Earth Hour 2013 (revisited)

This morning I was looking back at the multitude of events organised in our little village during 2013; from horse- to dog shows, life performances of artists from around the globe, cricket day and Flocktober Festival, etc. Sometimes such an event attracts only locals and sometimes from all over. My dearest event of 2013 is …

Vintage style Nguni

(Imaginary) Nguni is the collective noun for African cattle. True free rangers with a human eye (well … at least this one has 😉 )

Good Night

While the whole village was celebrating ‘reconciliation day’ (it’s South Africa) the mountains turned purple for a minute this evening.

Rain Animal

First I thought that somebody was experimenting with some kind of nuclear device but it was just a ‘peekaboo cloud’ as I named it originally. From ancient times, however, is the name ‘Rain animal’; “a mythical giant beast, with a gazillion of little legs stretching to the horizon (The rain).  San people danced and tranced to …

Adenium Arabicum

… originates from East Africa. Originally thought from the Arabic countries in the North-East (hence the specie name) but later insight learns that it most probably is endemic to Tanzania or Kenya. Whatever, it’s a beautiful flower.

Very early

The learning curve

Education is extremely important; always has been. Active knowledge of 1 or two extra languages eases you to travel and experience the bigger world. Unfortunately not all people are able to get the education they deserve; partly by a lack of a good and broad accessible education system (= politics) and partly children/students are not …

Last night’s sunset …

…. as seen from our verandah (camera facing North).

Cycad Leaf

Cycads date back a few hundred million years and survived the Dino- and other Saurussen. In Southern Africa alone there are 65 species; in our garden we have seven (all with an official permit) of which two species are threatened with extinction. There is a lively ‘trade’ in cycads; i.e. poaching in nature and exporting …

Bulbine natalensis

Also named ‘Red Carrot” after its roots which serve as one of the main ingredients in medicins prescribed by traditional healers in Southern Africa. Some years ago a previous minister of health of South Africa launched this plant as THE cure for HIV-AIDS during a conference in Canada and we all had a good laugh. …