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letting nature back in

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Liquid reflections

This is a copy of an Agfa slide taken by my father in the 1970s. It features liquid reflections on the surface of the water of the Fever Tree-lined Inyamithi Pan at Ndumo Game Reserve in northern Zululand in South Africa. Continue reading “Liquid reflections”

Sunrise, sunset

This was the sunrise on the day after my mother died. She died on the 23rd April 2018, two days before her birthday and the day before the anniversary of my father’s death. Continue reading “Sunrise, sunset”

Bottle variations

These old bottles were all dug up in a long-disused household rubbish pit behind our house. Variations include bottles for medicines, tomato sauce, beer, lime juice, milk, hair oil, Vicks, Marmite, and liqueur. Continue reading “Bottle variations”

Silence from the radio

Stowed away in a storeroom that got flooded in a storm, this old valve radio suffered some water damage. It is now silent and awaits repairs. Continue reading “Silence from the radio”

Weathered wood and woven wire

This weathered wood was found in hot sand next to a sandy road in Botswana many summers ago. It was weathered in desert extremes, scoured by sand and bleached by the sun so as to resemble bone: the bones of a tree. Continue reading “Weathered wood and woven wire”

Another century, another country

I have been admiring photos of late-summer flowers and harvests on blogs from the northern hemisphere, a far cry from our abnormally hot and dry spring. As respite from our drought here in South Africa, I dug out some old family photographs of country living in English villages in the first half of the 20th century. Continue reading “Another century, another country”

Transmuting earth, water, fire and air

Transmuting earth, water, fire and air 

Formed by hand from earth and water and finished in the heat of fire fed by air, this pot from Inhambane district in Mozambique is created using the four classical elements. Continue reading “Transmuting earth, water, fire and air”

Waxwork Chinese chess pieces

These chess pieces in the photograph are unusual for three reasons. Continue reading “Waxwork Chinese chess pieces”

Connecting with our bread-making heritage: An easy and quick bread recipe

For me, part of letting nature back in, is acknowledging that many of us urban dwellers have become dependent on others, even for trivial things. Our grandparents or great-grandparents were likely to have been a lot more self-sufficient and handy than many of us urbanites are today.  Continue reading “Connecting with our bread-making heritage: An easy and quick bread recipe”

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