South Africa’s ability to produce the entirely unexpected never ceases to amaze …

Special Award to Regina at Shell Ultra City Colesberg

I tend in my blog posts to focus on Jozi and its surrounds, but this time I am going a little further afield.  Packed with a thermos of coffee and the inimitable South African ‘padkos’ (food for the road), I drove down with my son to Port Elizabeth nearly two weeks ago.   At the near mid-way mark at Colesberg, we pulled into a roadside service station, a Shell Ultra City. For fear of a libel suit I will not refer to it by its affectionate nickname, suffice to say that it rhymes with City.


How beautiful are these? Liz at Lancaster Guesthouse


Enhanced by the reflection Liz at Lancaster

I made the usual visit to the rest rooms and walked in to be met by a barrage of the most beautiful fresh flowers in large vases improvised from glass jars.


A work of art, Regina. What pleasure you bring.

A work of art, Regina. What pleasure you bring. Liz at Lancaster


I was so bowled over I went back to car to fetch my camera (which I carry everywhere with me but never usually to the rest room … I have now learnt that even that venue can offer a great photo opportunity !) When I returned to the rest room, Regina was there and I asked her if she did the flowers and she said ‘Yes, every two days I put fresh flowers here.’

It made my day – a bouquet to Regina and to Colesberg Shell Ultra City for their bouquets.  :)


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  1. fee caldow
    Posted May 4, 2010 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    What a prize! These are the people who poplulate our country – not the Julius Malemas of this world! How encouraging Liz. Thanks for sharing that XXXX

  2. Posted December 22, 2013 at 3:09 am | Permalink

    Hi there, just wanted to say, I loved this post.
    It was practical. Keep on posting!

  3. Posted December 31, 2013 at 10:44 am | Permalink

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