I tend in my blog posts to focus on Jozi and its surrounds, but this time I am going a little further afield. Packed with a thermos of coffee and the inimitable South African ‘padkos’ (food for the road), I drove down with my son to Port Elizabeth nearly two weeks ago. At the near mid-way mark at Colesberg, we pulled into a roadside service station, a Shell Ultra City. For fear of a libel suit I will not refer to it by its affectionate nickname, suffice to say that it rhymes with City. I made the usual visit to the rest rooms and walked in to be met by a barrage of the most beautiful fresh flowers in large vases improvised from glass jars.
I was so bowled over I went back to car to fetch my camera (which I carry everywhere with me but never usually to the rest room … I have now learnt that even that venue can offer a great photo opportunity !) When I returned to the rest room, Regina was there and I asked her if she did the flowers and she said ‘Yes, every two days I put fresh flowers here.’ It made my day – a bouquet to Regina and to Colesberg Shell Ultra City for their bouquets.