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Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hartebeesport Dam - Part 2

Going past the dam and over the wall, this lovely sight caught my eye. We have had a lot of rain this past season and they have opened the sluice gates which slip over these lovely falls.
A little way down the road, there is a craft stall at the side of the road where our local people make things to sell. These mats are woven out of grass which they collect at the end of every summer. It is made from what we call “elephant grass” which grows about 6 feet high.
These bowls are very hardy and are woven out of grass as well or sometimes rushes which are gathered by the rivers.
Soap stone is the most popular medium for carving statues and this is which the light colored animals here are made of. The dark ones at the back are mad from wood.

I liked this wooden one. It is about 6 inches in height.
These giraffe are also soap stone.
Bowl always attract my attention. Everything you have seen here is handmade as these people are quite talented.
I like wooden things like these small dishes…..

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