Also, we had glimpses of the runners of the Comrades Marathon, still one of the top world events of its kind. It was great to hear that a South African led the men home, and that South African women were well represented in the top ten. It was not great to be caught in traffic jams, although we managed to miss one which stretched some 15 Kilometers.
Here young R becomes a fairy in the garden. No, she has not shrunk That tree is HUGE!
The garden has some lovely features, but is developing a rather sad air of neglect. Perhaps, having been established in 1874, it has become outdated for Africa. Certainly I would have expected far more people to have been enjoying the tranquillity and open spaces, and the amenities for picnics or barbeques. An ominous indication was that, although ‘Restaurant’ signs still abound, the excellent venue was closed and deserted. There is now nowhere to buy even light refreshments. Upkeep and maintenance also seem to have gone downhill.
By way of contrast, up Town Hill in Hilton, The Quarry is a thriving little shopping centre with what should be an ugly feature transformed into most pleasant outlooks. Of course, another aloe does add glamour!
Back to another view of the Gardens.
Changing times, but I mourn the wonderfully preserved Victorian splendour which characterized Pietermaritzburg buildings and gardens alike until comparatively recently. What there was is being steadily taken away. What is appearing in its place, if anything at all, is brash, unimaginative, unappealing, and often squalid. Such is South Africa today.
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