The Stock

great blog, Nic…live your dream….


“Indeed, stock is everything in cooking. Without it, nothing can be done.” – Auguste Escoffier

Stop. Read it again and think about it…

Yup! I’m back. Nope! I haven’t forgotten about this. Now is the right time to write a little something for the first time while I am actually living my dream! To those who dream… Keep dreaming and chase those dreams, chase until you’re tired and then keep on running after it. It doesn’t come easy. I haven’t even scratched the surface of mine yet.

Indeed stock IS everything! Without the stock, the grounding, the basis, your finished dish will be substandard. BUT, in order to get a stock rrrrreally worth something, you need to use top quality ingredients and treat them properly, with respect, care and most of all, LOVE.

See, I happen to be at my ‘stock’ phase. Yes I’ve worked 5 years in kitchens, learnt…

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Baobabs and Wire; Elephants and Mud

Early morning on the deck at Chilo

Early Morning at Chilo Gorge

Early Morning at Chilo Gorge

leads into a fabulous day of exploring the newly wet Gonarezhou…on the lookout for our guests favorite animal…Elephants!….today strangely absent today from the landscape! They must have moved far and wide with the little shower of rain we had a night ago….we keep hunting…

Anyway, we see fun little stuff, such as lady tortoises, Spoonbills…

Spoonbills hunting for breakfast

Spoonbills hunting for breakfast


a ponderous and stately monitor lizard…

reptilian splendour...

reptilian splendour…

we find many signs of elephants….(poor baobab!)

evidence of elephants at work......

evidence of elephants at work……

and at last, we find a perpetrator!

naughty but hungry....

naughty but hungry….

this bull is intent on extracting as much succulent fibre as he can from this doomed baobab…



and then decides to manage an itch on his posterior, after his meal…



Gonarezhou has numerous huge baobabs, many over two thousand years old…I love these multi purpose, all-embracing monoliths-


Here is my Baobab Silhouette painting on canvas…..

Baobab silhouette acrylic on loose canvas, 103 x 103 cm lo res

Sadly, in Africa,  we have to think of ways to protect them from my other wonderful favorite mammoth, the Elephant! They are going down like nine pins in this present hot and dry period that we are having…a sad loss to the general environment…

Carrying on with our drive, we come across a very, very unusual and special find…Clive shows us a footprint and digging left by a little Pangolin…! Wow…so amazing to find evidence of these highly secretive nocturnal creatures who eat only termites and are highly endangered…


Pangolins, fascinating creatures, that fire my artistic imagination….

pangolin sketch from a wooden sculpture by Lin Barrie

We are later delighted to meet up with the naughty baobab-eating bull again, plus a cow herd that has just crossed the Runde River, who politely stroll past us….showing off their tiny tots…


and then give us a wonderful half hour of mud bath antics


in a small depression that has collected just enough water to become a mud jacuzzi…


and a last farewell to the gentle giants as they wander away from the mud pack session, with the Bull bringing up the rear, and very much part of the group…interesting social interaction, he seems totally accepted in this ladies society ……….


Just as we need to think innovatively to protect baobabs, so do we need to think outside the box to create space for elephants in this ever shrinking wilderness that we all have to share….we are excited to be sharing our Gonarezhou elephants with a team from Tusk Trust who will visit…a dynamic group who are doing so much for elephants and rhinos, plus other endangered species, Africa-wide…

“The Last Elephant” by Lin Barrie

last elephant





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Lin Barrie Art -inspired by Florida and Texas…abstract landscapes and waterworlds…

My years of traveling have led me from painting in Africa to painting other fascinating landscapes, wildlife, cultures and people.

inspired by watery worlds...

Abstract paintings by Lin Barrie-inspired by various watery worlds…

Some of my favorite places being  the watery worlds of South Carolina for White Pelicans,

White Pelicans

White Pelicans

the Texas coastline for seagulls…..



and Brown Pelicans….

Brown Pelican Grooming

Brown Pelican Grooming

I just LOVE brown pelicans-such characters and so clever at co-existing with humans…

Early morning pelicans-giclee print on gallery wrapped canvas

Early morning pelicans-giclee print on gallery wrapped canvas


Here is my portrait of “Bob” -a pelican who hung out with us when I was living with dear friends Belinda and Bob in the Forida Keys…

Portrait of "Bob", by Lin Barrie

Portrait of “Bob”, by Lin Barrie


Endlessly inspired by the Florida Seashores, I loved exploring with my darling photographer friend Belinda,  just poling about and hanging out with waterbirds galore, permit fish, sharks and all things watery….

permit fish-15 x17 inches, acrylic by Lin Barrie

permit fish-15 x17 inches, acrylic by Lin Barrie


Sucking up the vibrant colors and atmosphere of the Miami waterfront and the wonderful mix of culture, street art, galleries, cuban inspired food and music to be found……

"Cuban Yellow" by Lin Barrie

“Cuban Yellow” by Lin Barrie

I created a fun mural for the Dive Museum in Islamorada… hammerhead shark…

Hammerhead by Lin Barrie

Hammerhead by Lin Barrie

and giant Grouper fish…

Giant Grouper Fish by Lin Barrie

Giant Grouper Fish by Lin Barrie

And collaborated with Belinda to produce a series of artworks combining her stunning photographs with my paintwork..called “Zimkey Art”, a fusion of Zimbabwean and Keys artist inspiration!

zimkey art- "Backyard Friend"

zimkey art- “Backyard Friend”


A gorgeous photograph of a squid by Belinda inspired my painted background….

zimkey Squid Reflect

zimkey Squid Reflect

Amazing Jellyfish that congregate in Florida waters…

zimkey Jelly Fish Blue 2


This was “Elvis” -a confiding Iguana who hung out on the deck at gorgeous boutique residence, Casa Morada, where my daughter Kelli worked …..

zimkey -"Elvis"

zimkey -“Elvis”

Manatees frequented the bay at Casa Morada, and I loved sketching and painting these gentle, endangered creatures…

baby manatee suckling-oil on canvas

baby manatee suckling-oil on canvas, by Lin Barrie

Manatee dance-oil on gallery wrap canvas-16 x 20 inches

Manatee dance-oil on gallery wrap canvas-16 x 20 inches, by Lin Barrie



Gardens and plants are always inspiring to me, especially those in Florida, such as theses colorful Sea Grape leaves…

 Sea Grape Leaves by Lin Barrie

Sea Grape Leaves by Lin Barrie

I’d love to go back to that watery world and that vibrant culture, and perhaps I will…now that Kelli and Anton are married and heading towards the Caribbean on their Cruise Ships adventures again…


that watery world…by Lin Barrie




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A wedding to remember……forever

Life is a roller coaster, high wave adventure, and Kelli and Anton started 2015 on a huge wave….!

Kelli and Anton on the ocean wave

Kelli and Anton on the ocean wave


riding their separate cruise ships round the Hawaii’an Islands and the Caribbean islands!


While on their far-apart cruise ships, Kelli and Anton became officially engaged….so exciting….

Anton and Kelli engagement

Anton and Kelli engagement


Landing back in Africa, they began the loving process of binding their lives together forever…

choosing rings supplied by Kelli’s Uncle Max….


A Pirates and Sailors Party was conceived by Maid of Honour Kimberley…what fun!

The Nautical kit that kelli wore for the party!

The Nautical kit that Kelli wore for the party!

some sailors and pirates have a hug...

some sailors and pirates have a hug…

Fun stuff…

Kelli is Anton's Nauti-Gal!

Kelli is Anton’s Nauti-Gal!

I made a poster out of fun nautical ideas….

Anton is....

Anton is….


Kimberley was Kelli’s Maid of Honor and her delightful speech for Kelli and Anton embraced all things nautical:

“My sister and new brother-in-law

When 2 people and families come together, you tie the knot and form a stronger bond. So with that said we welcome you Anton and your wonderful family to our families AND secondly we thank you for welcoming Kelli into yours with such love and kindness.

I bet you all probably think you know why we chose the nautical theme – because 2 of our favourite people have been at sea? Well this is not the only reason, and I would like to share the other reason with you in my absence.

Kelli and Anton, the sea is wise, it will always teach you to:

  •  Anchor yourself to each other – so that you will always keep grounded
  •  But never weigh each other down
  •  Don’t ever sink – you are each other’s life jackets
  •  Life’s roughest storms prove the strength of our anchors
  •  We need to be brave sailors if we are to go on the biggest journey of our lives
  •  We sometimes need to be like a pirate – break the rules, get ship faced and have fun together
  •  We need patience to wait for the perfect tide and to realise timing is NOT our choice BUT is always perfect
  •  We need to make sure we have life boats – which are trust, and our families and friends
  •  We need to leave messages in bottles for each other and to always remember to communicate
  •  Always find your way back to shore and to one another
  •  And mostly as you set sail enjoy the ride, the sun, the journey and thelove and life you share.Please raise your glasses – cheers to SAILING FOR AN ETERNITY.
  • Love, Kimmy xx”

After a simple magistrates Court ceremony early one morning in Harare…..

legally 'Mr and Mrs"...

legally ‘Mr and Mrs”…

came a delightful celebration breakfast at The Plot  Cafe, with close family….



Then came the Chilo wedding, such an adventure!


rhinestone embellishments on the Vera Wang dress

Kelli and Anton had Jade, Rayne and Kiana as flower girls…

kelli and her flower girls

with silver slippers….

silver slippers

Kiana gets dressed by her loving Gran, Jackie….

jackie and kiana

jackie and kiana

Jade and Rayne watch Kelli putting on her make up…

jade rayne and kelli

jade rayne and kelli

Kelli does her own make up, of course!




the shoes…..

 the shoes.......

the shoes…….

A glowing bride…..

Chilo interior

Chilo interior

The descent………!!

kelli descending...


and meanwhile the boys have been getting dressed

boys in the landscape...

boys in the landscape…

excitement builds….

boys together

boys together

Guiding hands ………

the gentle touch

the gentle touch


and Anton is ready, waiting for his bride…

nearly there!

nearly there!

Kelli and Anton were married by special friend, Rob Davy on  28th November 2015 early in the morning,  at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge.

Before the actual ceremony Jackie and I had a special hug with Anton…Rob checks his notes in the background…)

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The stunning view from the wedding deck was enhanced by Lala palm heart fans locally made by Mr Mutema, embellished with paper flowers made by Nyasha of African Papermakers.

heart fans hanging from the wedding deck at Chilo

heart fans hanging from the wedding deck at Chilo

what a setting….as the bridal party walks thru the gardens

the bridal girls walk thru the gardens

the bridal girls walk thru the gardens


 the look on his face...

the look on his face…


married couple



This is what Michel Fortmann, (Kelli’s dear friend, bridesmaid and professional photographer),  had to say about the event…

“Love is like a friendship caught on fire. In the beginning a flame, very pretty, often hot and fierce, but still only light and flickering. As love grows older, our hearts mature and our love becomes as coals, deep-burning and unquenchable.” — Bruce Lee

What a love story to tell… Not only was I photogrpaher for the day, but bridesmaid as well, for two of my dearest friends! It was quite difficult trying to wear both hats on the day, but with the help from my amazing finacee – Mark Harris, who was truly thrown in the deepend, we managed to cover all bases:)

It was an early start with the ceremony happening at 8am. At 7.30, I was still clicking away and eventually had to put the camera down and get ready lol! Not easy when there were still so many moments happening that I wanted to capture! Kelli was an absolute picture as she slipped in to her Vera Wang dress and got ready to walk the aisle with her two Dads:)

It was a short, but very meanigful ceremony and a very different experience, being a part of it and not being the voyeur on the outside this time! The vows were exchanged with the most magnificent view of the river below us and the beautiful cliffs as the backdrop and then it was all selaed with the kiss and before we knew it we were walking back up the ailse and headed off for the group shot and magnificent brunch!

After the brunch and a wonderful speech from Kelli’s Dad, we all then de-robed and spent the next couple of hours relaxing by the poolside. Then we all climbed back in our dresses for the formal shots at 4pm and I got some exquisite photos of Kelli, just before we left.

We then headed off, safari style in the game viewing vehicles and headed for the beautful Acacia forests. The sun made her appearance at all the right moments on this day and as we headed into the forests, she appeared from behind the clouds and the most magical light streamed down through the Acacia leaves, backlighting Kelli and Anton with a halo of gold.
We then headed onto the river bed for some really dramatic, editorial style shots and then Mark, got his turn again, with doing some awesome group shots for us! It was a lot of fun and a completley different experience being in front of the camera for a change. The final photos happened down by the old fallen tree, close to the river, with the sun sinking below the forests, as the final backdrop, to an incredible day!

We then headed into the evening reception where some very heartfelt speeches were made and not long after that the dancing got underway!

It was a fantastic day and one I will really treasure! To not only be a part of it but also be there to cature such special moments for Kelli and Anton!”


Kelli’s Vera wang wedding dress was simply, elegantly, drop-dead beautiful…

rhinestone embellishments on the Vera Wang dress

rhinestone embellishments on the Vera Wang dress


After the happy ceremony and a relaxed day by the Chilo pool, we went through the riverine forest….



onto the sands of the Save River for a beach sundowner…

A and K on the beach

safari wedding


My precious daughter now forever linked to my special new son…

Kelli and Anton on 'wedding safari'

Kelli and Anton on ‘wedding safari’


Kelli’s Johannesburg family contributed delicious wines and champagne,



and Jeremy Borg contributed Painted Wolf Wines. Food, wine and feasting for all!

I am so happy for this beautiful young couple, on the brink of an exciting life and career together. Plus we are blessed that our combined families share a warmth and love that is real and lasting.

The place Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, a fittingly dramatic and special start to their married life.


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Lin Barrie – Fillingdon Fine Art


I am exhibiting at Fillingdon Fine Art again after a few years gap! exciting!

Quote from their webpage:

“Talented wildlife artist from Zimbabwe, it is a pleasure to welcome Lin Barrie & her wild dogs back after many years. She works tirelessly for conservation….”

Source: Lin Barrie – Fillingdon Fine Art

Lycaon pictus

Lycaon pictus

for photographs of more paintings by me, and some stories, visit:

Art by Lin Barrie:

“Christmas Kaleidoscope” exhibition open 10am-4pm daily from 14th – 28th November 2015 at Fillingdon Fine Art on A40 in Buckinghamshire. Details on

Source: An Invitation

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Kelli’s and Anton’s last ports-of-call: Guam, Saipan and Philippines….. and The Caribbean..

Kelli’s and Anton’s ships are coming in soon….wooooowhooooooo!

Our ship is coming in.....painting by Kean

Our ship is coming in…..painting by McKean

Graham McKean, wonderful artist….painted this ship…


From Royal Caribbean’s Independence of the Seas,

independence of the seas

independence of the seas

to Norwegian Cruise Line’s Getaway and now Carnival Cruise Line, Anton has achieved such variety, such experience…



made a difference in so many people’s lives….

Anton Milner, Personal trainer...

Anton Milner, Personal trainer…


Kelli has toured so many fascinating places with Holland America, half of the world in fact….making fabulous friends and achieving personal bests. I am so proud of them both!

kelli and friend

kelli and friend


Kelli’s last postings are Guam, Saipan and the Philippines before her ship,  The Statendam, sails into the sunset and dry-docks in Singapore…

Statendam sunset

Statendam sunset


Guam is a U.S. island territory in Micronesia, in the Western Pacific.

Guam map

Guam map

Hope she enjoys her last  tropical beaches… before hitting the african bush…

gorgeous Guam...

gorgeous Guam…

Chamorro village culture….

guam ladies

guam ladies

Tumon Bay is a hub with bars, shops and an aquarium. Beaches include Ritidian Point, part of a wildlife refuge, and storied Two Lovers Point.

Agana Bay and Alupai Island at sunset.

Agana Bay and Alupai Island at sunset.


Saipan is one of the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. commonwealth in the Western Pacific.

Island style Saipan

Island style Saipan

It’s known for its sandy shores, mountainous landscapes, golf courses and World War II battlefields.

sherman tank on Saipan reef

sherman tank on Saipan reef

The reef-lined beaches of its western and southern coasts are popular for diving and snorkeling…….wonder if she’ll get time off her busy schedule to dive into those waters…

Saipan Beaches...

Saipan Beaches…

Saipan dancers

Saipan dancers


The Philippines is a Southeast Asian country in the Western Pacific, comprising more than 7,000 islands.



Its sprawling capital, Manila, is famous for its waterfront promenade and centuries-old Chinatown. Intramuros, a walled city in colonial times, is the heart of Old Manila. It’s home to the baroque 16th-century San Agustin Church as well as Fort Santiago, a storied citadel and military prison.

Well done Kelli and Anton…What a tribute to both of them… a year of really hard work, play and sacrifice, laughter and some tears, in some of the most beautiful places in this world….

They arrive back on African soil to plan their wedding at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, on the bank of the Save Valley River…

Kelli and Anton on the Save River...

Kelli and Anton on the Save River…

into the wilds of Africa, they will be surrounded by elephants, and an ocean of bush wilderness, after a long year at sea……..

Kelli and Anton

Kelli and Anton


Kelli and Anton, Heading in the right direction……

heading in the right direction...painting by Graham McKean

heading in the right direction…painting by Graham McKean


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Kodiak Bears and Kelli eat salmon in Alaska….While Anton steams in the Caribbean…

Wow, from the heat of Hawaii’ and the South Seas, including  remote Fanning Island, Kelli is now in the wilds of  Alaska…after having found a dream Vera Wang wedding dress in Seattle! No sneak previews of the dress!

While Anton sails the Caribbean, Kelli is 5000 miles away….what a long contract this has been for the two of them…nearly finished now!

Anton and Kelli engagement

Anton and Kelli engagement

Kelli in a cold place…

Kelli in a cold place!

Kelli in a cold place!

Anton in a HOT place….

Anton in a sunny place

Anton in a sunny place

Soon the two sailors will be home from the sea…

popeye and olive oil

popeye and olive oil

Chic hairstyle, Kells!….


and look at the gorgeous treatment bed Kelli sets up- wish I could have one of those facials right now….

Kelli's gorgeous treatment bed

Kelli’s gorgeous treatment bed

While Anton gets really serious about working out…an inspiration to his guests…

Anton in the gym

Anton in the gym

Sitka, Alaska, is on Kelli’s route,

Sitka, Alaska

Sitka, Alaska

and remote Kodiak Island is one of her haunts…


Stunning, huge Kodiak bears are found only on the islands in the Kodiak Archipelago off the south coast of Alaska. Wonder if she will see any or if she will be snoozing in port after long working hours…!!?

kodiak bear

kodiak bear

These awesome bears are believed to have been isolated there since the last Ice Age over 10,000 years ago. Because of the abundance of food on Kodiak Island, they have smaller home ranges than any other brown bears and have no need to defend territories. Starting in May, the bears feast on a salmon run that lasts into October. All five species of Pacific salmon run wild throughout most of Kodiak Archipelago.



Even if she does not see any, Kelli joins them in feasting on salmon…her last chance before coming home to landlocked Zimbabwe!

Kodiak Bears – Bears Of The World

For Kelli and Anton…

may the winds...

may the winds…

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