Monday, November 30, 2009
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
There were three crew members in the truck and they got the hose out very quickly and started working on stopping the fire from getting to the houses. I took this pic litterally moments before the truck nearly ran over me. I was standing right up against the truck to get the pic when the fireman (not seeing me there) decided to pull it forward. Thank goodness for my catlike reflexces. *wink*
fireman firelady is doing her thing with hose in hand
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
A little while ago she sent me a poem and asked me if I would perhaps have a picture that she could pair with it. I sent her a couple and she chose the picture below taken at the Holy Trinity church in Central, Port Elizabeth. The poem is called At Gods Gate and it is by very deep and talented poet named Kathleen Flanagan.
Here, I lean expecting cold metal, yet my balance is lost, my hold falters with lost senses.
I fall face to the ground, the shock reverberating up my spine and my head explodes with realisation.
My thoughts, expectations and doubts, caused this fall from grace.
How was I so confused?
Here, is an emptiness of promises. Here, I pick myself up, cradle me in the nook of my arm, and rock myself to sleep.
Here in this limbo, this grey landscape, Here in my mind.
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Millipedes are detritivores and slow moving. Most millipedes eat decaying leaves and other dead plant matter, moisturising the food with secretions and then scraping it in with the jaws
Sunday, November 15, 2009
At night this magnificent building is lit up and makes as beautiful a sight as it does during the day.
The history and information on the church I got off the Karoo Park Guest House website.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Friday, November 13, 2009
...and before long I was on all fours chasing ants with my camera
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
After Zolile finished his sheep, they spread the fleece on the table for everybody to see and touch. It is absolutely amazing how these pro's keep the fleece together like this.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Although not a mohair product, probably the stand that got the most attention was the one with Angora goat meat products. An Angora goat can produce quality mohair until they are about 7 or 8 years old. Elna van den Bergh (firstname.lastname@example.org) and her partners are from the town of Jansenville and they have started to produce angora meat for the market. Now don't go and imagine somebody braaiing angora steak and chops. The products include burger patties, boerewors (sausage), cheese grillers, salami, brawn, droë wors (dried sausage) and the most divine liver paté.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
The goats, included twelve rams and two ewes, arrived in South Africa accompanied by their Turkish handlers. On arrival in Port Elizabeth, it was discovered that the rams had been sterilised prior to leaving Turkey to safe guard the country's mohair industry. Unbeknown to the Turkish, one of the two ewes was later found to be pregnant and gave birth to a ram kid, which was the start of our the South African mohair industry. Today South Africa produces over 50% of the world's mohair, also called the Noble or Diamond fibre. The majority of this mohair gets exported through Port Elizabeth, making the city the mohair capital of the world.
The majority of the activities took place in the Karoo town of Graaff Reinet. Graaff Reinet is situated about 270km north of my home town of Port Elizabeth. The town must be one of my favorite places and is the fourth oldest town in South Africa, with over 220 heritage sites. The town is also surrounded by the Camdeboo National Park with its main feature being the Valley of Desolation. The area is also well known for its rich wealth in fossils.
The Summit included a conference, trade show, shearing demonstrations and various Angora goat and mohair competitions. Before this I knew very little about mohair, but I have learned tons during the two days I attended. Over the next couple of days I would like to share with you some of my new found knowledge as well as the sights and sounds (ok, so I don't really have sounds to share) of the mohair summit and the Graaff Reinet area.