It’s ironic that Nieu Bethesda near Graaff-Reinet in the Karoo is hardly ever thought of today except as home to the strangely intriguing but disturbing Owl House; ironic because when its creator, Helen Martins, was still alive the locals thought of her as a bit of a wacko. But there’s more to Nieu Bethesda than the Owl House.
Not long after we say goodbye, Jakob is off again, this time with a few small children grinning and waving from the cart in a state of high excitement. Pellies and Viland don’t mind; it’s just another stroll around the pretty village and they’re in no rush.
Need to know
Jakob’s cell phone number is 072-987-9831, or just find him and his donkey cart in the shade of a tree outside the Owl House in River Road.
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