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Rietondale Childhood

Rietondale Childhood

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Autumn slowly loses its grip as the golden, red and pink tipped leaves of the trees fall more quickly  from the trees in the park and those along the roads of Rietondale. It has been a special season. Though the leaves turned and fell, the steady rains have left Rietondale looking green and lush, so unusual for this time of year.

 The cold does tend to show itself a degree or two lower here in our valley though and so minds turn to winter pursuits. It's the time for cuddling up with coffee or hot chocolate or Milo, and though for many this is done in front of the TV I cannot help but remember my childhood home, what I would call a ‘’Real old-fashioned Rietondale house’’. By that I mean the ever warm wooden flooring, the high pressed-steel ceilings and all importantly though now out of fashion, the coal burning anthracite fire. It took an age to heat and longer to clean but the golden glow that the family relaxed in before bed made it worth it. Certainly I thought so and so did all the family's animals! For there was a lovely thick Persian carpet on the floor. There are many kinds of heaters these days and all adept in their own ways but I have never been quite as warm as I was then. The only hard part was getting up and scooting to our rooms hoping to cling onto some of that warmth and take it with us to bed.

 Once in bed I was treated again to the beautiful intricacies of the pressed-steel ceiling that I so loved to gaze up at whilst falling asleep. I have had the fortune to live in other houses and flats, now being grown up, but to such as those nights that I hark back to, I am most grateful to my Rietondale childhood.

 

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Last Updated on Friday, 25 August 2017 07:45
 

Rietondale Drivers

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Rietondale Drivers:

Everyone has their moment's, when speed-bumps seem like the stupidest of inventions or you cannot believe that a species of bird has survived evolution so far even to flourish,  though it does not move out of the road no matter how gently you approach it (I speak here of the pigeon).

For most of the time and in most locations this is my general outlook, but there is a place where a certain magic tends to descend and so palpable is it that it bears physical and mental good from all souls. Rietondale. When drivers  enter the area they don't just slow down for pigeons they slow down for our guinea fowl and their strings of hatchlings

 You drive a little slower, why not? The lanes and trees and houses are lovely. You let the man at the traffic circle go first mostly because you want to be friendly and have forgotten which one yields where.

Yes Rietondale. The speed-bumps might irritate but they were actually installed at a crucial point in Rietondale history when people had begun to use it as a thoroughfare to bypass Soutpansberg road. Resulting signs were put in place marking it as a traffic calming area.

My husband and I have simply come up with a name for it "Rietondale drivers" and "Rietondale people" mainly because we have a good chuckle when someone comes storming through the area pushing  you off the road. "Not a Rietondale driver," we joke, and similarly when someone gives you right of way with a smile and a wave, "Rietondale driver!"

Perhaps  this is all rather silly for people who don't live here but it's difficult to dismiss on those grounds. Who doesn't want to live somewhere where their children can safely cross the road and play in a park? Or go for a run with your dog and greet the people along the way.  I think it's something rather special.

Rietondale

Copy and photos by Sarah Webber for Louise Webber Estates

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