Monthly Archives: January 2014

Blue

If I say the word “monkey” to you, a whole bunch of associations are sure to be triggered. First of all, you will picture a cheeky little scamp, a charming, miniature man-beast who lives to laugh and play, swinging through … Continue reading

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The Poison tree.

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. You’re sitting in the dappled shade of a bushveld tree on a hot summer’s day, contemplating the view, beetles and bees buzzing lazily through the canopy above you, when … Continue reading

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Bushbabies.

There are few things in this world quite as cool as going on a night-drive in the bush. You bundle into an open vehicle with hand-held spotlights and set off into a world completely different to the one you left … Continue reading

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The Sausage Tree.

Today, I’m going to write about real magic. Just as soon as I’m done telling you about Sausage Trees. This is a Sausage Tree. Its proper name is kigelia africana. It grows down in the Lowveld. It’s one of the … Continue reading

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Creatures of the Night.

The night has always been a time of terror for us. We are not built for it. We can’t see. We swapped our night vision for the ability to see all the bright, shiny colours that fill our days. When … Continue reading

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Learning to read

I can read. I can read “Fun with Dick and Jane”. I used to work in a bookshop with a specialist children’s section. I had a colleague who really knew her stuff. Every now and then, she would talk about … Continue reading

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Watching the grass grow

I hope you’re all ready for a bit of excitement. We’re going to watch grass grow. Yeeeeeehah!

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