KZN (KwaZulu-Natal) had lots of traditionally built round houses. I took a picture of this one while we were stopped on the road to let a herd of cows go past.
This one is a little more modernly built than most, which are traditional sticks, rocks and mud with a thatched roof. They are very picturesque and I enjoyed looking at them until I realised that most of them had no inside plumbing, the toilet was outside in a building a few hundred metres from the building and the taps were also outside.
This country is so beautiful, but there are times driving through it that my heart just breaks. I wondered, as we drove past people walking on the side of the road and drove past their houses, what they must think of us in our fancy hire car. Our world is so different from theirs. It also made me wonder how in the 21st century do we still allow this level of poverty to occur.
We did a game drive inside Hluhluwe-Imfolosi game reserve and spotted some zebras.
At several points in the reserve there are fenced rest areas where you can get out of your car and have a meal in a restaurant and a walk around.
Isn’t the view amazing? There were a number of craft cooperatives in the park and I may have bought some baskets woven from reeds and some bowls woven from electrical wire. One of the reed baskets is currently being used to hold the scraps of fabric from cutting for my next quilt and another is holding roving for spinning.
A highlight of the day was spotting a rhinoceros. It wasn’t the best view, but it was my first time seeing one in the wild. If you look really carefully at the following picture you can see its rear end.
Gorgeous Girl was most disappointed that we didn’t see buffalo or elephants and she spent a good half hour calling for them to come and see her 🙂 Got to love the self-confidence of a two year-old who believes she can summon the wild beasts with her voice.
My shoulder is much better, thanks to a visit to my physiotherapist who is a magician. She banned me from spinning and knitting for the weekend (gasp). I got lots of reading done! I have a second session today and that combined with the stretches she’s given me and changing my position on the computer will hopefully solve the problem.
I have a quilt finished at the long-armers, but haven’t had a chance to get out and pick it up.