I have two watercolours of cosmos painted by my Mum's friend in Zimbabwe, Ruth Truwartha in 1987
So this morning I went in the car along Beyers Naude in search of a good photo! We used to live along Beyers Naude - in the 'old days' (late 70's) when it was classed as being 'in the country' - very pretty and quiet and safe!!! We rented one of three cottages on a large property owned by a very nice couple who grew and exported orchids ... and lived there for a number of years before deciding to move closer to civilization and away from the rats!! We were eventually overrun by the pests and no matter we tried ... defeated ... surrended and moved!
All the verges of the main country roads were always filled with pinks and whites of the cosmos flowers. Always very very pretty at this time of year. I often picked bunches for the vase but be warned if you want to pick them, the water needs changing every day otherwise it smells like weeds!
Unfortunately, that peace and quiet of the 'countryside' has changed along that section of the road. 'Our' cottage has since been demolished, squatters have moved into the area and there are now thousands of people living in shacks.
But the cosmos is still there and the pretty pinks and whites of the delicate flowers take your breath away when travelling along that bit of the road. Murphy's Law though ... the best section of flowers is where the squatter shacks are and it's not safe to stop for a photo shoot!!!
So ... I drove around .. and around .. and around .. on all the roads with camera at the ready waiting to come across a patch of cosmos .... not any!!! I couldn't believe it! .... and when I found some ... there were one or two unsavouring looking characters lirking! Not stopping there!
... and then I came across three of these fellows/ladies running alongside a fence .....
... checked up and down the road to see if there were no 'unsavoury characters' and stopped the car. My feathered friends stopped and we eyed each other for a bit .....
... and then they posed for a photo shoot .....
And would you believe it .... went to fetch Bradley at lunch time ....... and there they were .... another little crop of them at the corner of the road where his school is!!!!!!!!!!
In a little whisper voice - 'I drive passed them every day' !!!