Our first weekend trip was to a place in the valley called the Midland Meanders. There are roads throughout the valley that have shops and crafts people open to show their work. Our first stop, The Wood Turner. Connie was delighted.
As you can see by the pictures, his bowls were quiet large, over a meter across. Thankfully, Connie didn't buy one. She did buy several smaller ones. She was most excited about the lathe. It was huge and I don't think she will be looking for one on Craig's list.
When he took her in to see the room where he was drying the bowls, he mentioned to look out for snakes. They come into the room to cool off. About that time a little dog came over and licked her toes. I didn't see the response, but she said she jumped and let out a scream.
We then traveled on up the mountains to the Giants Castle. It was a very hard drive filled with pot holes, people on the road and goats, cows and sheep. By the time we arrived I was ready for a glass of wine. At the gate they let us know there were three kinds of snakes there. One the spitting puff adder. If the venom goes into your eyes you must clean it out with water, milk or urine. Connie had lots to say about that!!! Thankfully, we never saw any snakes but it wasn't because I wasn't looking.
On Monday Connie had meetings and I was taken to the weaving shop on the meander. I was as thrilled by the weavers as Connie was with woodworker. The man who runs it now is a second generation weaver and his family has been weaving for 37 years in this place. They use the local women to spin and weave. The loom the woman is using in the picture is like mine. Hers has seen a lot more wear. They had a 4 meter loom and a 9 meter one...it was incredible. I wanted to sit right down and start weaving. They only wove rugs and sold them mostly to New York. I loved every minute of being there. It reminded me that I have a loom that is the Cadillac of looms. I can weave anything.
There are lots more pics to show and I will soon have them posted on a website. My friend, John Hartleroad is helping me with that technology. He is an incredible photographer and I will post his site later.
So we are in Durban now for Connie to have another meeting. After this we are heading home to our beach house. We have missed it a lot and long to be on the patio with a glass of wine. We are first going to the local mall where we have heard there is an Apple store. We want to work out a few glitches. So will try to download pics soon. Connie has a billion bird ones that need a little editing..