Wine and Wild Dog weekend; great tastes and conservation at Chilo Gorge safari Lodge…

Following the great success of previous wine and wild dog events in 2011 and 2013, held by Painted Wolf Wines and the wild dog research projects in Zimbabwe, we are thrilled to announce a taste and conservation sensation at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge in July 2015!….there could be no better venue-Wild dogs are due to den in winter, and we have a thriving population in the South East lowveld…guests could get lucky!….

Wild dog pups..photo by AWCF

Wild dog pups..photo by AWCF

This event will combine African Wildlife Conservation Fund

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and Painted Wolf Wines

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for a weekend of good food and wine plus great conservation presentations, at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge….

Adenium multiflorum blooming at Chilo, Save River in background...

Adenium multiflorum blooming at Chilo, Save River in background…

Please join us-

Great  tastes and great conservation...

Great tastes and great conservation…

Learn more about African wild dogs in Zimbabwe:

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and drink great wines!

Painted Wolf Pictus wine and campfire

Painted Wolf Pictus wine and campfire

Clive Stockil and myself  Lin Barrie, will be present to enjoy the weekend with guests…so exciting…can’t wait! we have recently seen a pregnant Alpha female near our house at Senuko, confirming that denning season is well on its way. I so hope the dens in Gonarezhou do as well this year, as they did last year.

PWW wine label by Lin Barrie

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“Waste no Waste: Trash is Treasure”; Recycled Art in a great cause

The Friends of the Gallery (FOG) is an organization of volunteers, working to promote visual art in Zimbabwe. Their main aim is to assist the National Gallery through adding to the permanent collection, supporting maintenance and upkeep of the collection and creating awareness of the Gallery’s activities.

The Friends of the Gallery and the Italian Ambassador, His Excellency Enrico de Agostini will be hosting a Fund Raising Auction on the 14th of May at his residence.

The chosen theme for the event is: “Waste no Waste: Trash is Treasure”. 

The inclusion of Schools, Artists, Celebrities, Captains of Industry and the Diplomatic Community will engage different sectors of society and allow them to contribute towards this worthy cause.

I have been invited, one of 20 leading artists to paint on  a rubbish bin on Saturday the 9th May in the Penthouse of the National Gallery. This event which will launch this year’s F.O.G. Fundraising Drive, will be televised and co-hosted by the Italian Ambassador and members of the NGZ board. The bins will then be donated to the City of Harare and placed at various locations throughout the city, as part of the “Keep Harare Clean” Campaign.

The bins we  paint ,using the Waste no Waste-Trash is Treasure theme, will be commissioned by  companys or individuals that the Ambassador invites and they will be charged  $300 per painted bin.  All the proceeds will be donated to the National Gallery through the FOG directive.

Another component of the Fund Raising drive is an open call to all artists to produce works centred on the Theme Waste no Waste -Trash is Treasure and making use of recycled materials.  The works will then be entered into a competition and the  top ten entries will be auctioned on May 14th

“Wild Dog Buddie” is a collage I am working on, incorporating used Econet Buddie cards, old brown paper and a red plastic cup picked up off the floor at a food court….

Wild Dog Buddie painting- a start...

Wild Dog Buddie painting- a start…

I am actually painting with the edge of my used Buddie cards, before adding them to the composition….a nice clean graphic effect…

I also am collaborating with Sunshine Zimbabwe Project…who create wonderful items such as lights and hanging baskets out of discarded plastic waste…

Booker, a creative character, is helping me put together a great recycled idea using yellow leaves cut from Mahweu Bottles …..

Booker and Sunshine Waste

Booker and Sunshine Waste

 

I paint the canvas background…a whirlwind of colour…

Lin's whirlwind...

Lin’s whirlwind…

and the Sunshine team begin to work on it…look at what is growing…

Sunshine Zimbabwe and Lin Barrie collaboration...so exciting!

Sunshine Zimbabwe and Lin Barrie collaboration…so exciting!

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Should You Be Going on Safari in Zimbabwe? | Elizabeth Gordon

MUST READ! A thoughtful and realistic article  on World opinion of  elephant issues and tourism in Zimbabwe by Elizabeth Gordon…

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Elizabeth Gordon visited Chilo Gorge last year, and has informed comments to make on crucial issues concerning tourism, the revenue from which supports ground level community livelihoods, and the long term protection of endangered species such as Elephants, rhinos and African wild dogs in places such as the Save Valley Conservancy and Gonarezhou National Park…

Should You Be Going on Safari in Zimbabwe? | Elizabeth Gordon.

Your safari can directly benefit these wild dog pups, and other vulnerable species….

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Sound long term  initiatives such as The Lowveld Wild Dog Project, , under the auspices of African Wildlife Conservation Fund, admirably protect African wild dogs and rhinos in the lowveld of Zimbabwe…and tourism directly benefits the rural communities who need to support and benefit from these initiatives! Education in rural communities is key to long term conservation efforts…

So, World,  yes, please visit Zimbabwe!

Help us to help our communities to preserve the bigger picture of conserving wilderness and cultural heritage areas and sustainable eco-tourism….

Great Zimbabwe Monuments….

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Kelli finds her way to Panama City bridal shops; and onwards to Lima, back to Hawaai and then Alaska!

South America Cruise with M/S Statendam
15 days from San Diego (CA) to Callao (Lima), departure 15/03/2015

Mon 16/03/15 At Sea
Tue 17/03/15 Cabo San Lucas / Mexico 12:00 23:00
Wed 18/03/15 At Sea
Thu 19/03/15 At Sea
Fri 20/03/15 Huatulco / Mexico 08:00
Sat 21/03/15 Huatulco / Mexico 17:00
Sun 22/03/15 Puerto Chiapas / Mexico 08:00 17:00
Mon 23/03/15 At Sea
Tue 24/03/15 At Sea
Wed 25/03/15 Fuerte Amador / Panama 08:00 17:00
Thu 26/03/15 At Sea
Fri 27/03/15 At Sea
Sat 28/03/15 Salaverry / Peru 08:00 17:00
Sun 29/03/15 Callao (Lima) / Peru 10:00
Mon 30/03/15 Callao (Lima) / Peru

Fuerte Amador is an island located on the west side of Panama City, Panama and is the main port of call for cruise chips just before or after traversing the Panama Canal. Panama City itself is a metropolis of over one million people that has drawn comparisons to Miami, Florida.

North America West Coast Cruise with M/S Statendam :
64 days from San Diego (CA) to Seattle (WA), departure 15/03/2015

Itinerary:
Date: Sun 15/03/15 Port: San Diego (CA) / USA Depart: 16:00
Date: Mon 16/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 17/03/15 Port: Cabo San Lucas / Mexico Arrive: 12:00 Depart: 23:00
Date: Wed 18/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Thu 19/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 20/03/15 Port: Huatulco / Mexico Arrive: 08:00
Date: Sat 21/03/15 Port: Huatulco / Mexico Depart: 17:00
Date: Sun 22/03/15 Port: Puerto Chiapas / Mexico Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Mon 23/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 24/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Wed 25/03/15 Port: Fuerte Amador / Panama Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Thu 26/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 27/03/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sat 28/03/15 Port: Salaverry / Peru Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Sun 29/03/15 Port: Callao (Lima) / Peru Arrive: 10:00
Date: Mon 30/03/15 Port: Callao (Lima) / Peru
Date: Tue 31/03/15 Port: Callao (Lima) / Peru Depart: 17:00
Date: Wed 01/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Thu 02/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 03/04/15 Port: Manta / Ecuador Arrive: 05:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Sat 04/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sun 05/04/15 Port: Puerto Caldera / Costa Rica Arrive: 09:00 Depart: 18:00
Date: Mon 06/04/15 Port: Corinto / Nicaragua Arrive: 11:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Tue 07/04/15 Port: Puerto Quetzal / Guatemala Arrive: 09:00 Depart: 19:00
Date: Wed 08/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Thu 09/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 10/04/15 Port: Manzanillo / Mexico Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Sat 11/04/15 Port: Puerto Vallarta / Mexico Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Sun 12/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Mon 13/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 14/04/15 Port: San Diego (CA) / USA Arrive: 07:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Wed 15/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Thu 16/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 17/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sat 18/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sun 19/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Mon 20/04/15 Port: Hilo (Hawaii) / USA Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 18:00
Date: Tue 21/04/15 Port: Lahaina (Maui, Hawaii) / USA Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 18:00
Date: Wed 22/04/15 Port: Honolulu (Oahu, Hawaii) / USA Arrive: 07:00 Depart: 16:00
Date: Thu 23/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 24/04/15 Port: Date Line
Date: Sat 25/04/15 Port: Day lost (Due to passing the dateline)
Date: Sun 26/04/15 Port: Date Line
Date: Sun 26/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sun 26/04/15 Port: Tabuaeran, Fanning Island / South Seas Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 14:00
Date: Sun 26/04/15 Port: Crossing Equator
Date: Mon 27/04/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 28/04/15 Port: Bora Bora / French Polynesia Arrive: 16:00
Date: Wed 29/04/15 Port: Bora Bora / French Polynesia Depart: 23:00
Date: Thu 30/04/15 Port: Raiatea / French Polynesia Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Fri 01/05/15 Port: Papeete (Tahiti) / French Polynesia Arrive: 05:00
Date: Sat 02/05/15 Port: Papeete (Tahiti) / French Polynesia Depart: 05:00
Date: Sat 02/05/15 Port: Moorea / French Polynesia Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Sun 03/05/15 Port: Rangiroa (Tuamotu Islands) / French Polynesia Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Mon 04/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 05/05/15 Port: Taiohae (Nuku Hiva/Maquesas Islands) / French Polynesia Arrive: 08:00 Depart: 17:00
Date: Wed 06/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Thu 07/05/15 Port: Crossing Equator
Date: Fri 08/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sat 09/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sun 10/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Mon 11/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Tue 12/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Wed 13/05/15 Port: San Diego (CA) / USA Arrive: 07:00 Depart: 16:00
Date: Thu 14/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Fri 15/05/15 Port: At Sea
Date: Sat 16/05/15 Port: Port Angeles (WA) / USA Arrive: 13:00 Depart: 22:00
Date: Sun 17/05/15 Port: Vancouver / Canada Arrive: 07:00 Depart: 16:45
Date: Mon 18/05/15 Port: Seattle (WA) / USA Arrive: 07:00

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Mahenye Charitable Trust and Changana Culture; beading and beautiful ladies…

The Changana ladies at Chief Mahenye’s village have a strong tradition of beading….
Look at these deeply gathered skirts that they embellish with numerous seed beads…

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Some of my personal necklaces, bought from these talented ladies…

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The beading on their clothing and around their waists and necks is a vital part of the way they dress for their traditional ceremonies and dance…

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The Mahenye Charitable Trust (MCT) in collaboration with HIFA (Harare International Festival of the Arts) sponsored the Mahenye Beading Project from the 23rd to the 28th of February 2015. Eleven Mahenye women participated in an intensive training program where a regional bead expert from Durban in South African, and a local fashion designer assisted in modernizing the local tradition with marketable products that will be shown and marketed at HIFA from the 29TH April to 4th May this year.

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The MCT provided the seed capital to purchase the raw materials which Jane Parsons from HIFA, provided for the training. HIFA has placed an order which will be purchased from the Mahenye Beading Club which should cover the cost of the loan from MCT and provide capital to start a sustainable Micro Village Industry, empowering the local Mahenye women to become self-sufficient in supporting and improving their family livelihoods.

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Susan Sithole who represented the Mahenye community at last year’s HIFA, will be accompanied by one other lady in attending HIFA 2015, where on the 29th April there will be a beading fashion show, show-casing three countries, South Africa, Ghana and Zimbabwe. The Mahenye production will represent Zimbabwe in this prestigious event. Very exciting!

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The Chilo Team would like to express their gratitude to Jane, Hlengiwe, Colin and Manuel for their support, enthusiasm and guidance in developing this opportunity for the women of Mahenye to strengthen,and benefit from, their cultural values and traditions.

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HIFA is a 6-day annual festival and workshop programme that showcases the very best of local, regional and international arts and culture in a comprehensive festival programme of theatre,dance, music, circus, street performance, fashion, spoken word and visual arts. HIFA has come to be seen as an important symbol of something positive about Zimbabwe, unifying socially and culturally disparate groups of Zimbabweans at a time of ideological conflict and political uncertainty bringing huge audiences together to celebrate something positive – the healing and constructive capacity of the arts.

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Win the Ultimate Kenyan Safari in Honor of Tusk’s 25th Birthday – Aardvark Safaris Blog

It is Tusk Trust’s 25th Birthday this year…

Win the Ultimate Kenyan Safari in Honor of Tusk’s 25th Birthday – Aardvark Safaris Blog.

I will definately enter this- could end up staying at Sarara…

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or one of my favourite places, Lewa House….

For 25 years, Tusk has been providing hope to the people of Africa through wildlife conservation. With 50 field projects in 18 countries, it has become one of the leading conservation, education and community charities working in Africa.

Tusk’s projects combine conservation, education and job creation to ensure wildlife and land become a renewable resource for local communities. Over the last quarter of a century, it has raised over $30 million to invest in a range of successful conservation initiatives providing vital protection for 36 endangered species, including elephant, rhino, cheetah, chimpanzee, mountain and lowland gorilla, and African wild dog.

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Flowers fit for a wedding indeed…..an announcement has been made!

Kelli and Anton at Chilo Gorge

Kelli and Anton at Chilo Gorge

 

Kelli's toes and a stunning dietes species, in the botanic gardens of Hawai'i....

Kelli’s toes and a stunning dietes species, in the botanic gardens of Hawai’i….

 

Flowers fit for a wedding…..joyous colours of flowers in the Hawai’i Botanic Gardens reflect the happiness we all feel for Kelli and Anton…….

 Best view ever, the photo doesn't do it justice! Full moon of the ocean 15 floors above the sea


Best view ever, the photo doesn’t do it justice! Full moon of the ocean 15 floors above the sea

Anton’s photo of a full moon, 15 floors above the surface of the ocean…..!

I am very very thrilled- My darling daughter Kelli Barker has got engaged to her special man Anton Milner -he is currently working hard, cruising the Caribbean and she is cruising Hawai’i – so this is truly a long distance but very committed relationship! Welcome to our family Anton! Gramps sends his best wishes to you both and Clive Stockil and I look forward to being part of your family as well.I am very very thrilled- My darling daughter Kelli Barker has got engaged to her special man Anton Milner -he is currently working hard, cruising the Caribbean and she is cruising Hawai’i – so this is truly a long distance but very committed relationship! Welcome to our family Anton! Gramps sends his best wishes to you both and Clive Stockil and I look forward to being part of your family as well.

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