Wednesday, 23 January 2019

CHANGING DIRECTION

After almost five years of AUTRES DIRECTIONS being a travel / photo blog, I have decided to deviate from that course and to focus more on commentary about the world around me - what I've read, what I've seen and what I've heard.
AUTRES DIRECTIONS will still move in other directions, randomly and probably haphazardly ... enjoy the journey - it may be bumpy at times! 

OJ

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

SILENCE PUNCTUATED BY BIRDSONG


The tranquility of a meadow surrounded by trees with the silence punctuated only by birdsong - peaceful and rejuvenating.

The Entremont Valley in the Chartreuse region of France

Monday, 14 January 2019

A MONUMENT IN A GARDEN


This monument stands starkly outlined against the sky - it depicts two men leading or controlling a recalcitrant horse.

It commemorates the South African soldiers of the 1st Infantry Brigade who died after being ordered to hold the line against the German army at Delville Wood in July 1916.

Of the 3 200 who entered the wood, fewer than 800 emerged on 14 July.

The Company Gardens
Cape Town
January 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019

SIT STILL AND ENJOY THE VIEW


Four passengers sit and enjoy the view from their deck chairs as they sail through the choppy waters of False Bay.  My guess is that they were told to sit still and not to touch anything and they are wisely leaving the sailing in the hands of the crew of the appropriately and authoritarianly named "Sir Henry"!

OJ

Friday, 11 January 2019

ALTYDGEDACHT


The cellar at Altydgedacht - a Cape wine farm that has been making wine since 1702.  Formerly known as Tygerberg, it had the distinction of hosting Napoleon's secretary, the Count de las Cases. After being released from exile on St Helena he stayed on the farm for three months while waiting for a ship to take him back to France.  In his memoirs he noted that a prized rooster as well as a bull on the farm were both named Napoleon!

OJ  

Thursday, 10 January 2019

PAMPOENSTALLETJIE (PUMPKIN FARM STALL)


I have often driven past the Pampoenstalletjie on the R62 between Worcester and Robertson promising to stop when not in a rush. I have now found the time to stop and look at the extraordinary display of pumpkins of all shapes, sizes and colours - totally fascinating!
The stall has been in existence for more than 30 years and even hosts an annual "Biggest Pumpkin" competition - the latest winning entry was in the region of 490 kg!  Still a way to go before getting to the world champion ... a monstrous 1 190,49 kg pumpkin grown in Belgium.

OJ

Friday, 4 January 2019

GRAIN ELEVATOR TO ART MUSEUM


The Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) is the newest addition to the fine arts scene in Cape Town.  It is the largest art museum on the African continent having six thousand square metres of exhibition space spread over nine floors.  A redundant grain silo on the waterfront was converted into an impressive new landmark - a "must-see" for all visitors to the city - and then there are the contemporary art displays by artists, literally, from the Cape to North Africa and  all countries in between!

OJ