Country Hospitality

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Per our previous article, we made mention of our road trip to Kenhardt in the Northern Cape to photograph the Quiver trees and the Blood Moon. We will cover that trip at a later time but just want to talk about the way in which we were received when we arrived in Kenhardt. Starting in Upington we noticed how friendly people were, this we saw again on arrival in Kenhardt when checking in at the Kenhardt Hotel. The bonus was when we randomly stopped a farmer to ask directions to the Quiver tree forest , the farmer Ernie Hattingh advised that the section we were looking for was closed to the public and offered to take us to his farm where he said he had a suitable section of Quiver trees, immediately he arranged food from the hotel and told us he would meet us at 1830, he arrived with his wife Helmien and we followed him to the farm where we parked our vehicle as he was worried it would get scratched . We climbed into the back of his Double-Cab with cameras and equipment and set off to the location, on arrival we set up cameras and tripods as well as tables, chairs, and snacks. Ernie and Helmien soon had a fire going and we started taking our pictures. We set up to the side of the Quiver trees and took pictures whilst they did an amazing bush braai with salads. Sadly around 23:45, we had to get pack up, part company and say our goodbyes. However, it was not to be as Ernie and Helmien insisted that we watch the Lions/Waratahs game at their house the next day. Once again amazing hospitality was displayed and Ernie and Helmien bundled us into the Double-Cab after the game for the last photo shoot to catch the Quiver trees at Sunset. Sadly we parted at around 23:00 but the experience and the hospitality will stay with us forever – as Ernie said we were his new “Engelese vriende”.

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