Sunday morning dawned freezing and wet in Ebb and Flow. I prepared everything in my tent, rushed around in the rain to get it packed then struck the tent and dumped in the back of the bakkie (a pick-up). After a shower I hopped in and drove out. The main route to Cape Town was very busy with people returning from school holidays, extended to allow for the Soccer World Cup event. I thought this would be too dangerous in the rain so headed up over the Outeniqua pass towards Oudtshoorn. There was sleet falling in big blobs as I went over the pass and the higher peaks were covered in snow. It was very beautiful. Oudtshoorn was the center for the Ostrich industry a couple of centuries ago, where massive fortunes were made. The town has some of the most magnificent homes.
Anyway I did not tarry and headed on Route 62, through the Little Karoo. On the way through Ladismith I took a diversion to drop in friends of mine who runs a guest farm on the border of the Anysberg, halfway between Ladismith and Montague, Urban Retreat. Clever name hey? Urban is Jane’s husband. It was very beautiful and I had time for a quick painting before hitting the dirt road to Montague and home.