Walking

Over the years, I have fantasized about simply walking out of the backdoor, with my dog, and heading North. I am not entirely sure why I have not just done this? Anyway, I have not. I have however, done plenty of walks with my dog, and on my own, and with friends, always returning to…

Slow Fashion

Did you have any idea that at least 10 000 litres of water is used to produce a new pair of jeans? Besides the manufacturing and dyeing process, this considers the water used to grow the cotton too.  Most of us don’t give much thought to the environmental footprint of our clothes.  We are embarrassed…

Secret Cutwini

Everyone knows about Mfihlelo Falls, despite the name meaning secret. Even more famous Pondoland places are Waterfall Bluff and Cathedral Rock – probably the reason many people visit Cutwini in the first place. However, there is much more to this village than spectacular rock formations and rivers that tumble directly from cliffs into the sea….

350ppm

You probably come across the figure 350ppm often these days. Have you wondered what it means?  This is the most important number on the planet and deserves your attention. 350ppm is the number that scientists say is the safe upper limit for carbon dioxide—measured in “Parts Per Million” in our atmosphere. 350ppm —it’s the number…

An Unruly Story

Writing is a rather random thing. Occasionally, a perfectly formed sentence, a poetic turn of phrase or snippets of intriguing conversation gallop towards one out of the blue. You need to be quick!  Grab a pencil and try, at least, to pin down the tail of the thought as it races by.  Sometimes you can’t…

Feral in the Free State

I have loved Verkykerskop since I first stumbled upon it and visited as often as I can. I wrote Verkykerskop in 2012 and Back at Binocular Hill the next year – if you are interested. I was there this week to say goodbye to the marvels as they move on to new adventures. Many will…

The Weeks Fly By

The mist rolls in the day resumes the sun peeps out something blooms the damp rises the branch aches the web shivers something breaks the river runs the postman smiles the clouds collect something dies the weeks fly by as we anticipate the one moment an imagined date that might make life worth the wait…

The Year of the Dog

It began quietly with a lunar sliver and an invitation to a fabulous party to celebrate the Chinese New Year. The Dog Year in 2018 started on February 16th.   Our dogs were doing great and we imagined we had a many more years of adventures with them. That week our precious Sizzles started to stumble…

Eating Weeds

I am very enthusiastic about eating weeds. I have recently been sharing this (and other wild ideas) with a variety of audiences.  More talks and walks to come, but I have compiled some notes for new foragers to refer to. Free food is everywhere – right under your feet. Along the path, in the supermarket…

Food for Change

Food is both cause and victim of climate change, but also a possible solution. Our food choices have a direct impact on the planet. This is recognised by the Slow Food movement.   I have just participated in the Slow Food – Food for Change Challenge – going meat free, creating zero food waste and eating…