Free State Forage

Social media connections set me on the road North to forage in the Free State this month. Along the unkempt road verges beside chemical drenched, ploughed up, bare fields (used for growing sunflowers, maize, sorghum, and soya), our indigenous poppy Papaver aculeatum was blooming. I adore this little flower and for all its delicacy, admire…

59 Walks

Since I dreamed up the idea that I’d like to celebrate turning 60 by walking with women friends, much has changed in the world. However, walking and women friends are still as wonderful as ever, so not everything has changed. One could say that the important things have not changed at all. This is the…

Karoo Kos

When my Instagram pal Karen McEwan of True Karoo Trading (and festival organiser supreme) invited me to come to the Karoo Food Festival to talk about weeds, I hesitated.  It is so far, I thought. That’s true, it is far, but also a fabulous opportunity for a little foodie road trip.  What if there are…

49 Walks

Progress through my 59 Walks is steady, despite small challenges imposed by lockdown and distancing.  Of course, they are all out of doors, groups are small and often, masks are worn anyway.  This post features walks 41 to 49. If you missed them, you can enjoy the first 19, or the next 20 up to…

39 Walks

There have been a few months recently when walking, beyond our garden, was not encouraged and I began to despair that I would ever manage 59 different walks before next June. However, despite lockdown challenges, I have found lots of lovely local spots to explore, and have kept walking each day in my usual places….

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…

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….

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…

Hike in the Karkloof Hills

The fragrance of Buddleja auriculata enveloped us as we gathered beside the Karkloof forest for a three day hike in the hills. “mmm,,, wild honey” commented one participant, while another said “urgh, that smells like a wet dog or something fermenting.”  This scent is a well known feature of Midlands winters, when indigenous Buddlejia bushes…

Snapshots of Splashy

I spent a week at Splashy Fen with the Sushi Sistas and had so much fun. We served up sensational vegan food all day, swam in the river, danced until late. Snapshots of Splashy Marigolds fly Unicorns float Mushrooms roll Fresh pears poke Robots wink Cranes call Nipples grin While raindrops fall Stilts stride Sistas…