April 27, 2007

South Africa...and my uncle's death





Last week, my husband had to make a duty travel to Cape Town and I went with him to South Africa. I had never been there before and I liked it very much. We rented a car and visited the viniculture region near Stellenbosch. I made a sketch of one of the beautiful houses of a vinery there.
In midst of all the wonderful impressions, I got the notice that my uncle had been died all of a sudden the 19th of April. We were deeply shocked. He was only 59.

Therefore, I publish the sketch together with a photo I took some years ago at the famous Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. The photo is dedicated to my uncle.

Letzte Woche begleitete ich meinen Mann auf einer Dienstreise nach Kapstadt. Ich war noch nie in Südafrika und es gefiel mir dort sehr gut. Wir fuhren mit einem Mietwagen in die Weingegend nahe Stellenbosch. Dort machte ich eine Skizze von einem der schönen, alten Häuser auf einem der unzähligen Weingüter.

Inmitten aller dieser wunderbaren Eindrücke erreichte mich die Nachricht vom plötzlichen Tode meines Onkels am 19. April. Wir waren sehr erschüttert. Er wurde nur 59 Jahre alt.

Aus diesem Grunde poste ich heute die Weingutskizze zusammen mit einem Photo, das ich vor einigen Jahren auf dem berühmten Père-Lachaise-Friedhof in Paris gemacht habe. Es sei meinem Onkel gewidmet.

3 comments:

Africantapestry said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your uncle, all my sympathy to you and your family.
I love your sketch...it brings back lovely memories - I'm south African and we lived in Stellenbosch, so you probably even drove by the house we lived, in the middle of town under the old oak trees! I'm glad you liked it..I'm still very proud Stellenbosch...it'll always be close to our hearts.
Ronell

caseytoussaint said...

This is a lovely sketch, Claudia, full of atmosphere. I'm very sorry about the loss of your uncle.

Linda said...

Beautiful sketch! So sorry to hear about your uncle -- very hard news when you are away from home.