Pretty similar trend here, lot of folk who have made their money in the city are moving out to the various rural areas and unfortunately sometimes taking their big city mentality with them!
Incidentally we have a small town here called Harrismith and your shot could be a carbon copy of the hill & surrounding land that dominates that town. Unfortunately I don't have a photo - if I did, I think you would find thelikeness quite unnerving. Believe it or not,thoughin Africa, they get snow on the very odd occasion.
Looking forward to more shots from your new cam when your family finally let you have it back again. You don't by any chance have an interest in genealogy do you - just a hunch I have?