Wednesday 7 May 2014
The Trading Post
Home for our week in Lesotho was The Trading Post, Ha Baseane ('Ha' being the Sesotho word for 'place of', and 'Baseane' being a corruption of 'baas' (boss) John - after John Thorn who settled here in 1903) just outside Roma, where the national university is. (And for my non-African correspondents you should get out of your head any concept of what a university town looks like: Roma is a collection of small houses, a handful of shops and some makeshift stalls.)
Here is the original Thorn homestead. I spent many happy hours reading on the verandah, drinking coffee or gin, depending on the time of day.
Beyond the house is a series of rondavels: mud walled, thatched roofed, and retro-fabulously furnished.