Sunday, 14 August 2016

Verkykerskop or Binocular Hill

Verkykerskop is surrounded by sandstone koppies the Eastern Free State. 
Five roads leading out to other communities in the area

To this day it portrays the early 19th-century Boere uitspannings plek it started out as. 
It became something of a community during and after the second Anglo-Boer War and a police outpost, school, blacksmith, post office and grain mill were established here.

A drive in the 1948 Chevy Fleetmaster will match the occasion
Starting today with a little story of a legend of the area namely Jan Skambreel. 
Jan was the blacksmith and was the owner of a blacksmith business in Verkykerskop
In the planting, of the crop, season Jan was very busy repairing plow shears for the farmers. 
On a given day, while Jan was doing repairs to implements of the farmers Mr. Very Important came in and told Jan that he is important and his plow needs priority and he has to fix it immediately.
Jan looked at important farmer and utter
“ If I could buy you for what I think you are worth and sell you for what you think you are worth I will be the wealthiest man in Verkykerskop”. 
A fun place to visit

If you like vintage then this is a must visit

Beth and Matt or is it Matt and Beth 

owners, dreamers, cooks and builders

Beth and Matt arrived in 2004 and set about reviving the old trading store, injecting style, energy and color into this Free State village. 
They have a great vision but are living firmly in the moment, delighted, eating well and celebrating every day.
Today the village has a strong “green” philosophy. Other than an old mill, most of the original dwellings, dating back to the 1940’s, have been converted into tourist cottages and guesthouses.
Expect piles of nostalgic old items while wander about Verkykerkop
If you are of a certain age, you will know what this is all about:
Curved glass cabinets and the aroma of an old South African country trading store you won’t find anywhere in the world.
Something of a mix of eucalyptus, boxer blend tobacco, remedies
Thanks to Deon Kitching for borrowing some of his photo's  

It is the place to be . . .  
Sunday lunch 
Birthday party  . . . .

Thanks to Melissa and Rudolph for their wedding picture 
Thanks to Adam Truscott for this painting 

We had a pizza lunch and wine on the stoep. Tippex the Labrador joined us.
It is difficult to single out our the greatest asset of this beautiful people but we'd venture to say it's the soul of Beth and Matt 

Thanks for joining us on the stoep at Binocular Hill 
and watch the sun set. 

Sending Lots of Love from South Africa 

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