Monday, February 23, 2009

Monday 23rd February

I thought I should share about the photo on the header of my blog. It was taken on one of our many trips to places we have learned about over the last year. It was a magnificent day out with my sister and her family. We roamed around the estate, Vergelegen. The cousins ran free and dreamed of buying the estate one day and all living there together. It was such a blessing to see them exploring this beautiful place and dreaming of owning it one day.

Vergelegen was the farm of Willem Adriaan Van Der Stel (1664-1733), Governor of the Cape Colony, and covered most of what is now Somerset West.He transformed the untamed land into a paradise. He was however unpopular among the free burgers of the Cape who accused him of using his position to enrich himself.He was recalled to the Netherlands by the Dutch East India Company in 1706 and never returned.

The photo was taken in the back garden of the Homestead. The estate is beautifully maintained and is well worth a visit.

"I saw this place with exceptional pleasure, since everything there was laid out wonderfully finely." Reverend Francois Valentijn, November 1705

The children admire a magnificent hollow Oak tree, the oldest living Oak in Africa !

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