June 20, 2011 in Uncategorized
It’s not even flower season yet, and already Tietiesbaai (Cape Columbine Nature reserve) is busy blossoming into a magical garden of vibrant colour and crazy textures.
Soutslaai (mesembryanthemum pappilosum) in luminous purple; lichens in deep yellow and burnt orange, like little turmeric explosions.
Or in washed out green, almost glow-in-the-dark-like.
In muddy patches on the granite boulders, tiny gardens have started to sprout. I can wait to see them in all their glory come Spring.
Lampranthus vredenburgensis (Vredenburg kruipvygie) showing off:
And some more rusty lichen patches. These like the remnants of barnacles on a yellow whale. Or splats of joghurt in a curry sauce.
Speaking of which, a new winter staple at Oep ve Koep: calamari bobotie, here served with peanut soil, mange tout and wilted dhanya, hijiki and sea lettuce, and banana encrusted with powdered coconut.