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September 12th 2014
Published: June 17th 2017
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The huge tree in the middle of the garden.
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Paul and I were going to be very busy for the next thirteen nights. Paul is running a safari trip and I am joining him on the trip to do the catering. Most places we were staying are self-catering places. The trip will be in the Kwa Zulu Natal region of South Africa. I'm going to be busy, but am hoping that I also am able to enjoy the trip and join him and his guests on some game drives.

Yesterday Paul and I did a huge food shop for the trip and very neatly packed the car. This morning we were up early as there were a few last minutes things to do and then at about 9am we left Johannesburg and drove to Pretoria. We were picking up our guests – Juliane and her nephew Maxim from their hotel.

We left Pretoria at about 10am and drove towards our accommodation for the night in Piet Retief. We arrived at the Guest House at about 2pm. It was a stunning location, surrounded by farms, cows, pine and eucalyptus trees. The accommodation is set on a hill and we all loved the view. The grass was so dry and yellow, such
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The pretty garden at the guest house.
a contrast to the nearby pine forests.

Once we had settled into our accommodation we went for a walk at half past three. There were a few walks that we could do and we choose to do the Pipit walk. This would lead us down to the hide at the dam. We walked past calves with their mothers and bulls as we looked for birds. I quickly walked past the bulls - as they scared me! Our walk lasted about an hour and then we walked around and admired the gardens. It felt good to be active after sitting in the car for so long today.

In the middle of the gardens there was a huge tree with a strangler fig growing on the trunk. The only thing that spoilt our walk was the strong wind.

It was now time for me to prepare dinner while Paul chatted with his guests attending to them with drinks and snacks. After dinner I excused myself and had an early night.


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03 Garden03 Garden
03 Garden

The pretty garden at the guest house.
04 Palm04 Palm
04 Palm

A type of palm growing below the huge tree.
05 Strangled05 Strangled
05 Strangled

A strangler fig has taken over the trunk of the huge tree.
06 Strangled06 Strangled
06 Strangled

A strangler fig has taken over the trunk of the huge tree.
07 View07 View
07 View

The view of the surrounding farms as seen from the guest house gardens.
08 View08 View
08 View

The view of the surrounding farms as seen from the guest house gardens.
09 View09 View
09 View

The view of the surrounding farms as seen from the guest house gardens.
10 View10 View
10 View

The view of the surrounding farms as seen from the guest house gardens.
12 New Growth12 New Growth
12 New Growth

New leaves are growing on this tree.
13 Flower13 Flower
13 Flower

A gorgeous Bird of Paradise flower.
14 Flower14 Flower
14 Flower

Another gorgeous Bird of Paradise flower.
15 Garden15 Garden
15 Garden

The pretty garden at the guest house.
16 Roses16 Roses
16 Roses

The rose garden filled with poetic quotes.
17 Garden17 Garden
17 Garden

The pretty garden at the guest house.
18 Pretty18 Pretty
18 Pretty

Some pretty orange coloured flowers.
19 View19 View
19 View

The view of the surrounding farmland while on our walk to the hide.
20 View20 View
20 View

The view of the surrounding farmland while on our walk to the hide.
21 Entrance21 Entrance
21 Entrance

The entrance to the guest house.
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22 View

The view of the surrounding farmland while on our walk to the hide.


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