The Famous Tapestry in the Voortrekker Monument.

There is on display, in the Voortrekker Monument, the famous Tapestry of the Great Trek and it depicts the role of the woman.

The artist W.H. Coetzer designed the tapestries, after which nine women of the ATKV embroidered for eight years to complete it. The series of tapestries depict scenes from the Great Trek, placing the accent on the role of women. The Tapestry contains 3,3 million stitches. The design was apparently undertaken in 1938, but I’m not sure when they started the embroidery of the paintings…

It is made up of fifteen panels, and is a magnificent display… I’m sure the nine women never did embroidery again…

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African Stonechat.

The African Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) is a species of the Old World flycatcher family (Muscicapidae).

The males have a black head, a white half-collar, a black back, a white rump, and a black tail; the wings are black with a large white patch on the top side of the inner wing. The upper breast is usually dark orange-red, with a sharp or gradual transition to white or pale orange on the lower breast and belly depending on subspecies.

Females have brown rather than black above and on the head with an indistinct paler eyebrow line, chestnut-buff rather than orange below, and less white on the wings. Both sexes’ plumage is somewhat duller and streakier outside the breeding season. 

These, both male and female have been photographed in the Rietvlei Dam reserve and where captured during their most colourful stage of the year… Here’s some photos….

                            HIM…..                                                                                  HER…….

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