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.

Waking up at dawn every morning and hearing the birds singing was one of the most beautiful and joyful experiences of the trip.

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