Calendar 2023 -a year in the making.
The Lourens River emerges in a spring in the Hottentots Holland Mountains. It flows through nature reserves, farms and parks. This sparkling, murmuring gift to our basin carries a message of life through two towns then meanders over the beach into False Bay. This sparkling, murmuring thread carries a message of life all the way through two towns in our basin.
So began the description of the project. The watercolours created this year honour the beauty of our river. The 2023 calendar appreciates the work of the Lourens River Conservation Society, the volunteer organisation founded in 1980 to preserve the Lourens River in as natural a state as possible. The task taken on by the Society is worth focus.
The Lourens River needs care
Many people in the town don’t notice our river. Some people use the open space for squatting. Some people see it as an inconvenience and would prefer to see the water confined to a concrete canal. Still others view the river as a source to be plundered, collecting rocks for their garden for instance. There is a need to elevate our river in the minds of the people in our basin. I think it would be wonderful if people in our town and downstream in Strand really treasured the river. The Lourens River Conservation Society have dedicated themselves to achieving this end. The Society cleans the river, removes alien vegetation, and educates the public about the ecology of our river.
As 2021 was drawing to a close I started talking with the Lourens River Conservation Society about a watercolour project.