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WPC Textures: In the garden

Sweet tasting wineberry

Due to a head cold coupled with cold, windy weather, we didn’t have many photo shoot opportunities this week, but I found these interesting textures in our small front garden.

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  1. what an extraordinary flora there is in the South Africa! By the way, what kind of tea do you drink there? My question may be odd, but the South Africa is not the UK. It should have its own tea tradition. 🙂

    • Yes, you are right, we do have a very special tea. It is named Rooibos (Afrikaans) or Rooibosch (Dutch), which translates into redbush in English. The scientific name is aspalathus linearis. The tea has been popular in Southern Africa as a herbal / medicinal tea for generations and is now in the market in many countries. I am not a tea drinker myself, but do sometimes indulge in a cup of Rooibos with a drop of lemon. It can be consumed cold on a hot day (very refreshing) or as a hot drink. Delicious, although some people say it is really an aquired taste 😀

      • I do know it! I’ve sampled it. Well…the taste is very special. Thank you for the idea about lemon. I will try. May be it will give the drink some particular flavour. 🙂

        • If you want to try it as a drink, remember, you only have to leave it ib hot, pre-boiled water for a couple of minutes until the color turns a light brownish red – I also don’t like it too strong. It has many other uses. Try rinsing your hair in it – you will be amazed at the softness and shine. Also dab it on sore or sensitive skin, it really soothes and relieves itches.

        • Thank you for precious advices, dear Hester! I will! 🙂 By now I tried only green tea as a face tonic. Indeed it has a good effect. Especially when it’s jasmine green tea.

        • I must confess that I don’t like the taste of green tea, but as a face-wash, especially with the added fragrance of jasmine, it suddenly sounds very attractive.

        • Neither do I. As a cosmetic remedy it’s perfect. Keep it in the fridge to have always cold. Tea ice cubes are fantastic too.

        • Yes, tea ice cubes sound like a wonderful idea to spice up the water.

        • 🙂

        • Levensjutter

          Never knew this! I’m gonna try!

      • Once I made Rooibos with cinnamon. It was too strong for me. And hibiscus tea name karkade? Don’t you brew it?

        • Yes, many people do, but not me. I am devotedly loyal to water and take tea only when visiting friends (to be social – South Africans prefer coffee, tea or beer as a social drink). The rest of my family members are coffee drinkers.

        • well… you have pure water there! 🙂 So indeed it needs no addings. 🙂

        • True 😀

  2. Really very interesting 🙂

    • Thank you. We recently moved here from another region, very different in climate and plantlife, and I am still trying to identify everything that I find in the garden.

  3. Besonderse foto’s

    • Dankie, ek is nog steeds op ‘n ontdekkingsreis in die tuin. Noudat die meeste gemors opgeruim is, begin dit mooi lyk.

  4. Nice pictures

    Kind regards,

  5. Levensjutter

    Ik wil ‘t aanraken! 🙂 Prachtige texturen! Mooie tuin, denk ik…

    • Dankie Anuscka. Die tuin was baie verwaarloos deur die vorige inwoners, maar ons het dit nou mooi skoongemaak sodat ons nuwe plante kan insit vir die somer.

  6. Blog Andrew

    Once again Hester you’ve shown me something I’ve never seen before, that wineberry reminds of the raspberry’s in my garden!

    • Hi Andrew, I think they may be of the same family but I’ve never seen this one before we moved in here.

  7. Die wineberry is n baie mooi aanloklike “tekstuur” Baie interessant.

    • Dankie 😀 Hulle smaak lekker ook. Die meeste mense kook konfyt daarvan, maar ek eet dit sommer so van die bos af.

      • Hier groei “black berries” Brame sommer langs die strate. Mens pluk hul sommer in die loop. Die bosse het net dorings wat nie aangenaam voel as dit jou steek nie. Hier is Maori naam vir Wineberry Makomako. Het dit n pit in? Hul sê die pit is bitter en moet nie geëet word nie

        • Nee, daar is nie ‘n pit nie, of liewer, net ‘n klomp klein pitjies. Ek ken glad nie die bessie van voorheen nie, dis die eerste keer wat ek dit teëkom. Hier is brame ook, maae voordat hulle ryp word, het die ape dit klaar gevreet.

        • Ha ha, die liewe ape! Hier is dit menslike “ape” wat tot diep in die bosse inklim! Eintlik beduie ek dit bietjie grof! Dis die minder gegoede mense wat dit pluk omdat dit gratis langs die paaie groei. Hier is nie ape nie!

        • Janee, hier rond kom jy nie weg met sulke sêgoed nie., jy word sommer gefine.

        • Ha ha, dis hoekom ek die vrymoedigheid gehad het om dit te vergelyk . Dit gaan nie oor of jy swart of wit is nie die hang af hoe jou optrede en reaksies is. Hier wip die “inheemse” ouens hul baie maklik. Probleem is daar is nie eintlik suiwer ouens oor nie. Als is vermeng hier.

        • Dalk is dit nie ‘n probleem nie, maar die oplossing – integrasie. Nou gaan die Suid-Afrikaners my kruisig!

        • Toemaar, as die klomp hier so oor sekere omstandighede praat waarvan hul eintlik niks weet nie word ek sommer warm onder my kraag. Dit help nie om daaroor te redeneer nie want hul sien dit nie in nie. Ek het selfs eendag opgestaan en die groep verlaat net om nie te hoor hoe hul redeneer nie.

  8. Mooi gezien. Het bijzondere zit vaak in het gewone.

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