Tuesday, June 26, 2012


Marble at 10 Months old and still Growing . . .
Winter is here
Our Aloes are in Bloom

Our Veranda 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Carved Pagoda Beams

The beams for the pagoda at the back of the house are carved and going up . . . (looking at the photo, I feel proud of my handy work)
The adjacent rooms should not be too dark; we are planning to grow a beautiful, fragrant rose on the pagoda.  

~ "New Dawn" Roses - from gardenbuilders.co.uk site ~
~ "Blue Moon", growing in our Veg Garden ~

Would appreciate advice on a climbing variety that would like our wet winter and very hot summer.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

~ Vegetables from the Babenhorst Farm ~
~ Badenhorst Wine ~

Met a young couple on a farm near Wellington. They grow the most beautiful vegetables and also produce their own wine.

Our vegetable garden is coming along slowly but surely. . . The weather has been fantastic since Saturday morning; we started to paint the “werf mure” (the walls in the garden). Begun to put up supports for the Espalier Fruit Trees I hope to plant along the fence at the Vegetable Garden.

The following  photos were taken nearby at Babylonstoren

~ Espalier Fig Trees ~

~ Espalier Peach Trees ~

~ Espalier Plum Trees ~

Wednesday, June 6, 2012


the decision to replace the 1960's window with a sash window,
this week, could not have been more ill-timed.
Freezing cold and raining!


It looks much better

Little Mini and Slick - a lot more comfy in their basket . . .