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WILLOWmore sa SOUTH AFRICA

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Uploaded on Sep 19, 2009

On a warm summer day in 1856 Frederick Lehmkuhl developed a homestead that became the village of Willowmore in 1864, the gateway between the Great Karoo and the harbour at Knysna. The Dutch Reform Church built a rectory, which later became a girls hostel, and today was our accommodation as the Willowmore Historical Guesthouse. We were warmly welcomed by Deon van der Merwe, (HTTP://www.baviaans.co.za/willowguesthouse), a friendly large Afrikaans, who rearranged guests and assisted me to a cabin. Our traditional room was outfitted with nineteenth century furniture, brass beds, antique chairs, dressing table and an old original oil painting. Unfortunately it was also unheated, about fifteen degrees Celsius, and cold. Our dinner was delivered to the cottage, babotie for Richard and I ate very tough Calamari and tough rump steak consumed with a Carling Black Label beer, brewed here under license from Canada. We ate, and then went to bed to escape the cold at 10.00 pm. Richard later told me, I heard four women visitors getting very vocal and pissed at the bar, and I intended to join them, but I fell asleep.




Saturday 16 August Knysna




We dressed by 8.30 am and ate a hotel breakfast of fried eggs and bacon, checking out about 11.00 am. The cost with meals was $150.00, which I felt, was excessive, but last night we were very pleased to get any accommodation. Im not sure why we were so slow getting going, but I need time to type my journal, and Richard likes to walk and explore. We drove for an hour to Uniondale, turned off the N9 there onto R339, a secondary road, and then drove to Adventuur, where R339 narrowed to a double lane dirt track running ninety kilometres over a series of towering, blue tipped mountain ranges to the coast at Plettenburg Bay or Knysna.

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