Archive | February, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Forward

Early morning in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (in the Kalahari). Three lions striding purposefully forward, towards a herd of Wildebeest.  To select their next meal. As it turned out the Wildebeest were quickly on to the lions (they weren’t being very sneaky about it!), and made an escape. To join in the fun go to: […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

The closest to a kiss two birds with scimitar-like beaks can get. This photo was taken at sunset (hence the orange/pink glow) on Valentine’s Day 2011. The birds are Hadeda Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash). To join in the fun go to Weekly Photo Challenge: Kiss

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Three old favourites by John le Carré

Let me begin by saying that I don’t usually read spy thrillers. So the fact that I’ve not only read several John le Carré novels, but have some of them on my “favourite books” list, is quite remarkable. For years John le Carré’s novels had been on our bookshelf (Willie is a fan), but I’d not […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

Some creatures carry their homes with them . . . To join in the fun go to Weekly Photo Challenge: Home

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Carve Beyond Reality – Wood Carving Contest in Kenya

Ru-an Hsu, one of the organisers of World Wood Day, (see World Wood Day – 21 March 2013 ) sent me a link to a beautiful video of a wood carving contest held during August 2012  in Kenya. It shows the wood-carvers at work, and they get to talk about what inspires them in their designs. […]

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Links repaired

Eha kindly pointed out that not all of the links in yesterday’s post (Rosie’s new blog) were working.  So I’ve sorted that out. I have also put a RSS feed to the Life with a Neurotic Cat blog on the right hand side of Notes from Africa, just under the copyright notice (see image below). […]

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Rosie’s new blog

Our dog Rosie now has her own blog! From  Life with a Neurotic Cat . . . So why would I, a dog, want to have my own blog? I suppose I could say “because I can”, but it’s more than that. I’m a smart and opinionated dog, and since Lisa (female human) won’t let […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

The first thing that came to mind when I saw that this week’s photo challenge was “unique”, was the photograph below of a Gemsbok with only one horn. Not only do Gemsbok have very unique facial markings, they all have exceptionally long sweeping horns. With which they create wonderful geometrical patterns when they are standing […]

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World Wood Day – 21 March 2013

As some readers may already know, this blog is primarily about nature in Africa. We love trees and wood! So it is with great pleasure that I want to promote World Wood Day 2013.  The inaugural celebration of World Wood Day is being hosted in Tanzania with a series of specially designed events. I had […]

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