town.
It is directly opposite The Silver Mist Country Inn
and is part of their accommodation on offer.

At night, the facade of the Inn changes.
It becomes a welcoming beacon in the dark surrounds at the end
of a cul-de-sac.

A welcoming fire in the informal lounge area in the corner of the dining room.
Guests can enjoy a pre-dinner drink here while waiting for their food.

Dinner for one...
I dislike eating by myself, but on this trip, I had no option
as my wife had not accompanied me.

The 'heart' of any small town establishment!
Locals can get very serious about their drink of choice
and as a result, bars are always well-stocked.

In the corner of the 'formal' lounge.
Much like dinner for one,
here it was a single cup and saucer set out for tea.

Keep a candle burning...
Just to make certain that there is always a glow in the window
for guests to find food and shelter.

The Milky Way in the Southern night sky.
As seen from the balcony outside my bedroom.
Goodnight and thank you to the staff and management
for an enjoyable stay.

To find out more about what the property and Kaapsehoop has to offer,
have a look at this previous posting:
  
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A big thank you to each of these brands
 for coming on board.

This has been my constant travel companion 
for the past several years.
It might look worn,
but that represents the kilometres/miles
we have shared together.
From Kilimanjaro to the beaches of India.
To coach trips across Europe and Vietnam
and to a variety of game lodges and road trip destinations
 in South and Southern Africa.
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This torch has been turning heads!
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
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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.

Breaking in my new pair of Green Veldskoen Shoes.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.
Now to try out the rest of the colours in the range.

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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.

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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...

ALWAYS choose to be Batman.
My constant travelling companion.
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I could not do without 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 a 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.
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