What is this all about? The list below is the result of my rural exploration activities. A fuller explanation of how and why you will find further down. Select any of the places or towns you want to check out from the list below. Or use the map.
Allanridge Arlington Bethlehem Bothaville Coalbrook Cornelia Doornkloof Deneysville Edenville Frankfort Groenvlei Heilbron Holly Country Hoopstad Kestell Koppies Leeupoort farm Lindley Oranjeville Parys Petrus-Steyn Phuthaditjhaba Reitz Reitzburg Rouxville Reddersburg Steynsrus Tweeling Vierfontein Ventersburg Viljoensdrift Viljoenskroon Villiers Vredefort Weilbach farm Wesselsbron Witsieshoek Vegkop Vrede Wolwehoek
The above is the result of many visits to all the listed places plus a lot of research. With some friends, seldom alone, I visit these places, mostly small towns or just places of interest.
How do I go about this 'exploration' activity? First I select a place to be explored and do background check with most of the information coming from books and the Internet. On entering the town there are certain places I would seek out routinely: the railway station, the biggest church (usually the NG church), other significant churches, civic buildings and the cemetery. Plus anything else that has drawn attention. And then, of course, I talk to people. It is very pleasing to see how easy it is to talk with the inhabitants of these small towns. I have made many friends. The real work starts after the visit when I do the research needed to put the story together. Very often this leads to a second and even third visit.
Why am I doing this? Well, it is to make retired life interesting and in the process to pass on what I have found to others. I think its also a bit of collectors mentality, I like to collect things, in this case towns and places.
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You may also want to look at the numerous articles I have written for the heritage portal. Under 'articles' search for my name and the list of articles will come up..
There is also a parallel website, this one is for my hiking activities. If you like to see what I have been up to in this regard, push this hyper link:Müllers Gazette
Any comments, suggestions can be directed to the web master: Horst Müller And not to forget, I must thank my companions for all the useful tips and input to develop these pages.