Liebig House is a large, dilapidated building, generally known to Windhoek residents as a ghost house. Over the years we have visited it many times. A drive of about 30 k's on a dirt road through some lovely scenery brings you to this beautiful, isolated but neglected old house. Stories abound as to it's history but thanks to TE and the rules about notes, I have done some scratching around and found out some interesting information:
The property is closely linked to the early colonial history of Namibia.
On 18th September 1907, The Liebig's Extract of Meat Company (Lemco) purchased 210,000ha of land in the Khomas Hochland. A house was built in 1911 and named after Baron Justus von Liebig, the German 19th-century organic chemist who founded the Karl Liebig Company. Farm managers of the company, who were renown cattle breeding specialists, were housed there. Lemco were the originator of Liebig and Oxo meat extracts, which later became known as Oxo beef stock cubes.They also produced Frey Bentos Corned Beef
The location was perfect. Beautiful panoramic views across the veld could be admired from the large windows. A short walk from the house, farm managers would stroll to a deep rocky river gorge, divided by an old dam. Tea parties would be held on the well-manicured garden, which featured a finely crafted statue, a flowing fountain and a beautifully carved fish with water cascading from the mouth into a pond of floating lilies and croaking frogs.
One of the managers who lived in the house was Alexander Scotland who served as a British secret agent in Namibia during the German period. Scotland claims in his autobiography to have been given an appointment in the German Schutztruppe and to have been responsible for encouraging the guerrilla leader Johannes Christian to agree to a ceasefire with the Germans on December 23, 1906. However, in 1914, after providing details of the positions of German troops in southern Namibia, Scotland was arrested and imprisoned. After the German defeat by South Africa in 1915 (during World War One), Scotland left Namibia, but continued his work in military intelligence.
I've never seen any ghosts at Liebig House and really the only thing that haunts me is the fact that such a lovely place is left to the bats, birds and baboons
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dta (70913) 2010-11-25 10:13
Hello Rosemary ,
An attractive old house , very well framed . The superb light and the beautiful sky add to the charm .
vasilpro (41091) 2010-11-25 14:08
Wonderful composition, excellent light management, very good contrast, lovely color tones, very nice POV.
Have a nice evening, Vasilis.
adramad (40166) 2010-11-25 15:42
Sensational image with a rich history behind the walls of this house.
Wonderful POV, the house caught a bit from the bottom and the bare branches of trees surrounding it, the sky is stunning.
I like the golden color of the light, I suppose that evening.
Beautiful picture and interesting note.
AKITA (15125) 2010-11-25 19:03
yellow wall is beautifully contrasted with back blue sky,
but this lonesome feeling is very cool here,
dark windows and dead trees are making a little thrilling ambience here,
the ruined atmosphere is tastefully captured, it is so nice,
thank you for your excellent shot,
foozi (7101) 2010-11-25 22:53
i like this shot. The dramatic sky with splashes of white cloud is exciting to look. This makes this house looks more haunted.
the composition is very graphical with the tall grass in the foreground, and the geomatrical construction of the house too. The bright light hitting the wall makes it so pleasant and impressive.
Very lively view.
PS: Since you have been to Thailand and Cambodia I think the seafood in Malaysia also similar.( I think)
normally we have barbecued fish with spices - ginger, chillies, etc etc , fried squids, tomyam , pomfret in special double taste.Chinese style or Thai style...
hope you have tasted them in your visits.
josepmarin (57883) 2010-11-26 1:20
The quality of the image, its sharpness and the chromatic quality are to the maximum level.
The framing is effective and the low POV gives a nice perspective to this abandoned house (or haunted) towards the magnificent blue sky, decorated well by a few very aesthetic clouds.
The composition is a success, and has a great visual power.
macjake (60564) 2010-12-04 1:16
i chose this photo simply because of the amazing and attractive light. the yellow side of the house is on fire with warmth.
very clear and sharp presentation...and the fact that it may be haunted adds another interesting dimension
HFASSOURAKIS (4) 2011-03-21 8:20
VERY INTERESTING SPOT HISTORY AND VERY AMAZING HOUSE. INDEED IT IS BEAUTIFUL INTO ITS LONELINESS AND YOU HAVE MANAGE TO CATCH MARVELOUS COLORS. SPECIALLY THE BOLD ORANGE LINES THAT CAN BE SEEN ON THE WALLS DUE TO THE ANTIQUITY BRINGS GHOSTS STORIES IN MIND.
I TOOK THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW YOU MY POINT OF VIEW WHICH MAKES THE PLACE MORE GHOSTLY.
PLEASE HAVE A LOOK TO MY WORKSHOP IN B/W...REMINDING THE HOUSE AT "PSYCHO" FILM OF Alfred Hitchcock !! DON'T YOU THINK ?....brrrrrr