Sunday, March 24, 2013

Baskets From The Kingdom Of Lesotho

And in between something from my archive of "Africa's Past".

This old image dates back to the 1950's and is entitled" Basutos storing grain".

Basutoland or officially the Territory of Basutoland, was a British Crown colony established in 1884 after the Cape Colony's inability to control the territory. It was divided into seven administrative districts; Berea, Leribe, Maseru, Mohales Hoek, Mafeteng, Qacha's Nek and Quthing.
Basutoland was renamed the Kingdom of Lesotho upon independence from the United Kingdom on October 4, 1966.

Welcome To Pearston - Karoo Travels

Welcome to Pearston. Somewhere between Graaff Reinet and Somerset East in the Karoo.
It appears to the foreign visitor, that Pearston is just one road in the middle of nowhere. But nothing is what it seems in rural Africa.

Welcome To Pearston in the Karoo

General Dealer in Pearston

Welcome and Thanks!

Street Life in Pearston

The tail of a windmill in Pearston

A tine roof house in Pearston with a beautiful old "Stoep" (verandah)

Something cold on a hot day

My yellow ride....

An old Karroo house in Pearston

Afrika Hair Salon in Pearston

The Sentrum Kafee in Pearston

What does one do in Pearston?

Rommel Trommel in Pearston.......

The Karoo sun makes everything white.....

Street signs in Pearston remebering those who came here long before us

old age in Pearston

Farmers buying their supplies

Pack it up...

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Courageously Colorful - Colonial Houses in Cradock

Salmon Pink and Bleu Majorelle on the walls of a colonial Cradock house

"Bleu Majorelle" is the name of a color, that you find in Morocco. A deep Mediterranean blue.
Morocco is known for this color. But you can find it in Cradock in the South African Karoo too. Bleu Majorelle develops. It is not a color, that just comes from the tin like this. Ok, it is a deep blue in the beginning, but it develops under the bright sun and the dry air of Morocco into something spectacular. It cannot be described.

A verandah in subtle rose. The back wall is painted yellow!

I asked my brother again and again to drive up and down some of Cradock's streets. Thank you brother. It was worth it!

This Cradock house is courageously colorful in true baby colors

The same light and air conditions as you find them in Morocco exist in the Karoo.

Terracotta and Bleu Majorelle Again

And there is the Bleu Majorelle!
In all its might!

Sky blue and a corrugated iron roof that was once painted chest nut brown

But not only that!

A Cradock Verandah in Purple And Olive

The beautiful thing is, that all this is probably not intentional. It is simply art that creates itself over time.

Two different shades of green and pink, just pink


Energetic Deep Purple

A crazy dance of colors - old and new

Saturday, March 16, 2013

On The Streets Of King Williams Town

Some Simple Street Photography

 A street hawker preparing her vegetable bags for the day

Under the eyes of Jesus Christ and Mary

Following the fashion..

Observing the streets of King Williams Town

Street( Car) Life in King Williams Town

A Street Vendor with Ostrich feather dusters and his cell phone - products from two different eras

A post Apartheid generation

And the middle aged and the old ones

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