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Friday 28 November 2008: Swan Valley

Today visited the lovely Swan Valley where many wine cellars, breweries, a chocolate factory, craft shops, art galleries, restaurants, a game farm and numerous other attractions await the eager tourist.

At the entrance to Houghton Wine Cellar, these colorful Kangeroo's Paw flowers welcomes the visitor.

On the other side of the entrance were Kangaroo's claws in pink.

The tall dark plant with the mop of hair, is locally referred to as a black boy.

Many of these were seen in the veld, and they make a lovely sight when they appear in clusters. Xanthorrhoea plants are also known as balga grass to the Australian aborigines, which is their word for black boy.


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