After the drive through the Seweweekspoort, we settled into Laingsburg for the next two days.
My friend's garden was humming with the birds and (bumble) bees.
The following day we drove out to her nephew's farm in the direction of Sutherland.
The spring flowers were like jewels scattered across the veld of the farm.
We walked out to the fields of onions and artichokes.
Apart from the usual sheep-farming, our farmer grows these crops for the overseas seed market.
The first year of growing artichokes is tedious and meticulous, which involves protecting the baby plants from frost. When the plants mature, the female plants have to be hand pollinated with pollen from the male plants. Whew, sounds like a big project to me!
On the return to the farmhouse, we were treated to the most delicious meal of a rare venison stew.
Before we left, we had to explore the wreck of an ancient Chev in a nearby field.
On our way back to Laingsburg, we stopped in at Matjiesfontein.
We were last there about four years ago and we were astounded at the gardens that have been developed behind the hotel since then.
It seemed unbelievable to think that we were in the middle of the Karoo as we walked through the gentle vegetation.