Connie (a friend of Willie’s) spent last weekend on the farm Rooipoort near Murraysburg in the Karoo. The significance of this is that it was the weekend some areas of South Africa experienced heavy snowfalls. The farm was located in one of them, and Connie returned from his weekend with lots of wonderful photographs, which he has kindly shared with me. The reason why this is so exciting to most South Africans, is that we don’t get a lot of snow here.
Rooipoort, a farm which has been in the Pienaar family since 1916, is currently run by Jan and Alida Pienaar. It is primarily a working farm concentrating on sheep, cattle, and Angora goats together with some ostriches. It also functions as a guest farm, and should visitors want to hunt, it is stocked with Springbok and Blesbok. There is a large dam on the farm which helps to irrigate potatoes and oats. A big Poplar grove supplies the farm with timber needed for fencing and building.
Connie’s party arrived last Thursday afternoon when the scenery looked like this . . .
Heavy snowfalls last Friday night, had everyone waking up to a Karoo winter wonderland the next day. It snowed right through the whole of Saturday. By Sunday roads and passes in the area had to be shut to traffic. According to Jan Pienaar, these are the heaviest snowfalls in about 25 years. The colour scheme changed to a much more monochromatic one, with the odd bit of colour peeking out.
Isn’t it beautiful?! Much more spectacular than the sprinkling of snow we got here in the Southern Cape last weekend!
Thank you to Connie Jonker for sharing his photographs and the information used to write this post!