Friday, 19 October 2012

Flower Feedback: Union Buildings 4

Another lovely message from Pretoria!

I’m Lesley van Essen from Hoofddorp in the Netherlands.
I was in South Africa from 24th Sept till 14th October and traveled from Johannesburg to Cape Town. We traveled with a group of 34 people and went to  Pretoria, Soweto, Kruger Park, Swaziland,Lesotho, Port Elisabeth, Panorma route, Garden route, Cape of Good Hope.
Seeing all the animals in the game park was a lovely experience.
We enjoyed ourselves the whole 3 weeks and think South Africa is very beautiful.

Flower Feedback: Franschoek 3 & 4

It seems like they all come in pairs!  Here are another two from Franschoek:

First up is Amanda Hamman:

During October 2012 I've taken my husband, Dani, to the Western Cape for his 41st birthday because he haven''t been to that part before. He was bowled over by what he saw and experienced. He would definitely go back. We went to visit the Hugenote monument in Franschoek where we saw this flower and took the picture. We are from Lydenburg in Mpumalanga. I'm a teacher at the Primary school and my husband is a farmer.

Hi - my name is Susie and I'm from North Yorkshire in the UK. I was visiting South Africa in September with my husband when we stumbled across your lovely flower at the Hugenot monument in Franschoek.
After being on safari in Botswana the previous week, and paying a brief visit  to Victoria Falls in Zambia, we spent a fabulous few days exploring this region. The monument was a quiet peaceful place and flowers were coming into bloom all around on the pleasant Spring day we visited. We also travelled along the coast to Hermanus and were blessed with the sight of whales joyfully playing in the surf nearby. We had a great trip - our first to south Africa - and will definitely be back one day as I left a little piece of my heart here.
Peace and Love...

Thank you to both of you!  Isn't it great that people from different sides of the world can find peace and beauty in the same place.

Monday, 8 October 2012

Flower Feedback: White River

This is a special one.

These are my four cousins. They came to White River from Johannesburg, Somerset-West, Great Brak and India to celebrate their grandmother's 90th birthday. While there they visited my aunt, uncle and mother at the shop where the African Flower is. 

I love it.

Flower Feedback: Mac Mac 7

I have received another message from Mac Mac, the first one from non-South Africans.  It is so cool to see and hear how people from the other side of the world also enjoy our country.
Thanks Nils and Lucia!

we are Nils & Lucia from Hamburg, Germany. We visited South Africa for the first time this year and found your flower at Mac Mac Falls.  We enjoyed our stay in South Africa very much, we have seen fascinating animals in Kruger and Hluhluwe National Parks and went hiking at Drakensberg. St. Lucia and the Indian ocean were also very impressive. Unfortunately we had not enough time to visit Cape Town, but one day we will return...:)

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Flower Feedback: Mac Mac 6

This time from Haley. 

I am Haley Rieckhof, born and bred in Johannesburg South Africa. Our first family vacation as we have all just been reunited after 2 years, with toddler Ariele Nova and Gerhard Koekemoer. So this holiday will be remembered for ever... and this photo will make sure of that! 
Thanks :)

I love every photo and message I receive, and it makes me really happy to know the flowers put a smile on people's faces.

Friday, 5 October 2012

Flower Feedback: Groot Brak 2

I received another email from my friend Christelle.  
She was flower hunting on the Garden Route...

On the last day of a very short visit to the grandparents, we went
flower hunting was cool and windy on the bridge to Groot
Brak island! My boys Reinhardt and Gideon , with MIL Alta Botha of

You're a star, Christelle!

Flower Feedback: Mac Mac 5

I had no idea the Mac Mac Falls is such a popular place!  I have received another wonderful message from there.  This one comes from Michelle du Toit.

We are visiting family in Lydenburg and did a day trip.  This was one of our stops. On the photo is my husband, baby and I.  My husband was last here when he was 4 years old(he's now 29). Our daughter is 11 months, and its a first for me and her.

 This is such a nice thing that you started.

Will definitely look out for more flowers on our next trip.

Thank you Michelle!

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Of Beginnings and Endings and the little things inbetween

We left Dubai in July, we traveled through South Africa in August 
and we arrived in Adelaide in September.
We've been living out of our suitcases for almost three months now.

During the past three months we have said "Goodbye", we have said "How nice to see you again" and we have said "Please to meet you". Our four year old has met more new people in the past 3 months than she had met in the previous three years. No more shyness: Every new person is a potential new friend.

We are in the process of settling into a new country. In the past few weeks we have applied for bank accounts, tax numbers, medical aid and driver's licences. We have looked for and found a school, a house and a church. We have made a few new friends, visited a few new shops and figured out our way around a new city.

If all goes well, we will unpack our belongings next week and we will begin to turn our house into a home. And we will turn a new city and a new country into our city and our country.

Life is good.
We are blessed.

(leaves photographed in the Singapore Botanical Gardens)

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Flower Feedback: L'Agulhas 3

Another lovely message from L'Agulhas:

My name is René Kasselman(23), I'm a student from Bloemfontein (kovsie) and I'm on holiday in Struis Bay and we were just walking on the boardwalk, when my mother saw the flower, and we took the photo, its a really nice flower.

Thanks Rene!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Flower Feedback: Mac Mac 4

Another message from Mac Mac!  This time from Bronwen.

We were at Mac mac falls.

Its our 7 years Anniversary and we decided to come here for it.

Good choice, Bronwen!

Flower Feedback: Union Buildings 3

One of the best things about the flower at the Union Buildings is that I get messages from people I know.  This message is from my friend Erika.  We've been friends since primary school. 

This photo was taken on Sunday afternoon 16 September. We stopped for a stroll at the Union Buildings with a visitor from Cuba. What a surprise to find one of your flowers! In the photo is of my daughter Xera with the flowers....