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Easter Monday: what to do?
Travel in an old choo-choo!
Kloof/Inchanga trip by steam
Is a highly scenic dream;
Views providing some of thrills –
Valley of a Thousand Hills;
And some other pleasing sights
Up in Hillcrest/Drummond heights.
Part of Comrades route this sees,
Runners, which is sure to please:
For some fitness without strain
This is a good way to train!
Through a tunnel: what a choke,
Coughing in a cloud of smoke –
That, when all is said and done,
Simply adding to the fun!
Hour’s halt, then more coal burn
For providing the return,
Steaming on the self-same track
Chugging slowly up and back.
Gradient as steep as hell …
Not the cost: that’s worth it, well …
Memories of this will last
As a great blast from the past.
Umgeni Steam Railway put on this attraction with a group of dedicated and wonderfully talented volunteers and no government assistance – in fact, frequent obstructiveness from official circles – despite the immense tourism value. Oh, no, of course – I forgot. Transport finance needs to go in far more important directions, like seven new Mercs for the Zulu king’s six wives plus a spare (car, not wife), and a set of new jets for President Zuma and his cronies to flit around in when going to parties and pointless yak sessions …
During the stopover we bought an extra bird feeder, which – after careful inspection – was adopted by our local flying club with enthusiasm and a quick demolition of the supplied seed.
This made me invent:
What is the difference between a bird fancier and a rabbit fancier?
One keeps a bird feeder and the other a furred breeder.
(OK, Rs about face *grin* so it isn’t a perfect spoonerism, but close enough!)
Colonialist April 2015 (WordPress)