More Merry Midlands Meandering

Over long weekends South Africans living inland tend to swarm to the sea, and Durban is a destination within reach. We are among those Durban residents who tend to take breaks in the opposite direction. Instead of heading for the mountains, for which a weekend is needed, we are able to get a total contrast in environment with an easy day trip to the Natal Midlands, and that’s where we went yet again yesterday.

We revisited one of the sites of my next book launch (when everything finally comes together) and then went on to a Pizzeria which has become very popular. Very pleasant – but in this case we are lucky enough to have an even better one five minutes away from home. Still, the change of altitude and air was refreshing. The temperature was particularly refreshing.

Some of the scenes seen:

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The little streak of blue in the centre where clouds meet hills is actually Midmar Dam, a stretch of water large enough for yacht racing, waterskiing, and the famous Midmar Mile swim.

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Don’t forget that this is midwinter on a dull day – the mountains were invisible in the cloud.  In spring and summer the area is transformed into vivid greens.

Other aspects of the excursion will follow …

© Colonialist August 2015

About colonialist

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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12 Responses to More Merry Midlands Meandering

  1. Mél@nie says:

    SSS = simply stunning and splendid, Mon Colonel… your pix have reminded me of our pittoresque Auvergne… 🙂


  2. libraschild says:

    i love the natal midlands.
    dont know why the weather is always crap there but the little cottage industries and things more than make up for it


  3. Beautiful undulating, wide open spaces. Good luck with your new book, Col. 🙂


  4. Patrecia (with an E) says:

    bottom picture…taken in spring and summer so we can see comparison…lovely views


  5. The colors of the landscape are very pretty, even with the clouds, Col.


  6. Looks gorgeous Col, looking forward to more pics from your excursion.


  7. I think you are lucky to have such true wilderness within reach. Flying from here to NE England, on a good day, you can see that most of the countryside is dotted with man-made constructions. There is very little left that is truly wild.


  8. what a beautiful planet we share.


  9. de Wets Wild says:

    The Midlands really has some of our best scenery!


  10. Andrew says:

    Boutiful Bougainvillea! Also like the veldt under dark skies.


  11. gipsika says:

    “dull”, what do you call dull? I love those clouds! Where is the book launch planned?


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