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Aloes and gardens, Samangos and forests

Flowering aloes attract many birds and insects, and in the case of the Ashburton Aloe Festival, many visitors too are attracted to this annual event held by the Lower Mpushini Valley Conservancy. Continue reading “Aloes and gardens, Samangos and forests”

The understorey: The tale of the White Starred Robin

Once upon a time, not long ago and not far away, a White Starred Robin visited our garden pond. If I had the powers to understand the language of robins, what might I learn? Continue reading “The understorey: The tale of the White Starred Robin”

Reflecting the sun

Capture something reflected back to you in such a way that you look at your surroundings differently, is the invitation in this week’s photo challenge with the theme ‘Reflecting’. Continue reading “Reflecting the sun”

Danger! Fire on the line

When we picked green chillies from a new plant in our garden, they had no flavour at all. So when they ripened to red we added them liberally when cooking our supper. Continue reading “Danger! Fire on the line”

Atmosphere

We only have to look up to the skies to be reminded that our planet Earth has a wondrous and life-sustaining atmosphere. Continue reading “Atmosphere”

Densely stacked: Provisioning for winter

Here in the southern hemisphere we a have been stacking our woodpile with dry wood in readiness for the winter that lies ahead. Continue reading “Densely stacked: Provisioning for winter”

Yer Greens: Freshly picked

The autumn days are shortening here in South Africa, but our small vegetable garden is still yielding edible greens. Continue reading “Yer Greens: Freshly picked”

Solitude in the suburbs

The images used in letting nature back in are limited to photographs I take in our suburban garden. In response to this week’s photo challenge: “Solitude … show us what being alone means to you”, the question arises, how to convey solitude in the suburbs? Continue reading “Solitude in the suburbs”

Waste not whatnots

Repurposing reduces waste, extends the life of items put to new use, and taps our undiscovered creativity. Continue reading “Waste not whatnots”

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