What a wonderful three weeks. We just went
and did. Fabulous plants of all descriptions, Wonderful animals,
some defying description. We met beautiful people everywhere
we went. Fellow travelers at the Guest Houses as well as the
owners and managers of the houses.
We learned new words every day. Learned that we were pronouncing
every Africaans word that we knew incorrectly and that we
will never pronounce some correctly.
It goes without saying that the 60 odd people attending the
Succulenta conference were all kindred souls and we've made
some very nice friendships there. People from South Africa,
Brazil, Kenya, England and from Tucson.
We just couldn't help ourselves. As we drove the 450 kilometers
back to Cape Town on Saturday, we stopped along the road and
took still more pictures of plants in the wild. We had time
to visit a nursery that we hadn't been able to get to previously.
The name is Sheilam Cactus & Succulent Nursery near Robertson,
SA. The place has been in business since the mid 1950's with
a succession of owners, but with some of the original plants
in the ground. You will not see finer or bigger cacti specimens
anywhere. Take a look at the cyphostema with Yvonne standing
next to it. What a treat and one more wonder produced in South
Africa for our enjoyment.
We can't wait to share it all in person. Thanks for looking
at our emails, we certainly hope that you've enjoyed them.
Here's a little fun. No time to go in to London, but we shopped
at Harrod's in the airport.