The sad country

3 02 2011

I always enjoy the drive out to Mazowe. It is undoubtedly pretty, especially at this time of year with the trees in full leaf and the bush lush and green. Yes, the photos don’t lie – it really was that green. It’s also a chance to get away from the nursery and just feast my eyes on the open spaces that I so love about this country.

I was going out to the Plant Protection Research Institute for another import permit, this time to import some coir growing medium from India as it is nearly a third the price of the pine bark we have been importing from South Africa. As usual there was precious little happening at the PPRI and the weather was perfect so I wandered outside whilst the permit was processed.

I took these photos on the way back into town, dawdling along on the mostly empty road. The once productive farmlands were also empty.