Me and Christine, over many visits to Nieu Bethesda, fell in love with the dorpie, the valley, the energy and above all - the people.
In the year 2019, after concluding my annual Creative Photography workshop in Nieu Bethesda, our Land Rover wanted us to stay another 10 days.
We met fantastic people inhabiting this valley (some whiteys and many coloureds) who re-affirmed our view of this jewel of the Karoo. We had good kuiers (with the most hospitable people in the universe), great beer and food.
We were constantly aware of Helen Martin’s owls and perhaps ghost, which emanates from The Owl House and spread throughout the village when walking through the streets. Visits to the township were forced since oom Jim was the best place to buy whiskey and beer (he even had Christine’s cheap terrible sweet wine). Oom Jim curiously does not allow pregnant ladies to drink in his shebeen, a man of principle.