Blogging, Botanising and Mbona

Seems I do more walking and blogging than anything else lately. Cool.  In the home of Christeen Grant’s (botanist, hiker, guide and artist) recently, I discovered a lovely book about hiking and particularly enjoyed this quote:

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Besides this, my personal, favourite and absolute best blog, I also help compile and contribute to a few others – Dargle Local Living, Sustainable Living and Indigenous Plant Fair, Midlands Conservancies Forum and a real treasure – the uMngeni River Walk blog. During the epic 311km walk along the banks of the Mngeni River in May, I really had to be on my toes posting daily updates which the team sent from the river banks each night. This blog is in the running for Best Environmental Blog of 2012, which would be brilliant publicity for the plight of our rivers, if it wins.  Would you mind voting for it?  I’d really appreciate that.  You’d better have a read first at and then if you like it, click below.


Then I think there are a couple of stories on the Midlands Conservancies Forum Blog which I could just have easily posted on Plant Abundance. If you are interested in fossicking about for flowers (fossicking is a fabulous new word I learnt from my friend David, while his wife, Barbara, taught me how to tie my shoelaces so that they NEVER come undone!), then may I suggest that you will enjoy Botonising in Boston?   Christeen’s cat Tigger came along for the walk too.

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Then on the Summer Solstice, I headed to the Karkloof for one of the regular Midlands walks which I have set up in the area.  The idea is to give people access to areas they wouldn’t usually be able to visit and inspire all to value our incredible biodiversity.  There are twelve regular walks in the Midlands now in a wider range of different biomes – something I am very proud of. I am pretty sure it will keep growing and hopefully eventually there will be multi-day hikes across our rolling hills. Anyway, Mbona was magic – a great guide, old and new friends and a perfect Midlands Summer day.

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Dave Walker says:

    I love that hiking quote. Which book is it from?


    1. Hello Dave, it is from the most marvellous book called “Hiking Outdoors Eventually leads to Within” by Kathy and Craig Copeland. ISBN 978-0-9783427-6-0
      Here in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands it is the most beautiful day for a long walk. Hope it is lovely where you are too.


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