Matshemhlope River Rail Bridge…

In 1897, the railway line arrived at Bulawayo via Botswana. This little bridge (below) crosses the Matshemhlope River in Suburbs. Its no longer part of the railway system, but each time I cross it, I image the huge steam beasts that used to lumber over it regularly.

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The railway line continued right past our house in Suburbs. Just think, when our house was built more than one hundred years ago, I could have just walked out of the front gate with my suitcase and traveled all the way to Cape Town!

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There used to be a level crossing round about where the furtherest car is just rounding the corner. (As you may have guessed, I wanted a pic of that amazing tree, and just found an excuse to talk about the level crossing!)

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At times, after a heavy storm, the water roars under this bridge covering over the grassy banks. In the dry season, the water stinks and driving over the road bridge with strangers in the car, I feel obliged to mention it’s the Matshemhlope!

The Matshehlope River is hardly a river – more a spruit one can hop over in many places. Starting at the Criterion Water Works, it winds its way through Bulawayo and eventually joins the Umguza River.

Its used as a water feature and “rough” where it flows through the Bulawayo Golf Course.

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Looks like a jungle? Good luck finding your balls in there!

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These two pics below are where you can hop over it…

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Follow this tiny stream a few kilometres and yes – you get to the Hillside Dams!

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Jacaranda time…

When the Bulawayo founders laid out our town, all in nice straight gridlines, they planted Jacaranda trees, especially in the old Suburbs – Northend, Suburbs, Khumalo.P1250526

Now, one hundred years down the line, the purple flowers make a spectacular show in the first week of October.

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Cycle down the road, or drive with the window open and you can hear them popping under your tyres.

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Along the older streets, branches have tangled into an arch overhead.

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I took these photos early in the morning to catch the best light. Its also when children walk to school.

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You can see them, all carrying their satchels full of schoolbooks.

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This last one is taken from my driveway, looking South along Heyman Road.