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letting nature back in

nature and nurture in suburban spaces

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”

Waiting and watching

This Brownhooded Kingfisher is patiently waiting and watching for potential prey. Continue reading “Waiting and watching”

White Paint Brush: A winter-flowering woodland favourite

Brightening the drab floor of our mini woodland in our dry winters, this member of the Amaryllidaceae family flowers freely. Continue reading “White Paint Brush: A winter-flowering woodland favourite”

Wonderful whorls

The visible structure of bracket fungus growing on dead wood in our garden; the whorls and striations are complex and striking.  Continue reading “Wonderful whorls”

Birds do it – sunbathe that is

Birds sunbathe too – not all species, but many do. Continue reading “Birds do it – sunbathe that is”

Cornered!

Nougat the cat got cornered when doing some high-altitude exploring. Here he is apparently stuck on the corner at the top of the grocery cupboard in a corner of the kitchen. Continue reading “Cornered!”

From mountains to gardens: Scarlet flowers that brighten winter drabness

I have always regarded this plant as a mountain dweller, as I first fell in love with it in the Drakensberg mountains in KwaZulu-Natal.  Continue reading “From mountains to gardens: Scarlet flowers that brighten winter drabness”

Diverting and delightful Swee Waxbills

Named for their soft ‘swee swee’ call, the small and colourful Swee waxbills are guaranteed to distract me from my work on their occasional visits to our garden. Continue reading “Diverting and delightful Swee Waxbills”

The dancing dove

It is always a pleasure to watch wild creatures going confidently about their business without fear.
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