Monthly Archives: September 2013

Green is the new brown!

Nature is miraculous.  Consider the trees.  We’ve had no rain for over two months.  Not a drop.  But rain is coming, and the trees know it.  In spite of their parched condition, the trees make their quiet preparations for the … Continue reading

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Holiday snaps

This past weekend was a four-dayer.  Best kind of weekend. And we had guests!  Les’s Mom & Dad, her son John & wife Clarice, plus brother Cliff & wife Anita, with Cliff’s grandson Luke.  What a party!  Braais, a potjie … Continue reading

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A new herb garden

After two previous invasions of our original herb garden by herb-munching kudus (which jumped over the 1.7M fence with absurd ease), we have built a new fully enclosed herb garden. It’s kudu proof, and also monkey and baboon proof.  Well, … Continue reading

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Less is more

That’s a minimalist sentiment most commonly associated with the German-American architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969).  Less is more. It’s a very Zen-like concept: the idea that showing what is apparently less of a thing can enhance its presence … Continue reading

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Shame!

Shame is a weird word in South Africa. Sometimes it means what everyone else in the world might expect it to mean:        You say to a South African, “My dog died.”        The South African … Continue reading

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Apparatus

A couple of bits of new domestic apparatus, both essential for authentic African bush living. First is this … It’s a potjie, which is a three-legged cast iron cooking pot with lid.  Potjie is pronounced “poi-key”, and means small pot. … Continue reading

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A quiet cup of tea

Today we had afternoon tea at home with a local couple, Jim and Nelly, who are Honorary Rangers in Marloth Park  (and they brought the most delicious homemade cheese scones!) They arrived just as two kudu were munching a cabbage … Continue reading

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