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Cry the Beloved Country, Book, Alan Paton, South Africa

“There is a lovely road that runs from Ixopo into the hills. These hills are grass-covered and rolling, and they are lovely beyond any singing of it. The road climbs seven miles into them, to Carisbrooke and from there, if there is no mist, you look down on one of the fairest valley of Africa.  About you there is grass and bracken and you may hear the forlorn crying of the titihoya, one of the birds of the veld. Below you is the valley of the Umzimkulu, on its journey from the Drakensberg to the sea; and beyond and behind the river, great hill after great hill; and beyond and behind them, the mountains of Ingeli and East Griqualand.”

“The grass is rich and matted, and you cannot see the soil. It holds the rain and the mist, and they seep into the ground, feeding the streams in every kloof. It is well-tended, and not too many cattle feed upon it; not too many fires burn it, laying bare the soil. Stand unshod upon it, for the ground is holy, being even as it came from the Creator. Keep it, guard it, care for it; for it keeps men, guards men, cares for men.  Destroy it and man is destroyed”

I assume the road he is talking about is the R612, turning left onto the R617 south of Bulwer. Ixopo is on the R56 southwest of Pietermaritzburg, which is on the N3 northwest of Durban, which is at the intersection of the N2 with the N3. AACrythe


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