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Welcome to my garden! I have added it as a garden to visit in Limpopo Province, South Africa.

I garden on an unusually large scale, but much of what you see is the result of a blessed situation, where nature provides most of the tapestry, and of a 25 year history of planting trees. Mainly trees are selected for their contribution in autumn, and today I can sit back as summer ends and anticipate amazing sights about which I have done precious little during the year. My garden is at its best in autumn

Although my garden is huge, my house is small – barely bigger than a double garage. It is situated on the edge of a lake, or a dam as we call a man-made body of water in a valley in South Africa. There is another house some 300m away, somewhat larger and overlooking its own body of water, which is where my parents stay when they come on a visit.

I teach English at a wonderful private school seven km away, and have been doing so for 9 years since soon after I left Johannesburg to live permanently on the farm. However all of that happened by accident, I had been out of teaching for 13 years and had no intention of returning. Now I have handed in my resignation as from the end of the academic year in December, in order to concentrate on those things I value on a personal level. I will miss the children and the involvement, but I can not wait to face new challenges!

I shall see when I post this how it relates to comments made by all at GoY; thanks for the warm welcome. Hope you will all realise that I’ve added to the blog – someone please comment if you were informed. I’m still too new to have picked up how that works!

anyway – here are two more pics: a panorama taken through my big blue 3m x 3m window, and a detail from the same spot taken this morning. Enjoy!! Later: OK – so panoramas don’t upload – there is obviously more to learn. Instead a detail of the most spectacular view of a group of particularly good liquodambers and a Japanese maple, together with assorted dogwoods, berberis, viburnum, prunus and amelanchier…

The rounded shape of the Japanese maple is only just visible in the very right of the winter shot.

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What a glorious tapestry of color ;-) I so love autumn, It is just the beginning of summer here. We have already had three days of over 100 degrees a week or so ago. I would agree that you do garden on an unusually large scale. Very Beautiful!!

19 Jun, 2008


This is all amazingly beautiful. The creation that we all enjoy is truly a gift. I agree with you we are all blessed by the wonders that we have around us.

19 Jun, 2008


What a stunning setting and such beautiful colours and textures.
With best wishes from Grenville and Alan.

19 Jun, 2008


Welcome to GOY and best wishes on your new challanges. So much beautiful color. Nature is truly amazing. ENJOY !

20 Jun, 2008


Gosh! What lovely colours and a lovely setting, you must love living there.
Jackie x

20 Jun, 2008


I've just picked up my jaw after looking at the first picture. Wow.

20 Jun, 2008


It really is amazing to see the autumn colours you enjoy. Not long until December - what a wise move you have taken. Well done and good luck.

20 Jun, 2008


What a beautiful place to live, the colours are out this world.mother nature does some lovely thigs, you are half way through the year for december, but not wishing it on to quick, would like a bit of summer over here first, not that we get much.

20 Jun, 2008


woweee!!!! ur pics are stunning!!! u r a welcome addition to GOY!!! brightened up my day! thanks for sharing!

20 Jun, 2008


Thank you all for the comments. I must admit, when autumn has gone, not even I can believe the colours that were! I am posting, as soon as I've figured how to do a follow-on, a panorama from my window in high autumn, followed by a shot taken this morning, which shows the delicate tints of early winter which I also adore!

21 Jun, 2008


OK - I added that to the above before realising that it is best to treat each entry as a new blog. I'll get

22 Jun, 2008

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