Elephants, Sabi Stars and Aloes go well together in the garden at Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge…..

Over the last weeks our young bulls have been munching trees nightly around the rooms, looking down their long trunks at me in disdain as I try to shoo them away…

naughty bull....

naughty bull….

……..and for the last few nights at Chilo, two of them have raided the gardens right outside the main reception area. These gentle but naughty bull giants are youngsters, part of a group of seven who regard the lodge as safe haven and yummy food take away…..Luckily they don’t partake of the gorgeous Sabi Stars at the entrance to the lodge!

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge Entrance

Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge Entrance

their latest pruning effort involved stomping all over my bird watching garden, to get at the delicious Albizia trees above…and in the process they “sat”on my special birdwatching bench (constructed to an Aldo Leopold template), tilting it madly and leaving calling card droppings as free manure….Aldo would have been impressed……

Elephants prune the bird garden....

Elephants prune the bird garden….

Luckily the Sabi Stars in the gardens seem unpalatable to these naughty boys….

pink and cobalt

pink and cobalt

Sabi Stars and cobalt sky...

Sabi Stars and cobalt sky…

Surviving to set fly-away seeds for next season…..

Sabi Star seeds

Sabi Star seeds

Our elephant control now consists of a string tied with streamers of plastic, which gets stretched around the gardens nightly. This will work for a while, but if you were an elephant would a string stop you from getting to your favourite snack?! I don’t think so…..

elephant control!

elephant control!

Kiana Milner, Anton’s niece, all of four years old, and, together with my grand-daughters Jade and Rayne, set to be one of the three little flower girls for Kelli Barker and Anton Milner’s wedding at Chilo in November, has this advice for me:

.”put your plants in a vase and put them in the house, so the elephants can’t get them!”

As Anton’s Mum, (Kiana’s Granny), Jackie says, “out of the mouth of a babe….”

Jackie and Kiana

Jackie and Kiana

For my previous blog on the engagement of Kelli and Anton, please visit https://wildlifeandwilddogs.wordpress.com/2015/02/24/flowers-fit-for-a-wedding-indeed-an-announcement-has-been-made/

Meanwhile the front gardens of the lodge are ablaze with pink and orange, my favourite colour combo at this time of year…

looking down the Save River from Chilo Gorge Lodge

looking down the Save River from Chilo Gorge Lodge

I wish Kelli could share this with me, such beauty, especially this, the week of her birthday, which she is celebrating far away, without any family or Anton…

They continue to sail their separate oceans, she in Alsaka and he in the Caribbean.

To keep my mind busy, and to try not to miss Kelli and Anton too much, (apart from the hectic challenge of preparing for their wedding at Chilo in November!), I must focus and put paint to canvas…

colour, colour galore

colour, colour galore

here is one of the paintings I will display for the Art Escape…

Aloe arborescens, acrylic on stretched canvas, 100 x 130 cm

Aloe arborescens, acrylic on stretched canvas, 100 x 130 cm

my  “Colourburst” exhibition that I am doing at Inn on the Vumba with friend Gordon Addams soon….!

Art Escape at Inn on the Vumba....exciting!

Art Escape at Inn on the Vumba….exciting!

I am keen to catch these colours…..

Aloe chabaudii

Aloe chabaudii

We will host guests at a full weekend of Art, Vumba landscapes and flowers, and good wines, including yummy Painted Wolf Wines of course….

Gordon enjoys a glass of wine....

Gordon enjoys a glass of wine….

So, the views at Chilo are a real inspiration, and it is apt that I am painting here since the Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge is part of Best of Zimbabwe group, mentored by Gordon…

(If only the elephants don’t get to the plants before I paint them….)

chabaudii colours

chabaudii colours

stunning Sabi Stars are impossible pinks against the lovely Chilo lodge architecture…

Adenium multiflorum

Adenium multiflorum

Visit my Lin Barrie Art Page for updates on my latest work….

My partner Clive Stockil muses on the meaning of life in the aloe garden….

Clive bird-watching in the aloe garden...

Clive bird-watching in the aloe garden…

(actually, while surrounded by at least six stunning Scarlet chested male sunbirds and their dowdy wives in the aloes, Clive has just watched a fish eagle soar over us, to drop into the Save River and haul out a pan sized bream!)

Hungwe, the Fish Eagle..

Hungwe, the Fish Eagle..

Birds galore at Chilo Gorge…

scarlet chested sunbird

scarlet chested sunbird

visit the Chilo Gorge facebook page for more lovely bird photos…

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About wineandwilddogs

Lin Barrie The Save Valley Conservancy stretches along the upper reaches of the great Save River in the south east of Zimbabwe. The Gonarezhou National Park laps against the southern banks of the Save River and between these two nestles the Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve. These three celebrated wildlife areas form part of the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area, (GLTFCA)- a unique wilderness jewel which is home to the “Big Five” (endangered Black and White rhinos, elephants, buffalo, lion, leopard) and the ”Little Six” (Klipspringer, Suni, Duiker, Steenbok, Sharpe's Grysbok and Oribi). Endangered African wild dogs, Cheetah, Brown hyena, Bat-eared foxes and a host of special birds and plants contribute to the immense variety of this ecosystem. Communities around the GLTFCA contribute to innovative partnerships with National Parks and the private sector, forming a sound base on which to manage social, economic and environmental issues. This is home to artist and writer Lin Barrie and her life partner, conservationist Clive Stockil. Expressing her hopes, fears and love for this special ecosystem with oil paints on canvas, Lin Barrie believes that the essence of a landscape, person or animal, can only truly be captured by direct observation. Lin Barrie states: “Through my art, and my writing, I feel an intimate connection with the natural world, and from my extensive field sketches of wild animals, people and landscapes, I create larger works on canvas. Lin's work is in various public and private collections in South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Australia, England, Canada, Sweden and the United States of America. She is represented by galleries in South Africa, Zimbabwe, England, Kenya and Florida, USA.
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