ALOE, ALOE – IS THAT A STOM UNGENE OR A REELWAY TRIN?


 

There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it.’

Alan Paton: Cry, the Beloved Country. 

And, some 30Km into those hills one finds Creighton, with its picturesque railway station and its annual Aloe Festival.

The family and I have been up close and personal today with steam engines, railway coaches, aloes, the beautiful Umzimkulu River, a ghost town, a haunted hotel, and a helicopter.  We have caused cattle stampedes and done game spotting.  

I have some 130 photographs to sort through …

Here is a foretaste.

Crighton Station 1

Creighton Station 2

STEAM engine

Train and Bridge

Aloes and Umzimkulu

Train and Umzimkulu 

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17 Responses to ALOE, ALOE – IS THAT A STOM UNGENE OR A REELWAY TRIN?

  1. Pingback: Aloe and Good Buy Choo! | Colonialist's Blog

  2. bluebee says:

    Those photos have given me an attack of the nostalgics, Col

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  3. wonderful pics – looking forward to some more

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  4. disperser says:

    Did I miss the Aloe? . . . or is that a SA word for “hello”?

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    • colonialist says:

      This heading will be lost on anyone not familiar with the BBC sitcom, ‘Allo ‘Allo set in France during the Nazi occupation. It has a character Officer Crabtree whose utterances include: “I was pissing by the door when I heard two shats. You are holding in your hind a smoking goon. You are clearly the guilty potty!”

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  5. I’m officially jealous – especially of the steam trains 😉

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  6. I can’t wait t hear more, Col! What a wonderful day! Look forward to hearing all about it…

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  7. nrhatch says:

    Looks like a FUN outing, Col.

    Here’s the link to the Whale Tail Tale:
    http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-07-07/surfer-knocked-unconcious-by-whale-in-sydney/4804296

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  8. 68ghia says:

    Looks like a trip back in time….
    Looking forward to the next installment Col 🙂

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  9. Sonel says:

    It’s so beautiful there Col and love the shot of the aloes with the river and the hills in the background! Looks like you had lots of fun! Thanks for sharing. 😀 *big hugs*

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  10. Eha says:

    Great photos: quite remarkable how similar today’s scenery is to Australia [well, perhaps natural not remrkable 🙂 !]

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  11. adinparadise says:

    Looks like you had a great family jaunt. Love the river scenes. 🙂

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  12. bulldog says:

    Ah the river that gave me the most problems when I was Green Keeper at Port Sheptsone Golf Course… the large Umzimkulu river… lovely share, and I do love the photos, can’t wait to see more…

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  13. Pussycat44 says:

    Lovely countryside. 95 miles to P.M.B! Now that takes us back.

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  14. newsferret says:

    Sounds exciting.

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