The Plains of Camdeboo – Cranemere farm holiday

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I know I can go on a bit when it comes to my family farm in the Great Karoo, but I think these images taken by my darling friend Brenda Wardall of Hearts in a Shutter do it total justice. The above pic is of ‘The Big Dam’, finally completed by my grandfather Maurice Palmer sometime after the ostrich boom.This next one is of the Museum containing fossils and artefacts found on the farm over the years.(108 of 129)

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Honey Mountain:

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Cranemere farmhouse from the dam wall:

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Farmhouse and front garden:

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View over the ‘Big Garden’ and orchards:

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The swimming pool!:

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Under the oaks:

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Patricia in the ‘engine room':

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10 Responses to “The Plains of Camdeboo – Cranemere farm holiday”

  1. Sue Rist January 16, 2013 at 5:51 pm #

    Beautiful pics! So sorry we were not on the farms at the same time. Hopefully next time.

  2. Sam January 28, 2013 at 4:00 am #

    So beautiful! The house and garden is like an oasis.

    • bern January 28, 2013 at 11:01 am #

      Absolutely! It’s the best place in the world – no cellphones, no worries. Far from the madding crowd… x

  3. lin sampson January 30, 2013 at 2:34 pm #

    ah, so unbelievably beautiful, is it still in the family, that is indeed miraculous. Are you Eve Palmer’s grand daughter, daughter? These pictures really stir my heart and soul, The Plains of Camdeboo has for a long time been my favourite local book.

    • bern January 30, 2013 at 2:52 pm #

      Hi Lin. Yes, and yes. My father, Alex Palmer, is the fifth generation on Cranemere. His father, Maurice, was Eve’s brother. So Eve is my great aunt. All sounds rather confusing… But yes, my maiden name is Palmer. Any time you’re passing through, my parents do run a luxury farm stay. B

  4. lindelize February 8, 2013 at 8:49 am #

    Now Im homesick!

    • bern February 12, 2013 at 12:24 am #

      haha… bit of Cranemere nostalgia for you!

  5. Denise Jenkins February 26, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

    Aah Bernadette these pictures are stunning. I long for a visit to the farm.

    • bern February 28, 2013 at 2:30 pm #

      Hi Denise. So do I! Those farm visits are few and far between these days – but so well worth the trip when we get there. x

  6. Brenda Wardall August 21, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    What an amazing visit we had – thank you all again for the warm hospitality x

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