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Labyrinths, slate walls and colour in a Barrydale retreat

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Terry says she regards Barrydale’s slate walls as being synonymous with the Little Karoo. “They’re not only beautiful, they’re also a form of landscape art. Many of the locals are skilled at stacking slate walls.”
Terry says she regards Barrydale’s slate walls as being synonymous with the Little Karoo. “They’re not only beautiful, they’re also a form of landscape art. Many of the locals are skilled at stacking slate walls.”

Photographs Francois Oberholster

The garden gate that welcomes you to Terry de Vries’s home in Barrydale seems to sit almost impertinently between beautiful hand-stacked slate walls. The slate may be an authentic Karoo touch, but the cobalt-blue gate is reminiscent of Mexico.

Terry, a former journalist and long-time Stellenbosch resident, has been living in Barrydale since June 2018. She’s a bundle of energy, yet at the same time she’s also the picture of serenity. Although she has a BSc degree in agriculture, Terry is currently a transformation facilitator and offers yoga classes, labyrinth walks and meditation retreats at her residence, Kamala Retreat House.

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