Tag Archives: life

May the Wors be with you

With twelve public holidays annually, South Africa has one of the highest holiday counts in the world.  Besides a number of cultural and religious public holidays there are also some non-official days of celebration, which are strategically important for the psyche of the nation. Today is Braai Day.  That is braai as in barbecue, a time-honoured activity […]

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World Rhino Day

For years rhinos have been relentlessly hunted and killed for their horns. World Rhino Day (celebrated on September 22 every year) provides an opportunity for all the organizations involved in rhino conservation, as well as members of the public, to celebrate these unique and special animals. [Visit the World Rhino Day site for more information.] […]

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In the bowels of a giant Yellowwood tree

Today is the day you find out whether this photo (see here) was photoshopped or not. All of the people who commented on my previous post, got it right! Some of you may already have read my previous posts about an intrepid band of tree surgeons who climb very big trees in their spare time. […]

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Not your everyday occupational hazard!

Hannah was first featured on this blog in a post called How Hannah got her Peanut “back”,  about her role in raising a baby rhino. Now she’s back to tell another personal story about the occupational hazards of working with wild animals in a game reserves, and the worries that she, as a Reserve Ecologist’s […]

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The Antarctic – you absolutely have to go!!!

Once again I have been very lucky to have somebody volunteer a guest post for my blog. As this is somewhere I’d love to go, but probably never will, I was so happy when Christine from Christine Bernasconi Photography went for me! She took some wonderful photographs and wrote this beautiful – and very informative […]

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Future Tense

This week’s photo challenge is “Future Tense“. The photos below are of big, colourful fishing lures. The significance of these for this challenge, are that Willie is looking forward to a major fishing trip to Gabon – a country in West Africa. He’s getting very excited about it! Every free moment is spent thinking about, […]

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The Rock Pool

A perfect reflection in a rock pool . . . This is the sea. In these uneven walls A wave lies prisoned. Far and far away Outward to ocean, as the slow tide falls, Her sisters through the capes that hold the bay Dancing in lovely liberty recede. Yet lovely in captivity she lies, Filled […]

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Looking back – my favourite guest posts

I have been lucky to have several talented writers and photographers agree to write guest posts for Notes from Africa. As I had done a “looking back” post for my posts last year, I thought I’d do the same for my guest bloggers. Before beginning with my favourite guest posts though, I’d like to thank […]

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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: Love

Even though it is dangerous to attribute human emotions to animals, I think the word “love” can be applied to animal relationships too. Not everything is purely a protective instinct to ensure the survival of the family group. Hyenas must be some of the ugliest, meanest animals in the African bush, but they are the […]

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