We're a little internet challenged here
in Calitzdorp where our conference is being held. We're promised
an Internet Cafe if we can find it tomorrow.
We found succulent heaven! It started 10 days ago when we
met a couple in the Little Karro Botanical Garden. We told
them where we were going and they both exclaimed that we just
had to meet Louis Jordaan and see his wonderful farm 'Minwater'.
They went on and on about the variety of plants on the property
and about how nice a man he is.
Well, we finally got our cell phone working and then got to
a place where it would work, and were able to come up with
his phone number. Called and he invited us out.
This is one of these situations that is better in real life
than any dream could imagine it. Small succulent plants under
nearly every bush. We toured at least 3 miles of dirt road
with Louis and he continually stopped his truck pointed to
a bush and said look there! Fantastic! The pictures here are
a small part of what we saw and what we saw in 4 hours is
an even smaller part of the whole on his land.
This area of South Africa was home to the Ostrich Barons of
the late 19th century. Millions of dollars were made by selling
ostrich plumes world wide. Then WW 1 came and the market just
stopped and they all went broke. A few farms survived and
the animals are now used for their eggs, meat and skins. Now
there are Ostrich farms all along the local highways.