It’s been a while…..

Good day everyone,

Well I am back….  It’s been quite a roller coaster ride for me since October 2015.  But I am in a good place now.

Over the past few weeks I started editing photo’s of the last holiday my Mother went with us. Must admit I still get very emotional when I  work on the photo’s. Miss her so much but I know she is watching over me every single day.

Here are just a few of the over 4000 photo’s I took on our trip to Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in July 2015. Believe me there is still allot on it’s way.

 

Exploring South Africa town by town: Victoria West Part3

 

On our road trip from 1 to 11 July 2015 we passed through many towns. I tried to take photo’s of each town but due to a time limit I was only allowed 10 minutes per town.  We entered Victoria West just after sunrise and everything was still very quiet. Only here and there someone was walking in the streets. I just love the old houses and the country feel to these little towns. It is sad though that the roads are in such bad shape.

Here is some information about Victoria West gathered by my Dad Ivan de Bruyn in preparation of our  road trip. Dad used different books and articles to compile all these information pieces for us.

VICTORIA WEST en route to this town the N12 crosses the Visgat River. At the one of its kind Victoria Trading Post there is also a museum dedicated to the legendary Mannetjies Roux the famous Springbok rugby player. A museum in the Main Street adjacent to the Library houses a large collection of old cameras and film projectors as well as medals of Group Captain P.H. Hugo a Battle of Britain [1940] fighter pilot who was born on the farm Pampoenpoort about 40km north west of the town and educated in Victoria West. His nickname in the town was ”Piet Khaki” but to his companions in the Royal Air Force he was ”Dutch Hugo”.

Victoria West was founded in 1843 when the Dutch Reformed Church decided to establish a new congregation in the far off northern areas from Beaufort West. The farms Kapokfontein and Zeekoegat was purchased to lay out the town. The church council named the town Victoria in honour of the ruling British monarch. The ”West” was added to the name in 1855 when another district in the Eastern Cape was also named Victoria. The town is in the vicinity of the Kapokberg Mountain with its blanket of snow during the winter months.  During 1904 to 1910 the town was represented by John X Merriman in the Cape Parliament who in 1908 became the Prime Minister of the then Cape Colony. He also played an important role in the compilation of the constitution of the Union of South Africa which was established in 1910. During the night of 27 February 1871 a disaster similar to Laingsburg in 1981 struck the town of Victoria West when flood water in the Brak River,normally a dry sand bed devastated the town. The death toll was never established,but more than 60 bodies were found and was buried in a mass grave,the people who passed away in the flood is honoured by a granite memorial.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Victoria West Part2

 

On our road trip from 1 to 11 July 2015 we passed through many towns. I tried to take photo’s of each town but due to a time limit I was only allowed 10 minutes per town.  We entered Victoria West just after sunrise and everything was still very quiet. Only here and there someone was walking in the streets. I just love the old houses and the country feel to these little towns. It is sad though that the roads are in such bad shape.

Here is some information about Victoria West gathered by my Dad Ivan de Bruyn in preparation of our  road trip. Dad used different books and articles to compile all these information pieces for us.

VICTORIA WEST en route to this town the N12 crosses the Visgat River. At the one of its kind Victoria Trading Post there is also a museum dedicated to the legendary Mannetjies Roux the famous Springbok rugby player. A museum in the Main Street adjacent to the Library houses a large collection of old cameras and film projectors as well as medals of Group Captain P.H. Hugo a Battle of Britain [1940] fighter pilot who was born on the farm Pampoenpoort about 40km north west of the town and educated in Victoria West. His nickname in the town was ”Piet Khaki” but to his companions in the Royal Air Force he was ”Dutch Hugo”.

Victoria West was founded in 1843 when the Dutch Reformed Church decided to establish a new congregation in the far off northern areas from Beaufort West. The farms Kapokfontein and Zeekoegat was purchased to lay out the town. The church council named the town Victoria in honour of the ruling British monarch. The ”West” was added to the name in 1855 when another district in the Eastern Cape was also named Victoria. The town is in the vicinity of the Kapokberg Mountain with its blanket of snow during the winter months.  During 1904 to 1910 the town was represented by John X Merriman in the Cape Parliament who in 1908 became the Prime Minister of the then Cape Colony. He also played an important role in the compilation of the constitution of the Union of South Africa which was established in 1910. During the night of 27 February 1871 a disaster similar to Laingsburg in 1981 struck the town of Victoria West when flood water in the Brak River,normally a dry sand bed devastated the town. The death toll was never established,but more than 60 bodies were found and was buried in a mass grave,the people who passed away in the flood is honoured by a granite memorial.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Victoria West Part1

 

On our road trip from 1 to 11 July 2015 we passed through many towns. I tried to take photo’s of each town but due to a time limit I was only allowed 10 minutes per town.  We entered Victoria West just after sunrise and everything was still very quiet. Only here and there someone was walking in the streets.

Here is some information about Victoria West gathered by my Dad Ivan de Bruyn in preparation of our  road trip. Dad used different books and articles to compile all these information pieces for us.

VICTORIA WEST en route to this town the N12 crosses the Visgat River. At the one of its kind Victoria Trading Post there is also a museum dedicated to the legendary Mannetjies Roux the famous Springbok rugby player. A museum in the Main Street adjacent to the Library houses a large collection of old cameras and film projectors as well as medals of Group Captain P.H. Hugo a Battle of Britain [1940] fighter pilot who was born on the farm Pampoenpoort about 40km north west of the town and educated in Victoria West. His nickname in the town was ”Piet Khaki” but to his companions in the Royal Air Force he was ”Dutch Hugo”.

Victoria West was founded in 1843 when the Dutch Reformed Church decided to establish a new congregation in the far off northern areas from Beaufort West. The farms Kapokfontein and Zeekoegat was purchased to lay out the town. The church council named the town Victoria in honour of the ruling British monarch. The ”West” was added to the name in 1855 when another district in the Eastern Cape was also named Victoria. The town is in the vicinity of the Kapokberg Mountain with its blanket of snow during the winter months.  During 1904 to 1910 the town was represented by John X Merriman in the Cape Parliament who in 1908 became the Prime Minister of the then Cape Colony. He also played an important role in the compilation of the constitution of the Union of South Africa which was established in 1910. During the night of 27 February 1871 a disaster similar to Laingsburg in 1981 struck the town of Victoria West when flood water in the Brak River,normally a dry sand bed devastated the town. The death toll was never established,but more than 60 bodies were found and was buried in a mass grave,the people who passed away in the flood is honoured by a granite memorial.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 5

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful  landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took us to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

I just love Aloe’s and the orange and yellow went so well with the background.

Worcester_8268 Worcester_8270 Worcester_8273 Worcester_8275 Worcester_8276 Worcester_8277 Worcester_8279 On our way home we decided to skip the toll road and took the detour through Du Toits Kloof Tunnel. This road is very picturistic but due to traffic we did not stop along the road. That will be a trip for another day. Worcester_8283 Worcester_8284 Worcester_8285

 

 

Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 4

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful  landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took us to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 3

I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After I visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took me to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 2

I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took me to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – View from a hill Part 1

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful  landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

After we visited the Nuy Valley, Butch took us to a small private nature reserve on a hill. The views was stunning and I got to take some beautiful photo’s of the plants. The plan is to go back there in September or October and make a day out of it. There are so many plant species on that hill and I would love to try and photograph them all. For now here are the few I did photograph.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – Nuy Valley Part 4

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful  landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – Nuy Valley Part 3

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful  landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

 

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – Nuy Valley Part 2

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful  landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

Hubby had to go and test some rifles and I said I want to go with. To be honest I was afraid of being alone in town with my camera gear. I have to think safety first in this new South Africa. I am a lady with expensive gear  and I am not very strong. That makes me a target. I know this is not what people want to hear but in this day and age one has to face the facts. Crime pays and insurance companies will always have a reason why they are not going to pay…

So off we went to a farm in the  NUY Valley about 30 km from Worcester. My jaw dropped when I saw the Langeberg Mountains reflecting in the water…  When we got to the shooting range I took my camera bag and camera and went exploring.  My hands was freezing but I enjoyed every moment and got some stunning photo’s….

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Exploring South Africa town by town: Worcester and surroundings – Nuy Valley Part 1

Hubby and I went to Worcester one morning very early. It was freezing cold but I wanted to go and take photo’s of the town Worcester…. Well I never got to take any photo’s of the town centre and buildings but I am not complaining I got to capture some beautiful  landscape scenes and also some flowers and plants.

Hubby had to go and test some rifles and I said I want to go with. To be honest I was afraid of being alone in town with my camera gear. I have to think safety first in this new South Africa. I am a lady with expensive gear  and I am not very strong. That makes me a target. I know this is not what people want to hear but in this day and age one has to face the facts. Crime pays and insurance companies will always have a reason why they are not going to pay…

So off we went to a farm in the  NUY Valley about 30 km from Worcester. My jaw dropped when I saw the Langeberg Mountains reflecting in the water…  When we got to the shooting range I took my camera bag and camera and went exploring.  My hands was freezing but I enjoyed every moment and got some stunning photo’s….

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Montagu Springs: Part 14

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Montagu Springs: Part 13

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Montagu Springs: Part 12

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Montagu Springs: Part 11

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Montagu Springs: Part 10

Hottentot Teal

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Montagu Springs: Part 9

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Montagu Springs: Part 8

White faced duck

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Montagu Springs: Part 7

Muscovy duck

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