I am going to write my thoughts, the bits and bobs that I remember of how it was for me, during my almost fifty years spent in South Africa.
Zebra, Zanadu, Zeerust, Zinnia, Zucchini
Imagine that! We have zipped through the alphabet, and South Africa. Up and down the coastlines, through the cities and up to the highest peaks of the mountains and back. It is almost all over!
Shall I start with a pretty flower, the Zinnia which we have an abundance of in South Africa, but we also have the African Zinnia; so lets compare.
We studied the poetry of Samual Taylor Coleridge when doing finals in High School and I will always remember this one:
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.
So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round :
And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ;
And here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery. (exerpt) published in 1816
He was born in 1772 in Devon, England and studied to become a church minister; he also had strong political views of a communistic flavour. He was a lecturer, author and poet, writing poems like ‘The Ancient Mariner.’
This is a lovely little story set in the mid 1800, about a man named Coetzee, who was building a church on his farm in the Transvaal, South Africa, but died before it was completed.
His brother completed it, layed his brother to rest (not in that order, I hope!) and named the place Coetzee Rust in honour of his brother. (later shortened to Zeerust)
Zeerust is now a thriving municipality with lead and chrome mines and is on the main rail line to Zimbabwe and Botswana.
Zeerust, isn’t it interesting how places get there names!
Click on the picture and move to a web site with recipes of what to do to enjoy this vegetable.
And so we say “Totsiens!” “Goodbye” from the A-Z of South Africa.