The white washed walls of Stellenbosch


xxxx

White is not a colour. It’s more a feeling, a sensation, and needs to be re-affirmed ever so often.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the more politically inclined, the title of this blog ought to be ambiguous. Ambiguity is not intended here, but words have this political thing of revealing and/or concealing divergent aspects of truth (see Pablo Neruda’s “meta’fore!” – in the film Il Postino). Here, however, I mean Stellenbosch in the time of winter.

xxx

Lower Dorp Street.

Stellenbosch in the time of winter.
The trees are bare now, in their wintry dark all the more contrasting the white washed walls of Stellenbosch.

Market Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xxx

Market Street.

 

 

xxx

Market Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xxx

Market Street.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xxx

On the Braak.

xxx

On the Braak.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

xxx

The local thatchers take great pride in the workmanship of their age old trade.

 

xxx

VOC powder house of 1777.

 

xxx

Parsonage of the Rhenish Mission, 1815. 

 

xxx

The Neo-gothic Dutch reformed mother church Stellenbosch.

 

xxx

Book shop window.

 

 

 

 

xxx

 

 

 

xxxx

The oldest wine cellar in Stellenbosch, 1771, now the Catholic church of St. Nicholas

xxx

Stellenbosch synagoge.

xxxx

Stellenbosch mosque for the sizeable Muslim community.

xxx

Participant observation.

xxx

The readers.

 

xxx

Contemplating the menu.

xxx

House in upper Dorp Street.

xxx

Book Store window.

 

xxx

 

 

 

xxx

Side walk upper Dorp Street.

xxx

Side walk lower Dorp Street.

xxx

Many times cracked, repaired, plastered and still beautiful in its proportional simplicity.

While winter in the Cape is the time of lashing storms, it is also the time of stillness and consolidation, reflected in the white washed walls of Stellenbosch.

 

IMG_4958

 

 

 

With love as always
Colleen & Walter
Stellenbosch, 22 July 2014

2 comments on “The white washed walls of Stellenbosch

  1. Marion says:

    Stellenbosch is so pitoresque – and full of fond memories 🙂

  2. adam says:

    Thanks for the post, have a soft spot for Stellies that isn’t just about you guys!

Comments are closed.