Saturday, April 29, 2017

A very special critter

Today I'm posting about a very special critter. First I have to tell you how we heard about and "met" this dear little old critter. We got to know one of the valley's most talented artists, Steve Bull. Please do pop over to the site and read about his artwork and also the beautiful and most unusual accommodation he built on his property in the Berg. 

Steve is a character and a real people's person. When you visit his art shop in the small shopping center, you are regaled with stories about the valley and happenings all down the years. One of Steve's famous paintings of meerkats, shows a Jack Russel standing up exactly like the meerkats. 
Muthi. Steve and Estelle's 21 year-old Jack Russell posing exactly like the meerkats in the above painting

Grant and I asked about the little dog and it turns out that this fur baby of Steve and wife, Estelle's. is most famous. You have to pop over and read about Muthi (here

On Thursday we visited Steve and Estelle at their home just nestled under Cathkin Peak. Steve took me and Grant (and a visitor who'd just booked into their accommodation) on a quick tour of the caves. 

 Steve explaining how he did the artwork on the bathroom walls

Another cave lower down on Steve's property. They were expecting the Ambassador of Cuba that afternoon

Although we'v "met" Muthi in Steve's shop, this week it was wonderful to see him in his own environment. We were visiting at midday and Muthi, like any self-respecting ageing gentleman of 147 years, was just getting up out of bed! 
Returning from viewing the caves, we saw Muthi tottering onto the lawn
As I bent down to pet him, he rolled over for me 

I'm linking my post to Saturday Critters with Eileen, here



  1. I think the house is even more special ! Love it, looks great ! It's nice that you start to know people around !!

  2. What an amazingly talented artist and place! Thanks for showing us around too, I loved the caves and murals!
    Muthi is such a special little fellow!
    Best wishes!

  3. Hello JO, I love the artwork. Beautiful Muthi doggie. The caves are awesome, I would like to stay there. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  4. there home is amazing and so is his talent, you know I love the dog and that painting I would be happy to hang in my home. I love meer cats from seeing them on Discovery and Smithsonia shows.. awesome talent he has

  5. have never heard of a dog that lives to 20, Muthi is amazing, loved the story

  6. Wonderful post and photos ~ what an amazing place Steve has and his paintings are gorgeous ~ love his dog ~ thanks,

    Have a Happy Weekend ~ ^_^

  7. Wow Muthi looks very good for his age.

    I do love the grounds where Steve lives and the beautiful accommodations. Stupendous!

  8. Hi Jo. As one who has zero artistic talent I can only admire people like Steve. His talent is also multi-faceted - grrr!


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