Hi, well, today's the day, I'm finally giving you the long promised tour of Philppolis. In case you need to put this in context, we travelled there on this post to visit Max's sister, Joyce and her daughter Shannon, for their birthdays, which are a day apart, but we took so long to get there, we needed to defer our tour of the actual destination till now!
To highlight this, contrast the temperature when we got there two weeks ago, (41.5 degrees C!!!!) with these photos, taken in August, when they had a light snowfall!
Because water is always an issue here, many of the old homes had boreholes, with windmills and reservoirs in their back yards, and elaborate systems to carry water to their houses. This is the remains of one such system, in Joyce's garden.
As the homes in this town were built from the mid 1800’s on, a progression of styles can be seen. They are an interesting mixture of styles, amalgamated to develop a unique 'Karoo Architecture". My South African history is not the greatest, so I won't risk plying you with mis-information, but the settlers in these inhospitable areas were mostly Afrikaaners, trekking North to escape British rule in the Cape. They brought with them the Cape Dutch architecture which had evolved in the Cape, featuring large fancy gable walls. This mixed with typical British colonial references to Victorian style, and added some touches to suit the climate.
Joyce’s house is one of the oldest in the town. The previous owner sent her this photograph of it, taken in 1950,
As you will have picked up by now if you are a regular reader of this blog, security is a big issue in South Africa. Sadly you can't escape it, even if you move to a tiny town in the middle of no-where.