I didn’t quite finish with the record of our recent weekend in Clarens, Free State, and so without further ado here are some more impressions:

On the walk young R and I took, we passed along this area on the banks of a stream bed, running at the base of the mountain. Paths at the base, as well as those leading up into the heights, are well-maintained and litter-free. They are a credit to the Local Authority.

On the way, we were greeted suspiciously by this local resident, who seemed to be in rather a crabby mood.

At the start of one of the paths going up, one passes this garden with an interesting little rock lying in it. I would like to add it to my rockery, but wasn’t quite sure it would fit in the boot of the car (yes, that is garden furniture to the left).

One of the views over the little town.

A glimpse of the very roomy accommodation, and the first time that the kids had ever sat at a table together.

Young R practicing to be a farmhand.

Interior glimpse of Grouse & Claret, one of the many local restaurants, where we had a meal.

The local water hole, in the hills above the town.

The dam from closer up – if you can make out two dots near the centre, those are swimmers.

A spectacular overhang seen on a walk I took next day.

One of the sights while driving nearby.

Some footballing donkeys near Golden Gate.

Another spot of scenery on the road – a very high archway. 

© Colonialist December 2011 (Letterdash/WordPress)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. Tokeloshe says:

    Lovely 😉
    We drove through the Golden Gate in the autumn long ago, it was the most beautiful autumn colors I had seen up until that point.


  2. Nicola says:

    It looks a beautiful place


  3. adeeyoyo says:

    Lovely scenery and town, Col!


  4. Tilly Bud says:

    What a gorgeous place.


  5. granny1947 says:

    The one donkey looks like a Zebra!
    Love the colours on the crab.
    Beautiful shots.


  6. Looks wonderful- I do love your crabby resident, Col.


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