Monthly Archives: October 2013

A Band of Gypsies

Vervet monkeys are the itinerant opportunists of the bush.  They move about in troops of about 10-20 members, seizing any chance to help themselves to your hospitality. This troop visited us yesterday, and took the opportunity to refresh themselves with … Continue reading

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A word about water

It’s been raining.  Still is raining, a bit.  We’ve had 26mm since last Friday, falling in steady, gentle showers. Parched bush and soil get maximum value from that kind of rain.  No losses through runoff.  Already the trees have responded … Continue reading

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A walk in the bush

This morning we went on a bush walk with some of the Marloth Park honorary rangers. Our leader and guide was André, a very experienced naturalist and ranger who seemed to have a good working knowledge of geology, botany, agronomy, … Continue reading

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Our second short movie was shot today, featuring wind, grass and the African buffalo: The Boss. The buffalo herd numbered at least 600, out on the plains between the Lower Sabie River and the Mozambique border, near the Mlondozi Dam. … Continue reading

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The Crossing

We have bought ourselves a Sony Handicam.  A basic model, to find out if we like making movies. This is our first trial, a mere 45 sec ‘movie’ just to see if we could find the right buttons, and figure … Continue reading

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Blokes and their Tools

This is a picture of my tool bag.  It’s a thing very precious and personal to me, as every bloke will understand.   But this story is not really for the blokes (or in South Africa; the okes).  It goes without … Continue reading

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Light Hearted

Light makes magic happen, and never more so than in the bush.  As evening approaches, the light softens and slants gently down through the new leaves like soothing fingertips, and the bush slips easily into a minor key. The morning … Continue reading

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