Day 2 South Africa Blyde River Canyon, Cape periwinkle and “hook and poke”

Let all be done with love.
1Corinthians 16:14
A weir on the Blyde River so far away from the winter chill of England.

The name for this river which predates 1844 was Motlatse. This word means ‘a river that is always full’ in the sePulana dialect of Northern Sotho.

Then during the time of a voortrekker expedition in 1844 a party of voortrekkers including Hendrik Potgieter failed to return to the main encampment near the river and the river was named ‘Treurriver’ meaning mourning river. Hendrik Potgieter and the group then later returned safely from Delagoa Bay and they renamed it Blyde River.

Catharanthus roseus/ bright eyes / Cape periwinkle / graveyard plant / old maid. Its five petals and open face give no clues to what it holds.
It is a source of the drug vincristin, used to treat cancer.
On the way to the washing line Shelly has been scratched by this so often. Here carefully holding a twig of “Haak en Steek” hook and poke. Each pair has one curved and one straight thorn. These are growing on…

Three wild zebra a mare, stallion and fold have come to visit.  Listen to the grass hoppers rubbing their hind legs, which have rows of pegs on the inside, against the stiff outer edge of their wing.  Combine this with the swish of three tails and your ears are welcomed to this intriguing place of warmth and life.

Euphorbia with a lead wood tree reaching out into its branches and a cycad below. This lead wood tree is several hundreds of years old. The wood is dense and almost insect proof. They grow very slowly and have grey green leaves .
A gift to my brother – in – law!
A good teacher
takes a hand
opens a mind
and touches a heart ❤

It is no part of Christ’s mission to compel men to receive Him. It is Satan, and men actuated by his spirit, that seek to compel the conscience. Under a pretense of zeal for righteousness, men who are confederate with evil angels bring suffering upon their fellow men, in order to convert them to their idea of religion; but Christ is ever showing mercy, ever seeking to win by the revealing of His love. He can admit no rival in the soul, nor accept of partial service, the willing surrender of the heart under the constraint of love. There can be no more conclusive evidence that we possess the spirit of Satan than a disposition to hurt and destroy those who do not appreciate our work, or who act contrary to our ideas .

EG White Desire of Ages p487

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