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Sunrise, dawn and times of transition

Conventionally, the rising of the sun indicates the promise of a new day Dawn brings a transition from darkness into light ranging from the subtle to the dramatic, a transition associated with awakening, hope and possibility. Continue reading “Sunrise, dawn and times of transition”

Wildflowers, war and wonder: Mementos of an English childhood

Many people hang on to keepsakes from their childhood. Photographs, letters, drawings, cards and other reminders are special tokens from times past and distant spaces. Continue reading “Wildflowers, war and wonder: Mementos of an English childhood”

In the path of the storm: Cyclone Idai

Tropical Cyclone Idai has led to the deaths of hundreds of people, injury to many more and the displacement of thousands and caused catastrophic damage and protracted flooding. Large areas in Mozambique and in neighbouring Zimbabwe and Malawi have been affected and the death toll is anticipated to rise to horrific numbers. Continue reading “In the path of the storm: Cyclone Idai”

Weekly Photo Find: Nieu Bethesda’s Chocolate-box Kitten

For this week’s Photo Find, sticking with the small town theme, I could not resist this photo taken in Nieu Bethesda of one of the prettiest kittens I have ever seen. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Nieu Bethesda’s Chocolate-box Kitten”

The Owl House: Helen Martins’ enigmatic creation

The Owl House of outsider artist Helen Martins draws many visitors to the tiny town of Nieu Bethesda each year. The Owl House and its Camel Yard is quite literally a concrete example of letting nature back in. Continue reading “The Owl House: Helen Martins’ enigmatic creation”

Weekly Photo Find: The small town of Nieu Bethesda

Nieu Bethesda is another small Karoo Town that was founded in the 1870s. Not far from Graaff Reinet, Nieu Bethesda is dominated by the Sneeuberg mountain range and overlooked by the high Compassberg peak. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: The small town of Nieu Bethesda”

A New Year awaits

As the New Year dawns many of us reflect on the year that has passed, and perhaps on our hopes and aspirations for the year ahead. Continue reading “A New Year awaits”

Weekly Photo Find: Postcard from the edge of Victoria West

A view up the main street lined with Victorian-era buildings of the small Karoo town of Victoria West. Parallel to the street on the edge of town is a large koppie (or rocky hill), illustrating that nature is still an omnipresent force in the region. Continue reading “Weekly Photo Find: Postcard from the edge of Victoria West”

Mistbelt grassland flowers in the summer time

Mistbelt grasslands sustain a rich diversity of life, especially when they form part of a complex mosaic that includes also forest, wetlands and rivers and streams. Continue reading “Mistbelt grassland flowers in the summer time”

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