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Anglo Boer War VRYHEID

VRYHEID COMMANDO Personalities  John Arthur Hassell  An American with the Vryheid Commando, An American mining engineer, descendant of Dutch Huguenots was living in Vryheid and working in Zululand when the Anglo Boer War started, Oct 1899. He immediately joined Ward 4 of the Vryheid Commando under Fieldcornet van der Berg. While he was with the […]

A Page from our Guesthouse Diary:

A traveler passing by:  Not very happy with his accommodation at another guesthouse in Vryheid, he tried us …  and ended up staying for ten days. Then he came back every 4 months for almost 4 years. He saw our guesthouse grow and develop and noticed all the upgrades we made.   He always insisted to be booked only in […]

The Peacocks in our Garden

Our Wonderful world of Animals @ our Guesthouse. It is quite hard work to impress two ladies at the same time! Here you can see the mail peacock flamboyantly flushing his tail feathers for the two peahens. “Peafowl” is the general name for the family of birds. A peacock is a male peafowl. A peahen […]

Library: Books that I have read WW2

Most Secret War  R.V Jones.  British Scientific Intelligence 1939 -1945 This is R.V. Jones’s account of his part in British Scientific Intelligence during  the Second World War. He was nothing less than a genius. His appointment to the Intelligence Section of Britain’s Air Ministry led to some of the most astonishing scientific and technological breakthroughs  It […]

Chickens Have Right of Way

Our wonderful world of Animals . It looks like our Feathered folk has literally taken their “Poultry Rights” very seriously by demonstrating it with their presence at the new sign on the premises.

New Arrival

A unexpected “New Arrival” at our guesthouse is this little Jack (a male Donkey) Bambino ( a little donkey ). Mother “Mowey” is our Lawnmower between the sheds, kraals and awkward difficult to reach places, and rewarding us with excellent fertilizer (photo not included) for the garden. A Jenny (a female donkey) is pregnant from […]

The Plants in our Garden: AGAVE

Agave plants are among my favourite drought-resistant plants and native to Mexico. These succulent’s stunning geometrical forms look beautiful. There are about 200 recognized species. As desert plants they love direct, abundant sunlight and little water. They are slow but easy to grow. It hates water logging & frost. Agaves are monocarpic – this means […]