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….

Khotso

I love walking, but I am not that keen on carrying a backpack – especially up a mountain. My lovely friend Christeen Grant convinced me that I simply had to join her for an adventure in the Drakensberg Wilderness this summer.  Oh my! It was Wonderland and definitely worth the trek. We had our passports…

Sweet Potatoes and Soweto Pepsi

“This mining thing – it’s like someone giving you a plate of food. You eat all the food and then you have to give the plate back,” our taxi driver, Chris, explains earnestly. “It will be a short time of mining, some people will get money and then we will be left with nothing.” Pondoland…

East Coast Abundance – Figs, Flowers and Footprints

There is a fabulous fig growing in the garden of the cottage in Fig Tree Lane.  Over the years, we have watched it consume the original tree (probably a Milkwood).   Figs are fabulous wildlife trees, providing food for a myriad of species including  butterflies, birds, buck, bats and of course,  monkeys. We were well entertained by…

Happy Kids, Mountain Flowers

I have just spent the most joyful three days in Hlatikulu in the Lower Drakensberg with 24 kids.  Most of them I have known for many years through the MMAEP and a few are real favourites whom I have watched grow up.  This picture was taken in 2006 when I spent a day creating an indigenous…

Spring Flowers

We are up to our armpits in mud. Such a rainy Spring. The farm dam is overflowing already although it is usually only full at the end of December. In between the mist and mizzle, there are some lovely days, so Dizzy and I go walking about. These are some of the beautiful things we…

A Feast of Colour

One shouldn’t really describe non-edible things as “delicious” or “yummy”. I do feel though, that some experiences and colours really are succulent and tasty even though they aren’t eaten.   The ‘feast’ along the wildcoast was one such experience, and besides, this is supposedly a food blog, so I need some tenuous links at least… Blue is not…

Botanic Gardens

I really love ‘the Bots’, as they are fondly known in Pmb, having grown up beside them and spent many happy afternoons listening to the Caledonian Pipe Band play in the Plane tree Avenue. I went for a walk there last week.  The Avenue is spectacular in every season.  In Autumn there are piles of  leaves…