A Splash of Purple: The Colour of My Home City


October in Pretoria is a purple month.

It is the month when the numerous Jacaranda trees in the city  bloom and transform Pretoria into a purple wonderland. Purple flower carpets cover the ground underneath the trees and  the flowers above form a purple canopy, giving the illusion of a huge purple tent. They appear as if from nowhere , these beautiful purple blooms, between one day and the next, the trees are clothed in soft purple.

Suburban streets are filled with a soft hazy purple light from the overhanging blooming trees.

The carpets of blooms under the trees evoke little girl memories of imagined fairies living under the flowers.

Falling flowers remind me of student myth that a falling Jacaranda flower on the head means luck and a sure pass in the upcoming year end exams.

The purple Jacarandas in October mean home to me and always will .

Photos taken by the author on 17 October 2012

Walking Update 10

This is where I am

Week 10 and with the exception of week 8  I have been diligently walking every week and as the weeks progressed it became increasingly easier.This week I reached the area of the  Dwesa and Cweba Nature reserves.

These two small reserves are separated by the Mbashe river and bordered on the one side by the Indian Ocean and on the other by indigenous forest of the former Transkei. Combined they preserve one of the biggest tracts of indigenous coastal forest in the Eastern Cape.There are beautiful footpaths  to explore Dwesa and Cweba on foot.

One thing I know is that this part of our country is definitely  next on my to visit list .

Photo credit and more information here Dwesa and Cweba