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  • Day8


    January 23, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ 🌫 21 °C

    So we left Golden Gate just after 8. Detour to Lusthof took about an hour. Then we stopped in Ficksburg to replenish food supplies - we are not sure when we'll be able to do it again 😊
    The mountains gave way to flatter country and hectares and hectares of mealies as far as the eye could see.
    We arrived at the Workshop in Hobhouse about 1pm. The altitude is a lot lower here so it is much warmer!
    Hobhouse is a little Free State dorp exactly like Memel or Wakkerstroom, only we haven't seen a hotel here.
    Some pictures of our little house (The Workshop), the view from our stoep and our walk around the block this afternoon.
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  • Day9

    Hobhouse Day 1

    January 24, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    When I woke this morning it was raining, and has continued to do so on and off all morning. So today was declared a day of rest and getting to sort Lesotho pictures.
    We just had 'koffie' with our hosts, Cedric and Betty, and were given the history of their house and the beautiful old Victorian house next door (which has been sadly neglected and is now for sale).
    Pictures of the rain, the Victorian house and our hosts' sitting room with lovely old heavy furniture 🌧🌧⛈
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  • Day9

    Hobhouse Day 1 Cont.

    January 24, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    So we made good progress with updating everything this morning but felt the need to get out and about this afternoon
    So we drove through Hobhouse back towards Ladybrand as far as a rather nice dam near the township of Dipelaneng. Only it looked rather marshy with some folk fishing, so we skipped.
    We drove towards Wepener (S) on the main road (R26) then came back into Hobhouse on de Wet St which is where the Workshop is. The main drag, Muller St, completes the triangle.
    Hobhouse is a mixture of nice houses and abandoned, dilapidated, even gutted buildings.
    Pictures: The purple house as you enter Hobhouse from Ladybrand, the river where we stopped on the way in on de Wet St, abandoned school sports fields and the Workshop itself; it was a real motor workshop which Cedric and Betty renovated to a coffee shop/dining room. Our little house is attached on the right.
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  • Day10

    Hobhouse Day 2

    January 25, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    This morning dawned overcast but cleared quite soon, so we thought it was safe to drive out and see the world. Started with a 'short' drive to a nearby dam on the old main road (!) to Wepener, only the dam was on a private farm so we had to turn around.
    We tried another road which POps had sussed out as going towards Lesotho - we thought there might be good scenery. First part of the road was dreadful - muddy, potholed and very 4x4 but improved when we finally found the S612. (Coming back we did much better following the S612 back into Hobhouse.)
    There was some good birding along here (prize was a goliath heron) but we turned around when the road became very wet and muddy past a farmhouse. (Huge trucks were using the road happily!) The farm dam yielded lots of nice water birds for our list...
    Pictures: Muller St - the old main road out of Hobhouse; same spot looking back to the town: Bill the birder in the muddy road; the dam; derelict farm buildings (pig pens) outside Hobhouse.
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  • Day10

    Hobhouse Day 2 cont.

    January 25, 2017 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We walked down to the bridge where we'd stopped yesterday. We investigated a rushing water sound at the bridge that neither of us noticed yesterday - there was a weir and a small waterfall on the other side of the bridge 🤔
    There were also some pretty gazania-type flowers that were open in the sunshine.
    So those are the pics for now.
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