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A dry season: Just add water

The main seasons in our part of the world are only two: wet season and dry season. But prolonged drought over much of the country has erased that distinction into one long dry bleakness where rain of any significance is a memory or a hope. Continue reading “A dry season: Just add water”

Skeletons in the garden Pt 2: Paisley pattern leaves

Skeletons of a botanical kind caught my attention in the form of fallen leaves that were gently disintegrating at the base of a White Stinkwood (Celtis Africana) growing just outside our garden. As the soft pulpy part of the leaves decompose and return to the soil, the leaf skeleton of intricate veins is left intact. Following the example set by the cicada terracotta army featured in last week’s post, I collected some leaf skeletons to photograph on a background of white paper. Continue reading “Skeletons in the garden Pt 2: Paisley pattern leaves”

Nature’s bounty in the kitchen

Luckily for me, both sides of my family had habits of frugality, which included saving stuff and reusing it or keeping it in case one day it might come in handy. Some folks might call it hoarding, but I value the presence of old handed-down objects, even if no longer used, which are signifiers of a time when people were more in touch with where their food came from. Continue reading “Nature’s bounty in the kitchen”

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”

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