Friday, 3 October 2008

Walk with Me

My favourite place to visit in Cape Town is Kirstenbosch Gardens. Every time I go there I sit and think just how blessed I am to live in a city that has a place like this. It is what I imagine the Garden of Eden was like before the fall.

The peace you feel when you sit on the lawns and hear the distant laughter of children mixed with birds chirping. The back drop of the mountains and the city spread out before your feet, I wish I was Yeats so I could express the beauty better.

They say a picture says a 1000 words, so I invite you to enjoy this small sample of our beautiful garden. All these photos were taken by my very talented son Markwin (14)!

And of course there is always food.....

Professor Pearson came to South Africa in 1903 to fill the newly established Chair of Botany at the South African College. In February 1911 Pearson hired a Cape cart and, upon the suggestion of his friend Neville Pillans, visited Kirstenbosch to assess its suitability as a site for a botanic garden. On 1st July 1913 the wild and overgrown estate of Kirstenbosch was set aside by the Government with a grant of £1 000 per annum. Pearson was the obvious choice for a director but there was no money for a salary. He accepted the task in an honorary capacity.

In 1916, at the age of 46, Professor Pearson died from pneumonia. This was a severe blow to the garden. Buried in the garden his epitaph is -

"If ye seek his monument, look around".


nicisme said...

Great photos - looks so beautiful!

Boots in the Oven said...

What amazing flowers - the garden seems like a lovely place to spend some time!

Daziano said...

Oh, spring....awesome photos!!!

justfoodnow said...

Absolutely exquisite! We forget, all too often, how blessed we really are. Your son is really good - what does he want to become one day? :)

Thanks again, for reminding me.

Rose&Thorn said...

Nicisme - It really is.
Boots - We are really blessed to have a place like this.
Daziano - It has taken long enough for it to arrive, but I am so happy it is here.
Just - Glad you liked it. As for his future profession, he seems very interested in being a mechanic!

Kit said...

We love Kirstenbosch too. I took the girls in the holdays while the boy was at cricket training. They were a bit put out that there were no tadpoles to catch and that the meandering stream was a rushing torrent after all the rain, but enjoyed climbing in the twisty trees. I only took a couple of pics though. These are great!

Jeremiah 17: 7-8

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water."

It is not your business to succeed, but to do what is right : when you have done so, the rest lies with God.
C.S. Lewis

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