-  Diary of an Adventure   -  De Hoop Adventure
Smoke curling to meet the stars that fill the night sky above embers, pulsating with life. Dunes, a brilliant white, tantalize. Elegant, Bontebok graze, unperturbed by our presence, while ostrich roam in labyrinth patterns.
Hand packed stone walls, scream white manicured walls of the Cape homestead buildings. Ficus, sentinels on the barren landscape. Massive, corded trunks binding the earth. The spread of their shade, embracing.
A path, of white stones. Leading from the window to the blue skies across which the wind howls.
Our house, well appointed and comfortable. Ample fridge pace for bubbles, and even ice in the freezer on arrival! Dad and Mary had arrived before us to ensure that there was wine ready after our bumpy journey.
Charcoal and paper challenging. Stark aloes, white dunes. A world divided by the hand packed stone wall.
The sea, impossibly coloured in blues and greens. Dad managing the long walk down from the top of the dunes to the rest area. My bum complaining at the additional strain of thick sand. Excellent First Sighting Sauvignon Blanc in the comfort of the restaurant, a fitting end.

In his time Jan has been an electronics, nuclear and power system engineer, a strategist, a humanitarian and an artist. A career path linked by creativity and innovative thinking. Initially trained at the Johannesburg College of Art, Jan has won numerous international awards and has exhibited nationally and internationally. He can be found in his studio ‘Jandreart’ located at Thesen Harbour Town, Knysna.


  • If this is where you guys ended up, well it is awesome and idyllic. Great place for inspiration `

    February 13, 2015
    • Hi Mary. Only a visit. The studio is about three hours up the coast

      February 14, 2015

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